Item description for Through the Looking Glass: Reflections on Christ That Change Us by Kris Lundgaard...
Overview This book is about Christ. It's for reflecting on Christ through the looking glass of the Scriptures, relishing everything about him we can know, all his loveliness and wonder.
Publishers Description What makes your favorite hero shine in your eyes? Is it the courage of Indiana Jones swinging down into the snake-filled Well of the Souls? Is it the strength of Superman bringing to a screeching halt a locomotive that is bearing down on Lois and Jimmy? Is it the nobility of Shakespeare's Henry V inspiring his sorely outnumbered troops before the battle of Agincourt? Is it the wits of Sherlock Holmes dogging the trail of arch-villain Moriarty? Or is it the combination of fearlessness, muscle, dignity, and brains in Doc Savage, the consummate superhero?
Whatever heroic traits pop into your mind, I suspect that obedience and suffering aren't among them. Yet it's in his obedience to God's law and his suffering the curse of that law for us that we see Christ as our conquering Hero.
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Studio: P & R Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.49" Width: 5.37" Height: 0.64" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Jun 13, 2000
Publisher P & R Publishing
ISBN 0875521991 ISBN13 9780875521992
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More About Kris Lundgaard
Lundgaard served for eight years as associate pastor of University Presbyterian Church in America, Las Cruces, New Mexico. He is a manager with Dell Computer Corporation. He has a B.A., Oklahoma State University; M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson campus).
Reviews - What do customers think about Through the Looking Glass: Reflections on Christ That Change Us?
Excellent book for a group study Jan 4, 2004
A small group I was meeting with used this book as part of a study and it was excellent! There were some who said they did not benefit as much in their personal reading and preparation with the book, but the group allowed us to examine it together and glean far more than we did alone. The questions at the end of each chapter serve to crystallize the glory of Christ in our minds. I also went through the original work ("The Glory of Christ") this book is based on by John Owen, and found it to be very consistent with that immense work. Mr. Lundgaard has taken Owen and made him approachable in this time, a worthy endeavor. My thanks for a good book I heartily recommend.
The 21st Century Puritan writes again Aug 22, 2000
"If you're ever going to be renewed again, it will happen when you see His glory, Haven't we tried enough religious gimmicks to prop up our faith? Isn't it time we turn our eyes once again to the one who saved us, and let His beauty overwhelm us? What would the church be like if all of us kept the eyes of our faith fixed on the glory of the Lamb?"
The above quotation from the book perhaps best sums up the author's motivation in writing it. As with his last book, The Enemy Within, this is a modern day re-working of some of the thoughts of John Owen, an English Puritan, this time on the subject of "gazing on Christ".
Initially, this book didn't hit me as hard as the excellent "The Enemy Within" but I believe that this may be simply because the subject of that book (battling our sin nature) is one that we immediately recognise as important. Unfortunately, much of modern Western Christian spirituality can be so shallow at times that we don't appreciate quite as easily the importance of and benefit of simply reflecting on Christ. Indeed, we often approach God simply to work through our "shopping list" of me-centred prayers or to see if we can twist His arm to give His stamp of approval to our plans. Even in our better moments when we genuinely want God to reveal His plans for us, we often mistakenly assume that our activity in carrying them out may actually impress Him. We rarely come to Christ just to stand in awe of who He is and what He has done.
Thankfully, Lundgaard, a former pastor and now a manager with Dell Computers, does an excellent job (with some help from Owen) of showing us how important and practical this exercise of gazing on Christ is. As he helps us to meditate on Christ's love, patience, suffering, wisdom, power etc, and see the glory in it all, he also shows us how understanding all this (i.e. just how glorious He is) proves a very practical aid in our everyday lives as Christians. When we realise how much He has done for us we can have confidence that He will not withhold any necessary grace to enable us to persevere in the faith. When we see His wisdom in carrying out His plans in history we can learn to trust Him more with our circumstances even when they appear baffling.
One thing I like about Lundgaard's writing is that every now and again, usually in the middle of a passage on something quite familiar, he will come out with a profound gem of wisdom. One that springs to mind is how, in taking on humanity, Christ loved us in a way that God (the Father) couldn't, in that He was then able to die for us - something which God couldn't have done.
The book is extremely well written and readable and could be read either devotionally or used for more in-depth study by making use of the reflection/questions section at the end of each chapter. It's also very good value for money, I can think of few ways of spending less than $10 and potentially benefiting your spiritual life so much.
Hopefully, Lundgaard, a 21st century Puritan, will continue to produce more works like these as I have to agree with him that Owen, despite being undoubtedly the greatest theologian England ever produced, isn't the easiest person in the world to read. Perhaps he may even introduce some us postmodern, cyber-surfing, digital dudes to the wisdom of some of the other great Puritans.