The word “if” is powerful. It is all bound up in cause and effect; it is tied to the idea of possibilities. It can also be tied to a word that none of us particularly like to use: regret. Every day is full of the opportunity for accomplishment and the chance to make a difference in your world whether it be in a personal fashion or a very public forum. The key is what will you do with these “if” possibilities. You may be one decision away from a completely different life.
Mark Batterson has written an entire book all about “if.” It’s quite a journey full of stories of not only his experience with “if,” but also those of others that he has shared life with. He breaks things down into “if only,” “as if,” & “what if.” The entire book is a study in Romans 8, and it breaks down that chapter verse-by-verse showing you the journey from eschewing needless regrets to living in the fullness of the promises of God. This allows you to live a “no ifs, ands, or buts about it” life of boldness and certainty free in a wide open existence of faith and confidence alongside the God who made you to have that kind of abundant life.
As I stated earlier, the book is broken down verse-by-verse in short corresponding chapters for each. This makes it easy to consume, because you can choose to go in chunks or you can digest one chapter at a time and chew on it until you’re ready to move on. The reader doesn’t need to be overwhelmed at any time by the content, and, coupled with Mark’s unique and upbeat writing style, make for great enjoyment each time you choose to engage its pages. He works hard to make each concept as easy to grasp as possible with timely illustrations and stories designed to drive each point home and make it memorable.
Romans 8 is considered by many to be the greatest chapter in the Bible. It lays out the great turning point in our existence when we understand who we actually are relative to Jesus when we surrender our lives to Him, and He begins to transform everything about us. It screams of freedom, and I’m thrilled with Mark’s choice to break it down and make it real to all of us who take the time to read this book.
So, please head out to your favorite book retailer or head over to IFbook.com to pick up a copy today. Don’t miss out on these inspiring and life-giving words; take the journey and find all that is available to you through Jesus today!