Jan 02 2017

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Book Review: Reframe by Brian Hardin

Reframe by Brian Hardin

Reframe by Brian Hardin

I read Reframe by Brian Hardin at the end of the year 2015 and was glad I took the time to read it. I was already a fan of the Daily Audio Bible. So when I heard Brian talking about this new book of his, I knew I had to add it to my reading list. The title intrigued me.

Why a Reframe?

What could a man who’d dedicated his life to reading the Bible and promoting a life following after Jesus say about a shift in his relationship with God. Certainly he has it together. Or, in the least, more together than us “normal” folks. (I know no one has their life all together, but it’s tempting to put Bible teachers into an ivory tower.) Why would he want to make a shift, or, as the book puts it, a reframe?

Then I started to think about myself. Some people might think I have it together. I know I don’t. I feel the ache and lacking within myself every day. And just like Brian, I am a normal person. No bigger or better, regardless of any appearance of success I may have. The desire to have a deep and passionate relationship with God is on my list of priorities. If, I thought to myself, this book can in any way help me promote a deeper relationship with God, I want to read it.

My Thoughts

  1. This book is a short book. For me, this is a plus because I read slowly and am even slower when I stop to ponder what I’m reading.
  2. The writing style is conversational and very similar to his DAB podcast. I can almost see him sitting next to me with a cup of coffee sharing his heart in the words. This made it easy to read.
  3. The book stretched my thinking. I don’t know if these were new ideas or just put in a new way for me to grasp. Or could it be that I was hearing it with fresh, hungry ears?
  4. As I read the book, I got some practical ideas on how to reframe my understanding of God, of myself, and how to relate to both.

Part of me wants to retell all of what I learned, but I would sell it short—or need to write a new book to do it justice. Instead, I will share a few of my reflective thoughts.

5 ideas that stood out to me:

  1. A collaborative relationship with God requires me to be actively involved.
  2. Hearsay about God needs to be replaced with first-person truth.
  3. I matter, and what I choose to do matters.
  4. Filling in the gaps of my understanding about life and God (especially when life hurts and God feels distant) without Biblical truth is likely to lead me to faulty conclusions about God.
  5. Living a life of prayer is simply being connected to God throughout the small and big of life. It’s a moment-by-moment connection.

If you haven’t had a chance to read it, I encourage you to take time to consider your relationship with God and how it might be reframed.

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