It may be dangerous for you to read this book.In it Kay Warren (wife of Pastor Rick Warren) tells the story of her conviction that God was calling her to advocate for people around the world affected by HIV-AIDS. She found herself “deeply disturbed” and “gloriously ruined” as she was challenged to face her own self-centeredness and unfair opinions of others.
Here are some things Kay learned that should disturb anyone living in our country:
“….if you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead, and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75 percent of the people in this world! If you have any money in the bank and some in your wallet and some spare change in a dish somewhere, you are among the top 8 percent of the world’s wealthy; …. If you can attend worship services without the fear of harrassment, arrest, torture, or death, you are more blessed than three billion people n the world.”
I was especially convicted by her chapter on “The Kingdom of Me.” Kay describes her reluctance to engage with the problem of HIV. You will find the sorts of excuses we all make:
- The problem is just too big
- I have enough to do
- The people I will need to associate with may damage my reputation
- I may have to change
The ugly reality is what stands most in the way of our surrender to God’s plan for us, is simple: we care more about ourselves than we do about the suffering of others.
Each chapter with a prayer of surrender and some questions to ponder alone or with a reading partner or small group. There are further resources and more questions for each chapter at the end of the book.
VERDICT: 5 STARS. This would be a great read for a small group study.