Closer Than Close: Awakening To The Freedom Of Your Union With Christ by Dave HickmanCloser Than Close: Awakening To The Freedom Of Your Union With Christ by Dave Hickman

Closer Than Close: Awakening To The Freedom Of Your Union With Christ

byDave Hickman

Paperback | August 1, 2016

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How many times have you heard someone say, "I want to be close to God," or "I feel far from Jesus?" For many of us, we have been led to believe that our relationship with Jesus is based on proximity-a sliding scale of "near" or "far" based on the faithfulness of our spiritual devotion.

But what if being "close" to you isn't good enough for Jesus? What if he wants to be closer than close? Instead of simply having a "personal relationship" with you, what if Jesus longs to be "perfectly one" with you instead?

In this achingly bold and beautiful book, pastor, scholar, friend, and now author, Dave Hickman, invites you into his personal journey from striving to abiding, anxiety to peace, weariness to rest; from having a relationship with Jesus to awakening to the freedom of his union with Christ. Through careful attention to Scripture, personal stories, and everyday examples, join Dave as he guides you into the depths of the mystery of your personal and corporate union with Christ. In doing so, you, too, can awaken to the wonder and freedom that is already yours in Christ.
Title:Closer Than Close: Awakening To The Freedom Of Your Union With ChristFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:August 1, 2016Publisher:The NavigatorsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1631464086

ISBN - 13:9781631464089


Rated 5 out of 5 by from CLOSER THAN CLOSE: CAN ONE EVER GET TOO CLOSE TO GOD? We are told in John 15:9, “As the father hath loved me, so have i loved you: continue ye in my love.” John 15:9 (kjv) Jesus promised in John 13:34 – 35, 34 a new commandment i give unto you, that ye love one another; as i have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:34-35 And in John 14:23, we are given hope that such a transformation is even possible: “Jesus answered and said unto him, if a man love me, he will keep my words: and my father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. John 14:23 Like Abby (p. 130), all I want is a real, vibrant, closer than close relationship with my Heavenly Father (who created me), my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (who redeemed me), and the Holy Spirit (who leads, guides, comforts, corrects, and empowers me.) Is that too much to ask? Author Dave Hickman doesn’t seem to think so. That’s why he wrote this book. While the book could be considered short (only 177 pages), the ground it covers is extensive. First Dave addresses the problem (the gap between creator and creation). He then outlines what happened, and why. And finally, he offers a workable solution to the dilemma at hand. The last section of the book contains an overview and brief explanation of the spiritual disciplines which were an integral part of the early church, and have been re-discovered by such authors as Dallas Willard (“The Spirit Of The Disciplines”) and Stephen Foster (“Celebrating The Disciplines.) Far from being an end in and of themselves, the disciplines are given their proper place, and their proper emphasis. The disciplines serve to “position” the believer in their relationship with God, so that he can do his best work in our lives. The discussion of each discipline, while brief, is nonetheless thorough and amply illustrated through the experiences of the saints throughout the ages, on up to Dave Hickman’s personal testimonies. 5 stars for a short book that’s deep enough to drown in
Date published: 2016-10-13