THE GOD GUARANTEE: Finding Freedom From the Fear of Not Having Enough by Jack Alexander (Baker Books; 2017)
This book by Christian businessman, author and speaker Jack Alexander looks at an important topic: Many Christians live in a scarcity mindset. This plays out in our daily walk with Christ in that we believe in God and the Bible, but live as functional atheists when it comes to whether or not God will provide for our needs. Since most of us don’t thinbk God is that interested in us personally, we live in a constant state of fear of losing our jobs, or homes, our health, and our families. This then leads to trying to depend on our own knowledge and efforts to get by, rather than to trust in a loving and personal God.
All four gospels tell about the incident when Jesus fed the multitudes with a few fish and a couple of loaves of bread. Because this story is one of the few miracles of Jesus that is recounted in all of the gospel accounts, Alexander uses this story to highlight four principles of God and His attitude toward us and His provision: (1) We discover God’s capacity; (2) We consecrate what we do have an offer it to God; (3) He reorders our lives through challenges so that we find a new perspective on abundance and provision; and (4) The God provides what we truly need, often through community.
This is a most encouraging and thought-provoking book, and I cannot recommend it more highly!