Monday, January 10, 2011

City On Our Knees by TobyMac

Amazing, beautiful things happen when people have the courage to live, work, and pray in the spirit of unity and peace. Often, though, to make these amazing things happen, we have to step out of our comfort zone and into a world we find uncomfortable or intimidating. Sometimes that world is physical; other times it can be emotional, relational, or spiritual.

City on Our Knees shows this, encouraging you to take the first step. It offers stories of people who have stepped across lines. Lines of discrimination, persecution, doubt, prejudice, pride, bitterness, self-isolation, and despair. I pray and hope that you will be inspired to see how just one person, or one small group, can be a mechanism for change.

God can use us right here. Right now. All we need is faith that He has our best in mind. And believe me—He does.

My review:
Interesting book. This book could be used as a devotional. Each section begins with an entry from TobyMac's blog, and then has several chapters, each one telling the story of people who got out there and did something for God, stepping across lines that no one else would cross. Each section ends with a prayer.

I found the stories fascinating, and the author writes in an easy-to-read style. The book is also challenging. It is too easy to sit back and try to coast through life, but God wants more than that out of us, and this book tells stories of people who didn't sit back and do nothing. A very challenging and encouraging read.

About the author:
TobyMac is a Grammy Award—winning artist, producer, and song writer. First known as part of the popular group dc Talk throughout the 1990s, he launched a solo career in 2001 and has since won numerous awards, earned three certified gold albums, and had six No. 1 CHR singles. "City on Our Knees," the inspiration for this book, spent thirteen weeks as Billboard's No. 1 Christian song. TobyMac's previous books include Jesus Freaks (with dc Talk) and Under God (with Michael Tait and WallBuilders). TobyMac is married, with five children, and makes his home near Nashville, Tennessee.
City On Our Knees is availble from Bethany House Publishers.
Thanks to Bethany House for the review copy.