About Prototype: “Jesus is God and we are not. Most of us get that. But what we don’t always understand is that God loves us just as much as He does His son. Many times in the Old Testament, God refers to human beings as His ‘beloved.’ But when God called Jesus His beloved, Jesus did something truly remarkable: He believed Him. He lived every moment of His life fully convinced of His identity. And unlike every other person in history . . . He never forgot.
In Prototype, Jonathan Martin creates a vivid understanding of what it means to be beloved by God. To completely trust, as Jesus did, that God loves you. To live life without fear, confident in your identity and purpose. To handle life’s wounds as Jesus did, and to wake every day with a deep awareness of God’s presence.
Martin reveals a startling truth at the heart of the gospel: Jesus is our prototype. And as we discover how the knowledge of being God’s beloved changed everything for Jesus—how it set Him free to live out his purpose and love God, others, and the world—it will begin to do the same for us.” – Amazon.com
The Phone Tree Review: Prototype is a beautifully written book that strived to convey a message about identity, relationship and outreach. The base lesson, however, seemed to be two-fold. First, the author wanted us to appreciate our status as the beloved of the LORD. Second, I believe he wanted readers to see that all of our efforts are linked to Him [the LORD] through the very heart of Christ.
The author did a wonderful job of offering up Scriptural references throughout the pages of this book, but he did not do so in such a way that it was overwhelming. He presented insightful viewpoints that influenced much in the way of deep thought and reflection. He introduced nuances from the lives of notable people, such as Elijah, David and Jesus Himself, which made the content personal and relevant.
Mr. Martin’s voice was direct, and his style was straight. He did not hold back, in my opinion, from saying what needed to be said. He gave hard truths on the ways, thoughts, and actions of people, and he gave necessary truths related to devils and other sources of negativity.
I would have no problem recommending this book to others. In it, I believe people will find meaning, purpose, direction, and encouragement.
A Notable Quote: “Coming awake to God is nothing to be afraid of…It’s about coming home to who you really are.”
Phone Tree Rating: 4/5 Stars ****
From the Author:
A complimentary copy of this book and the small group DVD were provided by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The words I have expressed are my own. This statement has been placed in accordance with FTC guidelines.