This Beautiful Mess: Practicing the Presence of the Kingdom of God

17737088A Phone Tree Book Review

This Beautiful Mess by Rick McKinley is a noteworthy read. It is simple, clear and direct in its communication of how to practice the presence of the kingdom of God.

What attracted me to this book, in all frankness, was first and foremost the title. The words drew me. I could immediately relate to the strange wording. It made me think about the peculiar stance that one must take in the disordered (or possibly ordered) chaos that goes along with living in the world, while striving not to be a part of the world. The artistry of the cover illustration cemented this thinking further.

The voice and writing style of the author was firm, passionate and pointed. He demonstrated a strong sense of commitment to his theme. His expressions were basic in parts. Familiar in parts. Still, on the whole, it worked. Giving a “new” take on the very simple considerations of the Bible, Mr. McKinley conveyed a purposeful message.

If I had to pinpoint what I specifically took away from the book, it would be this…

– The kingdom message is not about any one man, rather it is about the King.

– We need to be mindful of having a repentant heart.

– Discipleship and missions are paramount regarding the kingdom.

– The Gospel must be shared.

Scripture references were shared throughout this book, but they were presented in a way that flowed versus in a way that was static or preachy. I particularly liked how it seemed to be so personal and poetic at the same time. It made it easier to appreciate. Also, the examples of real life kingdom living and work were rich and meaningful.

This book was encouraging and inspiring. I would definitely recommend it to others.

Rating: 4/5 Stars ****

A complimentary review copy of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The words I have expressed are my own. I was not compensated in any way for this review, nor was I required to give a positive recommendation.


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