Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Living in the Overlap Book Review

SUMMARY:  How should we deal with our doubts?  What should we keep in mind when we pray for healing?  How can we share the gospel more effectively?  Steve Schaefer contends that when we understand Jesus' central message - the kingdom of God - we can better handle such issues.  The Old Testament prophets predicted the coming of God's end-time kingdom, but the New Testament reveals a surprising twist:  the kingdom arrives in two stages.  The first stage arrived with Jesus' first coming.  The second stage will arrive at his second coming.  So what happens in between?
     Living in the Overlap clarifies a topic that many Christians find mysterious, exploring the challenges and benefits of living in a kingdom that is both "already" and "not yet."  It offers strategies for successful kingdom living by tackling issues such as praying for healing, walking by faith, dealing with temptation, being used by God, and loving others.
     If you want a deeper understanding of Jesus' kingdom message, and if you want to explore the kingdom's implications for your life today, let this provocative and enlightening book be your guide.

REVIEW:   Due to recent sicknesses and prior commitments, I was unable to finish the entire book but was able to get most of the way through. What I was able to read was pretty good.  It was interesting, thought-provoking and challenged me.  I like the author's use of the phrases "already" and "not yet" to explain where we, as Christians waiting for Christ's return, are in the grand scheme of events.  Mr. Schaefer explains it using a World War II analogy.  After the Allied troops landing on Normandy, the war was won.  It was just a matter of time until all the battles were completed and Germany surrendered.  We live in the time after Christ defeated sin by rising from the grave (winning the war) but still await His second coming (when the battles with Satan and sin are finally over).  The author shows ways to live in this "overlap" and be successful.  The beginning to the book was a little challenging.  Mr. Schaefer goes back and forth between the Old Testament and New Testament and references the revealing of the promises of the Messiah.  Even though I have a Bachelor's in Biblical Studies, I found myself having to reread different parts to make sure I thoroughly understood here he was going.  I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to become more effective in their Christian walk.

This book was provided by Glass Road Public Relations for review without compensation.

Steve Schaefer holds a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Regent University's School of Divinity.  He has traveled the globe as a Managing Producer in the International Programming Department of CBN WorldReach, and is a popular speaker and teacher.  More information on this book can be found at

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