Since the beginning of time, humans have desired relationships with one another. Societies have risen and fallen due to political alignment and marriages. Religions have developed out of a desire to be close to a god/gods/God. Inevitably this affects our relationship with people around us. Christians seem to be at the forefront by saying “it is all about a relationship.” This is not incorrect to say. In fact, it speaks to our deepest desire-relationships.
Gregory Ganssle in Our Deepest Desires connects the depth that comes with a relationship with God and the desire for that as a human being. We enjoy the company of others. We enjoy learning about who they are, where they have been and are going, and what they have accomplished in life.
Of course, in the discussion of religion, people have searched since the beginning for that “missing connection.” There is something about being able to talk to god/God/gods about your life, struggles, passions, and concerns. Ganssle’s book delivers a coherent and cogent answer to Christianity’s role in filling this void. There is something about the God of the Bible different than other sacred texts. Ganssle communicates through Scripture displaying God’s goodness, love, care, purpose, and closeness. God is personable, which is key for creation longing for a relationship that seems to be missing (i.e., the Fall of humanity when our relationship with God became severed).
I appreciate Ganssle’s book for a couple of reasons. First, this is personable. This is a struggle every person has faced, is facing, or will face; sometimes more than once. This is not necessarily written strictly for Christians. Ganssle wrestles with a tough question and aspect of humanity. Second, I like that he is not arguing for the logical truth of Christianity. By that I mean I am thankful this is not an apologetics book. There are those out there, and they are needed, but I think Ganssle is addressing something deeper in the human psyche than whether Christianity is true (however, both Ganssle and I believe that Christianity is true in all of its claims).
Sometimes people need a book that does not challenge the head but challenges the heart to look within and discover the missing link is a vital relationship with God. Journey with Ganssle and the multitude of readers, Christian or not, and discover the wonder that is the Christian story.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from InterVarsity Press. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and a positive review was not required. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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