HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: God’s Great Embrace: Discovering Deeper Intimacy with Jesus
Author: Adrian Best
Illustrator: Aurelia Chaintreuil
Publisher: Ark House Press, 2022
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Intended primarily for adults
Rating: **** 4 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Category: Bible study
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Best, Adrian. God’s Great Embrace: Discovering Deeper Intimacy with Jesus (Published in 2022 by Ark House Press, P. O. Box 1722, Port Orchard, WA 98366). This book is advertised thus: “Imagine experiencing the same unshakable joy Jesus had while he walked this earth. Feeling for yourself his inherent sense of love and belonging, peace and assurance, purpose and fulfillment, despite life’s sufferings. All this can indeed be yours!” Author Arian Best studied the Biblical truth of union with Christ as a Doctor of Theology for three years at the University of Divinity, Australia. Professionally, he is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who is actively involved in his local church. Adrian wrote, “Inspired by the death of my daughter, I felt God call me to convert my doctrinal research on union with Christ into a lay person’s book about the Fatherheart of God and our share in Jesus’s life of sonship.”
Surely God created us all as human beings to be in intimate fellowship with Him, and every Christian should seek to achieve that kind of relationship through Jesus Christ. That is what this book is all about. Let me first express three caveats. Number one, I do not care for authors of books who say, “I’ve discovered some secret about God which no one else knows, and you need to read my book to learn it.” Adrian Best does NOT say that, but some might take his book that way. Number two, believers who are of a different theological background from that of the author, especially those who do not accept some of the Calvinist presuppositions underlying the thought of the book, may find occasional statements with which they will disagree.
Number three, while I am not so arrogant as to conclude that there is no benefit for me in reading the writings of others, the older I get the more I am seeing that I find greater benefit to my relationship with God by simply studying the books of the Bible more than reading books by mere men. It is interesting that all the truths expressed in God’s Great Embrace I learned as a child from going to Bible class and listening to sermons in my youth. All that having been said, this book does contain beneficial material in it. Following the twenty relatively short chapters, there are questions for reflection and discussion which would be helpful for either private devotion or small group study, footnote references, a general index of subjects and names, and a Scripture index.