Many of us want to live in a community where we feel that we are accepted, loved, and belong. However, there are many of us that can’t find a place where it all clicks. Instead we continue searching, dejected that the community we envision is out of our reach. But there is hope. A community like that exists and was meant to be, but it will take work.
In The Power of Together, Jim Putnam shares the meaning and importance of having relationships with other people, more specifically, spiritual relationships. He emphasizes the importance this concept has in scripture and therefore in God’s plan for us. We are reminded that it was not good that man was alone, and so another human was created. We are meant to share life with others. We are to mourn with those that mourn and carry one another’s burdens. These are among the few examples that Putnam shares throughout his book.
Each chapter focuses on a different part of his message, whether it be the the problems that arise or how to overcome them. Putnam is passionate about helping others understand the Christian meaning of relationships and encouraging them to grow and mature in this area. He often references scripture to support his claims that God made us for relationships. Throughout each chapter there are also examples from his experiences that help us visualize his words. These stories help enhance the understanding of his message.
While I appreciated the overall concept of the message, its presentation left me wanting more. At times if felt repetitive, and I started to lose interest. The book could easily have been half the length it was with the message still being conveyed. And although I believe that personal narratives and scripture are beneficial, Putnam could have presented them in a more engaging way.
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