The Way Up Is Down: Becoming Yourself by Forgetting Yourself

The Way Up Is Down: Becoming Yourself by Forgetting Yourself Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 5 hours and 38 minutes
Author Marlena Graves
Narrator Lisa Reneé Pitts
Audible.com Release Date July 31, 2020
Publisher christianaudio.com
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B08DP4HMR9
Best Sellers Rank #241,492 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#615 in Christian Social Issues (Audible Books & Originals)
#4,751 in Christian Spiritual Growth (Audible Books & Originals)
#4,929 in Christian Social Issues (Books)

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Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compassionately prophetic, just the book we need in the midst of the challenges we're facing
Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2020
Reading this book is so timely, it's hard to believe that it was written months before its release. Marlena is a compassionate and bold prophetic voice for us today, challenging us to look to the heart of Jesus as we navigate our way through the many challenges we face. She begins each chapter with a thought-provoking quotation (often a Christian mystic), and anchors her message with her life experiences, connecting our current Christian faith with the rich heritage of the past. Graves encourages us to empty ourselves so there is more room for God's compassion, but she also lives that way of life and invites us to join her in following God in service to others.

A quotation that has stayed with me from this book is, "With God, we become healers and repairers of the broken even as we ourselves are being healed and repaired. God uses us to make all things new" (p. 20). This is the good news of the gospel - redemption and hope - that God brings us out of our brokenness and invites us to share that redemption with others, even from our imperfect lives.

You'll be challenged as you read this book, and you'll want to discuss it with others. Marlena is open in sharing some of her life experiences as illustrations, and you'll find yourself thinking of past and current situations and wonder how God wants to work through you to make all things new.

Blessings upon your reading.
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Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars Learning the way of Jesus
Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2020
Though Graves was motivated to author this works because of the lapses of leaders within Christianity, this book serves to indict us all of our hubris that keeps us from being like Jesus and serving others. It's a helpful edification on repentance and better understanding kenosis - the emptying Jesus did for us that we must now do to be like him.

All the ways of the world, political influence, power, accumulation of material goods or wealth, are not the ways of Jesus. This book is a needed rebuke, a corrective that exhorts Christians to more.

By drawing on her personal story of struggle, childhood poverty, and spiritual devotion, the author sets the stage for how she understands the compassion heart of Jesus who came as a poor man to tend to the poor, oppressed, ill and hungry. She invites us to open our hearts to those who need our help.

A particular favorite part in the book to me is Marlena's addressing of repentance. She casts a vision for robust lives of confession that can offers benefits for spiritual health and vitality in the community of Christ.
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