Recently, I was asked to review a new book, Faith In The Fog by Jeff Lucas (you can read an excerpt here). Here’s what I had to say:
Review by Kris White
Years ago God used words penned by Jeff Lucas to breathe grace into my religious, performance-weary spirit. So I was excited to read his new book, Faith in the Fog, which focuses on the gospel scene of Jesus cooking breakfast on the beach for his disciples. Ironically, I read Jeff’s book while grounded on the runway at Dallas/Fort Worth airport because of freezing fog. My destination was the beach in Maui, the only problem was dense fog and freezing rain—I had a rendezvous with the sun and I prayed our flight would make lift off and fulfill my beach destiny! Finally after two hours on the tarmac and three de-icings, we took off and headed for the amazing views only Hawaii can offer. As we flew over the pacific, Jeff’s journey of faith unfolded – honest, vulnerable and real. His words are so relatable, because we’ve all had seasons of fog where circumstances and doubts cloud what we’ve known as truth. Faith in the Fog offers salve to the questioning heart that’s struggling to peer through the confusion of disappointment. It is not a set of canned clichés with a glossy cover; it’s an outreached hand of compassion into your darkness.
As my plane began it’s descend toward the paradise island, I anticipated the tropical colors my eyes were about to behold. I slid open the tiny airplane window and could not believe what I saw…more dense FOG! You can imagine my disappointment. At first I thought, “This is your entire fault, Jeff Lucas! You’ve ruined my holiday!” but then slowly, Faith in the Fog became even more real to me. The truth of the island had not changed: the palm trees WERE green, the water WAS blue, the pineapples WERE sweet – NO FOG could change the truth of what Hawaii is; my perception was just temporarily clouded. I needed faith that what I had read, heard and even seen before was still true. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the certainty of what we do not see. When reading a Jeff Lucas book, you feel like a friend has come for an inspiring and heartfelt chat. Faith in the Fog is that friend that’s come to understand where you are now, while challenging you to trust in the richer realities for your future. Consequently, we went for a boat ride at the end of the cloudy day and were surprised by the most brilliant, orange and pink sunset. The captain said, many times the cloudy days make the best sunsets. (Kris White, co-founder of Beyond These Shores & pastor at The Bridge Church in Denton, Tx.)
Faith In The Fog by Jeff Lucas – About the book
Keep your faith burning bright when all you want to do is burn out. In Faith in the Fog, bestselling author Jeff Lucas explores the pain and fear that many Christians feel when walking through a spiritual fog, when doubts about faith undermine the joy of belief.
After the Resurrection—when the disciples found themselves on the fog bank of unresolved shame, failure, and confusion—what Jesus did to help them and what he didn’t do is both enlightening and inspirational. Here, you will focus on the person of Jesus and the way he approaches those who are worn out when life is tough.
Who Jesus really is—rather than the way we instinctively perceive him emotionally and theologically—is what will make the difference and help clear the fog. Through a broad approach, Faith in the Fog tackles the feelings of failure, uselessness, and shame, which are often the underlying causes of depression and burnout among Christians.
Buy “Faith In The Fog” by Jeff Lucas here: http://www.zondervan.com/faith-in-the-fog.html