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Recapturing the Wonder: Transcendent Faith in a Disenchanted World (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2017)

Recapturing the Wonder: Transcendent Faith in a Disenchanted World is Mike Cosper’s latest book contribution. He is the founder of Harbor Media, which targets Christians living in a Post-Christian world. Prior to that he spent nearly two decades as a pastor with a keen focus on music and the arts. He is also a friend as a sat under his leadership while living in Louisville, KY. He possesses the combination of being a solid theologian inside an artist’s body. For that reason he is uniquely qualified to write this book.

In short, he points to the God of wonder so that you see him at work in this world. This world tries hard to veil the wonder. Cosper argues that part of the struggle for Christians in this world is that we have become like this world – disenchanted. We ignore or dismiss the wonder which characterizes the handiwork of God about us. As I finished the final page of the book, I was left wanting to experience God in areas that I usually miss.

The book is comprised of seven chapters. The chapters will lead the reader from realizing just how disenchanted he or she has become. We have become like our world that neither expects nor believes that God has and is showing forth his beauty all around us. Cosper then shows us that the road to rediscovering this wonder is not found in merely trying to be more religious. The book then turns to addressing the path on which we begin to discover the beauty of the Lord.

In the end we are pointed to two men seemingly on opposite ends of life’s spectrum – one a monk, the other a hedonist. Cosper found a common fabric in their lives,

They both had a sense that life was tragic but sacred, that every moment was pregnant with the potential for transcendence. They abandoned the status-quo life and devoted themselves to that search (p. 148).

One thing that I really like about the book’s layout is the Pathway sections at the end of each chapter. Here Cosper provides practical feet to his convincing theory. I was especially influenced by the sections on Breath Prayers and writing a Rule of Life.

I whole-heartedly recommend this 166 page work to you. Here’s hoping you recapture the wonder around you provided by a God of beauty.

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