[Finished Reading] Falling for God: Saying Yes to His Extravagant Proposal
Recently finished reading Falling for God: Saying Yes to His Extravagant Proposal by Gary W. Moon, a wonderful book about what it really means to have a personal relationship with God.
I have always known that the only way to live a Christian life is to live it with reckless abandonment to divine providence. As the author of this book puts wonderfully, the truest part of us is most alive when abandoned to God. I have read a lot of books about it, heard saints quote it, but have always wondered what they really mean by it. This is the first time a book touches the subject of How to live like that, rather than just why to live like that.
This book gives us practical tips and examples from saintly people’s life. This book shows us that God wants to have a relationship with us, not just any relationship, but a romantic one. I remember a quote I heard somewhere, “That which we are searching with fear and trepidation, is in-turn searching for us with love”. This relationship is more than that of feelings.
The only con as far as I can see in this book is that the author has tried to use Catholic words without its meaning. In other words, his effort to make it sound appealing to a protestant audience is visible all thru the book. When showing examples of St. Theresa of Avila or St. Ignatius of Loyola he, like others, cherry picks quotations and passages which suits his view point and ignores their main teaching. This makes it to fall short of the true love story. As Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen once said, the greatest love story of all time is the Eucharist. Without which you will never have the fullest union with Jesus.
Overall the book is a wonderful approach to mediation and will surely help one in the process of having a personal relationship with Christ. This book is one of my favorites now. One suggestion I would like to make is that to read this book in a single stretch, may be when you are on a vacation. This is possible, not because this is an interesting book (it is), but because you can get most out of it in this way. I would also encourage you to do the mediation exercises at the end of each chapter.
My Rating: 4/5
Verdict: Highly recommend it.