Faith Bible Church’s Book of the Month for March is “Uneclipsing the Son” by Rick Holland. The premise of the book is that we as Christians allow our One True Love, Jesus, to be eclipsed in our lives.
Is this a book you should read? I will let Holland answer that question for me. In the opening pages of his book, he gives some warning signs of a possible Son eclipse, and below are a few of his long list:
- You’ve been told a thousand times to read your Bible, but it sits on the nightstand with pages still stuck together.
- You’ve been convicted a thousand times more when you’ve been told to pray, but you never quite find the time and place.
- You have a stack of Christian books that have been recommended. You have started some of them but finished very few.
- How many times have you pillowed your head with great intentions of getting up early to spend time with God, and how many times have you hit the snooze button?
Do any of those sound familiar? For me (and most of the other Christians I talk to), it is easy to see myself in more than one of those. Holland rightly diagnoses the real problem behind these warning signs: a lack of focus on and knowledge of Jesus. Holland gives his conclusion in the first chapter: “If Jesus is who the Bible says He is, if He did what the Bible says He did, He is worthy of absolute, exclusive, comprehensive attention and focus in our life.”
In the pages that follow, Holland reveals the Jesus of Scripture, why the Christian life is meaningless without Him and what needs to change in the hearts of His followers to “uneclipse” the Son. Experiencing Jesus love will result in obedience, faith, understanding and affections. Since Jesus is the Word (John 1:1), uneclipsing Jesus means becoming increasingly enamored with God’s Word: the story of man’s depravity and God’s amazing redemption of man through Jesus Christ.
Uneclipsing the Son changes everything, from communion to good deeds to evangelism. Holland’s book aims to put the focus right where it should be, on Jesus Christ.