Rooted: The Hidden Places Where God Develops You
by Banning Liebscher
Process. Banning Liebscher’s new book, Rooted, is all about the process of how God deepens our roots in the hidden places usually long before he allows us to have any visible impact. This process can be slow and full of the unknown. God digs us down deep in Him, checking our motives, teaching us to trust Him, and developing intimacy with Him. Sometimes we get so frustrated in the long journey from vision to fulfillment, but God is at work in the season of waiting and preparation.
Using David’s life as a guide, Banning makes a case for why being rooted matters and then studies three specific roots that God needs to establish in us: Intimacy, Serving and Community. I loved his discussion of how God roots us. He says, “We’ll never thrive in the process unless we accept the place where God has put us, because that’s the only place He will work with us.” Banning argues for resting in God and trusting Him with the “how” of fulfilling His plans for us. He also reminds us that “if we try to rush our growth, we’ll only destroy it.” That’s a powerful lesson for those of us who want to skip that process and get to the results already!
Rooted would be a powerful book for any Christian, but I think it can particularly impact those in ministry because it reminds us to stop seeing things from our own impatient, often rushed perspective on success and goals and to remember God’s true desire for us to walk with Him in intimacy and humble obedience.
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