I was introduced to Skye Jethani through is participation in the Phil Vischer Podcast. Phil is the creator of VeggieTales and What's in the Bible. While we're talking about what I've been reading, Phil's "Me, Myself & Bob" is another must read. It was a very enlightening look at the rise, and fall, of VeggieTales.
Anyway, back to Skye's book, I found With to be one of the best spiritual formation books I've read in a long time. Skye lays out four postures we can take in our approach to God: Under, Over, From and For. What he does well is that he only in passing connects these to pagan ways but rather shows how these postures manifest themselves in the church today. What I found particularly helpful was how he talked about the college aged young adults he's worked with who had grown up in the church, heavily influenced under one of these postures and had found their faith coming up empty. He then takes us to the posture we were truly created to be in, that of being With God. He goes back to the garden where God walked with Adam and Eve until sin broke their relationship.He goes on to show that God made the ultimate move to restore our relationship in the incarnation where Jesus came and walked with us again.
Page after page, I found myself resonating with Skye and was encouraged to continue my walk With God.