By Brian Jones
Publisher: IVP Books
Genre: Christian Life
Release Date: 04/2018
What does it mean to experience God’s favor? Jones, a Pennsylvania pastor, says Christians need to expand their view of what God’s favor means. He turns the tables on shallow Christian teaching on “wealth and health” and invites the readers to expand their vision and their faith in God.
He cites eight marks of God’s favor, including involuntary perseverance, holy discontent, intentional obscurity, supernatural provision, and redemptive poverty. He tells readers that receiving God’s favor doesn’t preclude personal hardship. “Favor is not magic,” he writes.
To avoid being derailed by life’s gut punches, Jones encourages readers to stay focused on the big picture, that they serve a big God. He backs up his assertions using stories from Scripture, his own experiences as a pastor and missionary, and examples from contemporary culture.