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Kyle Idleman – One at a Time: The unexpected Way God wants to use you to change the world

Baker Books

ISBN 978 0 8081 9491 0

243 pages

Price £11.99

I liked this book, despite the author’s corny schoolboy humour. The title is intriguing; after all most of us nurse a desire to change the world! Idleman’s opening sentence says:

“I don’t know of any person who does not want to make a difference in the world.”

The premise of this book is that “one at a time”, was the pattern used by Jesus to reach people. Jesus often seems to move his focus from the wide angle scanning an anonymous crowd to a zoom lense that homes in on one particular individual.

The first example that the author gives in the book is the woman with the issue of blood, whose secret touch of the edge of Jesus’ clothes becomes a very public event of healing, wholeness and peace.

The principle of “one at a time” rescues Christians from the notion that they can do everything, for everyone, all of the time. Such idealism often leads to us not achieving much at all. I particularly liked the idea that we need to try to move beyond a vague sympathy for people in need to a genuine compassion that reaches out to individuals a substantial way.

One at a Time reminded me of the possibilities that are embedded in each day, every occasion and all crowds. If your awareness of daily divine appointments needs to be recalibrated, give this book a try.

John Woods is a writer and Bible teacher based in West Sussex. He is Director of Training at the School of Preachers in Riga, Latvia

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