Leonard Sweet has the audacity to say that our hero of the faith, Abraham, failed in the test God gave him with his call to sacrifice his son. Abraham did show his faith and trust in God in obeying–he didn’t fail in that. But he failed because he did not challenge God. Abraham had a relationship with God and often challenged him. He argued for the people in Sodom not to die at God’s hand if there were righteous people present, but he didn’t fight for his own son. Sweet notes that after that point God didn’t speak to Abraham like he did before. Even on Mount Moriah, God had His angel speak to Abraham.

Like Abraham, much of the church has got God, but missed the relationship we are called to have. Not just our relationship with God, but our relationship with His story, His people, our neighbors, His creation, and more. Sweet prophetically calls us back to the point of the gospel: that God desires a relationship with us.

This is one of those books that I hope more Christians will pick up–especially leaders in the church.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.