This book was recommended to me (well, assigned) by a Christian counsellor I was seeing. Despite an over-optimistic sounding title, I found it a good way to look at the Christian life, and a helpful explanation of our sin. I was so impressed that I gave the book away before I finished writing the review. From the perspective of a year later, a couple things stick out to me from the book: The book is a bit colloquial for my tastes, but accessible to everyone. It is definitely helpful and insightful. It even delivers on the promise of the title, although actually implementing it in your life will not be quick or easy.

[Update 8/9/2010] Pretending made me feel uncomfortable and I think I missed the value of what Gillam is saying. Essentially he is saying that the fact is, we are loved by God. He died for us, He forgives us, He sees Christ’s righteousness not our sins. He calls us (collectively) His bride; He calls us (individually) His children. The truth is that we are loved by God. If we don’t feel that way, we are focusing on something other than the truth (assuming that sin is not hindering our relationship), so pretending that we feel loved is simply reminding ourselves of the truth. In fact, in some way it is part of preaching ourselves the Gospel every day: Christ died for our sins (even today’s), and Christ also died to make us his beloved children.

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