Surprising Truth For: Introverts, extroverts, control freaks, free spirits, people persons, curmudgeons, and especially, YOU
Community Is the Surprising Solution to Your Self-Help Needs
Exercise. Eat right. Share your faith. Produce fruit for God. Oh, and try to relax. Ever feel like trying to succeed is all about you? Or that trying to “die to yourself” only makes you more self-focused?
The Bible certainly has a lot to say about “me,” but it has much more to say about “we.” In fact, there are over 100 passages in the Bible where the two words “let us” are used. Let us not give up meeting together . . . let us encourage one another . . . let us serve one another. Could it be that the only way to fix “me” is found in “we”?
In Better Together, pastor Rusty George teaches how to satisfy your deepest needs through the power of “us.” Together we connect with God better. Together we heal better. Together we overcome fears, raise families, fight temptations, and bless the world around us better. Learn how to live in true community to find the fulfillment you’ve been looking for.
This book was incredible. Growing up in the individualistic culture of American society, it can be easy to fight for our independence, isolate ourselves, and just not actively pursue community. In the book, George tells the story of Roseto, Pennsylvania, a small town of Italian immigrants. During a study, doctors found that the people in this town had incredibly low occurrences of heart disease. While they were researching this, they found that they also had abnormally low occurrences of ulcers, suicide, alcoholism, drug addictions, and crime. After researching every potential cause or reason behind this, they were unable to find anything that would remotely produce these links. The only outstanding thing about this town was its community. Here is what they eventually found: “These people lived in such a close-knit community with one another that their ‘togetherness’ literally overcame their poor diets and lack of exercise,” (pg. 57). If living in community can result in such positive health benefits, imagine what it can do for the rest of you.
This book addresses the attitude of “I don’t need anyone” in such a wonderful way – the author is so humble and honest, and he comes alongside of you in a ‘let’s do this together’ way instead of the ‘you need to do this’ way that so many other books do. It talks about how community is beneficial for you and your relationship with God, and how healing happens together. There was a whole chapter on perfectionism and how it relates to relationships, and I literally spent the entire chapter going, “Oh my goodness. That is me.” And I loved the last chapter on leaving a legacy, especially regarding the balance between protecting you and your family from the world and yet growing your community so that you are a blessing to the world.
Overall, this book was phenomenal. It was short, to the point, and relatable, and in my opinion would be beneficial for everyone to read.
I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.