Who is a Christian? Where is the Christian’s home? And what does the Christian do with the times and places in which he finds himself? These questions are examined in Passing Through: Pilgrim Life in the Wilderness by Jeremy Walker (Reformation Heritage Books, 265 pages).
Divided into 12 chapters, each chapter focuses on an aspect of the Christian’s walk through this life. Walker looks at our identity as Christians, the definition of “world”, the nature of this world, the ruler of this world, our equipment to stand fast in the midst of this world, our objectives, our relation to the governing authorities, works of charity, our relation to the delights of this world, our future home, our duties, and to Whom we owe allegiance. Each subject is treated with due consideration, with many chapters containing summary thoughts and specific counsels at the end.
Take your time chewing on the topics presented in this book. A 10 easy steps to perfect Christian living it is not; nor is it a feel-good “do whatever you want” pep talk. Isolation nor assimilation are advocated. Rather, Walker trods the narrow way carefully and deliberately. Scripture is prodigiously examined for insight, with supplements with quotes from noted theologians and preachers. Many valuable principles are gleaned for the reader’s benefit.
I came away from this book sobered and apprehensive about the great responsibility the Christian has in this life, yet I was not overwhelmed, for Walker consistently reminded the reader of the power and nearness of Christ. We are not left to fend for ourselves in dangerous and evil times. Knowing such an advocate is present with us, we are roused to face the opposition with courage and boldness. These reminders are desperately needed for the Christian in the midst of a rapidly changing world.
Passing Through: Pilgrim Life in the Wilderness is a robust encouragement for the soul. I recommend it. May it aid other Christians in their journey.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from Cross Focused Reviews.