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My Neighbor’s House by Marja Meijers

My Neighbor's HouseMeijers, Marja. My Neighbor’s House: The Ten Commandments Series. Mustang: Tate Publishing, 2012. 102 pp. $9.99. Purchase at Amazon or on Kindle for less.

Note: I recently found a box that has been unopened since before I moved to take a pastorate in Mexico, MO back in March 2013. Inside that box was a few books I was in the process of reading for the purpose of review. This is one of those books.

Introduction

I have reviewed another of Marja’s books, Grace of Giving. She and her husband are both active in prayer groups and Teen Challenge-a ministry dedicated to helping young adults overcome addictive behaviors.  You can read more from Marja at her website, Sacred Sabbath.

Summary

Continuing her series looking at the Ten Commandments, Marja tackles the 10th in this particular book. Over the course of nine chapters, she looks at what a full life really entails while questioning who is really in charge of “my” life. She then offers a change of direction which involves the Spirit of God.

In the end, she argues that combating covetousness can only be done effectively through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Review

As before, I appreciate her perspective on this commandment. She takes what is often viewed as a negative – after all, God said, “You shall not…” – and shows how it is meant to be more of a positive command in the life of God’s children.

She draws on a rich heritage of Spirit-empowered living that involves complete submission to the Lord because you, as a believer, have been indwelt by the Holy Spirit. It is not sheer obedience that will satisfy. Rather, it is knowing that you have been redeemed by Jesus and having been redeemed, you can, for the first time ever, actually obey the Lord’s commands.

What is more, she shows how obedience is a paradigm shift in the Christian’s thinking.

Recommendation

My Neighbor’s House is a fresh take on the 10th commandment. Not fresh in that it is new, but fresh in that we don’t often think of the positive aspect of the “thou shalt not’s.” I recommend this book to all Christians seriously considering how the 10 Commandments still apply to us today (and they do!).

Grace of Giving by Marja Meijers

Meijers, Marja.  Grace of Giving: The Ten Commandments Series. Mustang: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, 2010. 116 pp.  $10.99. Purchase at Amazon for $9.34 or less.

Introduction

Marja Meijers was born and raised in Holland.  She was saved by the grace of God in 2001 ad has been passionate about sharing the truths of bible ever since.  Grace of Giving is one book in her Ten Commandments Series.  Other titles written by Marja include Sacred Sabbath, Breath of Life, and Respectfully Yours all of which are available from Tate Publishing.  She and her husband are both active in prayer groups and Teen Challenge-a ministry dedicated to helping young adults overcome addictive behaviors.  You can read more from Marja at her website, Sacred Sabbath.

Summary

Grace of Giving is a book about three little words: “Do not steal.”  As part of her series on the Ten Commandments, Marja says that at first she struggled with how to write a book based on those three words.  Here is how she accomplished that goal:

First, she divided the book into three parts: the warning, the grace, and the promise.  Second, she allowed for three chapters per part.  In the first part, Marja shares the warnings from Scripture calling us to be a giving people instead of a gathering people (a real problem in America too be sure!).  She asks the hard question of who is controlling me and then looks at our “everyone is doing it” mentality and challenges us to think biblically.

The second part looks at the grace offered by God through His sending of Christ to die in our place first and foremost.  Second, she explains that everything belongs to God and we are to be stewards of what we are using.  In the third chapter of the second section, Marja offers the important concept that there is more grace in giving than there is in receiving.

The final part looks at the promise of God.  While not a give-to-get mentality, we are shown from Scripture that when we give to God (i.e., giving our lives over to Christ when we call Him both Lord and Savior) we will receive numerous blessings.  The blessings that Marja focuses in on are the rebirth of our spirit, the salvation of our soul and the sacrifice of our body.

Review

I really appreciated the perspective Marja offered in Grace of Giving.  It is one thing to not steal.  It is another to actually give.  To not be a giving person–especially when you have been saved from your sin!–is to be a thief.  You are a thief of the blessing you could have been.  You are a thief of the joy you could have brought.  You are a thief of the time you could have offered. Her writing style is engaging and real and breaks down superficial barriers created by man to circumvent the meaning of the eighth commandment.

I would caution the reader, however, to keep what Marja says in its proper and biblical context.  It is easy to lapse into a give-to-get mentality when discussing the promises of God as concerns giving.  The reason for giving ought to be from an overflow of thankfulness to God for His blessings and not in the hopes of receiving more blessings.  Fortunately, Marja does a good job of keeping everything in context and centered on God’s amazing grace.

Recommendation

Grace of Giving is a great resource for anyone to think and contemplate what it truly means to not steal.  With the inclusion of questions to meditate upon at the end of each chapter, this book becomes a nice book study resource for small group or personal edification.