Review: Flesh: Bringing the Incarnation Down to Earth by Hugh Halter

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flesh bringing the incarnation down to earthSpent some time with a new book from Hugh Halter this week.  Flesh: Bringing the Incarnation Down to Earth is the latest book by Hugh Halter, lead pastor of Adullam and founder of Missio.

Flesh is best described by its alternate subtitle: Learning to be human like Jesus.  I loved this book!  Hugh Halter is the real deal, so immersed in the day-to-day living out of the incarnational mission that it becomes far more than theology or theory.  Every chapter is challenging with just a dash of scary–but so inspiring!  I came away (as I did with The Tangible Kingdom And: The Gathered and Scattered Church) with a deep sense that I had tripped across a rare and startling glimpse into the actual way forward into the 21st century.

Written in five sections, Flesh follows “the flow, timing, order, and process of how Jesus moved into the lives of people.  In short, incarnation leads to a good reputation, which leads to a conversation, which leads to a natural confrontation and then transformation.”

These pages are full of scripture references that light up what it must have been like to actually spend time with Jesus; watching Him interact with his followers.  It is eye-opening in many ways to look with fresh eyes at the between-the-lines action in some very familiar passages.

I’ve always been pulled in by Hugh’s generous helping of real life stories and examples.  Far beyond illustration, these personal stories both make the point and inspire courageous steps in a new direction.  In addition, every chapter concludes with a set of questions that will challenge and motivate those who take this journey.

I also really like Hugh’s encouragement to bring a few others along!  Flesh is the perfect book to distribute to a few with whom you’d like to journey.

If you’re looking for the doorway to missional living, please don’t miss Flesh!  I loved this book and I’m sure you will too!

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