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Jesus encourages us to become like children in order to inherit God’s Kingdom. Childlike faith is not an option. R C. Sproul Jr. explores in depth what it means to accept Jesus’ invitation to practice a childlike faith. As the father of eight children, R.C. Sproul Jr. watches how his own children approach every day, buoyed by trust, hope, and joy. Through their eyes, the wJesus encourages us to become like children in order to inherit God’s Kingdom. Childlike faith is not an option. R C. Sproul Jr. explores in depth what it means to accept Jesus’ invitation to practice a childlike faith. As the father of eight children, R.C. Sproul Jr. watches how his own children approach every day, buoyed by trust, hope, and joy. Through their eyes, the world is fresh and brand-new. Everything is an invitation to express astonishment and wonder at the great gift of life—and, the great Giver. The Call to Wonder is an invitation to rest in childlike joy and peace built on a deep trust in the living God. Like a child, you, too, can rest in God’s almighty arms and gasp at the fireworks of his glory exploding around you every day in his creation....

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The Call to Wonder: Loving God like a Child Reviews

  • Peter N.
    2018-12-06 23:10

    Different authors do different things to me when I read. Some make my brain hurt as I have to read and reread paragraphs. Some make my heart hurt as they point out my sin and drive me to confession. Some make me feel like I have been in a boxing ring. R.C. Sproul Jr. centers me. Whenever I get the feeling that I am directionless, especially with my family I go back to Sproul Jr. When I read him I feel at peace. That may sound strange, but he directs me back to the center of my faith and my vocation as a father and husband. This book is no exception. With his typical love for Christ and trust in his Word R.C. settles our hearts by reminding us that our Father is worthy of our trust. He will not let us down. We are to follow him with joy as a child. I would add here that Sproul Jr's own experiences, the death of his wife and daughter, add great depth to this book, even though they occurred after the book was written. He has lived in child-like faith through some very dark valleys. The book has been lived by him, which gives it weight and authority.

  • Adam Fenderson
    2018-11-21 23:10

    This is a very personal book for the author, making it somewhat difficult to review. I think R.C. Jr. makes several good and needful observations, but they mostly seem to be based off his personal anecdotes; that doesn't make them invalid, but it does lessen their force somewhat. I would have preferred that he built his case a bit more on scripture and use the illustrations for detail.The last couple of chapters struck me with more impact than some of the others; the call to live in light of the future I will spend in eternity, and with God as the loving Father who has chosen to adopt us.

  • Nicole
    2018-11-12 21:11

    Truly inspiring read that had me both laughing and crying. A great reminder of how we are to approach and trust God. In a world that wants to push us further away from child-like faith, this short book inspires you to take a step back and simply enjoy God for who He is, no matter your circumstances.

  • Melissa
    2018-11-10 17:28

    This is an amazing book for those of us who have lost at least some of our childlike wonder and trust. I wasn't quite sure how much it would help me, because I already marvel at God's creation. But there is so much more to it than that! And I still take God's creation for granted sometimes and focus on the downsides of things. From topics on humility, joy, and drawing near to God, there are so many things to learn from this book! One of the big things for me was the reminder that God is a loving Father to His children. Obvious point, but for some reason my mind tends to stay on the judging, angry side of God, when He placed the punishment for sin on His Son. We are still called to maturity and holiness, of course, but we should love and seek those because we love God.The story Dr. R. C. Sproul Jr. told of his daughter "Princess Happy" just blew me out of the water, too. She and others like her are a gift, not a burden, and they are our spiritual betters in many ways! They know how to trust, to enjoy, and to please.Even if I didn't agree with every little point of the book, it still deserves a definite 5 stars.Here are a few quotes from the book:“There's this thing that I like to call the RC Sproul principle of hermeneutics.When you're reading the Bible and you come across someone doing something really stupid, don't say to yourself "I'm glad I'm not him." Ask yourself "How am I that stupid?”"Daily I witness my spiritual betters in my own children. When the snows come, I see ice crystals falling, slick roads, and rising heat bills. They sit at the window in awe of God's creativity. When nighttime falls and the stars shine, I muse about burning balls of hydrogen. They join the dancing of the spheres in celebration of God who made them. When our family sits down to eat, I envision a cluttered kitchen and dishes needing to be washed. They see daily bread delivered by their faithful heavenly Father.""If you should ever be blessed to be far enough from the cacophony of civilization when a heavy snow falls, you can even hear the very music of the iced dew's delicate descent. It is the repainting of a landscape in a thousand hues of white. It is the dance of the wind.""The trees in the fields clap their hands, not as solemn applause but as giddy frolic. The seas roar, not like a lion but like the crowd at the football game.""Because we are more adult than actually mature, we tend to take our sins and baptize them, dressing them up as spiritual maturity.""Perhaps the most shockingly transcendent thing about the God we worship is that He is pleased to stoop down to us, to draw near, to know us, love us, walk with us, and call us all by name." "The call to delight in our heavenly Father is not one that can be rightly obeyed with bootstrap effort. One cannot grimly determine to rejoice in the grace of God. The only way to rejoice the way David did is to be overcome with emotion. David's joyous dance was true to who he was and true to how he felt about God. It was David becoming like a child, so much so that he insisted on giving in to his willingness, even his eagerness, to become undignified." "Instead of seeing all of this as God's extraordinary grace, we come to expect the comfort and joys that God gives us as the baseline, the measure of what we believe to be our due. When our comfort level drops below our expectations, we are shocked and angered, and even foolishly express our outrage to God Himself."

  • Jan
    2018-11-15 17:17

    This fine book, which you will probably shelve in Christian life/spiritual growth section, is calling you back to recapture your childlike spirit and faith in God. R. C Sproul Jr. uses Matthew 18:3 (NKJV) “Unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” R.C. Sproul and his wife and their eight children live in Orlando Florida and he is a teaching fellow at Ligonier Ministries. This book is the result of his raising the 8 children and times he paid attention and became attuned to God through living with his children. I particularly like the chapter headings as I always knew where he was heading. They are 1. Surprised by God; 2. Marks of innocence; 3. Call to Trust; 4. Call to Wonder; 5. Call to Please; 6. Call to our father, 7.Call to Maturity; 8. Call to Joy; and 9. Call to God's presence. He uses examples of his early education like God having a strong right arm to show how the Bible often uses anthropomorphic language to describe God in human qualities to show that God is omnipresent. He suggests that when we are reading the Bible and come across people doing things really stupid, ask yourself “ How am I stupid like they are?”The book starts each chapter with a well chosen Bible verse and then wove some very personal stories about his children, who are lacking in doubt, in skepticism and unbelief. He shows the wonder of family stories, both in the Bible and the importance in raising a family to help illustrate how wonderful God is and how much we should trust him to do what he promises. He talks of hard family illnesses, and transitions as they moved to be closer to his pastoring father, to help in his ministries, and how we are called to honor our elders. Many of the lessons he learned as a son to a famous pastor and the father in turn to inspire his children were very simple stories but drove the examples home. This is not a heavy book, but one that will make you want to live better and be oh so childlike in your trust and honor, without worrying what others think of you. His third child has severe developmental problems, but he shows that she is the child Jesus took into his arms to serve as an example of simple happiness and total trust. I think it will be a wonderful addition to your library and the photo on the cover of a small child holding a wonderful butterfly tenderly on the cover and each chapter beginning will still your soul and cause you to remember when, and return to the child like love of God...

  • Peter
    2018-11-20 21:22

    See my full review at my blog.We have all heard and been told that we ought to have faith like a Child. This comes form Matthew 18:3 where Jesus tells his disciples that "unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." Many of us wonder, however, what Jesus meant that we should become like Children. This is the focus of R.C. Sproul Jr.'s new book The Call to Wonder: Loving God like a Child. Sproul begins by exploring how surprising it is that Jesus would ask us to become like children, but the more he explores what it means to be like a child, it is not surprising that God asks this of us. Children are innocent, loving, and are ready and willing to trust whatever their parent tells them. Through many personal reflections on being a son and being a father of eight children, Sproul demonstrates what it means to love our heavenly father like a child.I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. It is an easy read which is in the spirit of this book. Sproul describes that sometimes we need to not analyze things so much and just wonder at the greatness of creation. He does just that in his writing as well, he does not over analyze "childlikeness" but instead says simply that this is what children are like and this is why God wants us to be like him. If you get a chance you should read this book.

  • Abbie Riddle
    2018-12-06 17:24

    One can not help but think of great Christian writing when one hears this name. In fact his children's books are some of my favorites because they also are perfectly suited for adults to enjoy over and over again. However, this book is especially touching and sweet. It is one that will strike a deep chord with anyone who chooses to pick it up.Through very personal and candid stories of his family and children he explores what God's love for his children is and what it is truly like to have child-like faith. This mirrors so many of my personal thoughts as a mother of 5 that I was amazed! Each day God truly does reveal himself in a more intimate personal way through my children. Not only in their wonder and faith but also in their disobedience and failures - for it is then I understand the grief that I must cause my father when I depend on my own knowledge instead of his loving guidelines set in place to protect and care for me.Truly this book will be one that will touch and change many lives. The candid writing and personal style will immediately capture any audience and change the way people think of Christ. R.C. Sproul has most certainly done what he does best - explore and expound on scripture in a way that any one who reads the book can relate and understand.Thanks to Tyndale for this very generous review copy.

  • Bill
    2018-11-17 23:15

    Very glad I read this book. Spiral Jr's writing style allows for easy reading, even his explanations of "complicated" theology. My favorite chapters of the book were "A call to maturity" and "A call to Joy". I hope I can apply at least a fraction of what this book teaches. A couple quotes: To be mature in understanding is not ultimately about knowing the definitions and nuances of complex theological concepts. To be mature in our thinking is not related to whether we read the most provocative theologians of our day. Ironically, maturity of understanding may well be remembering, and resting in, the simplest things." Page 111. "Because we are more adult than actually mature, we tend to take our sins and baptize them, dressing them up as spiritual maturity." Page 124.I recommend this book to all. It is a good read for those who remain childish (different than child like) and theological "wonks" (as RC calls them) who claim knowledge as mature wisdom. As you read this book you will find yourself in one or both of these categories, as I did.

  • Carmon
    2018-12-03 16:29

    I plan to write a review of this one, but R.C. wrote a lovely and encouraging book, forged in the fire of his own trial of watching his wife suffer with leukemia and pass away as it was going into print. We sometimes think we know so much, yet we miss so much by not having a simple trust in God and His Word. This book points to the things we need to see with fresh eyes.

  • Jon
    2018-11-28 17:11

    Writing this review is spurred by the news of RC, Jr.'s daughter's death. This book is very touching in its dealing with our need to love God like children, especially such as his daughter Shannon, who went to be with The Lord today. You can't help but read this and feel RC's love for his children and his wife, just as The Lord loves His children.

  • Michael Cunningham
    2018-12-10 00:34

    This is one of the best books I have read lately. Sproul jr. doesn't just make a rational, biblical case for his thesis, but draws you into his own personal joys and struggles to explain why one should wonder at God. This is a book I will refer to again and again. May God help me have the faith of a child.

  • Nathan
    2018-11-29 16:32

    What's the difference between being childish and being childlike? Sproul will get you to think about your spirituality from his own personal experiences of how he learned lots of very important lessons. Along the way he has some great insights into Scriptural ideas like the covenant, God's love, and adoption.Great book.

  • Blake Western
    2018-12-05 18:16

    The author shares many experiences from his children and family in his call for us to become child-like, not childish. He points to the way children express wonder, trust, joy, etc. The author and his wife have eight children.

  • Kristin
    2018-12-07 19:10

    This was a beautiful reflection on the value of being like a little child. The book notes well how captivated children are by the simple, and the real JOY that comes in seeing the world and standing in awe, in a state on wonder! Let us realize our daily blessings, oh how they abound.

  • Brittany Dalomba
    2018-11-30 00:06

    Beautiful. Chapter 8 especially.

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-24 19:05

    Moving. Clear. Biblical. Unexpected in places. I really appreciated this book & the perspective it challenged me to take.

  • Ryan Ray
    2018-12-05 21:35

    I really enjoy R.C. Jr and some of the early chapters had some great quotes. As the book progressed I lost interest and decided to stop after 5 chapters.

  • Jennifer McMaster
    2018-11-28 18:13

    wow-has totally changed my view of suffering. It is actually something to be welcomed because of what it accomplishes as we submit to the will of God.

  • Hollie D
    2018-12-02 17:21

    This book is amazing. It caused me to laugh and weep and wonder at the amazing ways God loves us. I think this book is very needed in the modern day Reformed Tradition. Read it. You won't regret it.