*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Running from Mercy: Jonah and the Surprising Story of God’s Unstoppable Grace is a study on the Old Testament book of Jonah. Carter shows the reader how the story of Jonah reflects the sinfulness of man and our rebellious nature, salvation (which belongs to the Lord— Jonah 2:9) and the sovereignty of God… Man rebels, he is called to repent, man is redeemed and restored.
Like every single one of us, Jonah was a rebel running from God. As we see in the story, no one can outrun God, and none of the elements are outside God’s sovereign will. It’s through divine appointments when we will come to realize God’s will, our need for Him, and learn to trust His plans and pray.
The story of Jonah shows us that we’ll find the mercy of God by acknowledging our sin and admitting we’re sinners. We experience true freedom when a power greater than the one that held us captive sets us free. Like all Old Testament stories of redemption, the story of Jonah points to Christ.
After Jonah went to Nineveh, God taught him that He should be the source of comfort and joy, not distress and concern. Like us, Jonah had to learn that there’s no way to escape God’s grace, and that lasting satisfaction can’t be found anywhere outside God.
This is a pretty good book! Carter’s a preacher and very easy to understand. If you’re looking for a short study book on Jonah, check this out!