Book: Brauns, Chris. Bound Together: How We Are Tied to Others in Good and Bad Choices. Zondervan, 2013.
Point: We are bound together with Adam and cast over the cliff, yet by God’s grace we can be bound to Christ and live.
Path: Brauns begins by explaining the concept of the rope and corporate solidarity (ch. 1) and then jumps right into the bad news of our union with Adam (ch. 2). Chapter three is dedicated to the Gospel, and then the blessings of being bound together with Christ (ch. 4). In chapter 5 he answers those who would push off their responsibility on others because of the concept of the rope. The second half of the book practically applies the concept of the rope to the pursuit of joy (ch. 6), marriage (ch. 7), hurting families (ch. 8), thoughts before death (ch. 9), and our country and culture (ch. 10).
Sources: Puritans, classical literature, contemporary theologians, personal illustrations, and historical references. The book flows and is a very interesting read.
Agreement: I thoroughly appreciated this book. Here is what I think the author did a good job at:
Applying the Gospel to everyday life
Explaining a difficult subject
Answer perceived questions
Resolving tensions in interpretation
Keeping my attention
Providing practical application
Sticking to the topic
This would make a good book to do as a study with those who want to understand Sin and the Gospel in a deeper way.
Disagreement: I am not sure I would disagree with anything major in this book. It was very informative, encouraging, interesting, and valuable.
Personal App: Do I daily revel in the unity I have with Christ? Because of Christ I am accepted!
Favorite Quote: “The good news is good more than the bad news is bad.”
Stars: 4.5 out of 5
It would be worth another read and I would recommend it to anyone who would desire to see the Gospel loved and lived out in their life.
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This would be a top shelf book.
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