Yawning at Tigers: Not My Usual Read.
Most people do not enjoy being told what to do. And for that small sect that does, counseling services are available. Yet, many of those same people who do not like taking orders find themselves right at home in a legalistic church. As an ex-fundamentalist, it has taken years of reconditioning myself to not feel like God was going to annihilate me for swearing when I stub my toe. However, getting out of an environment all about rules moved me completely the other way into is call antinomianism where it’s all grace and the rules don’t matter.
Books that address an almost militant necessity for “holiness” both interest me and make me uneasy; much of the uneasiness might be because I feel like the author will step on my toes and I won’t like what he or she has to say. Drew Dyck’s newest book Yawning at Tigers puts forth a resurgent call to holiness without trying to use condemnation to coerce the reader into seeing his point of view.
What I appreciate about the book is his passion for an important aspect of faith which many in the “grace” community (intentionally or unintentionally) overlook, the idea that as we grow in grace, that idea of grace should move us closer to true holiness and viewing God with a sense of holiness. Through Bible, extended metaphor, and personal stories, Dyck emphasizes why the call to holiness is still relevant today.
Reading Yawning at Tigers did leave me frustrated at some points. Questions I had throughout the book were ones like:
-What does having a reverent holiness for God the way Dyck describes look like for the common person?
-What steps does a man take to move past a desire to live with a holy view of God?
-What were Dyck’s personal struggles with the topic that make him the credible source on holiness?
Drew Dyck presents a compelling case for a resurgence of holiness. He leaves some holes which this reader may or may not feel would make his thesis stronger if they were to be closed. Ultimately, Yawning at Tigers is a good reminder that grace and love should be pushing us towards something.
Disclosure Notice: I received my copy of this book for free from BookLookBloggers in exchange for writing a review of it. I was not obligated to write a positive review. The opinions contained in this review are my own.