This is a review of the book Beloved Dust by Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel.
“What does it mean to live with God?” As Goggin and Strobel pose this question at the beginning of their book Beloved Dust, the authors set forth to write a book on prayer that isn’t about prayer. Many times I find problems with books that claim to be able to “fix” issues such as a prayer life that seems to have gone stale, and while there are moments throughout that seem to attempt to do this, there is some good stuff in this book that makes it worth the read.
Using a mix of personal anecdotes and reflections, wisdom from experience serving in church ministry, and Scripture, Goggin and Strobel layout their case for how people should approach prayer: realize that prayer is not to make ourselves look better, we are mortal and temporary, though we are dust we should not accept living in “dustiness,” and that in every facet we should strive to live with God.
Where I think this book works is that it is not a how-to book on prayer. The life of prayer the authors are endorsing is not something that can really be done formulaically, so the book focuses more on the approach and characteristics leading up to the moments of prayer instead of describing how one should live a life of prayer.
If the reader approaches Beloved Dust expecting simply to be given some good points to ponder regarding why a person prays and how to approach the concept of prayer in order to live with God, this book will satisfy the reader. If the reader is looking for a guide on how to pray better, the only thing this writer can say is that one gets better by practice.
I received my copy of this book for free through the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for writing a review on it. I was not obligated to publish a positive review; the opinions contained are mine.