Bound Together Book Review and Recommendation

13 Apr

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In the book of Genesis, we learn Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge in the Garden of Eden which resulted in all of us being condemned to death for this sin. Do you ever ask yourself why it seems unfair that we all received an unjust punishment for the act of someone else who lived long ago? One must go back to the beginning when Adam chose to sin and be disobedient to God to fully grasp the principle of the rope. This is where it all started and as a result how we are all being condemned for his past sin. From this story, we realize that Satan is out to destroy our lives in any way possible (i.e. deceit, lies, etc.) if it turns us away from God. This story is linked to the plot of this book since it starts out talking about the original sin of Adam. Chris Brauns, a pastor and author of this book, references bible verses throughout the book that clarifies his points about how and why we are bound together.

The book is divided into two sections – understanding the principle of the rope and applying the principle of the rope. In the first part, the author discusses the truth behind the principle of the rope. Regardless of our circumstances, we are all put on this Earth to fulfill His purpose since He already has our life planned out for us. We are all bound together no matter how we choose to live our life, and the outcome is affected by our actions and those around us. Several stories from the bible are interspersed throughout the book on how we have been bound together for many decades. We learn from the various stories that we are influenced by the actions and decisions of others. The gospel is the one thing that can never separate us from God’s love, not even the rope that binds us to Adam. When we are roped to Christ, we are more tightly roped to Him than Adam. The fact of the matter is we all sin because we are all sinners, which is why God died on the cross to save us all from our sins. The truth is we live in a fallen world, so despite our intentions, we are not able to change the fact that we are surrounded by sin in the world and our life. As much as we may try to deny this principle, we must learn to live with it regardless of how we feel about it. “But we can do more than merely accept it as true; we can revel in this truth, knowing that through our identification with Christ and or union with Him, we have hope for the future.” Based on God’s word, we realize the rope of our union with Christ is stronger than the rope of original sin.

In the other half of the book, Brauns discusses several of the different ways we are bound to others in our life due to the principle of the rope. We are not to blame our wrongdoings on the actions and choices of others from past or present generations. We all suffer through sin since we are roped to Adam, but we must not put the blame on others since we all have a choice in the end. God knows we all sin, but He forgives those who repent after they have committed a sin. We are bound together in all aspects of our lives, but below are a few different areas the author discusses in his book.

 *We are Bound Together for Joy. It is evident throughout scripture that God longs for us to be joyful in our life. Today, we live in a superficial world where people are consumed by greed and other things they believe will help make them happier than God. Joy is intertwined to our union with Christ through fellowship with other believers. The author illustrated how important it is for us to be bound together with our brothers and sisters in Christ and how the church is bound together with Christ. We can only be guaranteed a joyful ending if we choose to follow Jesus Christ in our lives.
 *We are Bound Together in Marriage. We learn the real meaning of matrimony and the relationship is understood when they grasp the fact that couples are intimately connected by one flesh. This is why it can be such a painful experience for those who suffer the loss of a spouse through death or divorce. It is important to review the roles of a couple because it signifies how the husband and wife are bound together. God calls each person in a marriage to willingly surrender to each other in love in obedience to Him.
 *We are Bound Together by Familly. We can endure sorrow, pain and hurt associated with another family member. Regardless of our past, we can turn our life around if we choose to walk in grace and live our life for Christ. We must remember that all things are possible with Christ. Satan is constantly trying to turn us away from God by trying to convince us to focus on ourselves and our circumstances rather than us staying focused on finding strength from God in all situations.
 *We are Bound Together by Death. As Christians, we have no reason to fear death because we will reside in Heaven with God and have eternal life with Him. In order for Christians to be confident about the end of their temporary life on Earth, they must realize and understand how they are bound together with Christ. Christians reap benefits based on their solidarity with Christ through eternal glory, death without fear, and forgiven for our sins.
 *We are Bound Together by Our Country and Culture. In this final chapter, the author discusses how we are bound together in this country and our culture by emphasizing the difference between radical and biblical individualism. More people seem to be consumed with their own individual needs for their own gain rather than the core values and principles that make this entire world great as a whole for the benefit of everyone. In today’s world, the problem is more people are turning inward which leads them to be less interested, uninformed, pessimistic, or at most slightly engaged about the real world. Evil is prevalent in the world today because Satan wants to destroy our lives when we are not bound to Christ. Biblical individualism occurs when people realize they are not separated by the rest of the nation. The reality of our action lies in accepting the fact that we choose to act for the sake of others, not ourselves. This is important because our actions should be based on glorifying God and others instead of ourselves. It is apparent that we will forever be bound together and can choose to live a rejoiced life rather than one of solitude. Each person can have eternal salvation through Jesus Christ, even though we are all condemned to death for Adam’s sin.

In the end, we all have a choice to make in how we apply the principle of the rope in our own life. We soon realize how much we really do need people in our lives and how we will always be bound together regardless of how we live our lives. In the foreward of the book, Michael Wittmer sums it up best when he stated, “It explains how the gospel works and why our individualistic age lacks the basic syntax to make sense of it.” The rope as explained in this book illustrates the fine line between a choice of sin and salvation. The timing of this book is of the essence based on the impact of the events happening in our nation today. This book is well-written, interesting, and will give the reader a far better understanding of Adam’s sin and how it affects all of us in a bad and good way. By the time you get to the end of the book, you realize the good far outweighs the bad regarding the principle of the rope, and how that applies to your relationship with Jesus Christ.

A special thank you to Zondervan and Cross Focused Reviews for providing me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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2 Responses to “Bound Together Book Review and Recommendation”

  1. Cross Focused Reviews April 16, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    Charolette,

    Thanks for contributing to the blog tour.

    Shaun Tabatt
    Cross Focused Reviews

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