I got dizzy as I crouched in yet another spot and angled the camera again. Though I tried very hard, I just couldn’t fit the lighthouse in one shot. It’s highest height was just too high. There was something satisfying about surrendering my desired photo perspective to just sit there and look up.
My interest in highest heights has stuck with me. There’s something awesome to the finality of the being the highest, most, farther, best. The Supreme. The penultimate.
In High King of Heaven, several contributors point to the One who is worthy of that sort of awe.
Edited by John MacArthur, the book features 23 essay-like chapters about Jesus Christ. Each chapter leads readers to wonder and worship. The chapters are organized by theme, the categories being:
- The Person of Christ
- The Work of Christ
- The Word of Christ
- The Witness to Christ
As each chapter is written by a different contributor, readers get to experience a tiny taste of what it will be like to hear Christ praised by a multitude of voices. Some contributors are pastors, others are professors or educational administrators. Many have served or are serving as missionaries. Their voices are diverse, but all unify around the central goal of praising the Most High.
Quotes from the book include:
“When Christ alone is faithfully preached, the world will see His glory. That is the only light that will drive out and overcome all darkness.” –Michael Reeves
“I’m glad, as painful as it is to say this, that God has given me more than I can handle at times because those are the precious times when I’ve come to a tipping point in my ministry and simply fallen on my knees.” –Mark Jones
“The Shepherd will not send a telegram with instructions on the best way to get back home. The Good Shepherd Himself will go out and find us.” –Ligon Duncan
“One remarkable feature about Jesus was how frequently He spoke about who He was as opposed to what He was doing.” –Miguel Nunez
“Error always has room for the truth, but the truth has no room for error.” –Miguel Nunez
“It’s not prideful for the sun to be at the center of our solar system because it’s meant to be that way.” –Mark Dever
There are too many wonderful, enlightening, and worshipful quotes to pull from the book concisely.
You don’t need a degree in theology to appreciate High King of Heaven. Each chapter will increase your understanding to increase your awe.
Although I typically try to write reviews simply so you can decide whether it’s a read for you or not, this is one I just have to recommend—read it yourself!
<I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.>
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