This Beautiful Mess by Ryan McKinley

I wasn’t super excited to read this book. I thought the main title (This Beautiful Mess) sounded intriguing, however the subtitle (Practicing the Presence of the Kingdom of God) sounded convoluted meaning the book would be slightly pretentious and demeaning.

Fortunately the McKinley’s work was intriguing. In fact, I found his words on loving other and finding faith in moments of suffering to be some of the most authentic words I have every read in a book.

The book is divided into three parts: discovery, vision, and practice. First and foremost we need to define what we mean when we say the “Kingdom of God.” Next we need understand what that looks like and how we can live out our faith every day.

This was a quick, simple read with some powerful thoughts. Most chapters end with a short story/poem from somebody. I really did not connect with these enders, so I usually skipped or skimmed over them.

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