Rick Holland. Uneclipsing the Son. Woodlands, TX: Kress Christian Publications, June 14th 2011. 145 pp.
4 out of 5
This was a book on Christ, the Gospel and Christianity written by pastor and preacher Rick Holland who at one time a pastor at Grace Community Church where John MacArthur is the senior pastor. This book was adapted from a series delivered by Holland towards college students and young singles adult although I felt the book itself would be appealing and readable for even those in high school. Holland’s thesis is that Christ has been eclipsed today in many of our lives today when Christ should be the focus of all our worship and pursuit of joy. I love the illustration the book gives of the sun being compared to Jesus the Divine Son, which is something the author return to more than once.
The book itself has eleven chapters, each of which is great for devotional read. I appreciated how early in the book in chapter two the author was already laying out the Gospel which is important since many who are young think they are followers of Jesus and understand the Gospel but didn’t really come to truly understand in a salvific way until the Gospel was explained again and again. This book also encourages readers that after salvation to continue looking unto Christ and what that means in terms of its implications for the Christian life. In fact when we stop looking to Christ we start looking at idols. And Holland in the book addresses the need for Christian to repent of making something else other than Christ as our God.
I recommend this book for “young people:” High Schoolers, College Students and young adults. In fact I recommend this book as a work that’s worthwhile for even pastors to read alongside someone they are discipling. I first used this book in this fashion, walking through chapter by chapter with discussions with one of the college students in my church.