Living life at the top: 100 reflections on abundant life, by Paul Clark

Living Life at the Top (Paul Clark)

Abundant life … is it possible in 21st century Australia? Have you ever asked yourself, ‘Is this all there is to living? Could we get more out of life?’ These questions form the basis for this little book that has grown out of 60 second radio spots originally broadcast live on 96.5FM, a Christian radio station in Queensland.

The book retains the 60 second script format so each page contains a different topic. On first glance this is frustrating because you want to go deeper to find what the author thinks of the topics included; topics such as pain, anger, science and religion, self-esteem, family life, criticism, parents and love but none of the topics is unpacked for us. It is designed for deeper unpacking elsewhere, either alone or with a friend, or in a group over a coffee. It is designed for us to reflect on our own context through personal reflection or conversation with others. As such, this little book may seem light-on but the short messages stick with you so that you reflect on them through each day.

So if you are busy and have little time to sit and pore over theological tomes but want to go deeper in your personal and spiritual development perhaps this little book will get you thinking about what is important to you, where you spend your time best, and if you have your relationship with God at the centre of it all.

It is not for everyone but I can recommend it for people who want to look more broadly at topics than standard biblically based devotional material allows. It cannot replace biblical devotions but could be used in tandem with such for those wanting a richer personal and thought provoking response to 21st century life in Australia.

Emma Matthews

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