Book Review: This Beautiful Mess, by Rick McKinley


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When we picture the Kingdom of God, we may visualize a faraway place of perfection, where there are no troubles, tears or messy situations. In fact, it may be difficult to picture anything other than heaven itself. In his book This Beautiful Mess: Practicing the Presence of the Kingdom of God, Pastor Rick McKinley helps us see the Kingdom at work all around us, in our lives here on earth.

To illustrate what he calls a “revolutionary reality,” McKinley uses examples ranging from environmental stewardship and creation care to solidarity with the suffering. Chapter by chapter, the book shines a light on the Kingdom of God that is hidden, right in front of us. McKinley challenges Christians to preach with our lives. He reminds us that God loves the world, and that He created people from the earth. The book challenges the “my-home-is-in-heaven-so-why-care-about-the-world” way of thinking.

To me, This Beautiful Mess is a breath of fresh air. As a Christian who cares for God’s creation, I appreciate the emphasis on living in the Kingdom here and now. In one of my favorite parts of the book, Pastor McKinley encourages the use of the word “solidarity” as an expression of partnership and belonging.  I recommend This Beautiful Mess to anyone who is looking for solidarity with the Kingdom of God as they travel through this life.

Interested in this book? For starters, you can read Chapter One of A Beautiful Mess, and you can visit author Rick McKinley’s website.

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for writing a review. I was not required to write a positive review; all opinions in this review are my own.

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