Christian Book Reviews

By Margaret Lukasik

The new book, Apprehended and Apprehending by author  M. J. Andre is now available.  Released September 28, 2012 it can be found at the book store and Smashwords. 

Apprehended and Apprehending

My Review Of Apprehended and Apprehending

Author M. J. Andre has written a much needed commentary of the Christian church titled, Apprehended and Apprehending.  It's a loving contribution of self-help, that if followed, will apprehend the hearts of Christians to live their lives according to the work of Jesus Christ on the cross rather than the man-made doctrines floating about many of our churches.    

Sadly, many Christians have been left on their own after salvation, not realizing that they've only taken the first step into God's will for their lives.  They have yet to fulfill living the truth of God's Word and obeying the purpose for their lives that has been set for them by God since before the beginning of creation.

This very deep and sensitive information, written from the author's heart and His active knowledge of God's Word embraces the true doctrine of Jesus Christ, dispelling the idea that we can live Christianity by our own actions rather than identifying with Christ in order to achieve full confidence in who we are and what we can accomplish by the power of God.

So many Christians are left to take up their own cross by trying to achieve God's will through "self" instead of "denial of self" through Christ.  As M. J. Andre so profoundly wrote in Apprehended and Apprehending, "we have to stop living as if Christ had never been resurrected and ascended to Heaven where He can see everything. Christ never meant for something as important as the foundation of our faith to be mere head knowledge. No wonder those that have assumed a position of growth without Christ have become so sinister when it comes to experiencing God.

I wish I could say that M. J. Andre was incorrect in stating that some Christians have become sinister.  But I've seen it, I've been abused by it and I've made sure to stay in a position with Christ where I cannot be touched by it. We must remain close to Christ to avoid the influence of "ego" and "pride" and the damage they can do to the Christian church. However we learn through M. J. Andre's writing that with Christ we can walk with God through the power of humility by yielding to the complete truth of God's Word.  This gives us the assurance that we'll be exalted in due time as told in 1 Peter 5:6 without having to go against God's will to move forward.

1 Peter 5:6

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.

Pride and ego can only lead us to our own conclusions for what path we'll take in life, but Apprehended and Apprehending gives us the antidote of humility that will take us from our own works to the power of the cross of Jesus Christ to insure that we follow God's will in it's entirety. We've been blessed with forgiveness, so we take it and then begin fresh with God this moment.  This is not something we can intellectualize, but take only from a spiritual standpoint.   

If you're questioning your salvation or your calling in life, I implore you to get more understanding from this powerful book that will help you approach the things of God not by your head, emotions or your body, but by your spirit as you allow the living Word of God to transform and renew your life through Christ.  

M. J. Andre Explains The Title Of His Book:

I found the reason behind M. J. Andre naming his Christian spiritual growth book, Apprehended & Apprehending beautiful and quite interesting.  I thought I would share it because it gives more insight into the book when one realizes the transformation of the author based upon his spiritual experience.

Before M. J. Andre had discovered the light of Jesus Christ, he was satisfied and happy with his life the way it was, not realizing the void that existed until one day the Lord captivated his heart. Thus, he was apprehended by the Lord and has been growing in His relationship with Christ from that day forth. 

I believe M. J. Andre's story of salvation is a wonderful example of how we need to continue to grow in the scriptures after our initial acceptance of Jesus Christ.  Salvation is a life-long process that deepens the truth of God's Word in our lives.

About Apprehended and Apprehending

In his book, M. J. Andre presents the truth about Christianity, teaching the importance of not accepting the many doctrines that don't fit with the scriptures.  He challenges our salvation, encouraging us to move past our comfort zone and be willing to grow in Christ, rather than listening to the many watered-down doctrines that put us in danger of  misinterpreting our salvation.  The danger being that some of us may not actually be saved, and without the truth we may never find out until it's too late!

I'm very much looking forward to reading Apprehended and Apprehending and will be writing my review shortly.

About M. J. Andre

The author used Philippians 3:10-12 to create a blueprint of the Salvation we have received by grace from God, to show how this work of grace goes on faithfully through dedication, perseverance and endurance to claim the prize, which is the heart of our Heavenly Father. This gives us a deep look into J. M. Andre's heart to realize He wants to know and live nothing short of God's truth in His life and in His writing.

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