We can never resolve our sin by working on it.
That was the first line of many that made me literally catch my breath and stare for a few minutes as I read The Cure by John Lynch, Bruce McNicol, and Bill Thrall. A few pages into chapter one and I was already filled with a feeling that few books give me: a feeling of longing, of knowing this is truth and it is truth that I have been missing. So here I am with another book review so close after the last. Because this is a book that must be shared.
I received The Cure from my best friend for my birthday. I remember asking her about it as she read it over the summer and then promptly forgetting the title. But she didn’t forget and gave it to me a couple months ago, assuring me that it gave a clear picture of Who God is and who we are in a powerful way. Turns out, she was right.
Once I started reading, I was hooked. The thought of this book is what got me out of bed several days while I was reading. But enough about me. What was so life changing about this short little Christian life book?
An analogy of two rooms runs through each chapter – the Room of Good Intentions and the Room of Grace. To be honest, I initially thought that was a bit silly. I mean, we’re all adults here (or almost). Do we really need a cute story to go along with our theology?
The first chapter is titled “Two Roads” and discusses the paths to and consequences of both Rooms. It ends with the unnamed man finally coming into the Room of Grace. He has been trying so hard to please God. He knows he’s not happy and that no one around him is either. But he doesn’t know what else to do. Finally, he runs away from the Room of Good Intentions and sets out on the other road, leading to the Room of Grace.
As someone who has struggled with perfectionism and trying to get everything right for a long time, this book was the first to so accurately put into words all the feelings behind that. I learned things about myself and what I believe and then I learned the truth about God and how dear I am to Him.
After arriving in the Room of Grace, the man begins to learn what it means to live out of grace, not just good intentions. What it means is freedom, joy, purpose, nearness to God, and so much more. Each chapter addresses another aspect of a life of grace and is both painful and healing to read.
My review cannot do this book justice. I’ve tried to tell a few people about it, but my words never fully explain how God has used this book in my heart. Since reading it, I haven’t stopped thinking about it and before I was finished, I was ready to read it again. The pages are already full of notes, prayers, and, in some cases, tears.
I recommend this book to you, as my friend did to me, because it is a book everyone should read. Not just the perfectionists. Not just the Christians, even. Everyone. I don’t think it will ever grow old, though I foresee my own copy becoming quite tattered through the years.
Never has a book changed me like The Cure and I pray the truths in it will keep working in my heart for many years, freeing me and filling me with the wonderful joy of being near the Father. And I pray that you will read it and that you will join me in a more full and true understanding of this life we lead as disciples of Christ. I doubt you’ll regret it.