Martin speaks of life as humans be lived exactly like the prototype of humanity, none other than Jesus Christ Himself. He hearkens the reader back to a time of innocence as a child when the world was wonderful, self esteem was hardly an issue, and failure wasn't so feared. He calls the reader to revisit that innocence, love, and acceptance again in Christ by wading into His deep love and humanity. He calls the reader out of the chaos and the noise of accepted society into the fearful wilderness of different and awkward where the voice of God can be distinctly heard and heralded. He calls the reader into obscurity and to the exposure of wounds. He calls the reader to live futuristic in terms of understanding the power of the resurrection and the eventual immortality of our bodies in conjunction with our souls and spirits.
I could give detail by detail of what Martin describes in this book in terms of understanding Christ and self, but my attempts wouldn't do it justice. In what doubles as a C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien deep thinking novel, Martin leads the reader into a seemingly parallel universe of understanding about life, love, and Christ. It's freeing and challenging all at once. The idea of life the Prototype describes it beckons and promises freedom from fear, anxiety, worry, and self mutilation. Yet, the process of embracing a new normal is a challenge in and of itself. To do so will make one strike fear and encourage rejection as the man named Legion did once he was in his right mind.
If you don't read another book this year, you've got to get this one. As a lifelong member and pastor in the Church of God, it was so extremely refreshing to read Martin's words from a fellow Pentecostal / Church of God member and believer. For once, I don't feel like I'm on the outside looking in. And by the way, maybe one of the best parts of the book is the very end where Martin writes his Letter to a Ravaged Bride.
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