Banning Liebscher is the founder of the worship group "Jesus Culture" and also the founder and Pastor of Jesus Culture Church in Sacramento. I received his book "Rooted" for free through the book review program for bloggers from Waterbrook Press available at www.bloggingforbooks.com. And I was surprisingly impressed by this new release, particularly by the personal nature of Banning's writing style and his sensitivity to what really matters.
Following the life of David, the author draws parallels from David's life that we can apply to our own, and stresses some of the important truths we can take away from these rich narrative experiences in the life of one of Israel's greatest leaders. Emphasizing strongly the traits of intimacy, serving and community, the book gives the reader plenty of food for thought in these important areas which impact all of us in one way or another. He illustrates with many stories form his own life experiences, making the lessons much more closer to us individually.
For those who are expecting a deep set of verse by verse theology lessons from David's life story, you may find yourself disappointed by the material. But, for those who simply want to grow closer to God, to be a better servant in the world around them and become more connected to others in community, "Rooted" will be worth reading through. May you read and be rooted and grounded in God's love as a result of this author's work.