Super-Natural Courage: Activating Spiritual Bravery To Win Today’s Battle, by Mickey Robinson
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Chosen Books. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]
I am not sure whether or not the author’s personal angle, which was continually inserted into this book, ultimately helped or hindered the book in getting across its encouragement to believers to share the Gospel message with others regardless of how crazy one is considered in response. I must admit that not knowing a lot about the author or his life or the Jesus Freak movement that started in the 1970’s, this book was at least helpful in presenting the author as having been a veteran of that music while encouraging a new generation to become Jesus freaks like dc Talk proclaimed they were back when I was in high school. Whether or not it will have that result, I do not know. I certainly found it an interesting book and with a lot that is worth praising, but at the same time this is not a book that I feel can simply be taken at face value, since the author’s conception of courage as it relates to Christian evangelism and the Great Commission is far from uncontroversial even within the Christian world.
This work begins with a foreword by Michael W. and Debbie Smith, as well as acknowledgments and an introduction. From there the author discusses various sorts of courage that a believer can use in this world. The author speaks of the courage to hope in God, especially when things look tough (1). He speaks of the courage to follow Jesus in a world that seems to look very negatively at that (2). He speaks of the courage to be humble (3) when we are constantly prodded to be proud about ourselves, as well as the courage to fight (4) when we would rather give in. The author speaks of the courage to strengthen ourselves (5) in all aspects of our lives as well as to persevere in faith and belief (6). The author talks about the courage to use spiritual gifts even when others view them negatively (7) as well as the courage to succeed when it is all too easy to fail (8). After this the author talks about the courage to forgive (8) in a world of resentment, the courage to love (9) in a world of hate, especially towards believers, and the courage to go the distance in living a godly life (11), after which there is an index in a bit less than 200 pages.
The courage that we need to live godly lives as believers in this world must be supernatural because our own courage will fail us. This book does great service in reminding us of the complex aspects of supernatural courage that believers must practice. In addition, the author’s own testimonials provide examples and case studies of the sort of courage that believers in the contemporary Western world can be expected to possess. Whether or not the author’s approach to courage is appreciated or not by the reader will depend to a great extent on the level of overlap between the view of courage and the Great Commission that the reader brings to the table as opposed to that which the author presents. Personally speaking, I think there is likely to be more agreement on the wide extent of courage that the author presents than the specific view of evangelism that the author represents. Likewise, I think that there is a great deal more ambivalence about the Jesus Freak movement in the broader world of Christendom than the author himself appears to recognize, although I am not sure how that will affect the way this book is viewed or the specific market to which this book is pointed.