A Relational Life: Foundations for Peace and Happiness
A Relational Life may help transform your life toward greater peace and happiness. Based on the fundamental truths about the world in which we live, the author shows that there is "something" in our world that is broken and how this "something" can cause distress in our relationships. Unlike behavior-focused approaches that tend to build walls or push people away, A Relational Life takes a fresh look at well-known biblical principles that truly form our relationships resulting in bringing people together. Though the memory of poor relationships cannot be erased, you can do something about them so that your life is more peaceful and happy. This book is written to be read by both Christians and non-Christians.It is not difficult to see bad things in this world. We hear bad things in the news every day, we have problems with people at work, and we complain about our governments and the people who run them. We see decay all around us, and we have frustrations and arguments at home. Yes, we see people hurt, and we hurt people, even the ones we love. Sometimes we hurt people unintentionally, but unfortunately, sometimes very intentionally. We dont like it when we are the victim, and we dont feel good about it when we are the instigator.There can be only two explanations for a world like this.First is the explanation that says that the world is simply natural the way it came into being. Many believe that the world itself is not the problem, but it is through chance that problems occur. These problems can range from natural destruction such as earthquakes and other natural disasters to man-made disasters and evil. They would even say that evil exists, but in the end, they would explain it all as "that is how the world is" and we have to live with it the best we can. In other words, the world in which we live is not the problem, but bad things happen in it.Second is the explanation that says that something about the world is not right. This is not to mean that he world is apocalyptically broken, but that there are aspects of the world that are just not functioning as planned, such as a partially clogged fuel filter on a car or an occasional short-circuit in an electric device. Originally, the world did not show brokenness, and there were no natural or human-created destructive experiences. However, something happened that caused broken experiences in the world. This is another way to explain the world in which we live.Both of these explanations are called a world view. Only one of these explanations can be true.C. S. Lewis, author of the Chronicles of Narnia series, said, "Lets pray that the human race never escapes Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere." Iniquity is a rarely used word today, but it means bad or more distinctly, short of the mark. He also went on to say, "...the Christian view is that this is a good world that has gone wrong, but still retains the memory of what it ought to have been." In a way, this respected and admired teacher is reflecting something profound. He is suggesting to us that this world somehow is broken rather than assuming that this world is simply natural. Many Christians live as if the first world view is true; that is, the world is not broken, but all that is good or bad is natural. On the other hand, interestingly enough, many non-Christians live as if the second world view is true; that is, things about our world are not right. As such, this book is written for both the Christian and the non-Christian, but the goal is to bring us into the world view that the world at one time was not broken, but now it is.This book answers three questions: What is broken in this world? How do we deal with whats broken? How do we live in a broken world together with each other?
Author: Mr. Ken Hertzler
Publisher: Independently published
Release Date: 2019-04-30