This book is the gospel truth; it is the framing and re-framing of the gospel in such a way that it truly is accessible to all its stated audiences: seekers, saints, and sinners.
Cavey makes a statement late in the book that I think sums up the whole experience: “the gospel is a message all people need, including those of us who have been enjoying life with God for many years.” Indeed he echoes this over and over. I don’t mean to say he beleaguers the point. He presents some pretty critical theology in a way that is highly accessible to all. Despite the fact that some of that truth is slightly out of step with much popular belief, he never comes across as overly preachy or high-minded.
The author also reflects on much of his own personal struggle with self-worth and doubt. I think this is perhaps the most open door into the experience of the gospel; that it happens in real people, and that the experience is loving and transforming. For my part, I felt both of those things to be deeply true.
As an introduction to Jesus, this book is fantastic. For those familiar, it offers something further: a reunion with the actual God of the Bible, departing from the institutes of religion until we stand in the same room with our Creator, no longer needing a chaperone.
For fellow fans of theology, you will find echoes of Richard Rohr and Dallas Willard (he actually quotes Willard) and even a little flavoring of N.T. Wright. It’s a far more layman-friendly read than most of those guys typically produce, though, and the substance is equally enriching.