“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener . . . He prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more . . . Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit . . . . Apart from me you can do nothing. When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples . . .” (John 15:1-8) This scripture that was chosen for the first page in R Rekedal Smith’s book, Dear Mom and Dad (An Adventure in Obedience). It is the perfect summation of this beautiful 202 page, captivating journey toward obedience.
In a society where people are fixated with the need to appear “put-together,” the raw authenticity in which Robin shares her own family’s struggles was refreshing to my spirit and challenged me to be honest with myself, others and ultimately God about my own wobbly journey in obedience.
As someone who longs to see Jesus move in powerful ways, but often lacks the discipline, willingness or (sometimes) desire to obey Jesus – this book allowed me to see past my own fears and to see the incredible blessing that comes through joyful obedience.
It’s not always pretty. Not always easy. Not always comfortable. But ALWAYS worth it. R. R. Smith, thank you for letting me cash in on my front row tickets to your family’s extraordinary journey through the ups and downs of this rocky and beautiful terrain called obedience.
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By Krista Tidmore, a recruiter and mobilizer at Beyond.