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Book Review of "Immersion: Live the Life God Envisioned for You" by Dr. Mark McNees

Immersion: Live the Life God Envisioned for you.
by Dr.
Mark McNees 280 pages, $14.
99 ISBN-13: 978-1460967706 Christian Devotion/Nonfiction What covers 70% of the planet, constitutes 60% of the human body, makes up 70% of the human brain, and comprises 83% of our blood? While a person can go without food for weeks, he cannot survive more than a few days without...
Given that this clear liquid is perhaps the most important element known to man, is it any wonder that so many metaphors hint at it? Consider how living as a Christian has been has been equated with "swimming upstream," or the fact that non-Christians resent it when Christians do not "go with the flow.
" Certainly, existing as a Christian in the modern era requires the tenacity of a champion swimmer: to learn not to fight the current but how to thrive in spite of it.
With this mindset, Dr.
Mark McNees has written a practical treatise establishing how Christians can succeed today with Immersion: Living the Life God Envisioned for you.
McNees is the founding pastor of the Element 3 Church in Tallahassee, Florida and draws upon his experiences swimming competitively to give Christians realistic advice for victorious living.
His athletic prowess has helped him compete in triathlons and even complete the grueling Swim from Alcatraz: an open water swim where participants swim from Alcatraz Island to the shore of San Francisco, California.
While the distance is a little over a mile, the fast moving current makes the distance swam almost two miles instead.
To be successful, swimmers have to mentally prepare for, and accurately navigate, the speed of the current.
Immersion rightfully implies that the Christian life cannot be lived apart from the world-instead; Christians should live productive lives while being fully engaged in culture.
McNees develops his ideology by taking the Great Commandment (to love God with your heart, soul, mind, and strength) and the Great Commission (to love your neighbor as yourself) and tying them to a swimming motif.
Such a framework divides Immersion into seven parts: Part 1 Life Immersed The Great Commandment Part 2 Water Loving God with all your heart Part 3 Breathe Loving God with all your soul Part 4 Navigate Loving God with all your mind Part 5 Kick Loving God with all your strength Part 6 Stroke/Pull Loving others as yourself Part 7 Swim to Win Putting it all together I appreciate McNees' complete transparency when he admits that he has not always had it together in his life.
His struggles with excessive weight, depression, and a nagging sense of hollowness will communicate volumes to those who face similar struggles.
When it looked as if suicide might be the only way to beat his pain, his father's gentle rebuke ultimately encouraged him.
His dad said, "You haven't tried everything - you've never tried Jesus.
" Unlike other Christian authors who jump from one version of Scripture to another in an attempt to find the precise word order that "proves" their point, McNees utilizes the New Living Translation (NLT) for every Scripture quoted.
His biblical interpretation is sound and his scriptural application is spot on.
You can read this work with full confidence that the author will not lead you into false Christian teachings.
In addition, between each part of the book, the author has included a devotional guide which would be ideal for any small group Bible study.
To take the guesswork out of how to live a fully immersed life, McNees has included a novel idea to help Christians live these concepts.
His W.
template is an acronym that encourages the reader to holistically evaluate the Christian life by considering: Worship-Am I spending time with God? Heart-How is my emotional life? Others-Am I living the Great Commission? Learning-Am I feeding my mind? Eating/Exercise-Am I being a good steward of my body? Dr.
McNees has written an enjoyable book that I could not put down.
If you want to experience authentic Christianity and live life above your brokenness, Immersion is for you.
Review by Steven King, MBA, MEd

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