Monday, January 12, 2015

Look and Live by Matt Papa - REVIEWED

About the Book: (from Bethany House)
Only One Addiction Can Set You FreeMatt Papa was a "professional Christian" in full-time ministry, ready and determined to change the world. All the while he was depressed, addicted to the approval of others, and enslaved to sin. But then everything changed. He encountered the glory of God.

All of us live in the tension between where we are and where we ought to be. We try our best to bully our desires into submission. And we all know, this is exhausting.

Are you tired? Stuck? Still fighting the same sin you've been fighting for years? The call in these pages is not to work or to strive, but to lift your eyes. You don't need more willpower. You need a vision of greatness that sweeps you off your feet. You need to see glory. 

Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Look and Live.

My Thoughts:
Make your life one unflinching look at the glory of God in the face of Christ.  For that is why you exist.” (p. 133)

What a challenge Matt Papa sets before us in his book, Look and Live!!  I have been a Christian, by the grace of God, for many years, and I don’t think I’ve ever read a clearer explanation of what the Christian life should look like.  Matt doesn’t flinch when he talks about God’s glory, God’s sovereignty, God’s holiness and the number of ways we tend to replace the eternal, holy God with idols that will never satisfy or transform us in a way that enables us to submit completely to God’s will for our lives
His explanations and examples are crystal clear. If you are a believer reading this book, you will definitely be challenged and offered an opportunity to invite God to transform your entire world. If you are an unsaved person reading this book, you will be blown away by the gospel of Christ, and offered an opportunity to receive Christ and be changed for all eternity!

I’ve bled my highlighter dry.  I’ve written notes and exclamations galore in the margins of the book.  This is an amazing book!  The message:  LOOK FULL IN THE FACE OF CHRIST….GAZE….BEHOLD….and LIVE!!!

EVERY BELIEVER should read this book!  It is amazing!!  This was a TOTAL God appointment for me at this particular moment of life, and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to read this precious message written by a transformed man!

About the Author:

Matt Papa is a minister, recording artist, and worship leader based out of Raleigh, North Carolina, where he lives with his wife, Lauren, and three daughters, Paisley, Stella, and Sofi.  He serves on staff as a worship leader at The Summit Church in Durham and is currently finishing a master's degree at Southeastern Seminary.

For over a decade, Matt has been singing, writing, and recording songs that are saturated with God's Word.  To Papa, a song is more than just lyrics and melody - it's a sermon people will remember. Learn more at

The great thing about this book is that there was a worship CD released with the same title that will allow you an opportunity to worship God in a fresh way!


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