Thou Shall: Freedom to strip away the “nots” and discover what God wants by Jamie Snyder
This book has caused a paradigm shift in my thinking. I want to strive to be a sheep and not a goat. God has called us in The Great Commission to go and do, not sit and watch.
The author, Jamie Snyder, is lead pastor of Lakeside Christian Church in Kentucky. He holds many more titles; husband, father and most importantly child of God
In this book Pastor Snyder reminds us that our God is not just a Thou Shall Not God but a God of love who loved us so much that he gave his only Son to die for our sins. We are to see The Ten Commandments as a guardrail and that we shouldn't live in sin avoidance but to live as Jesus would have. We should, as he says, “put on your fire suit and crash helmet” to be on the move as God wants us. We should care for people, love our neighbors, that doesn't mean to sit and think about it but actively do something. We all have someone in our lives that need help in some way, help them. James calls us to look after orphans and widows in their distress. Pastor Snyder believes, at this time, that we should include single parents. One thing I particularly liked, “There is great danger when we begin to feel superior to others because of something as shallow as what we wear or when we look down on others because of what they choose to put on.”