The phrase “a mile wide and an inch deep” was first used in 1889 to describe a river in the western United States that was rendered useless for navigation due to of its lack of depth. According to Brandon Hatmaker in his upcoming new book A Mile Wide, the phrase has more recently been used to refer to the Christian church and even to many believers themselves. And although no one wants to be accused of being a proponent of a shallow faith, sensing a lack of depth within your own self is, by far, a worse experience to endure.
In this book Hatmaker proposes that not only is it possible to go deeper with our faith, it’s exactly what God wants us to do. He then provides practical applications in several different areas of the Christian life to aid us in doing just that. He shows us that the power of the gospel doesn’t stop at salvation but continues to transform us and work in and through us if we make the choice to live each day missionally.
Hatmaker says, “Trading a shallow religion for a deeper faith requires us to shift the way we view mission. True mission recognizes that where we are is where we’ve been sent. Mission is all around us. The people around us, the influence we have, and the places we go are our mission field. Our mission is to listen to people, steward our influence, and utilize our position to advance the kingdom. That doesn’t mean we have to lead everyone we meet to faith in Christ, but it does mean that we recognize and capture every moment as a gospel moment.” (p. 141).
This book is practical, heartfelt, and sage advice on how we are to “act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly” with our God (Micah 6:8). It will take you on a journey downward, past the false idols of human intellect and pride, down to the humble depths of love that Jesus calls us to. It’s the answer to the nagging feeling many of us have that there must be more to our faith than the potential limits of the religion we find ourselves a part of. Hatmaker offers hope for those who are searching for more of God’s power and glory within the everyday confines of our day-to-day lives. If you’ve ever had a nagging feeling that there must be more to this life or that God wants you to do something but you’re not sure what, this book is your answer.
Short yet incredibly profound, A Mile Wide is anything but an inch deep.
I received an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. A Mile Wide will be released on September 13, 2016 and you can pre-order your copy now. Visit www.brandonhatmaker.com for more details.