Escape by Heather Rae Hutzel (Book Review)

Jesus came to set us free.  The Bible tells us that it was for freedom that Christ has set us free.   plan-your-escape_3d-coverJesus told us that He came that we might have an abundant life.  Freedom is a very important issue to God.

Yet, it seems that so many Christians are not living in the totality of freedom that Christ offers.  Why is that?  Heather Rae Hutzel tackles that question in her latest book as she writes concerning  the issue of escaping from the spiritual prison that many find themselves in.  

Jesus came to set us free from our sins but many Christians, free from sin, still find themselves in a prison cell.  Hutzel believes that our cells come with two locks, one on the outside which Jesus has already unlocked, and one on the inside in which we have to unlock.  She uses her own journey with Jesus to help the reader understand how to unlock the door from the inside.

If we are to live as totally free people, then we must realize what it means to be truly free.  Unfortunately, many Christians live under the watchful eye of religious rules and regulations.  There are plenty of Christians out there that feel like they are part of God’s Police Squad always ready to put you into a place of confinement if you dare to step outside the boundaries of what they deem as Christianity. We also tend to be our own worst enemies when it comes to beating ourselves up over our shortcomings.

Jesus came to set you free from that. But you must be willing to escape.

Hutzel also tackles the issue of being willing to give God everything and being willing to do anything for Him.  For us to be willing to do anything for the Lord, we must be willing to allow Jesus to help us unlock our prison door from the inside so that we can escape into His wide open fields of life that He has for us.quote-from-escape-by-heather-rae-hutzel_5

Hutzel also deals with the area of God’s love and concern for us.  His love for people goes beyond what we can comprehend.  His care for us even goes beyond our faith level.  He desires to give you more than you can imagine.  He desires for you to break out from your mediocre living and experience a radical, set apart life for Him.

Another arena that Hutzel traverses into is that of our slavery.  We are slaves to many things that we often times are blinded to.  We are slaves to the American Dream.  We are slaves to a watered-down, Americanized Christianity.  We are slaves to our own mental doubts and unbeliefs.  We are slaves to living a mediocre life, settling for just okay.  Her goal is to help us escape the shackles of our slavery in order to be able to do anything for Jesus.

Jesus came to set you free from that. But you must be willing to escape.

Jesus came to set us free, but it’s up to us to accept that freedom and learn to live in that freedom.

One thing I appreciate about Hutzel’s writing is her honesty and transparency.  She isn’t afraid to talk about her own fear and struggles in escaping from her own personal prison into God’s overwhelming freedom.  Growing up in church she thought she knew Jesus, but she came to a place in her life where she discovered that she didn’t know Him as He really wanted to be known.  It was at this point that she began her own escape.

I would most certainly recommend this book.  I really enjoy her honest writing.  Her style is very appealing and the book is very relatable. If you are ready to escape from your own personal prison cell then this book needs to be put on your must-read list.

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