The Longest Bridge Across Water (book review)
I just finished reading The Longest Bridge Across Water by Jeremy Mangerchine. I had seen the book a while back promoted by a group on Facebook but decided then that I had too many other books to read at the time. Then I heard Jeremy interviewed by Steve Bremner on the Fire on Your Head podcast. I was intrigued from the interview so I bought the book off of Amazon for 99 cents.
From the moment I started reading I was hooked. I couldn’t put the book down. The book is about Jeremy’s story of how he was tired of being self-centered and knew that God had more for him. He started to pray that God would show Him more and God answered his prayers.
The book is about Jeremy’s journey into understanding God and what He truly wants from us which is a simple love relationship. Using personal stories and examples, Jeremy leads us through his first and second awakening, as he calls them. I was riveted by the stories, captivated by the love of God for Jeremy and amazed at his experiences. After reading the book I began to pray that God would awaken my own spirit to His love and desires for me.
One of the most interesting things about this book and Jeremy is the simplicity of it. Not that Jeremy isn’t a good author because he is. He is a great storyteller. The simplicity is that he focuses not on technique or a list of how-to’s. Rather he simply focuses on how much God loves us and just wants to be with us. In one place, he talks about how God told him that He just simply wants us to just be.
He focuses a lot on the word and concept of rest. He talks a lot about how God just simply wants us to rest in the finished work of Jesus. He tells about how Jesus wants us to enjoy our relationship with Him. All of this is coming from personal teaching that the Holy Spirit is giving to Jeremy as He shows him the scriptural backing to what he is learning.
I must admit that I’ve known all these things as I’ve walked with Jesus for about 30 years now. I just haven’t experienced them. My relationship with God has been based a lot on performance, always working hard to get His attention. It’s only been in the last few years that God has gotten it through my head that I don’t have to perform for Him. I am on my own journey of learning to just rest in the finished work of Jesus.
I came away from reading this book with a renewed sense of praying for my own spirit awakening. I have found myself wanting to spend more time with Jesus on a personal, relational level rather than just praying and reading my Bible. I have been asking Jesus to do for me what He did for Jeremy.
He ends the book by encouraging everyone that if God will do it for him then He will do it for them as well. Jeremy doesn’t claim to be a great man of God, a highly influential apostle or a great communicator of truth. He’s not trying to build an international ministry, nor build a network of followers. He is simply a man who has fallen deeply in love with Jesus, has had some awesome encounters with Him and wants others to experience the same.
I would love to sit down with this young man over a cup of coffee and just talk about Jesus. I am sure that Jesus would be there in our midst and something wonderful would happen.
Great job on the book Jeremy! I can’t wait to read your next one.