Enter the Kingdom. Seek first the Kingdom. Several parables about the Kingdom. The Kingdom of God is at hand. All of these phrases are emphasized in scripture and Myles Monroe’s REDISCOVERING THE KINGDOM is just a reminder of the message Jesus preached. This book is so enlightening and it doesn’t add anything to the Messianic message; no, it just tells people about it in that eloquent style Dr. Monroe is so well known for.
What did I like about the book? I loved Dr. Monroe’s use of alliteration. He’d hit you with something like “dissatisfied and desirous for more” and that’s just one example of many. His eloquence regarding vernacular is off the charts. Additionally, I liked the way Dr. Monroe challenges the reader at the very onset with his statement about religion. He sets up his contrast of a religious mindset and a kingdom mindset–a contrast that is the topic of much debate nowadays. One review stated that this contrast was a turnoff at the onset. If it is a turnoff, Dr. Monroe is not unique in being the center of that conversation. Kirk Franklin’s LOSING MY RELIGION is case in point. Kirk stated in an NPR interview that “Rules without relationship leads to rebellion.” Man, Kirk caught flack left and right from a lot of folks in the church because of that album. His take, while bold, is in many ways what Dr. Monroe was saying in his book: get back to relationship. Get back to the relationship lost by Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the garden. Get back to dominion–not over other people–but over the earth. Manage the physical realm as ambassadors for God in the spiritual realm. Get back to the boldness of knowing that once you’ve entered through the door–Jesus–you have access to the Kingdom and all its benefits.
What didn’t I like about the book? Initially, I would have to say that my only dislike was that Dr. Monroe seemed to repeat things over and over…and over…and over. But then I thought about the old adage of public speaking: tell the people what you’re going to tell them, tell them, then tell them what you told them. And in doing that, what happens is the message becomes ingrained into your mind. Your sponge gets saturated because the flow of information is constant. So as I continued through the book, I appreciated more and more his repetition.
If you’re looking for an eloquent, educational, and edifying read (check out that alliteration) please read out REDISCOVERING THE KINGDOM.