Mankind has always struggled with the big questions: Why are we here? What is life all about? The search for answers has led in many directions, not all of them helpful. In this age, we are inundated with information, but this flood of knowledge has not necessarily produced wisdom. We find answers to the really important questions as elusive as ever.
It really is all about relationship! This is the open secret, hidden in plain sight all along.
In Designed for Relationship, author T.J. MacLeslie’s discussion on the Trinity gave me pause. He goes back to Genesis to remind the reader that God exists as a “Them as much as a Him.” In the creation story from Genesis 1:26 it says, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;’…” I In all the years I have read and reread the Creation story, I missed God’s reference to the Godhead here. And now I wonder how much else I might have missed.
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What is one thing you hope readers will take away from this book?
I hope that they will take away a renewed hope and desire for a genuine relationship with God, as well as some tools to help them on their search. My own search has been somewhat torturous and winding, and I hope that others can learn from my gleanings and save themselves some pain along their way to finding God and becoming all that He has created them to be.
Designed for Relationship invites you to rediscover the relational nature of God and humanity in two parts: Part One examines ancient truths in the Bible to renew our vision of God and humanity; Part Two applies these truths to our lives, using The Five Circles, a practical tool to understand what it means to be human and providing a framework for growth. All of which has come as a result of my own search for God in the confusion and chaos of the real world.
Designed For Relationship is designed to pull readers back from the mundane into the miraculous, to go from mere lip service to God to whole-hearted devotion.
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T.J. MacLeslie has been involved in a variety of Christian ministries since 1990, including pastoring, church planting, leadership development, prayer, and spiritual formation. He currently lives in the UK with his wife and two children where he leads a team focused on prayer and spiritual formation. You’ll often find him walking the fields with his dog, reading a book, or enjoying a warm cup of coffee.