Reviews of HEAVEN’S MUSCLE
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“For the Christian who wants to learn a thorough understanding of the role of the Holy Spirit, Heaven’s Muscle by Bren Hughes would be an excellent resource.” — Jim Erwin, D.Min., minister and blogger, JimErwin.com.
“I read the book in one sitting. It’s a fast, engaging, easy to digest read.
Bren is a good writer, and he draws the reader into his points through the use of personal story. The book is also laced with Scripture, so I like that it’s biblically based.
Heaven’s Muscle takes a brutally honest look at Bren’s journey from being raised in a Christian home, then being immersed in legalism, and moving from there to agnosticism and even atheism.
Eventually, Bren ended up on the side of discovering what a true Christ-follower was all about.
I believe that many Christians who are disaffected with today’s Christian “religion” will identify with what Bren describes as being a major obstacle in his journey.
In so many cases, God’s people are not familiar with the Holy Spirit. Countless Christians worship the Book instead of the Person, and they are wedded to religious traditions, more than they realize.
This book will be an eye-opener for such people.
Bren talks about an awakening out of legalism and Pharisaical religion. Legalism is still strong today in Christian circles, as much as libertinism is. (These are the two chief enemies of the gospel.)
Bren’s writing style is warm and compelling. Even though it’s a nonfiction book, it reads like a story in many parts.
All in all, I recommend this book for Christians who are part of traditional churches as well as those who are struggling with doubt.”
“Bren Hughes’ Heaven’s Muscle: Unleashing the Power of the Spirit Within You is an easy-to-read part spiritual memoir, part spiritual wisdom that highlights what being a true Christ-follower is all about. In it, Hughes outlines how to move from a deadening religiosity toward a life revitalized by the Holy Spirit.
In the opening chapter, Hughes addresses what he calls “the spirit of religion” — a legalistic spirit that keeps us from following the Holy Spirit. In that way, Heaven’s Muscle is a book much like the classics by Walter Wink or William Stringfellow.
But it’s the chapters that follow that are the real gems. Hughes writes about the biblical basis for the work of the Holy Spirit in a way that makes the Christian spiritual life come alive with vitality. And he connects that vitality to the depth spirituality of baptism itself. For the strongest of “heaven’s muscles”, though, one needs love. Love is the essence of what this life in the Spirit looks like (page 68).
It’s the awakening from the slumbers of this legalism that Heaven’s Muscle is best at. And it’s what makes this book a real eye-opener for lots of Christians who struggle with the legalism that was at the heart of Hughes’ own early life — and ultimately found him embracing atheism.
But it’s the journey back to a vibrant faith that ends the book that makes it a real joy to read. Hughes offers a warm and compelling vision of living Christianly for those who struggle. And it’s a book you shouldn’t miss.” — Rev. Dr. Julius McCarter, author & blogger at “The Little Friar.”
“This is a book about the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ.” And with that begins an honest, challenging, and ultimately compelling journey through the author’s personal experiences that led him to embrace the Spirit of Christ in new ways and to strip away religiosity and bibliolatry rampant in so many lives. This book is not for those comfortable in their pews, taking part in the week-to-week traditions of “church.” No, this is a book for those who want to confront spiritual complacency in their lives. Told using engaging anecdotes and strong scriptural insight, Bren crafts a narrative that comes from the heart, and creates an atmosphere of an old friend talking about his life story. It’s an easy read in one respect, but incredibly challenging in others. Definitely worth the read!” – Keith Heyboer, public school teacher.
“Heaven’s Muscle is an easy read that shows the power available to believers through the Holy Spirit. The more we use a muscle, the stronger it becomes. Bren Hughes gives a clear picture of passion and purpose powered by the desire to give glory to God. I didn’t want to put it down!” – Rita Woods Aaron, home-school mom.
“Heaven’s Muscle is well worth your money and time. Bren Hughes paints a vivid picture of how God is working all around us today. Stacked full of sound biblical principles woven together with personal stories makes you feel like you’re having a casual conversation with an old friend. Excellent book! I will be buying multiple copies and handing them out to people!” – Justin Hammonds, author and motivational speaker, JustinHammonds.com.
“Bren’s story speaks to the heart. This would be an excellent book to give to any teen or young adult struggling to keep the faith.” – “Danielle,” blogger and home-school mom.
“This is a truly remarkable book. Bren explains the process of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the subsequent life of freedom we experience. I would recommend this book to those who doubt that God is alive and doing his mighty work.” — Marie Atkinson, Amazon reviewer.
“If religion makes you sick, you’ll love this book by Bren Hughes.” – Rhea Perry, entrepreneurial eduator, EducatingForSuccess.com.
“Bren’s insights were poignant; some were surprising. This book has opened my eyes to the true work of the Spirit throughout Biblical history and the work the Spirit wants to do in me and through me today. It’s the Spirit that provides the power! And that power wasn’t only available to Jesus . . . or those Jesus directly touched . . . or only a select few. It’s available to me! And as the author says, “Do not underestimate what you’ve been given.”
I highly recommend this book. It’s an easy read. Bren’s style is warm and natural. It will make you feel like you are sitting at his dinning room table having a conversation with him. I found myself smiling a lot as I read. I loved his stories and the way he let his readers into his life, his thoughts, his personal struggles.
This book did not disappoint! I believe God brought it to me at just the right time in my spiritual journey.” – Jill Ferrell, home-school mom.
“Heaven’s Muscle will be a tool by which God opens the eyes of others who give it an honest reading. It is that good.
Bren pulls no punches. And he shouldn’t. When your view of Christianity leads you towards atheism, while in the midst of ministry, something is wrong. And something has to be done because he’s not the only one who has ventured down that road.
Bren shakes things up a bit, speaking critically yet compassionately about where “bad religion” can take us because that is what some of us need.
Bren wants us to see that salvation is empowerment. It’s more than just going to heaven when you die, it is being infused with a life-giving Spirit right here and right now. It is something we cannot live without. It is this empowerment that gives us strength and hope in the midst of the onslaught of evil forces among us.” – Douglas Young, minister.
“A very honest and transparent look at the author’s journey from being raised in a Christian home, being taught through the lens of well-intended legalism, to agnosticism, atheism, and back to a purer, truer version of a Christ-follower. This journey allowed him to strip away the baggage that church traditions can have, and take a fresh look at exactly what the Bible does and does not say, and why it matters. Heaven’s Muscle will challenge you to ask yourself if you’re worshiping the living God who is revealed in scripture, or just scripture; if you’re following the Spirit’s leading, or toeing the line of church tradition. Regardless of your own tradition and belief, even if (especially if) you’re a skeptic, Bren’s intellectual approach and transparency will speak to every reader. I eagerly await the 2nd book from Bren Hughes.” – Heather T., nonprofit manager.
“Extremely beneficial for all to read.” — Roland Barton, Amazon reviewer.
“I found this book very refreshing, all though I was not brought up in a religious household such as the author. I found religion later in life and found it very off putting how judgmental the church that I began attending seemed to be. I now consider myself more spiritual than religious and this book has helped me make more sense of my spiritual journey. I do not believe in coincidences I believe that this book was placed in my path for a reason and I look forward to putting this information to great use. If you’re considering buying it just do it!” — Lindsay Reid, Amazon reviewer.