“The Well-Played Life: Why Pleasing God Doesn’t Have to be Such Hard Work” by Leonard Sweet.
I clearly remember the day after I had decided to follow Jesus. My mom said no one could erase the smile on my face. The joy that I felt was palpable and contagious. It was the joy of just enjoying God. In his latest work, “The Well-Played Life: Why Pleasing God Doesn’t Have to be Such Hard Work,” Len Sweet delves into how faith and pleasing God should be encompassed in play and joy.
Sweet points out that somewhere along the way, humanity forgot how to play – or at least relegated it to the life of a child. Life became about pursuing a 5-year plan rather than an eternal Promise; following rules and regulations rather than chasing relationships; avoiding learning from mistakes to striving to never make a mistake at all. We have been so focused on successfully knowing/following God’s ‘plan’ for our lives (and in our churches) that we have forgotten how to enjoy God in every aspect of life.
This book is a refreshing look at an ethic of play in the life of a child of God. Sweet does an excellent job of explaining how play was never meant only for children and that no matter one’s age, playing in God’s playground will bring Divine joy and fulfillment. In an age where faith seems often superficial, Sweet goes deep into the roots of spiritual growth and discipleship.
An excellent resource for small group discussion, for sermon ideas, as well as for the reader who realizes that something is missing in their life with God, this book contains a lot to play with.