Review of "Hearts of Flesh"
As one who hungers for spiritually enlightening books, I am deeply grateful for this book. Truly it is a multiply faceted jewel inasmuch as it offers multiple and bright sparkles of the Truth harbored in the Gospel.
Yet it is seemingly tucked away in the furthest corner of the publishing world. And maybe that is as it should be! There to be found--like a baby in a manger way out in the boondocks--just by those who diligently seek Truth himself.
There is no way that I can overstate how truly insightful these writings are. Suffice it to say that Mr Pruitt is here giving us some of the freshest retelling of the very best true-story ever told, the Gospel, the best news ever!
I take the liberty here to quote a couple of the many ways Fred takes what has been dim through overexposure and by doctrinal filters, and releases sparks of The Light that begets worlds!
Here Fred lifts the veil on The Incarnation -- a word we so often use so flippantly--via the parable of the Good Samaritan, and brings us face to face with the bottomless mystery that is Love:
"Normally the story of the Good Samaritan has from our childhood been presented as a moral tale. The focus is a man who has been beaten and robbed, and then left to die by the side of the road. A story about how one ought to act if one is to be 'Christ-like.'
"But now we consider the wounded man himself. Do we not realize that just as the Samaritan is Christ, the wounded man is also Christ?
"Emmanuel has allowed Himself to be disguised under dirt, blood, vomit, and excrement. In Man He has allowed Himself to be wounded, to be stripped of His heavenly raiment by robbers, to bleed naked on the side of the road, to stink, to be repellant and abhorrent to the sight of other men, so that they dare not dirty themselves by touching him and so pass by on the others side of the road.
" 'Insomuch as ye do unto the least of these my brethren, ye do it unto me.' When He said that, He was not being figurative. He was being completely literal." ...
Here he touches the deepest part of the foundation that is Jesus Christ: "Salvation ... Christ within us, is an entirely inner event. Christ is the 'seed of God'....We are the wombs in which the Father plants His seed... And just as it was told of Mary, that 'holy thing' which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God, and that is the hidden life of Christ within us rising up within our very selves. ...
"Salvation is first of all the destruction of that false god [the idol we'd built our lives around], and then the rising again within us of our true selves, naked before God, but now we are clothed with His Glory... Which is the actual SELF of GOD!
"No longer 'Christ after the flesh' means that Jesus of Nazareth is not just an historical figure, who actions two thousand years ago somehow affected us,
but that the Living Christ, the Eternal Jesus died and rose again IN US, and we now are the 'Son of God' expressing Him in our world."
This is truly New and truly Good. Thanks Fred for being the bearer of the Word that births the New Creation: the New Heavens and the New Earth!