2 Chairs (2016)

2 Chairs is about making time for God each morning, recommending setting up two chairs in one’s home and sitting with God. When dealing with one’s problems, the book asks three questions: (1) Does God know your situation? (2) Is it too hard for God to handle? (3) Does God have a good plan for you? The author suggests the answers are yes, no, yes, respectively.

The author gives seven steps for the two chairs process:

  1. Discover two chairs – sit down with God
  2. Call your WHO friend – after talking to God about problems, talk to friends
  3. See the field – understand the situation
  4. Change – discern changes that can be made to help
  5. Be strong and courageous – trust God
  6. Eyes forward – don’t dwell on the past; don’t look to the future; seek God’s help for now
  7. “Do the Done” – God has conquered; live into that trustingly

All in all, there were good parts of this book. I can foresee using the three questions at the beginning in certain pastoral situations. But there were also parts of this part that made me uncomfortable. For example, there is much patriotism linked to the spirituality of this book; Jesus’s name rarely (if ever) appeared in this book; and the author guarantees God will show up during one’s two chairs moments.

I do want to adopt something of this model for mornings. He suggests an 80/20 rule: for every minute one talks to God, one listens for four. So at its heart, there is much intercession and contemplation being described, but it’s clothed in evangelical garb that I’m somewhat skeptical of.

That said, I am grateful for having read it as it was recommended by someone in my men’s group at church, and I’m grateful that it has helped a vast number of readers.

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