Book Review: “Desire Found Me”

While reading Andre Rabe’s newly released book,¬†Desire Found Me, I was guided by the questions: is this vision that is being presented making Jesus bigger or smaller… greater or lesser?

Objectively processing ideas about God we have not yet considered is challenging. We are often reluctant to allow new paradigms to “shift” in order to modify or replace our old ones. But could our understanding of the Infinite ever possibly be exhausted? Obviously the answer is no. Embracing “new thoughts about God” often simply means we need to expand our present understanding of what we believe about God. But sometimes it means we were actually wrong-headed and need to change and completely make a “shift” in our thinking. I was inspired with both challenges through reading¬†Desire Found Me.

Andre presents some powerful and exciting visions of God and the atonement that may lead you to question a few things you have always believed. I encourage you to consider how they make Jesus bigger and greater than you ever dared imagine; and as a result, you will find your own significance as His image and likeness will be realized and expanded!

Desire Found Me presents a layperson’s look at the anthropological observation of mimetic realism: that we are not ourselves by ourselves but have been wired to reflect whatever we behold. This has tremendous implications and insight for the very foundation of our faith. We were designed as beings that would reflect the original desire of God: to know His adoration of us and to reflect it back. In contrast, Andre unpacks for us what happens when this God-given capacity to reflect is misdirected and becomes focused on inferior desires. The progression is traced from the garden story to the global crisis of violence we find ourselves in.

In part two Andre covers the topic of myth and how the significance and power of myth is in its reality as something that “happens.” While the literalists are trying to prove that every OT narrative “happened” and the liberals are trying to prove that certain stories “didn’t happen” (thus losing their vital message), Andre demonstrates the resonating reality of how myth communicates and unveils what IS happening (i.e., mimesis and scapegoating against the backdrop of divine beauty and loving sacrifice). Andre reveals the genius of the scriptures as an intentional conversation by God to demythologize the standing myths of history by subverting them. The pinnacle of subversion of our human wisdom is most clearly demonstrated by the cross itself!

In part three, the theory of the atonement as a violent act of God upon Jesus to balance a legal scale is addressed and questioned. It is examined alongside other atonement theories giving their strengths and weaknesses as we consider man’s attempt throughout history to find the central meaning of the cross. Andre completes this section with a perspective he has developed called ‘Mimetic Atonement.’ It is a beautiful addition to the many facets of the cross that man has discovered and attempted to articulate throughout history. In fact I think you’ll find it is one of the most comprehensive and cohesive views as it brings together the dynamic of God’s first encounter with man and that of the cross. The connection between God’s desire to create His image and likeness as “very good” and the finished redemption secured by the cross is as astounding as it is pivotal.

I would ask the potential reader: Is your gospel story a revelation of the wisdom that comes from above or is it merely a rehash and a validation of the world’s? Is there any revelatory power in your traditional view or is it simply a conglomeration of man’s ideas projected upon God — thus remaining simply “human wisdom”? (1 Cor 1:18-25; 1 Cor 3:18-20)

While you will find Andre’s beautiful and poetic message to personally ignite passion and love for God, this book is immensely more significant than a theological or devotional read. It is a paradigm that connects every person’s value with God’s. It leads the way for us to value, include and honor all who God values, includes and honors. Consequently this vision has the power to change our own small worlds which in turn has the potential to eventually change the world at large. The understanding of the value of mankind as His image and likeness revealed and redeemed in Christ has the revelatory power to truly end violence as it moves mankind to “beat their swords into plowshares” (Isa 2:4). We only need to ask ourselves how our various religious paradigms of “us and them” and scapegoating have served us over the millennia. We clearly need to change our minds (repent/metanoia) about our traditions.

There are a few things Andre presents that I am unsettled on in my mind causing me to go deeper; this is always a good thing. I hope you will enter the conversation by reading this book and not be afraid to perhaps allow your view of our Creator and Abba Father to expand beyond what you could ever ask or imagine (Eph 3:20). And the logical result of beholding this vision of a God who sold all He had to redeem mankind from our inferior expression is that you will “never call another human being ‘unclean’” nor judge anyone “from a human point of view.” (Acts 10:15; 2 Cor 5:16) I believe this is just as powerful for you in your next human encounter as it is upon the collective mindset of an entire world.

In closing, I would encourage viewing Andre’s teachings on his website on topics you might want more clarification.

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    1. Ron Boyer says:

      Yes, I would like follow ups.

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