Book Review: An Infinite Journey by Andrew Davis
"An Infinite Journey: Growing Toward Christlikeness" is the only book that Andy Davis has written besides a popular booklet: "An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture. The MIT trained engineer turned PhD in Church History has a sharp mind with an exceptionally accessible writing style. In recent months, the First Baptist Durham pastor has become one of my favorite preachers.
In this book, the former engineer attempts to map out the full scope of the Christian life and I think, succeeds in doing so. Davis organizes Christian Growth into four cyclical categories: Knowledge which leads to Faith which leads to Character which leads to Action which leads back to Knowledge. Davis creatively dubs this the KFCA cycle.
I found these categories helpful but what makes this book so exciting is its degree of Bible saturation. Davis has memorized 35 books of the Bible which means he has the Bible at his disposal in a way other authors simply do not. The number of Bible connections I made was thrilling. Even while reading on extremely familiar topics I was amazed to see how Davis would shed light on a topic not because of his insight per se, but due to how he grouped four or five text together.
There are too many strengths in this book to mention but I'll mention several.
1.) The City of Truth metaphor. Davis describes the Christian life as one where we are building, by faith, a city of truth. "God desires to build a City of Truth in the heart of all his children. This City of Truth will also be erected brick by brick; that is, line by line of Scripture, precept by precept, truth by truth, over years of time spent in his Word and his world." "We may not perceive how knowing the names of Issachar’s four sons could possibly make a difference in our lives, but yet we know God speaks no worthless words. From such facts as these, a limitless abundance of material is mined for the City of Truth."
2.) Faith - I'm suppose there are others who have explained Faith as well as Davis did but something clicked for me. More specifically is how Faith fits into this KFCA cycle. Faith is confidence in unseen spiritual realities. Faith is a life response of living in light of who God says He is, what he says he will do and what he says we should do.
3.) Resource for Teachers - Davis's lucidity makes this book a huge help for preachers and teachers. So often I found myself making mental notes, "next time I preach on _____ start here." By not making assumptions, he strengthened his arguments immensely.
The namesake metaphor of two Infinite Journeys is a little muddy in my mind. I get what he says, the external journey is the worldwide advance of the Gospel to all the nations and the internal journey is the journey of the individual Christian of going from spiritual death to glorification. I just don't find it that helpful. First of all, neither journeys are really
Length - I wasn't put off by the 480 pages but most people will be. This makes it quite a bit harder to recommend or read it in a discipleship context. I don't know much of what I would cut out (that's the editors' problem) but I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to use this as a discipleship resource.
I loved this book and would eagerly recommend it any anyone who will listen. It comes highly recommend this book. 5 of 5 Stars.