Walls by Ryan Rush (Why Everybody’s Stuck and Nobody Has To Be)

Walls, why everybody’s stuck (and nobody has to be), by Ryan Rush is the latest book I’ve received from Tyndale House for reviewing.

Rush is a pastor, and the book uses a system of “Faith Breakthroughs” from his church to help people to overcome areas in their life where they have settled for less than what God has for them.

He defines walls not as our circumstances, but as our unhealthy mindsets which may have formed, in many cases from those circumstances.

The essential message is to find what God promises on the topic, and focus on those promises rather than on our current way of seeing the situation based on emotions and flesh based perspectives.

In a way, it seems a bit overly simple. A bit like it’s advice you’ve heard many times before, but broken down more into steps and presented in a more inspiring way. But then, even if we’ve heard the solution of relying on God’s promises instead of our perspectives before, it’s still not something most of us are good at.. so while it seems simplistic at the same time it seems like solid ground to work from.

There’s not a whole lot of specifics on how to actually make the change, as he admits it’s different for everyone. He doesn’t go a whole lot into offering specific promises to use either, instead encouraging you to use various resources including talking to other people to learn to seek out for yourself what God says and choose on your own what promise to claim as yours over the situation. And he does also go into a discussion on the difference between promises made to a specific biblical person at a specific time, and those that are applicable to everyone from God.

Some of the resources that are suggested are listed on a website for the book, which is mentioned pretty often throughout the book. While there isn’t a whole lot on the site yet, I think that may be more a factor of the book still being really new.

The Your Breakthrough section of the site has a series of videos that give a short overview of the various parts of the book, which would probably be a good starting point to watch before reading even to have a good idea where things are going.

The site also does have some interesting information, including a chart of various attributes of God and what walls result from issues in those specific areas and what is needed to overcome them, and another chart showing various attributes and points we should reach on our journey in the various areas.

There is also a quiz that is on the site that will give you an area where you might have walls to be considered. This actually made me laugh when I first took it, because while it was right on as far as naming a specific area I’ve been working against issues, this area wasn’t something that had been on my radar at all while reading the book.. in spite of my having had a good number of areas in mind.

The book is well written, inspiring, and easy to read, with lots of examples to make it easily understood including many involving the author’s own struggles in areas of his own life.

First chapter

Tyndale House page for the book

Amazon

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But what did she mean?

Quiz question recently.

“A boat is moving north at 30 km/hour. Wind is blowing south at 35 km/hour. What is the boat’s speed?”

First thought: 30 km/h north… duh… it directly said that in the first part of the question..

Second thought: 5 km/h south aka backwards, 30 north minus 35 south… boat really needs a new captain as why would you sit there trying to go 30 km/h and not boost it up when you realized you were going so slow you were actually being blown backwards rather than making any progress at all

Third thought: 65 km/h north. then the wind is slowing that down by 35, giving you the boat actually moving at the 30 that you were told at the start.

3 completely different answers… all three of which i could support from the question.

For the record, the official answer was the second option. I’d guessed the third from figuring the boat would be unlikely to stay moving backwards. That’s what I get for using logic.

unfortunately, this particular instructor does this a lot. and doesn’t answer clarification questions during the quizzes because she says that makes it unfair to students that already answered that one. and is unsympathetic to our attempts to show how the questions could be taken in other ways than the ones she intends.

so it really turns what should be a simple plug numbers into a formula quiz into a matter of sitting there and trying to really figure out if the teacher writing this question is coming from the same viewpoint as i am on reading and answering the question.

because if what i think i’m answering isn’t what she thought she was asking, i’m the one who takes the hit and gets the question wrong.

it’s an added challenge that i’m not a big fan of having… but i think that’s mainly because i’m not used to having to wonder. usually things on tests and quizzes tend to be written as straight forward as possible.

but i wonder… in general life… how often i’m cluelessly doing the same thing and failing to take into account how someone else is approaching the given situation, and the fact that they might be seeing a vastly different question than the one that i’m working with.

maybe that’s sometimes why my boat is going 65km/h in one direction, while someone else’s is going 5 km/h in the opposite way.

and chances are, maybe neither one of us is on the right track!