Enter In by W. Brett Terry
A reflection on self-control, part of the fruit that the Holy Spirit develops in the lives of followers of Jesus. Brett explores understanding and applying the practices of simplicity, enjoyment, limits, and focus in order to live out the life of Jesus more fully
Reviewer – Carl Walker
Founder of En Gedi Retreat
Age: 40 something
Married 20+ years with three children
Enter In is a concise book that can easily be read in one setting. I enjoyed Brett’s realistic look at himself (which made me laugh along with him) as he took quick trips into some of the core issues he sees that distract us from a peaceful and productive relationship with God. He had helpful thoughts about how our walk with God is a continuous re-adjustment of our world and our place in it. I also was thankful for his thoughts and scriptural work in showing that self-control is what allows us to live a full life, and not the busyness that we are very used to.
The book has biblical references throughout, and many are pulled from The Message, which some will find distracting, and others will find refreshing. It may help some to have their favorite translation close by to reference.
Favorite Quotes –
“I started identifying what is basic in my life – family, and friends, work, recreation, and my home.”
“Trying to live without limits takes more energy, and ultimately destroys us.”
Reviewer- Chase Lovins
En Gedi Retreat apprentice
Age: 20 something
Single, no children
Enter In is written by Pastor and Teacher Brett Terry, and is short, sweet, and to the point. The focus of the book is on finding rest through self-control. Although the two concepts may seem distant and wholly unrelated, Terry links the two by the common thread of our ‘busyness.’ Terry asserts that we are a people group consumed with busy work that may not actually be producing much. He likens this notion of busyness to a drug addict who always needs more in the short-term, denying the effects of the long-term. Terry helps readers understand their need to break from this addiction through self-control in order to experience true rest.
The book is a manageable read, and is riddled with scriptural support for every statement made. Personally, the scripture use may be over-kill, but it is encouraging to know that the thoughts are not simply the author’s conjecture, but that they originated in scripture. In my opinion, the book seems to weigh heavily on the theoretical side of the concept, giving little to practical application. There are several personal stories and relatable metaphors, but I believe more would be helpful. In total, the book is a great starting place for someone looking to learn more about resting in the Lord, but should not be depended upon as an all-encompassing work.
Favorite Quotes –
“People often use their busyness, their experiences, and their possessions in an attempt to produce a feeling, a spiritual state.”
“Kicking the habit of constant over-stimulation and activity may feel terrible as you withdraw from it, but God has something larger and better for you on the other side of it.”