Book Review | Designed for Inheritance by Carlos A Rodriguez
Catch The Fire Books | April 2014
I’m going to be honest and admit that I began reading this book with very few expectations as to how it would impact me. Over the years I’ve read (and loved) books by Ed Piorek, Jack Frost, James Jordan, Mark Stibbe, Jack Winter, William Young et al, on the topic of God the Father and Sonship. I didn’t really expect another book on the subject to add much to my journey. Oh how arrogant! Oh how wrong!! I shouldn’t be surprised really because we all know that kind of attitude is a perfect invitation for God to show up and do something.......and he definitely did (and will) through this book.
One of the primary differences between this book and the others, is that Carlos goes beyond our being fathered and beyond our being adopted. He does cover these areas, and he does it in a way that will be understood by someone new to this message, whilst still bringing something fresh to those who are more familiar with teaching on fatherhood and sonship. Rather than this being the emphasis though, this is the launching point for something more, and that’s where this book drew me in. After establishing a solid foundation of our being sons and co-heirs, his focus shifts to what it looks like to walk out our sonship. What exactly IS our inheritance as co-heirs? What does it look like when we truly embrace our identity? How do we deal with obstacles to our inheritance? What is our destiny anyway?
In his exploration of these questions, Carlos combines solid scriptural teaching with his own experiences and lessons learned. The teaching element is good. The text is sound and clearly written. It’s also practical, as well as conceptual, and he doesn’t pull any punches. Without any personal additions, it is worth reading. But the testimonies and personal life lessons? This is where I found myself drawn in. Carlos is a gifted storyteller and he is all at once vulnerable, inspiring and entertaining when he shares his own journey and testimonies. I could picture him re-telling them complete with emotion, hand gestures and facial expressions. I could visualise the scenes he describes, empathise with each of the other people present, and clearly see how God was working. Combined with impacting, heart-hitting teaching, it makes for a powerful book.
It’s worth mentioning I was reading this book initially for ‘work purposes’ (not to brag or to give myself any importance, but rather to emphasise this IS a worthy read). When I read for this purpose, I tend to keep myself focused on the text. This time it wasn’t easy to do that at all! I kept finding myself drawn into the story I was reading or pausing and ‘journaling’ a point out with God in my head, stopping to repent and pray or simply to let something sink in. I’d suddenly realise several paragraphs had gone by without me paying any attention to the text! I have access to a free PDF of this book, but by about a third of the way through, I knew that as soon as this was available on paper I would be first in line to buy a copy. It wasn’t enough to read it on screen and learn. I wanted a paper copy in my hand. I wanted to highlight, make notes, and add the things God was talking to me about that were pivotal to my living out my identity. I wanted to sit with this book in a cozy spot, with a cup of tea and my journal, and re-read it, dreaming with God and recognising afresh that he’s called me to so much more than I’m living. I have a free copy and I was already impacted, but I could see God wanted to do even more so I have planned to buy a hard copy!
This book is powerful and compelling and, if as a people we embrace and live out this revelation, it will change the way our families, our church, our communities and ultimately even our nations look.