Break Open the Sky


Break Open the Sky: Saving Our Faith From a Culture of Fear
by Stephan Bauman
Multnomah, 2017
Review by Tijuana L.Canders
Sep, 2017

Author Stephan Bauman provides an easy read with captivating truths regarding the intersections of faith and world issues. The truth about world crises must be told but the faith of Christians must also be kept and not dwindle into a place of complacency and dark solitude. Values of faith help to dissipate the fear of an unknown dwindling society.

The book, Break Open the Sky: Saving Our Faith From a Culture of Fear Provides a glimpse of suffering on a global stage – whether from acute acts of terrorism, chronic violence, or sudden injustice, each inviting a torrent of fear and raising a thousand questions. Our actions as Christians to these calamities as a nation seem to undermine the very virtues we so passionately profess. Faith should be a beacon of hope, a testimony of God’s truth that sets us free. Stephen Bauman takes Jesus Christ’s Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount as guidance for Break Open the Sky.

Both Bible, and Christians elsewhere teach on meekness, peacemaking, being poor in spirit, faith, truth, and love. In comparison this book is not self-help a guide to become better people, however it offers hope to rediscover God’s plan with mankind to shine His light, provide grace, mercy, shelter, and make His Kingdom visible on Earth. Christian life should be divine and dusty, uncertain, and full of faith again. Bauman shares a lot from his experience on Mercy Ships and mission field trips throughout the world. He knows the theologians and thinkers he’s quoting, and really appeals to fellow believers that find their lives locked up in this very cage of fear that shouldn’t be there. Bauman urges us to break open the sky through our faith and disrupt the culture of fear.

Stephan Bauman is the President and CEO of World Relief, an international relief and development organization partnering with the global Church to serve more than five million vulnerable people each year. He holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University, Wheaton College, and the University of Wisconsin. He is a poet, an author, an ordained minister and a strategist. He considers his African friends his most important teachers, and his wife, Belinda, his most important mentor. Stephan, Belinda, and their two sons, Joshua and Caleb, live near Washington, D.C.

This book is recommended for those who want to penetrate deep into their faith, an invitation to live in authentic faith, free from fear and its debilitating symptoms.


© 2017 Tijuana L. Canders