Ages ago I signed up for various blogger book-review programs. One of the main things I learned from those programs was that, in general, I don’t like reviewing Christian books. I still owe a review for the last book I accepted from one program, and I’ve got a number of other books that I’ve read recently that I never reviewed (all library books or my own, so my procrastination isn’t as bad as with that one.) This latest Twitterature linkup was a perfect goad for me to try and get as many of them off my “to review” list as possible. 🙂
Thought-Provoking and I’m Very Glad I Read
- The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible by Scot McKnight.
Understandable and thoughtful look at how to read the bible. Loved his specific examples of how everyone picks and chooses what to take literally in their interpretations. If you like Rachel Held Evans, you’ll likely like this one. If you don’t like her, you’re probably already scandalized that I enjoyed this one.
- Holy Ambition: Turning God-Shaped Dreams Into Reality by Chip Ingram
Practical, inspiring, motivating. Oh, and he bases his concepts on Nehemiah. Love that. (I read the older edition, but the revised edition I’ve linked to doesn’t seem to have substantive changes).
Worth Reading, but won’t ever read it again
- Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul by Jennie Allen
Liked the overall message, but the structure seemed confusing and disjointed. Other books discuss the concept in a more effective way, but glowing reviews indicate that I might be alone in my thoughts.
- Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus by Mary DeMuth.
No idea why I didn’t like this book more. The topic is good, it’s well-written and well-organized. It just never engaged me at all. Great reviews indicate that most readers disagree with me.
Didn’t Do Much For Me
- Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff.
I expected to love this book after “meeting” Goff in Donald Miller’s book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. Instead I feel like the highlights I got from Miller’s book were enough, and Goff’s own book ended up feeling repetitive and tiresome. Maybe I just don’t relate to him? Some of his antics seemed juvenile rather than whimsical, and irresponsible rather than spontaneous. It’s also very Christian-lite, and his subtitle doesn’t match the text. His story isn’t something most people can replicate, unless they also are super wealthy. I’m sure he’d be fun to have coffee with – his stories are amazing. His book though? Disappointing.
- Your Signature Life: Pursuing God’s Best Every Day by Dianna Booher.
Like the premise of it – the importance of giving my best to all the small and seemingly insignificant details of daily life. Not sure why it didn’t engage me more than it did, but I plodded through it.
- Sabbath: The Ancient Practices (Ancient Practices Series) by Dan Allender.
Wanted to like it, but found the writing to be really dull and repetitive.
- How to Talk About Jesus without Freaking Out by Jim & Karen Covell and Victorya Michaels Rogers.
Just not my style at all.
For more peeks at what people are reading, head over to Modern Mrs. Darcy’s link-up!
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