A Ready Recollection

The Mind Numbing Ponderings Of A Pulpit Preacher

Seven Wonders:

Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life: by Glenn Beck and Kieth Ablow, M. D.

This book is not about politics at all, but a biography of sorts, with some philosophy, religious thought, and psychology thrown into the mix.

It does provide the reader with questions that should be answered.

  • Where does the courage to persevere come from when everything seems hopeless?
  • Why is it nearly impossible to succeed with faith?
  • How much do family and friendships matter in our journey?
  • How do we break down our walls and reveal our inner truths?
  • What does having compassion really mean?
  • How do you tell real friends apart from those who are holding you back?
  • If there’s no one to blame for my past, what do you do with your anger and resentment?

It is no substitute, of course, for the Bible. I believe the Bible is capable of answering life’s questions but sometimes we need help to realize WHICH questions we should be asking. While I cannot agree with Beck’s religious views I did find this book a good resource for understanding people who find themselves in crisis situations.

I give it 3 out of 5 head bobbles.

April 23, 2011 Posted by | Book Review | Leave a comment

The Secret to Waking Up the Pew Potatoes

The Secret to Waking Up the Pew Potatoes is designed to double or even triple the attendance in the church assembly in just a few months.  Every member is empowered to do what he/she can for church growth.  From the very young to the elderly, everyone is given a simple task to accomplish.  This doesn’t overwork anyone, and everyone rejoices together as the numbers increase.  This step-by-step system is designed to help older established congregations, who have stopped growing, to re-ignite their passion for lost souls.  Putting the concept to work generates an endless supply of contacts for Bible studies and resurrects what is often a near-dead congregation!

At least that’s the description.

The truth is, while there are many good ideas in this book it still focuses more on superficial perception than on actual growth. I found several of the ideas worth implementing and whose application produced some results but far from those promised of doubling or tripling attendance. Many of the concepts were generic and, let’s face it, just common sense things we were already doing.

I did, however, find many of the charts and studies to be very useful. Sermon outlines, class ideas and Bible studies that can help any congregation. I can see how this book might sound attractive to a struggling congregation. While it can be of some use, don’t get your hopes pinned on dramatic results.

This book would be best used in conjunction with other resources. It is worth the read and is a pretty good investment but it does make promises that is application simply can’t keep.

I give it 3 out of 5 head bobbles.


April 14, 2011 Posted by | Book Review | 2 Comments

Get Real

Get Real by Glenn Colley and Chuck Webster

Straight talk to teen guys and girls about respect, responsibility, and restraint in a time when “anything goes”. Give teens the gift of information that will keep them from experiencing regret. Biblical, easy to read, sound advice. Great for teen Bible classes.

MY REVIEW:

Looking through curriculum for ANY class is somewhat stressful; teen classes can be excessively stressful. That is, when you take into account attention spans, temptations to “text” during class and all out boredom.

“Get Real” made an impression on me. Not just because I know one of the authors but the fact that it’s not exactly like other teen oriented books. Many text that are geared towards teens have a generic flavor that tends to be, how shall I say, naive at best. Get Real is different. It actually treats teens like real people and not merely as students who need to be told what to do, how to act and react.

This work does more than just address issues, it encourages self examination. That ability alone sets it apart from many other class-books. After reading through it several times, highlighting this and that and making some personal notes I fond it to be very conducive to the needs of Christian teens.

I give it 4 out of 5 head bobbles.

April 14, 2011 Posted by | Book Review | Leave a comment