Archive for December 31, 2011

Suffering: Conclusion

December 31, 2011 Leave a comment

The end of a year can bring a sense of closure to difficult times.

But we all know that the next year will hold more, different ways to suffer.

The most comforting thing for me to remember as I reflect upon this unpleasant truth is that God, too, has suffered.

We are not alone in our pain. Therefore, we can face it.

Categories: suffering

Going Deep: Becoming a Person of Influence by Gordon MacDonald

December 31, 2011 1 comment

Have you ever encountered a book and given it more than once chance, hoping that it would get better with the passage of time?

I’ve given this book my on-and-off attention for over a month, and I’m crying “Uncle.” I made it to page 155 of 902 tiny pages on my iPhone.

If you’d like to listen in on intimate conversations among perfect strangers and experience dozens of pages of stream-of-consciousness rambling, then you’ll enjoy this book.

Unfortunately, Mr. MacDonald struggles to get to his point and loses me along the way.

What makes this experience even worse is that the author expects us to acknowledge the importance of going deep in our spiritual lives. Richard Foster is right, “The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.”

The author may be deep, but I’m unwilling to watch him dig any more to get there.

Disclaimer: The publisher provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for writing this unbiased and forthright review.

Categories: book review, BookSneeze
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