theooze.com with a bunch of other bloggers. I grabbed this selection based on the subtitle. The book is called by About You by Dick Staub. The subtitle reads: Jesus didn't come to make us Christian; Jesus came to make us fully human.
Given the recent declaration by Anne Rice, this caught my eye. There are a lot of Christians out there feeling uncomfortable with the institution of church and are wondering what a faith outside of the Christian subculture can look like. I assumed I was getting a book that would dive into those kinds of questions.
I should have researched a little more.
This book isn't about that. The title was a dead give away. This book is about you.
Which means it was not at all written for me. It states in the first paragraph:
"Would you like to make sense of your life? Do you want to achieve your potential greatness?"
I have never read a book by Anthony Robbins or Joel Osteen, but I bet they sound a lot like that.
Soon after the author writes:
"Perhaps your life has unfolded ideally and just as you planned. But for most of us, life deals us some serious blows and detours."
And that is who this book is for ... and why I am hesitant to critique it too much. It could be that a book like this is just the "shot in the arm" a person who has been beaten down needs. They need to hear about how they have a great design and destiny. For myself, the only thing I might add to my life is a 7 figure income (or six would be fine... heck, I'd even take a high 5).
My only direct critique is that the author, for some reason, feels the need to make disparaging remarks about science in one of the chapters.
"Science can make truly great progress in the study of the natural world, but is of little value in examining spiritual, non-material reality."
In a very cliche'd manner, the author sets up a science/spirituality opposition. I believe this antagonism only exists as we create it. I confess that the author's attitude soured me on the rest of the book.
As I said, I am not the best audience to review this kind of a book, however I would wager that for someone in need of the like, there are better options available.