Monday, November 29, 2010

Truth That Sticks by Avery T. Willis Jr. & Mark Snowden


Jesus taught his disciples and the crowds with parables- so why are we stuck behind pulpits giving litergies chock full of biblical references that congregants probably aren't even reading? Lets face it, most people these days aren't learning from what they read, they are oral learners. This book focuses on making truth stick like velcro in a post-modern “teflon” world. This book suggests that in order to make truth stick, you need to learn how to really reach people (by storying, not “preaching at”), and to disciple them (teach them to do what you do, by storying).

I really found this book interesting! It changed the way I think about preaching, and the job of the preacher- it's not to deliver the most eloquent homoly that no one understands, but it's truly to story the Bible to people, in ways they can remember those stories!! What good is a church full of people who possibly own Bibles they don't read and don't know anything about, but at least there are beautifully delivered sermons, when there can be a church full of people who truly understand and hunger for God's word...even when that means changing the delivery! The only thing I didn't care for in this book was that it was a slow read. I had to struggle to keep turning pages and not give up on it completely.
I recommend this book to anyone in a church leadership position, from a pastor to a lay leader- even to someone who is considering being in leadership.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Amy Inspired, by Bethany Pierce

Meet Amy Gallagher, an aspiring author who gets caught listing her life, instead of living it. She is stuck in a job by default; in a relationship, by default; with a housemate, by default- none of these fulfilling her life. Her housemate Zoƫ is the exact opposite- a free spirit willing to do whatever it took to stay inspired as an author, and a person in general. Together, these best friends go through trials and tragedies, as well as blessings and successes. This book is about Amy, finding herself despite a growing pile of rejected manuscripts, and a series of trials.

I really found this book inspiring. Being in my twenties and having faced the insecurities and uncharted waters that come with adulthood (relationships, career choices, family drama, etc.); reading how Amy comes to terms with living her life, instead of putting it on a to-do list. This was a definite page turner, and it was definitely suspenseful. Throughout the book, I thought I knew what would happen, but I was constantly wrong! There were also touches of romance and sorrow, which ultimately reminded you of your best friends, and made the characters jump off the pages. This certainly was the most relaxed “Christian Fiction” I have ever read- God was throughout the book, in a real way as the characters struggled with growing a solid relationship with Him as adults.Overall, I recommend this book to anyone looking for an inspiring novel that is fiction, but with depth.

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