book reviews

September 11, 2008

I’ve worked through another small pile of books that I received as an Ooze Select Blogger. Publishers partner with the Ooze to send me free books, and I tell you what I think about them on my blog. Here’s the latest stack:

The Almost True Story of Ryan Fisher: A Novel, by Rob Stennett – This is a satire of a real estate agent who plants a church because he sees it is an excellent business opportunity. It gets a little bit messy since he doesn’t even believe in God. Somehow, Stennett offers a commentary on contemporary church planting methods without coming across as a complete cynic. This was a fun read for me.

Porn Nation: Conquering America’s #1 Addiction, by Michael Leahy – When speaking to the sexuality of our culture, there is a fine line for the church between being moral police and being a loving presence. I feared this book would be the former, but it was the latter. Leahy’s vulnerability is striking as he shares the affects of pornography and sexual addiction in his own broken story. It is a needed, and candid, look at the affects of sexual addiction.

Six Prayers God Always Answers, by Mark Herringshaw & Jennifer Schuchmann – I always feel bad saying I didn’t like a book, because I have great respect just for any author just because they pushed through the writing process. It doesn’t help that this is a book on prayer…feels unspiritual to say that I didn’t like a book on prayer. But…I didn’t like this one. Just didn’t connect with me in writing style or content. (But, it’s gotten some very positive reviews on Amazon…so maybe I’m just not very spiritual.)

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