book reviews

February 10, 2009

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 are some titles I received throughout the fall that I’ve had a chance to work through:

Not the Religious Type: Confessions of a Turncoat Atheist, by Dave Schmelzer – It’s hard to argue with someone’s story, and it’s also easier to be interested. Schmelzer has a good writing style and comes off as a likable guy that I’m sitting down for a conversation with. Not to mention that pastors a large Vineyard in the midst of the academic elites of Boston…something that I wouldn’t expect. If I have a critique, it comes from the subtitle…Schmelzer’s atheism was more of a questioning faze in his late teens. The book addresses it, but I don’t think it is the most suitable subtitle.

If God Disappears: 9 Faith Wreckers and What to Do about Them, by David Sanford – I shy away from books that have a number in the title meaning that the book is just a long list. (Usually, it seems like they could be reduced to an article without losing much). Strike 1 for this book, and strike 2 was the generic cover. But you know what? I think it wasn’t too bad. I’m not really in a season of life where I question what God is doing, so it was hard to engage personally with the book, but I liked the tone enough that I think I could recommend this book to someone who is in questioning God. In fact, if you’re feeling that, leave a comment, and I’ll send you the book. I’d be curious to hear what you think of it.

Deliver Us from Me-Ville, by David A Zimmerman – Based on the title and concept of the book, this is a book that we need. This is a book that I need. But I couldn’t connect with it. Honesty demands that I tell you I only got halfway through, but I felt like there was a flaw with that book (that perhaps was better addressed in the part I didn’t read). It seems like a book about getting over “Me” should focus on how I live in relation to others, but mostly it focused on the internal. The approach is what I need to do about me, and it seems that to get over me, I need others. But others have been favorable about this book, so maybe it really is just “me”!

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