Unstuck [Book In Review]

As a blogger one of my perks, shall we say, is to review books from the Bethany House publishing group in exchange for the {book in review} for free. It’s fun, and a great way to open yourself up to books that you may or may not have pulled from the bookstore shelf. I promise to review the book honestly, and post my review on the Amazon website and here. This week I reviewed this book, and below, my review, as promised.

Lots of data for the logically minded

The book’s major premise is that people from all walks of life get stuck in their spiritual journey. The authors then offer encouraging stories, processes, data and formulas to become UNSTUCK. My first impression of the book was a positive one. The title and subject were refreshing and interesting. In the first two chapters, the authors describe their spiritual journeys, respectively, and how they arrived at writing the book and finding a new passion and love for the Bible. These two chapters kept my attention as they were well written. I also find biographies interesting and people’s stories in general a treasure which is why I enjoyed reading these chapters.

The third chapter is where the book became flat or hard to read in my opinion. The author’s base their ideas and encouragement to the reader on a survey of some 17,000 people from churches across America. Although I think research is important, I do not think it makes for exciting reading material. One cannot argue with the facts they presented; and therin lies the repettative nature of the book. The solution presented for being stuck was to read the Word of God. The Bible, I do believe is the written word of God and a source to become unstuck, but I think there is more to the equation than simply reading it more. Speaking of equations, the authors stated that their approach to getting unstuck was not found in a quick fix or formula, but they proceeded to describe steps for the process. The process they unfold with in the chapters is a formula which I found ironic.

Throughout the remaining chapters there were more stories peppered into the data, which was the saving grace for the end of the book. The stories relayed of real people finding peace, joy and freedom in Jesus were the best parts of the book, no question about it. They overemphasize relationship with Jesus rather than religion which I agree with, I just think the surveys and data over powered the truth and other gems scattered throughout the book. Overall, I would not recommend this book to a friend who is “stuck.”

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