1.31.2011

Book Review: About You

I hear you asking, "Three reviews in one day?  What's up, Alex?"  Well, I've had these books for a while now and I'm ready for more.  I've been lazy and haven't reviewed these for you and I can't get more books until I do.  So, here you go.


The third, and final review for today is About You by Dick Staub.  I can actually review this one for you in one word: HOKEY.

If I said "way too optimistic author/speaker who teaches that positive thinking is all there really is to faith,"  who would come to mind?  For some of you, the instant response is Joel Osteen.

(Others of you are plotting how to let me know just how offended you are by that statement.  How dare I say anything negative about Joel!)

Staub is a page right out of Osteen's book.  The subtitle of this book is "Jesus Didn't Come to Make Us Christian; Jesus Came to Make Us Fully Human."  In my own mind, that's a loaded statement.  What does it mean to be human, first of all?  Though Christ came to bring us life to the fullest (John 10:10), isn't our mortality (humanness) that which makes us, often times, less like Christ?

I'm not saying that Christ came to make us divine, but he certainly didn't come to make us more human.  

This book is designed to help people see their own self-worth in the midst of any disaster.  I can appreciate that.  However, it waters down the Gospel and perpetuates the myth that being a follower of Christ is a hunky-dory, stop and smell the roses kind of life.  The same Jesus that came to bring us abundant, meaningful life, also said, Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it."

Too hokey for me.

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