Wednesday, February 29, 2012

From Blah to Awe {book review}

In most circles the words, "I'm bored with God" would be met with indignation and probably judgement, but in discussing that very issue in her book From Blah to Awe: Shaking Up A Boring Faith, Jenna Lucado Bishop takes the stigma away from asking the hard and sometimes downright hard questions.

Even though this book is aimed at teens it is written in a way that even a grown woman, like myself can benefit from reading it. Jenna utilizes easy to understand language and vivid true stories to drive home her points. This book is not a list of "do this" and "you will receive this". Instead it is a gentle look into what causes us to be bored and how we can remedy it.

I feel like Jenna reveals the truth that God is the same and it is us who need to examine our attitudes, but I love that she doesn't talk about it in a judgmental, guilt-producing way. She leads gently to the truth and simultaneously inspires you to rectify the situation--to do better--to not settle for the status quo that society tells us should be the norm.

This book is filled with real-life inspiration and down-to-earth, practical guidance. I feel like Jenna could have been my small group leader growing up. She asks poignant questions and then gives you room to answer them. The only thing that could have made this book better was a small group discussion dvd and even then I think it would be just another resource. It wouldn't necessarily make this book any better than it already was. I can' wait to put this book in the hands of my youth group.

I received a free copy of this book for review purposes from Merge PR.  All opinions are my own and I did not receive any other form of compensation for my review.  Links are affiliate links.


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