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Also see Bob Goff’s 1st Book, Love Does, review here.
Life-changing. There is a difference between a good book and a book that is life-changing. A good book is enjoyable, but a life-changing book grips your heart. A good book you read when you get a chance, a life-changing book you can’t wait to read the next chapter. A good book you might put on your shelf, a life-changing book is one you want to share with everyone. This book…it’s life-changing. Now, I realize I set the bar high, so don’t go into it with it being on par with the Bible. That’s not my point. The point is if you capture the message of the book, and apply it…boom, life changed.
Outside of the Box, More Like “What Box?”. What I love about the author is his whimsical, spontaneous, but fun-loving personality. You hitch a ride on the story of his life, and you don’t want to get off the crazy. It is the most fun I have ever had reading a book. Goff thinks and acts so much differently, it is so refreshing. He brings so much joy through simply saying yes to loving others.
Master Illustrator. You feel like you are right there, seeing what Bob is seeing. With each paragraph, it feels like you are living out the story. Then as he lands the plane (sometimes literally), Goff hits you between the eyes with a dynamite, punch to the gut quote that are so raw, real, and dead on that you need a minute to let it sink it. Can I give you a couple quick teaser quotes – “When joy is a habit, love is a reflex”. “As soon as we have an agenda, it’s not love anymore”. Man, that last one hurt. See what I mean?
Be Careful Bob. He uses a whole lot of “I think Jesus is saying” in the book. While I am certainly not saying there is heresy here, but the illustrations sometimes are a stretch…but maybe that’s a good thing. This is a read that will stretch you, how you think, and if you truly are following the model Jesus lived.
The Grade: A+. As I shared stories from the book with my wife I got tears in my eyes, for different reasons. Some of the things Bob would do and say just make you laugh out loud. But the heart-wrenching stories of lives impacted grip your heart, and you find tears in your eyes. I love this book. I love the stories, the raw honest approach, and the willingness to be a world changer by acting like Jesus. It’s weird to say, but I’ll miss my time each night reading a chapter like a delicious dessert after dinner. But if I learned anything, it’s my turn to make some stories of loving others like Jesus loves.
Book Review: How to Walk Into Church by Tony Payne
Real Life. What I appreciate about this book is the raw honesty. Payne is able to present real life examples of what church is like, honest question people wrestle with, and provide solutions to those issues. It’s a refreshing look at church and it’s purpose.
No Excuses. The book is able to tackle the question “Why go to church” head on. Rather than just get in the minivan on Sunday and drag your family into church, it’s important to answer that question. Payne will lead you through the routine and lead you through a path of joy and worship on the other side.
Brief & Creative. It seems there is a myth out there that a book needs to be long for it to be effective. Wrong! This book took me two days to tackle (which for a slow reader like myself, is quite the feat). In it you find creativity, storytelling, plus Biblical principles and solutions. Payne does a fantastic job of combining brevity and creativity.
The Ending. This is nitpicking, but it seemed quite abrupt. Usually books like this sends you out with a conclusion or summarizing though. Not this one, it ends with Ephesians 2:10, and send you on your way.
The Grade: A-. Whether you are struggling in your present church, looking for a church to join, or even questioning the purpose of church…find answers in this book to help you walk into church with joy and a heart ready to serve.