Saturday, January 7, 2012

This Book Room: The Exceptional Life

When I first started reading The Exceptional Life: 8 Powerful Steps to Experiencing God's Best For You, I sort of felt like it wasn't a book I needed to read. Since fully finishing it, I would say this is still mostly true, however, there were nuggets of truth in it that were presented in a way I had not considered before.

The writing style of the book was, at times, incredibly bland, and while I thoroughly enjoyed the variety and use of examples, at times, the examples did not seem to match the point the author, Stephen Arterburn, was attempting to make. In that way, this book was difficult to read. As the book progressed, the writing did improve.

I would say that if you're struggling with one of these areas in your life, you should read this book. Or, if you know someone who is struggling with one of the areas listed below and it's directly impacting your life, reading this book may also help to strengthen your patience and compassion for your loved one.

Here are the eight topics covered in the book:
  • Guilt and Shame
  • Resentment
  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Instant Gratification
  • Learned Helplessness
  • Isolation
  • Addiction
Here's a summary from goodreads.com:

Stephen Arterburn, popular author, speaker, and radio host, shows readers what they need to give up in order to have God's best for their lives. After candidly sharing his give-up moment, he examines eight things that hold Christians back--including guilt and shame, resentment, fear, anger, and isolation. He then helps readers give up their lives to God, resulting in lives full of hope, love, trust, forgiveness, connection, community, and much more. Discussion questions are included for individual and small-group use.

Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for providing a copy for review.

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