Monday, November 14, 2011

Living Close To God When You're Not Good At It {Review}

Living Close To God When You're Not Good At It follows the journey author Gene Edwards took in searching the face of God.  A young Edwards rose quickly to fame as a well-known author and pastor, only to turn around one day and realize he didn't know God himself.  It was in this moment that he knew he had to pursue a personal relationship with the Creator or risk loosing his passion for the kingdom.  But where to begin?

Edwards begins to seek out God beyond the basics of Bible reading and prayer, and desires to move his search into the moment by moment of his life.  Although he values reading and prayer, he makes mention several times that it just wasn't enough.  It left him dry and restless.  There had to be more for a common man.

While the book does go on to offer several practical tips in searching out God, I found it be very repetitive.  Edwards mentions repeatedly what a common man he is, almost as if the convince the reader of the practically of his methods.  He also notes repeatedly that the information he sought out before was written by people who were more spiritual than him and that he's writing this book for the spiritually inept.  But the sad truth is that he gets so caught up in sweeping statements that he lost this reader.

Certainly there were nuggets of truth in this book.  Suggestions that offered some redeeming take away.   However, the book as a whole was full of generalizations and repetition.  I quickly lost interest.  Sorry, Edwards.  You're going to have to go back to the drafts on this one.

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book for review.  All opinions are mine.

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