Another Book Review: Wrecked

Are you familiar with the term “wrecked?” I’ve heard people use the term after watching a movie or listening to music, as in, “That song just wrecked me.” Jeff Goins’ book, Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life, digs deeper into the concept of being wrecked. Fortunately he doesn’t leave us there, but leads us through the process of growing up and committing to a worthy cause.

Even though the book may appear to have been written for the 20 and 30-year olds, I think everyone can take something away from this book. I know too many people of all ages who have settled into their comfortable lives and are letting the world pass them by.

Early in the book, Jeff says that the beginning of compassion is feeling worse instead of feeling better. In other words, you may have helped meet one need but then you look around and see the overwhelming amount of need around you – and your heart is just wrecked. I understand that feeling. I’ve wondered what I – one person – can possibly do in the face of hunger or homelessness or abuse…

He writes that being wrecked like that doesn’t mean we stop and give up; instead we must pull out of our comfort zone and self-centeredness, and commit to something. When things get tough, we have to stick to it.

In order to experience ultimate satisfaction or fulfillment we must endure the hard things. Think of talented and skilled musicians and athletes, for example. Greatness does not come without commitment. This applies to all arenas of our lives. We’ll never know success, fulfillment or satisfaction if we give up when things get uncomfortable or difficult.

Other reviewers have mentioned the “strong Christian element” in the book but it didn’t sound strong or preachy to me. The Bible  is quoted, but so are Henry David Thoreau and Jason Bourne (among others). If that makes you uncomfortable, you may want to skip this book. But it’s a shame to read only books that make you comfortable, don’t you think?

I liked listening to Jeff read his book, but I wanted to highlight and underline and make notes, so I’m going to have to buy the book and read it again.

Note: I was given an audio copy of Wrecked to review by ChristianAudio.com and CrossFocusedReviews.com.

Book Review: Francis Schaeffer

I know it’s been a while since I’ve written, but I have had the best of intentions. Really. And I want to tell you about this book I just finished reading.

Note: The publisher provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an honest review.

My first encounter with Francis Schaeffer and his writings was when I attended Bible college in the late 1970’s. But it had been a while since I’d read any of his books, so I jumped at the chance to read this Bitesize Biography of Francis Schaeffer by Mostyn Roberts.

Even though the book is short, there’s a lot of good information in it about him and his life. I learned things about Francis Schaeffer that I didn’t know – and many things I had forgotten. I appreciated the length because life is busy and I might not have read  or been able to finish a longer version.

Like a typical biography, the book takes us through his upbringing, his education, his marriage to Edith (and 4 kids), his ministries and his travels. I’m glad I read this book, though, because I learned a lot about the man and how he tried to live what he believed.

It showed in his appreciation of art, ministry with children, and how he opened his life and his home (L’Abri in Switzerland) to people searching for answers. He was intelligent but able to relate to people of all ages and intellect.

Reading this bite-sized biography made me want to read his books again, so I’ve pulled the books of his that I own off my bookshelf and have started reading them again.

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