Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Messy Spirituality

Well, folks, this is my last post....


No, silly, not FOREVER...just for a few days.  We are leaving in the am for the beach!  I heart vacation!  It will be me, my mom, and Adeline, another mother/daughter duo (Mary Louise, and Valerie), and Valerie's three boys.  Yippee!  That means no posting and no commenting until at least the weekend (we're coming back late Fri night).  Have a great week!

Now, it is late, and I really need to finish packing, BUT I MUST post a review of this book by tomorrow....sigh...

My very sweet (and generous) bloggy friend, Jessica, is hosting a giveaway.  She mailed out copies of Messy Spirituality by Michael Yaconelli, and we need to post a review by July 30 to qualify for three amazing prizes.  Thanks Jess!

I can't say I was really changed in any significant way after reading this book.  Here's the gist...
"Messy Spirituality is a description of the Christianity most of us live and that few of us admit.  It is an attempt to break through the religious wall of secrecy and legitimize a faith which is unfinished, incomplete, and inexperienced."  

I am eternally thankful that I serve a God that loves me despite my messiness.  That being said, this book was a bit too "messy" for me.  I enjoyed some of the stories he shares, but I didn't find many deep nuggets of truth to hang onto.  When I came back to the book from day to day, I found I didn't really remember much of what I read before.  Maybe that was my fault, but this one just didn't grab me.  Jess, I still think you're awesome and want to thank you for the book and the chance to participate....I hope this doesn't forever ruin my chances of making it to your "bloggy friends" list (just kidding).  To close, I'll share one of the passages that I DID like....

"Most of us are...going as fast as we can, living life at a dizzying speed, and God is nowhere to be found.  We're not rejecting God; we just don't have time for him.  We've lost him in the blurred landscape as we rush to church.  We don't struggle with the Bible, but with the clock.  It's not that we're too decadent; we're too busy.  We don't feel guilty because of sin, but because we have no time for our spouses, our children, or our God."  

12 comments:

Kristen said...

If I ever have time to read again (j/k), I may have to pick this one up. I liked the last statement you shared it is so very true. Thank you for always being so honest with your reviews. Have fun at the beach! I am jealous of your beach getaway :o)

Nancy said...

I heard the author speak at the CCO's Jubilee conference waaaaaay back in 1995. I don't really remember what he said, as it was a long time ago and I was a tiny, baby Christian. Just a neat coincidence.
Have a great time at the beach! I must say, even though I talked to you on the phone a few days ago, I'm having a hard time remembering that you're back. When I read that you were going to the beach, I found myself wondering what beaches were like in Korea!

Mari said...

Have a great time at the beach. I am leaving Saturday for a week at Lake Michigan. See you when I return!

Kara said...

I'm jealous of a beach trip! My family is talking about skipping Colorado next summer and all of us heading to the ocean instead. I am SO ready for some sand and some waves! Have fun girl!

Earen said...

Have a great little vacation! I would love to vacation at the beach..alas, we are enjoying the mountains!

Dave and Jenni said...

I agree about the book being a little too messy in places, but there were some good reminders in there. Thanks for the honest review!

Gotta GROW with it said...

oh man does this sound like a book for me! happy vacationing!

Short Stop said...

Hope you're having a great time at the beach!!

Jessica Brown said...

thanks for the review, lynn! it was great to hear your thoughts on this book

Alana said...

Have fun at the beach. Ahhh. Sounds wonderful. We'll miss you!

Gotta GROW with it said...

i've moved! http://growinwithit.blogspot.com/ see ya there!

Janelle said...

I just love reading your book reviews. It makes me feel connected to the world outside of my four walls.

Have a wonderful vacation!!