Book review: Honest to God?

Honest to God? bookcover

Honest to God? Becoming an Authentic Christian by Bill Hybels is a book I received for Christmas and am only now getting to. From the publisher’s website:

Synopsis: This analysis of the inconsistencies in the lifestyle of today’s Christians is accompanied by specific examples and discussion of how Christians can restore authentic Christianity in their personal lives and thus nurture a troubled world.
Description: In Honest to God? Bill Hybels challenges Christians to examine their lifestyles and honestly see if God has changed their lives. Some areas he addresses include: – family life – work – male and female role models – spiritual disciplines – sound physical fitness – emotional life – marriage values — “Christianity is a supernatural walk with a living, dynamic, personal God. Why, then, do so many Christians live inconsistent, powerless lives?” Hybels answers this question with – Practical, down-to-earth advice on living the Christian life – 12 signs of inconsistent Christian living — and what to do about them – How to go beyond just “talking” the faith – Honest personal examples about failures and successes — Honest to God? is a clarion call to Christians to restore Christianity in their personal lives and thus influence the world.

I found the book to be greatly encouraging. Encouraged to pray, plan, look after myself and be more genuine in all I do. This most certainly is not a theological textbook but most of the principles Hybels outlines come with accompanying biblical text. I found this book to be a bit of a wake up call to live life as God intends us, rather than what I let myself get away with day to day. It definitely would come from the “Christian Living” section of the bookstore and is a helpful day to day encouragement.

Bill Hybels is the leader of the very large Willow Creek church in the USA, not that I knew that as I read the book. Read this book and get inspired to start living out your faith, rather than just believing you are. It is a difficult challenge, one that will probably take the rest of our lives, but the rewards in your relationship with our Creator and with your friends, family and workmates will be the better for that effort.

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