Thursday, March 31, 2011

Book Review: Reggie: You Can't Change Your Past, but You Can Change Your Future

Reggie: You Can’t Change Your Past, but You Can Change Your Future

I’ve heard Reggie Dabbs speak at several large events and was so wishing that his speaking style would transfer to the written page. That didn’t quite happen but “Reggie: You Can’t Change your Past, but You Can Change Your Future” is still an engaging book that I would recommend to a wide variety of readers.

As a parent this is the book I want my son to read; as a pastor I would love for the congregation I serve to hear this message, as a follower of Christ, I want others to know that they don’t have to let their past define them; what is ultimately important is their identity in Christ Jesus.

Using lots of stories, expanded on with biblical principles, Reggie tells us what it was like to find out that he was adopted into the Dabbs family, and the circumstances surrounding that situation, he talks about growing up, and unconditional love. Then he takes it to the next level as he talks about another adoption: his adoption into the family of God.

I particularly liked the reflection questions at the end of each chapter. They seem like they would serve equally well for individuals or for a small group.

All of us have a past, and Reggie Dabbs shows that it’s possible to overcome that past, and when you overcome it with the help of Jesus, anything is possible. This book just makes you feel good on a lot of different levels.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for the review.

4 out of 5

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