Monday, May 20, 2013

Missing the Mark

What’s Your Mark? Every Moment Counts”  ( Jeremy Cowart, Zondervan, 2013) is described on the BookSneeze web site as “celebrity photographer and social artist Jeremy Cowart (presenting) 16 compelling stories of people who are making their mark today.”  I wanted to read/review something from a different genre than I usually do. The cover of the book caught my attention, and the concept of making a mark, leaving a legacy is certainly one which I can embrace.
This book, instead of making a mark, missed the mark.  It includes the Gospel of Mark, and in my opinion blandly written stories of nice people that are doing nice things. I've actually heard of some of the people (Roma Downey, Jeff Shinabarger and Gary Haugen) that were showcased, but if I hadn't  this book certainly wouldn't encourage me to find out more.   In what seemed like a desperate attempt to give this book some credibility, the last  not-so “compelling story” features Jesus as the original mark maker.
“Celebrity photographer” led me to expect some really compelling art. Instead there are pictures of each person holding a picture of some aspect of their ‘mark’.
I like the cover, so  I’ll give this book a 1/5.
I received this book from in exchange for my honest opinion in a review. I was (obviously) not required to write a favorable review.

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