Wednesday, January 6, 2016

IF by Mark Batterson

Mark Batterson, an author whose other books have brought me great reading enjoyment,  has a new book If: Trading Your 'If Only' Regrets for God's 'What If' Possibilities (Baker Books, 2015).
This book is a journey through the 8th chapter of the New Testament book of Romans, or as Batterson calls it the "Great Eight".   
As much as I have enjoyed Batterson's other books, I had trouble with this one. The premise is great: God has great things in store for us, but all too often we get bogged down in what we can't do rather than what God can do.  He has lots of examples, biblical, historical and personal, as well as some examples of how the church where he serves as Pastor has seen God at work in so many different ways.
There are two  main complaints with this book. One is that so many of the examples are things that have appeared in other books, and the second is that, for my tastes, it lacks the  cohesiveness of some of the other books by this author.
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.   


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