How does God help the stressed, the lonely, the depressed, among many other sufferers? Rick Warren addresses our most common emotional adversaries, and offers Biblical examples of God’s solution to them.
As a Christian, the Bible is the central source of information for me, so it’s imperative that self-help books like this utilize Bible verses as the foundation for their lessons. Warren does exactly that, doing one better than just verses. He uses the red letters in the New Testament. What better way to learn than through our Great Teacher?
As always, a change of perspective is one of the key factors I seek in reading self-help books. With all that I’ve read, I consider myself pretty open-minded and understanding in general, but any time a book can expand upon what I already know, it’s worthy of a review. This book not only expanded on solutions I knew, but reinforced those solutions with Jesus’ own words.
“Jesus said, ‘Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going.’” (John 8:14)
“You cannot out-dream God. If you could stretch your imagination to the greatest limits of what you think could possibly happen, God can go beyond even that.” (page 22)
Warren’s book targeted specific emotions, and thus the book overall felt more focused than other self-help books. Most definitely a book I will be adding to my bookcase.
“Insecurity always produces pressure in our lives, and when we are insecure, we feel coerced to perform and conform.” (page 15)
“Light diffused produces a hazy glow, but light concentrated produces fire.” (Page 20)