Monday, July 18, 2011

Book Review: True North

If I were to pick a favorite book read so far this year, it would probably be True North: Choosing God in the Frustrations of Life by Gary Heim & Lisa Heim. It’s all about learning how to respond well when troubles come, when life frustrates and disappoints. The back of the book sums it up perfectly:
True North offers biblical insight, personal stories, discussion questions, and compelling examples to encourage you to turn to God with every frustration in life. Authors Gary and Lisa Heim show you how to move from self-centered grumbling and grasping to Christ-centered gratitude and giving so you can embark on a life-giving adventure of walking with God.
The going North or South analogy really made the concept clear. Life will aggravate us. That’s a fact. But we get to choose how we respond to that aggravation. Our choice will take us North—to God—or South—to self-centeredness. Also helpful were the simple diagrams that showed the consequences or results of the different choices and step-by-step where they would ultimately lead.

Some chapters were written by Gary and others by Lisa, each clearly identified. The forward is by Larry Crabb, whom the authors quote in the book. They also include quotes from C.S. Lewis, J.R. Tolkien, Eugene Peterson, John Piper, and many others. If you are looking for a well-written book about responding well to the challenges of life, I recommend True North.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Janet . . . I'm going to have to check this one out!!!