Friday, November 11, 2011

Book Review: One Month to Live

One Month to Live by Kerry and Chris Shook is a book chock full of great advice on living an abundant Christian life. It’s divided into four sections of seven or eight short chapters each: Live Passionately, Love Completely, Learn Humbly, and Leave Boldly. Each chapter contains an analogy or two from life experiences such as mountain climbing, scuba diving, and roller coaster riding. Readers are encouraged to enjoy one chapter a day for thirty days while considering how they would live their lives if they knew they only had thirty days left.

The title, One Month to Live: Thirty Days to a No-Regrets Life, almost kept me from even considering the book. I chose to read it because I'd heard good things about the authors. But the concept itself sounded guilt-inducing, pressure filled, and perfectionistic. “Don’t waste a moment. Take advantage of every opportunity, or suffer the consequences and live with regret for the rest of your life!” This book is not that. The theme is simply the package that neatly wraps up all of the Shook’s ideas and leads readers to the corresponding website for more:

What the reader will find in this book is basic and sound, practical and biblical advice on Christian living. The Shooks encourage readers to love God, to love each other, to do whatever God leads them to do, and to encourage others to do the same. If you are looking for an upbeat and uplifting 30-day-devotional on how to live the Christian life, I recommend this book.

Thank you, Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers, for sending a complimentary copy for my honest review.

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