As many of you are aware, I receive free books from a few different publishers in exchange for honest reviews. I’m not expected to, nor would I, praise a book that is unworthy to be read. Such is the case with a recent selection I received.
(I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I’d be holding off on book reviews during my Worship Influences series. I’m still reading, however, and I want to get this book out of my queue.)
I selected the book Preparation for Eternity with God by Rick Streight because the topic has been of interest to me for over a year now — the subjects of heaven and hell and Christ’s return and our resurrection. I also wanted to read it because we’ll be beginning a sermon series next month at my church called “If I Die Before I Wake,” and the final message will be on the resurrection.
Preparation was an immediate disappointment. If someone were to ask why I think some preachers/pastors should not attempt to write a book, I would point to this one. I don’t claim myself to be a gifted speaker, but I fancy myself a writer. I have little patience for books not written by writers. And for that matter, sermons delivered by non-preachers.
Perhaps I’m being harsh with Streight, considering he may have only written half the book, as a lot of the text is one King James Bible reference after another, which would be fine, except the prose has absolutely no rhythm, the result of which is a garbled mess. What’s more, the chapters are short and without focus. It’s as though Streight wanted to cover everything but consequently covered nothing.
If I’d pulled this book off the shelf in a bookstore and read just a sampling I would have winced and placed it back on the shelf. Instead, I was forced to read the entire thing. (OK, I may have skimmed through it.) Don’t bother. There may be some gold nuggets hidden within the mess, but it’d be a painstaking mining process I do not recommend.
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