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A waste of money
on March 5, 2012
Review of "One Month to Live" by Kerry & Chris Shook
This book is disappointing.
It should have been titled, a "Compilation of a pastors sermons". The suggestions & examples are often trivial & obscure. There is no index.
As an 84 year old man, I do give active consideration to what I ought to be doing with the limited time I have left. This book was no help.
The main theme seems to be that God, as the Shook's understand Him, has a plan for each of us & we should try to find what that plan is. That may be so, but I, as a believing Christian, I have felt that God expects me to use my free agency & try to develop what talents I might have so I could be of service to others. I should try to control my own destiny, with God's help. Their idea seems too fatalistic for my taste.
Much of the examples are too superficial to have much real meaning to me. Some examples are from boxing, rock climbing, GPS, etc. Another example is their trip to Italy & they had a "painful experience" - different train schedules, difficulties in getting a cab, etc.
My travel experience is just the opposite. I have found it exhilarating to be the "odd man out". I try to understand why things are different, & in many cases better than our way.
Their "painful experiences" seem trivial. This does not compare with the death of a son-in-law in a plane crash, or the loss of energy due to iron deficiency anemia, or a friend that can no longer walk due to old age, etc. I have the feeling that as a pastor he has heard about other people's real tragedies, but, that he has not yet experienced life's real strains.
They assume "intelligent design" & ignore some of the overwhelming scientific evidence for evolution, but what does that have to do with "what should I be doing in the limited time left"? I see no conflict between my Christian belief & the facts of evolution. The rapid mutations of bacteria is amazing evidence of genetic changes.
There are many strange statements: page 135 "the worst natural disaster in our nation's history" the 1900 Galveston hurricane. What about Florida hurricanes in recent years, Katrina recently, etc.
What about manmade disasters e.g. 9-!!
Page 147 butterfly's "transparent wings", Several pages: God does not cause painful changes, but He uses them in ways to help us grow?? Etc.
They assume that the reader is an active Christian, no help for any others.
On page 27-28 they say: " - to solve our problems -- Christ says "abide in me" ? So what does that supposed to mean? The list of vagueness is rampant.
I wasted my money.