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Will Montgomery is a Christian writer and speaker living in Nashville, TN. He was born into a wonderful family in Wilmington, North Carolina and grew up attempting to balance a keen sensibility to pop culture while growing daily in his faith. His first book, "The Polar Bear," uses poignant stories and humorous anecdotes from his life to illustrate theology for the everyday believer. Lukewarm is his second book, and since he s a middle child, he feels as if this novel is a lot like him; attention-grabbing, divisive, unflinchingly honest, funny, real, cynical, and a must read. He is an up-and-coming speaker and desires to share his Biblical worldview with you. Also, he likes the Lakers, loathes onions, and loves Jesus.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Wishbug78 on July 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Polar Bear delves far below the surface of our calling as witnesses to the love of God. The author writes candidly, addressing the issues that hold back most of today's society christians with poignant depth coupled with a whallop of humor. It will challenge your heart and your actions to make a greater impact in your everyday and extended circles. A delightfully balanced equation of humor and thought-provoking insight packed into a very compelling read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By cdhj1234 on February 1, 2012
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I appreciated the raw honesty and related to the personal struggles!! A must read for christians!! Very inspiring and uplifting!! It challenged me to be a better christian!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim D. Thurman on August 12, 2011
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I was confused by the title, thinking that the book was about some brave adventure that Montgomery had experienced which involved a polar bear. I was quite surprised, therefore, to discover that the book is, "simple theology for the everyday Christian and how it relates in our culture today."

The polar bear analogy is representative of one the strengths of the book. Montgomery is a master analogist, using real life examples that beautifully illustrate his points. The title The Polar Bear, for example, arises out of his desire to be a "polarizing" writer who drives people to live beyond the lukewarm Christianity that so plagues our nation.

The book is divided into two sections. The first section deals with issues about the life of a Christian living in the world, and includes chapters on culture, speech, character, truth, faith, and love. Each chapter utilizes excellent personal examples and is clarion call to live radically different from the world. Montgomery's beef with modern Christianity, which I share, is that the differences between a Believer and a non-Christian are less and less apparent in today's society.

The second section is a basic detailing of fundamental doctrines of faith, including chapters on sin, salvation, sanctification, prayer, eternity, and God. Each of these "doctrines" are immense subjects that are so deep often entire books are written about each subject. However, Montgomery achieves a simple explanation of these principles and their importance in living a "polar bear" faith.

In places the book is laugh-out-loud funny, and the book works because of Montgomery's personal examples which are transparent and self-deprecating. It is rare to say that a book about such a serious subject is a fun read, yet that is exactly what Montgomery achieves in The Polar Bear.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joan Stanland on September 7, 2011
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All I can say is, it was great, when I began reading, it had my full attention.....really enjoyed reading it. It is so good to read a book written so well by a young Christian person. Thanks Will
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Abele on February 27, 2014
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In light of the fact that I have now read MOST of this EXCELLENT BOOK, I am upgrading my review. I also had communication with the Author who seems to be a very humble and sincere man who actually did a REMARKABLE JOB with the telling of his tale. I originally had concerns over the book description, or lack thereof; however, I really don't think it matters at this point! Far be it from me to prevent anyone from reading this WONDERFUL BOOK due to my prior remarks. As such, I upgrade my review of THE POLAR BEAR to 4 Stars, with the remaining star to be determined at a later time.

I feel that is is IMPORTANT for me to revise this review right away, even though I am still in the midst of reading the book, because the Author produced a well written and very interesting story of which I am enjoying very much. I wish all the best of luck to him and look forward to reading more from him in the future.

So my new review is that THE POLAR BEAR is a great book and is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Thank you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kirstenbaine on September 3, 2011
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I started The Polar Bear and could not pit it down. It was both honest and witty. The author has a unique sense of humor. I don't think I have laughed and been inspired to improve my walk with the Lord at the same time since A Mighty Wind. This book will have you take a look at both your interactions with other Christians and the way you show Jesus through your life to non-Christians. Great book and definitely not the usual Christian non-fiction!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luis Camoes on September 1, 2011
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While there are hundreds of Christian books published each year, The Polar Bear is unique in several ways. First, it is essentially a collection of twelve essays essays on various topics (truth, character, sin, love, prayer, etc.) rather than a book about a single subject. As such, each chapter stands on its own. You may find some chapters better than others, but you will definitely not get bogged down in this book.

Secondly, this book is a fascinating hybrid of writing - an eclectic blend of theology, humor, stories, and self-deprecating pontification. Montgomery has a keen eye for seeing through the hype, hypocrisy, and commercialism of Christianity in America. However, unlike some authors, he is gentle and humorous in his critiques and observations rather than sharp and caustic. Filled with funny anecdotes, wry humor, and concise observations, this book is an easy read with a not so easy message. While this will never be mistaken for a work by C.S. Lewis or Max Lucado, it doesn't attempt to be anything more than an authentic and readable account of one young man's journey as a Christian in American culture.

Finally, the author's humility and vulnerability are a breath of fresh air. He does not shy away from addressing sensitive topics, but does so with a proper dose of introspection and humility. This appears to be Montgomery's first foray into writing a book. Because of that, this work lacks the polish and refinement of a more mature writer. For me, though, it is refreshing to read something that is not just a slick marketing ploy. I'm looking forward to reading Montgomery's next book and seeing how this undiscovered writer matures, evolves, and improves. This one is definitely worth a read.
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