- File Size: 388 KB
- Print Length: 268 pages
- Publisher: Mindstir Media (July 5, 2011)
- Publication Date: July 5, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00758ZDQ6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
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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.
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.
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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