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Bo's Café: A Novel Paperback – September 25, 2009
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About the Author
Bruce McNicol is president of Leadership Catalyst, Inc. and an international speaker and consultant. He holds a master's in theology and a doctorate in organizational and leadership development. Previously he served for ten years as president of the international church planting organization Interest Associates.
Bill Thrall serves as vice-chair of Leadership Catalyst, mentor, and coauthor of the bestselling TrueFaced resources (www.truefaced.com), The Ascent of a Leader, and Beyond Your Best.
John Lynch is a national conference speaker and writer for LCI, holds a master's of theoology from Talbot Seminary, and has twenty years' experience as a teaching pastor of Open Door Fellowship. He's also cofounder and playwright of a theater troupe in
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It started slow, but eventually won me over. I began to care deeply about the people in the book. I had to know how it would end. The journey was not sugar coated, but was smoother sailing than I think in most similar circumstances. It was fiction and it was designed to illustrate truths seen acted out. For that reason I don't think it's a detrimental approach or story. But my one fear is it gives a false hope. In a sinful world not every story has a happy ending.
This book will stay with me a long time. Books by Randall Arthur are the only other ones I can think of like this. Very highly recommended. I am buying extra copies and giving them away. This book was that good. It's that kind of book. If you let it be and really take the story and journey to heart.
Have you ever finished a well-written, spiritually rejuvenating book, only to realize shortly afterwards that you simply don't have what it takes to stay connected to your newfound joy and excitement? You lose momentum, you trip up on old habits, and the excitement quickly fades. You wonder, why. What is it about me?
As a Christian seeking to love God and learn His ways - do you yourself ever have an overwhelming desire to be known; to be understood deep down inside; to be fully accepted for who you are? What would it be like to experience a place where you were completely exposed for who you are - ALL of you, the good and the dark? And through that process, find the secret to a meaningful and rewarding life - a life of enjoying God, enjoying others, and enjoying yourself, consistently . . .
I have come to realize in my own Christian experience, that I hide and judge others to protect myself. This helps ensure my "rightness" and better-than-ness. It also ensures that I lose out on enjoying God and others, and am left craving acceptance from others and from myself. "Oh what a wretched soul am I." There must be a way out, for Jesus "came to give us life, and life to the full". Where can I see, where can I experience a REAL example of life without my shame?
I visited Bo's Café. Got to know some of the regulars. I joined Steven for a while in his fight to hold on to his rightness and superior position, trying to keep an image of himself that he thought would bring acceptance. Then I experienced, in the story of Steven, his strange friend Andy, and his wife Lindsay, the secret to enjoying a fulfilled life. A place where you already have everything it takes to learn this secret. I encourage you to make your way to Bo's . . .
John stumbles from one experience to the next never learning anything but wonders why his life continues to be so haphazard and empty. Little episodes with God occur but he manages to brush them aside. Once the Father gets his full attention John is able to start putting the pieces to gether and sees the provision, guidence, love and wisdom he has been ignoring or blowing off. All just like I did for so long. The book certainly spoke to me.