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Ed's Tohlet and Other Stories: The Teen's Guide to Spiritual Growth Paperback – June 15, 2016
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Through the power of story, Keele examines areas of strength as well as weakness in himself. We get to know him as he was as a youngster, a teen, and an adult. He tells on himself and it’s an endearing thing to see. Too often, Christians fail to make connections with the unchurched (not to mention with one another) because of a desire to not seem vulnerable.
But the lessons we need to learn, implied in Keele’s parables, come when we admit how much we need our Savior.
In “Smells,” the first story in Ed’s Tohlet, he starts off right. Not only does he indicate how we can be unaware of our spiritual need, he offers the reader a chance to decide to be one with Christ. And isn’t that the starting point for us all?
Keele handles such topics as bullying, Christian service (this is where the ‘tohlet’ comes in), pain, faith in our prayers, accepting God’s “No,” obedience, and more. While directed at a teen audience, I found wisdom to follow and even took some notes.
In “Secret Weapon,” Keele describes what it meant to finally be part of an athletic team when he knew he had absolutely no athletic ability. Someone else showed faith in his ability to help. With success, came this realization:“I only done what Richard had taught me…Allow (God) to do that work and simply do what He asks you to do.”
At times, Don gets a little off-topic (and sometimes he admits it). Sometimes he seems a might preachy. But his stories really are funny. They really do point us to our own experiences with peer pressure, temptation, and a need to belong. They’re not just the needs of teenagers.
I have been challenged in a specific area by God and take I it seriously. After reading “COPS,” the author’s story about being pulled over and witnessing an arrest, the challenge God extends is even more real. That would the challenge to bear witness of God’s love and goodness to the world. Not just to those whom we celebrate with on the Sabbath and in our Christian huddles.
If you don't have the opportunity to sit down and swap stores with Pastor Keele, grab this book, grab your favorite cuppa, and engage with him through the printed page.
The reviewer received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the BookCrash.com book review program. The opinions expressed are those of the reviewer.
I enjoyed this brief book of short stories. Although Ed’s Tohelt is geared toward teens, adults will also find great value in its pages. There are also plenty of Biblical references for readers to explore further. Yet I found the book much more encouraging than “preachy” and I appreciated that.
The author’s writing is interesting, entertaining and conversational. I was able to breeze through this book in no time, yet I’m sure I’ll go back to it again. It’s just 103 pages, but there’s a lot to take in. I highly recommend “Ed’s Tohlet” to readers. Thanks to BookCrash and the publisher for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book!