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on March 25, 2010
I have a confession: I struggled get through this book. But, for me, that says as much about it as anything. I like this sort of Christian book and thought I would really like this one. I have no one major complaint, it just wasn't engaging to me at all. Perhaps it soumds a little unfair to write a review based on such a tepid reaction, but I think having a few of those to balance the high star reviews who love it really may give a more complete picture for potential readers.
Lotz looks at the life of Abraham to see what it can tell us about how we can be guided by and committed to God in our own lives. This book really encourages believers to follow God completely. It's an important challenge, and one I need to be called back to often, and books can be a good way to do that. However, I just can't say that The Magnificent Obsession was inspirational to me in that regard. I think the reason may be that the observations about Abraham just didn't translate well into concrete changes in my life.
On the other hand, I agree with the message. I wouldn't steer anyone away from it, and clearly because of other good reviews it DID hit home with most of its readers. It's just that there are so many more book in its genre that have had so much more impact on me, I can't personally recommend it very highly.