So how do you review a book that you were supposed to review 2 years ago? I received a copy of the book from Amazon with my first Amazon Vine review. And I put it aside to read later. (It is one of my problems that I tend to have a problem getting to actual physical paper books that I am supposed to review. I am much better about reviewing books if I have a kindle version.)
Eventually I gave away the paperback and bought a kindle version when it was on sale. But it still took me over a year to read it.
And once I have read it? It is a perfectly good book. It is short, well written and about hearing from God and orienting yourself to hear from God.
It is good. There isn’t anything particularly original about it. There are lots of books that are essentially about spiritual disciplines, trying to focus on God, in the end, how to be a Christian.
Over the past several months I have been increasingly aware of a missing component in Evangelical life. Evangelicals are great at presenting the gospel. But they are not necessarily all that good at helping people live the gospel.
This is partially why I am intentionally trying to read more Catholic, Orthodox and Episcopal theology and spiritual development books. Feinberg does not really explicitly say this, but she is trying to refocus us on spiritual practices that facilitate spiritual growth. And she is trying to do it in a way that Evangelicals will listen to.
The problem is that I have been reading and listening to Catholics and others recently and the unfiltered seems clearer than the Evangelical filtered content.
I think the book is good, but throughout it I kept thinking of people that were saying similar things but better (or at least in less Evangelical speak.)
I want to recommend this book for those that are exploring spiritual growth and spiritual practice. But for those that have been pursuing spiritual practice from other Christian Church traditions, this may be a little frustrating.
I received a copy of the paperback from Amazon for purposes of review through the Amazon Vine Program. That was more than two years ago. I gave away the paperback and bought the kindle version on sale. Still took me well over a year to read.