Book Review

August 29, 2010

After hearing Ryan Dobson speak and being moved by his emphatic but simple statements,

(Mostly things along the lines of: “Sometimes it’s OK to be sad. If you’re sad, be sad! Let God know how you feel. It’s not a sin to feel depressed! Sometimes the church makes it out to be one.”)

I picked a book up that he co-authored. He spoke rapidly on his own beliefs and convictions, and his enthusiasm never seemed to waver as he swung from topic to topic, sometimes even moving to painful ones. He admitted freely his own shortcomings, and also those of the church. He spoke plainly about how he saw things, and the things he’s learned.

The book Wrecked by Ryan Dobson and Toben Hiem, uses an analogy of a car wreck to describe the lives of struggling, hurting people, and where to go from ground zero. It talks about common misconceptions in the church — everything from “if we make all the right choices, somehow we’ll avoid life’s really big smack-downs.” to “God must be punishing you.” I quote the following from their book:

Have you ever been in a car wreck?

…In those seconds you feel absolutly helpless. Completely out of conrol. Something bad is about to happen, and you can’t stop it. It’s going to happen. Time is suspended. The seconds stretch on. Your thoughts race. You’re about to lose your lunch.

You brace for impact.

You pray.

You scream.

Then impact.

If any of that sounds like your life, why not investigate what some honest, driven people have to say, and find out where to go from ground zero? I recommend the book for anyone with questions that are hard to voice or hard to answer. This book is for anyone who ever asked “why me?” As said on the back of the book, “Your life doesn’t have to be wrecked forever, but it can be wrecked for good.”


One comment

  1. sounds like an interesting book 🙂

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