The latest book on my review list is 'Firsthand'
by brothers Ryan and Josh Shook
It is written to inspire people who have grown up in the church or in Christian homes and have yet to make the faith they have grown up with, their own or personal.
There comes a time in each persons life where they need to know what they believe and why. They need to take the faith they have grown up with and personalize it. Live it out loud in their own lives. The Shooks encourage each person to question their doubts, fill the emptiness in their lives with the only One who can and will fill them. They also remind us that "our weaknesses can become our greatest assets because they draw us closer to the Lord". They encourage stepping out in 'faith risks', stepping out in reckless abandon to obey God. It is a book that challenges each person to individually examine their faith and gives encouraging steps to become filled with a genuine faith that belongs to them alone.
I think that the book is well written, the intent behind the book is true and they have done their best to lay a clear path based on personal experience.
In thinking back to my own personal history, which would have been exactly the target audience this book was aimed at, I questioned whether this book would have been helpful to me?
The first question that came to mind is, if someone is living their faith secondhand through their parents/church, would they be willing to read a book on this topic? The answer I have come to is: maybe. If the person has awakened to their need for more - then yes, I think this book could be very beneficial. It will definitely lead them in the right direction.
Maybe you are looking for more in your faith, or you know someone else who is. This book is for you.
Thanks to Multnoma's blogging for books program for this copy of 'Firsthand'