Monday, February 18, 2013

"Spiritual GPS God Promised Solutions" by Oliver T. Reid Review

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The premise behind this book is absolutely fantastic, in my opinion.  I was completely enraptured with the introduction since the author included so many Scriptures and very common sense insight into the spiritual walk.  I also like the fact that the book is broken down into bite-sized pieces with room for a personal response to each quotation.  This is a wonderful set-up for a quick, daily devotional, and I think that there is a place for more books like this in the Christian marketplace.

I would give this a 3.5 rating because there were a couple things that I felt could be improved upon.  While these are merely personal preferences, I felt I would have gotten more out of the book if a couple things had been changed.

First of all, I would have liked to have seen a Scriptural reference for each and every quotations.  To the author's credit, the quotations are full of solid theology told in a very clever, memorable fashion.  I appreciated the copious amount of Scripture references in the introduction and the conclusion.  There were some Scriptures referenced with a few of the quotes, but it would have meant more to me if there had been one for each of them.

Secondly, I would appreciated more varied reflection questions after each of the quotes.  I grew tired of seeing the same questions after each quote.  I loved the idea and set-up of the journal, but I would have loved to have seen more in-depth and specific questions.  I suppose that is due to my great love of Bible study and going in depth with the Word, I appreciate when authors leave deep questions to ponder.  I would say that if one is new to Bible study, the questions would be good, but I still think they could have been varied.

Finally, and this is just a personal thing of mine, I think that exclamation points were overused.  That may sound funny, but this is a problem with which I struggle.  If I am not paying attention, I use way too many exclamation points in my writing, and it reduces the impact of these vital punctuation marks.  This is just a minor thing, but I thought I would at least mention it.

I do think that the subject of the book is fantastic, and the structure is extremely clever.  I would love to see this expanded and expounded.  The author is a skilled author with tremendous insight, and I believe that his books contain real theology that the average person can use.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.


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