Monday, July 28, 2008
Mountain in My Rear-View Mirror: A Guide to Overcoming Overwhelming Obstacles
I included the subtitle to this book because the author, a guest speaker at church for the last two Sundays, said he preferred it to the eventual title above. I like to think of the book as a quick pick-me-up after a hard week or two. It focuses on Jesus and on telling stories (mostly funny stories) to illustrate points, much as a sermon series would do. The book is divided into four short chapters and takes about 3 hours to read from cover to cover. It really does a good job of encouraging readers, although I preferred the in-person storytelling to the written storytelling. I only got to compare the two for the last story in the book, though. Bill Butterworth, the author, is a funny guy, and he tells good stories. Anyway, if you're interested in learning some good Biblical principles in an accessible way, this is the book for you. It doesn't go as deep into emotions as I expected, but that's okay. It's meant to be an encouraging book.