A supremely funny pastor to Millennials, with a massive social media following, tackles the thorniest of subjects—depression, sexuality, divorce, life online, and more—with a rare combination of uproarious, self-deprecating humor and profound, biblical truth.
The opening of the book was great. I could see the author’s talent for social media with his short and funny attention-grabber statements. I even quoted some on my Twitter because they struck me as quote-worthy.
I will mention the biggest turnoff in the book here in this paragraph - the self-deprecating humor was funny at first but as it went on, I felt like it was a bit overdone and took away from the overall meaning of the book by focusing the attention back on the author’s insecurities over whether or not his book will be liked. I feel like what the author describes as “awkwardness” I would describe as “insecurities” so I was expecting something completely different. I could appreciate the whole “radical honesty” thing though, but on one hand, I will admit to wondering why the plagiarism thing was mentioned at all if it was something he didn’t want to be known by and didn’t want that rumor spread. It wasn’t something I would’ve ever been made aware of, but then of course I read it and wanted to know what that was about so I Googled it. That was after I had quoted a few lines that I found interested to my Twitter, which struck me as funny and made me also wonder what the big deal is, because don’t people quote others all the time? Isn’t that a compliment? Guess I’m missing something here, but really, who cares anyway? Why the need for drama?
But all that, aside, I completely agree with the viewpoints in the book that the author has of many in the church avoiding certain topics. It is refreshing to see another Christian speaking up about issues such as these. It is my opinion that by avoiding topics like pornography, addiction, and depression, that people will be more at risk of falling into such things for a variety of reasons: lack of education, misinformation, and the allure of the unknown and forbidden. Forewarned is forearmed and all that.
Although I think the book reads a little more like the author’s personal diary/memoir rather than the self-help/spiritual growth book that it is meant to be, there is certainly nothing wrong with memoirs. They are cathartic for the author, and are helpful to others who read them and can identify. Therefore, after careful thought and consideration, I am giving it 4 stars.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a review. I was not required to post a positive review, and all opinions are my own.