Saturday, October 29, 2011

Book Review: {w}hole, by Lisa Whittle

The book {w}hole, by Lisa Whittle, is a book that blends personal testimony and Biblical insights together in a way that is both practical and accessible to the reader. She focuses on three different topics, the “holes” in our lives that religion causes, that roles cause and that experiences cause. She discusses how the holes these three things leave in our lives and keep us from having a great life story, one that is rich in God fingerprints and that is edifying to others. Then she takes each of the three topics and shows how by breaking down the lies and barriers that those holes cause, God can use them to make us “whole”.

While I found this book to have good information in it, my one big problem with it is that it reads somewhat disjointed. I wasn’t always sure how the chapters on the “holes” and the “wholes” were different. There were also times of where stories or sections were excessively long. For example, in the first chapter, I was sucked in and wanted to know what was causing her “holes”, but then grew frustrated at how long the chapter went on before finally telling us what the hole was in Chapter 2. It’s not something that detracts from the content of the book as much as it didn’t make it that enjoyable to read. Overall, if you are dealing with one of her three problems, fakeness in religion, letting your roles define who you are or letting past experiences keep you blocked, it is a book I would recommend. For everyone else, it is just a so-so read.

I was given a preview copy of this book from Tyndale House in return for my honest review.

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