Grammy Award winning artist, TobyMac, compiles influential stories in his book, City on Our Knees (2010), which is inspired by his hit Christian song by the same title. The stories are drawn from all over the world and range the past to present. TobyMac writes this book with the hope that we will be "inspired to see how just one person, or one small group, can be a mechanism for change." He hopes that we will be able to step out of our comfort zone and make a difference in someone's life.
An array of stories is included in TobyMac's book. For example, he opens with the story of a young girl, named Alexandra Scott who is diagnosed with neuroblastoma. The four-year-old opens a lemonade stand to raise money for medical research to fight cancer. Shockingly, she earns $2,000 during her first summer. Others are inspired by her efforts and open branches of Alexandra's lemonade stand across the nation. Other stories include missionary trips, college prayer groups, and the founding of orphanages.
TobyMac's book is interesting and enlightening. The numerous stories provide many ideas and models for spreading faith and helping others. The book is a very fast read because each story is brief and direct. Prayers, quotations, and blog entries are included with each section. City on Our Knees is a great book that powerfully shows how individuals are capable of making a huge difference in the world.
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Toby Mac's new book "City on Our Knees" has several short, motivational-type stories seperated into sections so that you get the most out of the book. There are a lot of these types of books out there right now, I know...I've read several and enjoyed them. These type books are great for people that don't have a lot of time to just sit and read. This book was different for me, though. This book challenged me in so many ways, I can't even begin to tell about it all! Several stories made me cry for how the world is hurting, some made me cry because I was so proud of how some people took a leap of faith and followed God's instructions for them. I know I haven't been very good at getting out of my "comfort zone" and this book definitely stepped on my toes for that! This book also showed me how important prayer is! Well, not just prayer, but prayer and listening to God. If you listen, he will show you things you need to see!
I already have a list of people that I want to share this book with because it challenged me so much. So if you are looking for a simple gift for a hard to buy for person, be sure to check this one out!
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This was a long awaited book for me and had to have it as soon as it became available. Was a slight let down, thought Toby would write more from the heart and around this song and how it came to be, suprised to see it full of short stories. Would recommend for easy read though.
I wasn't sure what to expect when this book first arrived for me to review. I had never heard of TobyMac before, I think he is popular among the younger audience, but I soon realized that each section in this book is named after a song that he released sometime earlier this year.
Each section consists of short stories, of how God has used people to change the world, some of the stories I had heard before and some were new to me. You will also find prayers and scriptures peppered through out this book that will further inspire and uplift you. Each section ends with a one minute remix and also a call to action prayer.
This books resounding message is "If we gotta start sometime, why not start now."If only we are willing to step out of our comfort zone and unite that we can make a difference and change the world.
In the right hands this book could be life changing, I think it would be great especially for youth pastors, because I think that is TobyMac's audience, but I think overall anyone reading this book would enjoy reading these inspiring stories!
Even though I was provided a copy of this book for review by Bethany House it in no way alters my opinion of this book.
I was quite anxious to see what this book by a phenominal Christian artist such as Toby Mac would be like. I hear small blurbs from his other books read by him on the Christian radio station I listen to, so as I was reading through this book his voice actually resonated through my mind as I was reading the inspiration stories of hope, encouraging prayers, scriptures, quotations, and "One-Minute Remix" devotions. I much enjoyed the inserts from Toby's blog as well. I highly recommend this book for all ages to inspire and encourage us to move beyond mediocracy and complacency, to allow God to use just average folks as He has for decades to start somewhere, and start now coming together as a City our Knees, a City with ONE KING. *This book was sent to me free from Bethany House for review purposes. Opinions expressed are my own.