"I wonder what it would be like to wake up and be with other people who are awake--to live with less fear, fewer lies, less compulsive consumption and all the other junk that keeps us anesthetized. I wonder if there are people who actually live that way. Weirdos, I'm sure." -My Beautiful Idol pg 20With that, the author leaves a good paying job in advertising and heads off to change the world for God. He ends up working in a rehab program, as a pastor's assistant in an urban church, at a group home for mentally-disabled men, for a ministry program, and as a plumbing salesman.His encounters with fellow Christians are at times comical and at other times heart-breaking. The hardest parts are when you recognize yourself in the people he meets and in his struggles and you understand that we often do good things for totally wrong reasons.I found this book challenging as I followed the author from the brashness of youth and a desire to make a difference to the more mellow faith that is slightly tempered by life experiences. He does an excellent job of illustrating how we each hide behind our "things" and how God is rarely how we expect him to be. However, He is always there. The arguments are not always simple and I'll admit that there were a couple of times that I had a hard time following. It was worth the effort though.