5 Stars Out Of 5
Cruise hits the bullseye with this book!
November 7, 2016
This is a man's man kind of book, both in topic and physical appearance. Readers won't be slipping this book into their shirt pockets-- at 8" x 6", typeset in a big, manly, san-serif font with frequent bullseye spacers and text set out for emphasis, it's sized for a man's hands and will get tucked into his big lunchbox or oversized attache case or hunting bag (it's also available as an ebook). But it WILL be going along for the ride because from the first page, this book is completely compelling.
The book deals with Satan's desire to "steal, kill, and destroy" and is perfectly on target. Cruise proves himself to be a deadeye shot not only in the hunting arena, but also as a writer as he takes aim at the devil's motivation and strategies, mincing no words as he systematically exposes the enemy, and gives wise counsel on staying out of his traps.
"A Wanted Man" is organized into eight hard-hitting chapters, each of which can be read at a single sitting (most appropriately in a tree-stand, or while fishing, or in a duck blind). If you're like me, though, you will probably spend some time stopping to consider and digest some of Cruise's points as you go along. Though Cruise's writing style is simple and straight-to-the point, this is no beach book and the message will wake you up and have you looking over your shoulder. As an added bonus, most chapters refer to a series of short online videos which are strongly suggested to be read before beginning of the chapter. I enjoyed these videos because they give you a casual look at Cruise, his Southern charm, and a sense of his passion for the subject.
While Cruise does a great job of exposing the existence and tactics of our most deadly enemy, he doesn't leave his readers in fear. He shares Biblical instruction on how to avoid being set up, and what to do if you are, depending on Jesus for victorious living, even in a dark world within enemy-occupied territory. One especially interesting point is that "telling your story" -- that is, being open about times when you fell to temptation and were rescued by God -- is priceless for other believers. We tend to clam up about our failures, but Cruise believes the light of God can shine strongly through someone who fell down...but who got up, with the help of God.
Cruise says fairly early on in the book that it's intended to be read by men...but every Robinhood has a Maid Marian and I enjoyed the book and appreciated his points, even though some didn't apply specifically to me. As a wife, a mother, and a grandmother of Christian men and boys, I found it well worth the time to read the book and recommend it to men or women.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review, but after I read the book, I PURCHASED an e-copy for my husband! Yes, it is just that good.