Do you feel like your prayers are hitting the ceiling?
Is your Bible gathering dust?
Does "blah" describe your faith?
In her latest book, Jenna Lucado Bishop tackles these questions and more, revealing how to shake up a boring faith and go From Blah to Awe!
The book's first part answers the question, "Why Do I Get Bored with God?"
I had experienced boredom in my faith more than once, but I didn't really know why. Writing in a way that is relevant to teen girls, Jenna uncovers a new reason in each chapter. Not realizing our need for God, trying to "style" Him to fit our ideas, following our physical senses instead of spiritual, being comfy in boredom's security, and hoarding God's love are just a handful of the reasons behind blah faith.
The second part of the book answers the question "Does God Care If I'm Bored with Him?" It sounds like a simple question, but Jenna drew out some very poignant insights in response!
Each chapter is capped off with a summary. The reviews were great for helping me absorb the focus of each section. The journal areas scattered throughout the book also solidified what I was learning.
Although I disagreed with the book's doctrinal bits, they were easy to sort through. Other than that, there was nothing "blah" in From Blah to Awe. It hit me right where I live and challenged me to seriously shake up my faith. I give it 4 out of 5 stars!
I received this book for free in exchange for my review though the Book Sneeze program.
I actually enjoyed this book by Jenna Lucado Bishop more than any book from her famous father, Max Lucado. Even though this book is not really deep and it's super girlie and written for girls, it is honest, open and real. It shows Christians where their shortcomings are and doesn't pretend we are all perfect. Jenna writes from such a refreshing point of view - I was very pleasantly suprised. I think all teens, boys and girls, and even adults should benefit from this book. We are so used to hiding from our sins and shortcomings and ignoring the nasty jealous, bitter, greedy, selfish feelings inside us. This book challenges readers to an honest self-examination. Jenna points out her own ugly selfish side and this allows readers to be honest with themselves and take a peek into our own ugly hidden closets. Jenna then encourages readers to turn to God for help and to realize that our love of these sinful habits are the things that keep us apart from God.
Sadly I think most Christians will say "that's a girly book" but I think most Christians could benefit from this honest look at our sinfulness. We aren't just Blah about God for no reason. We are Blah about God because we are so selfish and into ourselves. If we could recognize how gross our sin was, we could fall at God's feet and repent and turn our lives over to Christ. This book is a great look and an honest challenge to all readers, not just teenage girls.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher for this unbiased review. I am giving my honest review, as positive reviews are not required.
From Blah to Alive by Jenna Lucado Bishop is a book for tween and teen girls to push them deeper into the Word. Disclaimer: there are some pretty adult topics such as drugs and prostitution. So please read it first and decide whether your daughter is ready for some of the topics. I loved the book because the author didn't shy away from taboo topics. Topics that most teen girls will have either been exposed to through the media or real life. Jenna explains them in a way that show how Jesus would like us to respond.
The chapters are pretty short and can be used as a devotional or read cover to cover. The book covers many topics ranging from being bored with God to living radically for Christ. There are many short stories that the reader can identify with, that gives a practical application for their lives. Each chapter includes a challenge, a prayer and journal writing. Throughout the book scripture is used to back up the principles. I was impressed with the wide range and depth of each topic. It was an enjoyable book to read with my daughter.
I was given this book by Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review
From Blah To Awe: Shaking Up A Boring Faith, written Jenna Lucado Bishop, is a book written to teenage girls with the goal of shaking up their faith and encouraging them into a deeper service for God.
The honesty of Jenna within this book is appreciated. Her heart, as well as the heart of all others, is not pure, but she openly admits to this fact. For the sake of her readers, she admits that she has a judgmental and self-motivated heart.
She admits that she feels, at times, that she is the only one who knows how to drive and is not afraid to share this information. She shares how jealousy encourages her bad responses to situations and people. But within these admissions of failure, Jenna opens up an avenue for girls to see who they really are and what they need to become.
While the book is written for pre-teen and teen girls, there might be a few stories that could be considered a bit to mature for those that fall into the pre-teen category. Thus it might be beneficial for a parent or guardian to read the book first.
The book, for me, started out a little slow, but it does eventually grab the attention of the readers and make them think about their relationship with God. Thus it is a recommended read.
From Blah to Awe: Shaking Up a Boring Faith, by Jenna Lucado Bishop, is an inspirational book for teens. I originally thought this might be good for Emily, but, after reading it, think that she's not quite old enough. It is really better for high school aged students or even adults.
The topic--shaking up a boring faithÃ¢â¬âis certainly one that many of us can relate to. We believe in God, but don't always find him compelling or exciting. I think this is probably even more the case for young people who have grown up in the church and are in the process of making their parents' faith their own.
The book opens with a riveting account of the author encountering young women caught up in s*x trafficking while on a mission trip to Guatemala __ (one reason why I'm not giving the book to Emily just yet).
Subsequent chapters address various reasons that Christians may find God boring, then addresses solutions for each. You may identify with some of these impediments to an living, exciting faith:
We are consumed by busyness, electronics and noise that fill our senses when we need to slow down to look and listen for God's still small voice.
Passion for Jesus is hard. It can result in rejection by peers. Being "bored" is cool.
We think we already know it all.
We don't spend time in the Word, which brings and alive, active, un-boring relationship with God.
We fail to pray.
Jenna Lucado Bishop writes in an engaging style, including personal stories and allegories that help to illustrate her points.
I think this is a great book for teens and young adults. It addresses a topic that I haven't seen much in Christian literature. I reviewed the e-book version, but would recommend the print version because the book includes room for journaling and answering questions throughout the book.
I received a free e-book copy of From Blah to Awe from Thomas Nelson through their BookSneeze program. All opinions are my own.