3 Stars Out Of 5
great topic, average book
November 18, 2011
Wow, that is quite a product description the publisher has written! Being interested to learn more about Jewish shalom and Amish simplicity, as promised by the publisher, I eagerly delved into this book.
As is often the case, however, the book did not quite live up to the expectation created by the description. Sure, shalom and simplicity were mentioned, but Spangler explored neither one to a depth that drew me in. Those very important concepts faded into the "just another thought in the chapter" shadows.
That's not to say The Peace God Promises doesn't have great stories, thought-provoking study questions, and an important message. It has all those things. But despite the fact that Peace had me feeling very convicted at different moments, it lacked the punch to help me convert that conviction into life-changing action. I found it very easy to close the book at the end of each chapter and return to life as usual. In that sense, there's truly nothing to set this book apart from the myriad of other books on the same topic.
As a side note, here are several books that I couldn't just close and walk away from, but which have made a lasting impact:
Not a Fan, Kyle Idleman
The Cause Within You, Matthew Barnett
Money Secrets of the Amish, Lorilee Cracker
I received this book free from Zondervan for the purpose of providing my honest review. I was not required to give a positive review.