March 17, 2010

66 Love Letters by Larry Crabb

A Conversation with God That Invites You into His Story

Thanks to Thomas Nelson’s book review program called Book Sneeze I was able to review 66 Love Letters by Larry Crabb. I’ve mentioned before that I’m more spiritual than necessarily religious. This book really tested my will to reading, spirituality and religion. Maybe because it is a very large book and I found it to be boring, but it took me a very long time to finally finish this book.

Book Description
The story of God written in intimate love letters just for you.

Dr. Larry Crabb knows that if we could see the larger story of God and humanity, our world would never be the same. That story is found in large part in the sixty-six letters of the Bible.

Written in a conversational first person, as if God is speaking directly to us, Dr. Crabb looks at each individual book in scripture and boils it down to a one- or two-sentence message to us from that particular book. He then unpacks each sentence in a short chapter answering the question, What does God want me to hear from this love letter? The book's epilogue then fits all sixty-six pieces of the jigsaw puzzle together into one coherent paragraph and reveals the beautiful picture of what God has been about since the creation of the world. Far from being comprehensive, this is a personal approach to helping readers know God and his great love for them, his message for all mankind, and how their lives fit into His larger story.

My Thoughts
I didn’t really like how it was written as if God was speaking to the author and we were just reading his experience with it. All 66 “love letters” were like this. I had to take it in 1 chapter sections to make it through without wanting to chuck the book. I honestly can’t count how many times I rolled my eyes while reading this book. Its okay, I’m sure many people reading this review will want to chuck something at me for saying this… but I do not recommend it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Gracie said...

Some books can be like that. But you gave it a go and at least you were able to finish it.

Thanks for entering my giveaway and for your recommendations. The only book I haven't read in your list is Memoirs of a Geisha. Oh and I've only read the first 2 books in the Sookie Stackhouse series :)

Andhari said...

I know what you mean. It's a pretty touchy subject. God. If one tells it like he's really entitled to it, like he knows everything there is to know about repulses me from reading a book too.

Shaheen said...

would have loved to find out what he found in the end, thanks for sharing this Sheri

Wendyburd1 said...

I KNOW, I HATED when the author was having his conversations with God and acting like he could ANSWER for him too! It was just obnoxious, I found that so stupid!

James Oh said...

Thanks for sharing your views on this book. Sheri

James Oh said...

Thanks for sharing your views on this book. Sheri

Couture Carrie said...

Fab review, darling!


Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Interesting review...appreciate the honesty!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing! And I would never chuck a book at you. =)