Friday, March 12, 2010

What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

I was happy to read and review this book after receiving a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson Publishers. The aim of this book is to help people find answers to tough questions. The title really says it all: when you're at your wit's end and you're looking for answers, this book offers solutions to help you find your way. The authors tackles tough questions that I identify with, and I hoped to find some great, biblical answers in the pages.
I looked forward to reading a book by these inspiring men, who also penned the Boundaries books. I have to say, I finished the book a little disappointed. Certainly the book is well written and dives right in. The authors provide many colorful examples and stories that are encouraging and interesting. They outline 8 principles that will help readers in their troubles, like pray and seek counsel from wise friends.
I've been a Christian for my entire life, so these are things that I truly believe in and believe they help. But the title was telling me that I would learn what to do when I don't know what to do. I guess I set my expectations too high. It's not that I don't think that seasoned Christians don't need prayer or wise counsel. It's that I think that seasoned Christians have probably already tried this, and yet sometimes we still don't know what to do.
I think this book is certainly useful for all of us facing difficult decisions or rocky times in our lives, but I don't think it delivers on the promise of the title. I would recommend this book to new believers, but probably not to too many others.

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.”

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