Book Review: Go by Preston Sprinkle

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As you may see, my goal is to get back into the swing of doing book reviews. As a result of this book review I am finally caught up in the mandatory book reviews I need to do. The book I am reviewing is titled Go: Returning Discipleship to the Front Lines of Faith by Preston Sprinkle. Having a book out about discipleship is very encouraging in light of our society increasingly becoming non-Christian. The book is written based on the author’s study of a research project conducted by the Barna Group in 2014 titled The State of Discipleship. The first chapter of this book gives a working definition of discipleship along with an overview of the problem with the way discipleship is viewed and practiced in America. The remaining chapters of the book analyze findings from the Barna Group study on discipleship offering solutions to the problem centered on relationships, mission, community, diversity and more. The final chapter offers some practical advice on how to implement the principles that were taught in the book in the context of the local church.

This book operates under the assumption that the way the modern church in America understands discipleship is off of how discipleship works biblically speaking. I agree with the author to an extent and must admit that this book is very discouraging yet empowering for several reasons. It’s discouraging because it highlights accurately the problem of how many see discipleship today, which deviates strongly from the model Christ showed. If you choose to purchase this book, I pray you use it as a way to become even more motivated to win souls to Christ and lead others in truly following Christ. Following Christ should change us. Sprinkle’s study on the state of discipleship in America is brutally honest but needed for a time as this when many people, especially millennials, are choosing not only to be done with the church but with Christ. This is a problem that cannot continue to happen on our watch. No way….no how!

Disclaimer: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complementary copy of this book.

Book Review: The Caregiving Season by Jane Daly

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Today I am back with another book review reviewing The Caregiving Season: Finding Grace to Honor Your Aging Parents by Jane Daly. This book spoke to me personally because I have the honorable responsibility of taking care of my father who is in his 80’s and is a widower. As he is aging, while he is able to do a majority of things for himself, we still see the reality that as he gets older, more care from his family must be given. This book takes the reader on a journey of what it’s like to go from living your normal life as an adult to coming face to face with the reality that taking care of your parents as another part of your life along with the other responsibilities you already have. The first part of the book focuses on being realistic in acknowledging that your parent doesn’t have the same abilities and strength they once had. This can be challenging because we’re so used to seeing our parents as the ones helping us. Now the roles are reversed as we have to help our parents. One big idea emphasized in the first part of the book is that as adult children we must extend grace to our aging parents because while we see the decline, they are having to face reality themselves, which can potentially lead to depression. Part 2 goes through the struggles the adult children may have as they come to the conclusion that their parents aren’t the same. Part 3 starts with how to serve your parents if they are dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia. Part 3 concludes with words on how to balance caregiving and marriage (if we’re married), which is challenging but can be done. The final part of the book continues discussion on how to handle decisions involving end-of-life care and general care for our aging parents as they get older.

As I indicated in the introduction, this book speaks volumes to me as my father is in his 80’s and has started to show some signs of slowing down. I would recommend this book to any family involved with caring for aging parents. Caring for aging parents is rewarding yet very challenging. Along with this book, I would encourage families to connect with others who’ve been in the situation before or are currently going through it for encouragement and advice. I salute Jane Daly for writing this book and being transparent regarding some of the struggles she’s faced caring for her aging parents.

Disclaimer: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complementary copy of this book.