Tuesday, June 12, 2007

God On Mute (best book ever!)

I just finished reading Pete Greig's new book called God on Mute. Let me just say, if you don't know who Pete is and you haven't read any of his books you are missing out on one of the greatest authors in the market today. If you are a fan of the Rob Bell, Donald Miller style writing than his books are for you. But of all the stuff of his that I have read this one is the best. Actually I think I would go so far as to say that God on Mute is one of the best books I have ever read (and I do read a lot of books). And I would like to say, I'm not alone in this opinion. Brian McLaren says in the forward, "The book you are now holding is the most recent member of the B-List (there is no A-List. B in this case means, Best, Beautiful, Be-sure to recommend it to others." Elsewhere McLaren goes on to say, "Along with honesty, this is a book of theological depth. Pete draws from the Bible - not in a superficial proof-texty way, but reaching deeply and broadly into the Biblical texts, with a mature sensitivity to context. Not only that, but he draws deeply from his own circle of friends, and of course, he draws deeply from his own experience. One senses that, for all his honest confessions of doubts and confusion, this is a man who talks and listens to God, not just a man who speaks and writes books on how others should do it. Honest and deep. These qualities would be wonderful enough, but this book is also skillfully written.”

God on Mute is broken up into four parts
1) Maundy Thursday. How am I going to get through this?
2) Good Friday. Why aren't my prayers being answered?
3) Holy Saturday. Where is God when heaven is silent?
4) Easter Sunday. When Every prayer is answered!
Each section does an excellent job dealing with the problems and struggles that come from unanswered prayer.

On my part I have to say, I was blown away by his honesty and his willingness to deal with tough questions and face the doubts straight on. I don't know that I have ever read a book that is so honest, and adverse to pat and easy answers. So I say, if you are only going to read one book this entire year this is the one!


lee said...

got the book the other day. read a few pages, wow, seems like some good stuff. look forward to going through it. glad to hear the review.

Dan King said...

Looking forward to reading it myself. My wife grabbed it and now I have to wait for her to be done first!

Hope you are well mate ... peace.