Thursday, September 29, 2011

More Lost Than Found Book Review

Well, I finally got my first book review thanks to BookSneeze, More Lost Than Found by Jared Herd. Jared serves as the Creative Director for XP3, a division of the Rethink Group. For the past 10 years he has traveled alot speaking to hundreds of thousands of high school and college students.

While doing this he also was on staff at two different churches, one being in Alpharetta, Georgia and the other in Costa Mesa, California. So, I was really astounded that he found the time to write this book based on his personal struggle with his beliefs and what he experienced.

His father is a minister of a church and when he was six years old his father baptized him in that same church one Sunday night. He talks of how much he loved his father and that his father assured him that his name would be in the Book of the Lambs.

Jared so believed his father until seven years after that baptism he found out his father had had an affair and his belief in God was shattered.

Jared's story is about one finding themselves at a cross road, like many of us do, and he chose to go the wrong way. He eventually finds himself back at church more to look for answers than because he believes. This book is his quest to find answers and to understand why and how things happen. It is also about his personal relationship with God and his struggles to accept his father's failings and that they were not God's failings.

For me personally, this was a hard book to keep up with. Jared would be on a subject and then go back to the past and I found it hard to keep up with him and what he was trying to get across to his readers. For those of you who are more along the lines of liking the technical side of religion, you will probably like this book and the author's struggles and triumphs. I got so lost myself and in the end could not really understand what point he was trying to make.

This is only my opinion and someone else might read this book and get something entirely different out of it. That is the wonderful beauty of all of us having our unique experiences and we all see things in certain ways different from others. That is not a bad thing as if we all agreed, we would all certainly be boring.

In conclusion, if you are a die hard by the book Christian, you will find something comforting about this book because you will understand it and love it. But to a simple laymen, like myself, all it did was crowd my head with unnecessary information, when just telling me a simple straightforward story about his life without all the technical stuff included, would have done just fine. I like simple, straight storytelling, without all the added glitz or steady non stop technical facts getting in the way of a good story.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the 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.”


кєяo said...

Finding yourself at a cross road is pretty interesting. I'm not sure I would pick this book though. Haven't read Christian fiction before.

But I don't mind if the switches from present to past too often.

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