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Book Review: 101 Questions

13 Mar

This is not your average book. Obviously you can tell from the title that there are 101 questions in it… and that’s about it. It is a book specifically written for Christian couples who are planning on being married in the future. It is designed to help you get to know each other, and discuss a wide variety of topics that should be talked about before committing to each other in marriage.

I know what you’re thinking.. . so cheesy (or stupid/ridiculous/etc.) At least that’s what I thought when I saw people reading this book.

However, seeing that I am in a Christian relationship headed for marriage, me and my boyfriend (now my fiancé) decided to try it out and see if it could be beneficial for our relationship.

What I liked:

The book had a wide range of topics that it touched on. From pets, kids, and family to past experiences, relationships, and goals, this book covered a lot. It definitely brought up things that you need to talk about BEFORE you get engaged

What I disliked:

One comment my boyfriend made was that the whole preface chapter was written to girls. I obviously didn’t notice this because I am a girl so it seemed right! But he was pretty turned off to start because it was all aimed towards women.

The questions were very repetitive. There were certain topics that the book seemed to focus on and asked the same questions over and over in different ways. It got to be a little redundant.

Some questions were kind of silly. Like “When you are sick, how do you want others to respond to you?” At least they provided for a lot of laughs along the way!

Final Thoughts:

I would recommend this book to couples. Even if you have already talked about most of the topics, it is fun to do together and I promise you will learn at least 1 new thing about your gf/bf!

However, my advice is not read it early on in a relationship. My boyfriend and I picked it up when we had been dating for 1 year and 6 months,  AFTER we had discussed the possibilities of getting married. I don’t encourage you to rush things or read this book to soon into your dating life. (Girls, this means don’t buy it for him for his birthday when you have been dating 2 months!) Introducing it too early will put unwanted pressure on the relationship. The longer you date the more these questions and topics will come up naturally to discuss. The book will help out in those areas that are hard to bring up, but need to be discussed.

 

Is this book for you?

Lovebirds:

- If you’re in a relationship but it’s not that serious, don’t rush to get this book. There are plenty of other books that you can read together for fun and for learning more about each other. I recommend The 5 Love Languages or just a book with relationships not as the primary focus. (See my Resources page for some ideas)

-Those of you in serious relationships, who can hear wedding bells in the distance, check it out! I think it can be beneficial.

Single Ladies:

- For you guys, this book can wait. But, keep it in the back of your mind for when you do get into a serious relationship!

 

Book Review: Radical

20 Feb

 “I could not help but think that somewhere along the way we had missed what is radical about our faith and replaced it with what is comfortable. We were settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves.”

Radical is a book that examines the commands of Jesus and asks if we as Christians are truly living what we say we believe. The average 21st century Christian looks a lot different than the original disciples of Jesus in the Bible. We see men who left everything to follow Christ: family, jobs, security…  Doesn’t exactly sound like the Christians you see around today. We are obsessed with the temporary. Make money. Get stuff. Be comfortable. Live well. Have fun. And in the middle of it all, we lose sight of eternity. We seem to chase everything that the disciples gave up. We chase what is said to be the “American Dream”: a good job, house, car, a spouse, a couple kids, a dog, vacations… but is this the way it is supposed to be?

The book is a challenge to take our faith back from the American Dream and to begin truly obeying the commands of Christ… being willing to give up everything for our King.

This video pretty much sums up the book.

Topics Covered:

  • What radical abandonment to Jesus really means
  • Discovering the truth and beauty of the gospel
  • The importance of relying on God’s power
  • God’s global purpose from the beginning until today
  • How all of us join together to fulfill God’s purpose
  • American wealth and a world of poverty
  • Why going is urgent, not optional
  • The risk and reward of a radical life
  • One year to a life turned upside down

What I liked:

Platt is brutally honest and even controversial at times, but never without having support from the Bible. He backs up everything he says with God’s Word to show that he isn’t just trying to get you to sell all your stuff and go overseas.  Rather, he says it out of love for the Christian church asking: Do we really believe what we say we believe?

The book was incredibly challenging to me personally. It made me really question my personal walk with God. It is easy to look at the masses of people, who call themselves Christians, and point out what is wrong with “them”.  But this book really pointed back to the individual. The book even ends with the last chapter presenting a practical plan to become more radical.

What I didn’t like:

Honestly there wasn’t any content that I didn’t like. There was only one small disappointment that I had. At the end of the book where he presents his plan to become more radical, he suggests that you spend a week outside of your comfort zone; whether that be overseas or in an inner-city ministry. However, he didn’t mention any specific organizations or resources to get connected to. But that is an easy problem to fix, with many ministries being only a click away on the internet.

I would recommend this book to…

EVERYONE! Yes, literally everyone. If you call yourself a Christian, definitely check it out! I think it is a message everyone in the American church needs to hear and be challenged by. If you have a passion for missions or work overseas, you MUST read this book! Even if you aren’t a Christian but you are interested, the book gives a good picture of the life and commands of Jesus which could be fascinating to you.

This book has honestly changed my life. I am very passionate about the message it presents and promote it wholeheartedly. I encourage you to give it a try as well.  If you do decide to check it out, let me know what you think!