Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Book "The Map - The Way of All Great Men" by David Murrow

This is a "Christian theology" book written by David Murrow and it was published in 2010 by Thomas Nelson and they were kind enough to send me a copy for reviewing through the Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers Program, the new BookSneeze Program.

“The Map” is a book in two parts. In the first part of the book, David Murrow develops a mystery story, where he is contacted by a Welsh Vicar named Benson who asks him to meet with an old priest who knows of a guide to Christian manhood. The author goes on to search for that guide. On several occasions during the search, Murrow narrowly evades the enemy and becomes increasingly nervous. David knows that the opponents represent evil, but he has very few clues to identify his enemy. He becomes aware that the world needs this map.

In the second part of the book, the author explains the three journeys every great man must make through submission, strength and sacrifice. He analyzes several Biblical heroes, such as Paul, David, Moses and Samson and relates their stories to the map. He also offers practical and “down to earth” strategies for integrating these ideas into our life.

One of the biggest lessons from the book to me was the thinking that “When a fellow Christian points out our weakness, we should respond with humility, not self justification”.

Having a bachelor degree in Theology, I was initially skeptical that this book could bring something different, the so called “Map embedded into Matthew’s Gospel”. But I have to confess that the author made his point in a magnificent way. Overall, "The Map" is an excellent book, very worthy reading and very rewarding. The idea of teaching Christianity through a mystery story is very effective.

My Rate: 4 stars
Pages: 236

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