After boldly stating in my book review on the title: Come To Your Senses by Stanley H. Block, M.D. with Carolyn Bryant Block; “This book is a book that just maybe, if I could, wrap it up and send it to every single person I have ever known, I maybe would.”; well it is time to eat some humble pie .
The humble pie is courtesy of If You Want To Walk On Water, You’ve Got To Get Out Of The Boat by John Ortberg . Life is full of irony and if you check the image of my receipt. I bought both the same day. I wonder if I would have still stated that statement so carelessly, I mean, boldly if I would have read this book first? Probably.
I enjoyed reading this book. I am going to enjoy reading it again. Humble pie? Because it is a book that I bet a few people wish they could have given me; maybe even thrown at me. Do not worry, I would have been right there throwing it right back at you. You know who you are. His 2nd Chapter called “Boat Potatoes” jolted me out of a state of enjoying the nothingness by stating; “There is no tragedy like the tragedy of the unopened gift.” All gifts we have are gifts from God. How dare we not open the gifts God gives us? Gifts are to be honored, developed, cultivated, and well, this is a book that some chapters will open your eyes. Quite frankly this is exactly how I like my books.
This is a very cleverly written book that talks about taking chances. Spiritual chances, allowing your heart, spirit, and soul to grow spiritually. One of my favorite chapters in this title is Chapter 9 ; Learning To Wait. Do we have the patience to wait and make honorable choices? Or do we tell ourselves I am tired of waiting and justify making a choice that is less than honorable? It is very enlightening about making choices in our lives that either dishonor or honor God. If you are not into God, think of it this way, are you making choices in your life that are honorable to yourself as a human being or not? Don’t hide behind the “I don’t believe in God” thing.
It also talks about humility, and patience. Topics in this chapter are tough topics to approach but handled in a way that you are carried through while having a few aha moments. All done with clever humor that lets the reader relax and not get defensive. All I am saying is; I get annoyed with writers that put their readers on the defense. Who wants to curl up on the couch with a nice cup of cocoa and then get blasted by a writer? Not John; he handles tough topics well , adds a few silly haha’s here and there. He creates a balance throughout the book that gives you moments of ponder, laughter, and well sometimes, remember to breathe. I look forward to finding more titles by him.
John has a way or style of writing that opens your mind to spiritual courage and helps you identify with items that hit home. He playful sarcasm does not go overboard but spins some humor that makes the learning more enjoyable. I am sure to keep this book in my personal library for I know there is a lot still packed into these chapters for me to discover at a future date. Just reading his questions get you thinking; he kindly leaves them organized at the end of each chapter.
Those questions are not for the wimpy or faint of heart . Amazing questions for journaling or for writing ideas if one is inclined into using writing as a tool for spiritual growth or personal transformation. I breezed through them and just asked myself the questions quickly and answered to myself and moved on. No one is saying you have to share everything and if they are saying that to you, they are not being truthful. Don’t worry they lied to me too about that.
In my defense, I had visions of people throwing this book at me in frustration and piles of this same book were starting to grow around me. Yes, I have a vivid imagination. I am usually a passive person but when I was done reading. I silently said to myself ; what the heck this is my imagination and to all those that were throwing the book at me, “my turn now.” I imagined myself throwing each one of those books right back to the people who were throwing it at me; while laughing and saying “touche” right back to you. Why? Because like a wise man John Ortberg once said, “If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat.”
P.S. There was no actual book throwing; do not try it a home. Just an active imagination.