Monday, June 27, 2011

How I Read It: Samson and the Pirate Monks

A few thoughts after finishing: Samson and the Pirate Monks by Nate Larkin

Quotable: This quote didn't have much to do with the rest of the book, but I really liked it: "If you don't like change, you're going to like irrelevance even less." - General Eric Shinseki. 

Brutal:  The first half of the book is a brutal story of the author's descent into sexual addiction.  And when I say brutal, I mean brutal.  I found myself barely able to believe the fact that this was someone who pastored a church, went to Bible school, and new all the "right" Christian things.  Suffice it to say, if you or I think someone might be struggling with an addiction (to anything, but especially lust), we should throw them a life-line.  Thankfully the story ends with the author's redemption through the grace of God and a community of believers.

Simple:  I loved loved loved the simplicity of a 'Samson Society."  Basically the second half of the book details the formation and model of a men-only, completely honest, 'Samson Society' meeting.  Apart from detailed explanations of specific parts, the entire model fits into just a few pages.  I love it!  I'm not sure if I'll seek to start an exact replica of a Samson Society, but I do plan on using some of the ideas in my disciple-making efforts.

2011 Personal Impact Ranking:

  1. One thing You Can't Do in Heaven by Mark Cahill*
  2. Fight Clubs by Jonathan Dodson*
  3. Why We Love the Church by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck*
  4. The Problem of Pain by CS Lewis
  5. Humility by CJ Mahaney*
  6. Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
  7. Samson and the Pirate Monks by Nate Larkin*
  8. Crazy Love by Francis Chan*
  9. The Exemplary Husband by Stuart Scott
*I own these books, let me know if you want to borrow them. I'd love to share.

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