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:
- One thing You Can't Do in Heaven by Mark Cahill*
- Fight Clubs by Jonathan Dodson*
- Why We Love the Church by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck*
- The Problem of Pain by CS Lewis
- Humility by CJ Mahaney*
- Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
- Samson and the Pirate Monks by Nate Larkin*
- Crazy Love by Francis Chan*
- The Exemplary Husband by Stuart Scott*