Book Review – Unstuck by Arnie Cole & Michael Ross
When I learned that Arnie Cole and Michael Ross from Back To The Bible had teamed up to write a book designed to help Christians who were feeling stuck spiritually thrive and revitalize their relationship with God, I was excited. As a matter of fact, I couldn’t wait to read Unstuck: Your Life. God’s Design. Real Change. After all, I have definitely encountered some desert moments in my faith journey. So have most of the believers I know.
So, it was with great anticipation that I begun this book.
Now, I have a lot of respect for the authors and their ministry, so I wanted to like this book. I believe it contains a lot of relevant research on the state of the church today. But, as far as its stated purpose – which is to help to get believers unstuck in their faith – the book did not live up to my expectations.
I don’t think Unstuck is a bad book – but it is a dry one. To use a Star Trek analogy, it’s too much Spock and not enough Kirk. It’s written for people in need of a heartfelt, emotional and spiritual connection with God – but the facts, formulas and statistics that make up the majority of this book will do nothing in and of themselves to move or change a stuck person’s heart.
The book is written in three parts plus two appendices:
- Part One, Why We Stall Out, identifies the issues why Christ-followers stagnate and why the Bible is essential to their growth.
- Part Two, The Powered By Four Solution, teaches how you can use the Powered by Four Solution to nurture your spiritual growth.
- Part Three, Engage, Untangle, Grow, helps you to plot your own course towards a spiritual breakthrough. This is where the emphasis should have been placed… but there are only 63 pages out of 265 dedicated to this section. In my opinion, the book would have been strengthened if more emphasis were focused here.
Overall, I would rate this book 3 out of 5 stars. I would not recommend it to someone who was stuck in their faith, except, perhaps, someone who has never been engaged in a bible reading program as it did not move me personally… but I would recommend it to pastors, teachers, and ministry leaders for the research that it contains.
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Disclosure Of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.