Thursday, November 19, 2015

Truly Free by Robert Morris: a Review


It has been months since I requested this book for review.  More than 3, less than 6.  I know this, because BookLook Bloggers deactivates accounts that have had no activity after 3 months, and I've been deactivated once while they've been waiting for my review.  Ugh.   I hate when I don't follow through on my obligations.  But, in the spirit of better late than never, here goes.

The subtitle of this book, "Breaking the Snares That So Easily Entangle," provides a good summary of the premise.  We humans, because we have free choice, because we live in a broken and flawed world, get tangled up in all sorts of things.  And some of these things are good things, but we take them to such extremes that we become slaves to them, instead of slaves to Christ.

I found the beginning of the book to be very inspiring.  One illustration that really stuck with me was when Mr. Morris was talking about the Israelites, recently freed from slavery in Egypt, wandering about in the desert.  The were free, finally.  Free to make their own decisions and do their own thing.  They had been longing for freedom for centuries.  And do you know what they did?  They complained.  They said they would have been better off staying in Egypt ... where they were slaves!  They were longing for that which enslaved them.

I gotta tell you, that struck home for me, because I do the same thing.

The book consists of an introduction, along with a few introductory chapters, followed by six chapters addressing specific snares that we encounter in life, including pride, bitterness, greed, and lust, among others.  The final chapter is "A Prayer for Freedom," and the appendix lists resources to continue further along the road to being snare-free.

I really liked the book ... until about the 3rd or 4th chapter that was addressing a specific snare, because it started to get very repetitive and boring.  Truth?  I didn't finish.  Which is why it's taken me more than 3 less than 6 months to get this review written.

Bottom line: This is a helpful resource for people who want to overcome a specific snare in their lives.  Read the introductory chapters, along with the chapter addressing your specific snare or snares.

I received this book for free from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

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