Sunday, 9 May 2010

God On Mute Book Review

I received this book at my baptism, and I have finally finished it- it was really good!

The book cover is extremely simple with an image of a taped mouth in black and white in the background, whilst the bright red and white text of the title definitely attracts attention. Although I might not pick up the book based on the cover, I must urge you not to judge it by the cover and read it!

I picked up the book not knowing what to expect and it really surprised me how applicational it was. The author Pete Greig uses his own story has the backbone, revealing a lot of personal issues, trials and revelations.

The book is well structured, separated into the days of Easter weekend- Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday- and linking to this the suffering, the silence and the hope we all face in unanswered prayer.

It is written in a way that is easy to understand and the author use lots of anecdotes and real life experiences which we can relate to. And through these experiences, Pete Craig attempts to answer the question of unanswered prayer, for example if I pray for the train to be hurry up, yet someone else prays for the train to be late because he is in a rush, which prayer will be answered?

Some of the points seem obvious, but I never think about them like that- and it has really reminded me how irrelevant some of our babbles to God might be. However, babble is better than no babble, and at the end of the day, whether we pray amazingly or not, it is the way to communicate to God.

So having read the book, I am really encouraged to read about answered prayer, as well as increase my awareness of unanswered prayer.

The layout of the book is well structured, and with the easy to read language, this book is really for everyone. The first hand experiences and the anecdotes Pete Greig uses are easy to relate to, and can really encourage you. I would highly recommend this book as it has definitely challenged as well as give me a great insight into why prayers are unanswered. More than anything, it has been an enjoyable read and at times, a book I just can't put down!

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