Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Dirty Faith Book Review


About the Book

Put Your Faith Into Action
Do you ever feel like something in your faith is missing, that going to church, studying the Bible, and tithing just aren't enough? There has to be more, right? What would it look like to truly "follow" Christ and not just believe in him?
David Nowell asked the very same questions, and was led to minister to the "least of these," whom God loves deeply. In "Dirty Faith," Nowell shares powerful stories of faith in action, and encourages us to move with him from the sidelines to the front line, to get our hands dirty helping the hopeless, the disenfranchised, and the poor.
Loving as God loves is central to the gospel, whether that means taking in foster children, ministering to inmates at the local jail, or something else God has in mind just for you. Let this inspiring book help you find what's been missing in your faith.
"David Nowell has challenged not only our view of the church's responsibility in light of the worldwide plague of violence on children--from poverty to homelessness to prostitution--he has challenged our view of Jesus Christ. Nowell's Jesus has dirt under his fingernails and calluses on his hands. The Word becoming flesh is not just incarnation, it is a holiness that is willing to be stained by the brokenness of a world that would abuse an innocent child. I want my staff to read this book. It will challenge them to do what is required of them, and then some." --Dr. Walter Crouch, President/CEO, Appalachia Service Project
"Filled with unforgettable stories from the field, Nowell's writing will both break your heart and lift your vision. "Dirty Faith" is a must-read for those who want to put their faith into action by serving others." --Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, senior pastor, The Moody Church (Goodreads)

My Review

I enjoy reading books that make me want to act on my faith. This book strongly moves you to actually think about what you are doing in your life and why you could change. I agree with the author on many points, there are people, children who are sold used and abused everywhere. David will make you feel like an awful person, he doesn't sugar coat anything. I agree that we need to act on our faith and help others, but from reading this book he made it sound like everyone should be helping in a third world country. We are not all called to be in another country. Also, these things are happening in the U.S.A. but people don't think about that. People are sold here into prostitution and yes, people go hungry here as well.
I do agree that many of us sit on our pew at church and send money considering it enough, when in reality we could be doing more. I think the doing more could be many things and one part I really liked was how we are told, by Jesus, to go to those in jails and prison. The chapter on this topic was very good.
David goes into detail about the "dirty" things that are happening and sometimes its hard to swallow the facts on what is really happening if you aren't surrounded by it.

This is a good intense book if you are wanting or needing to do more with your faith, this books gives you the push..

"I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review." 

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