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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Book Review: Ted Kluck and Ronnie Martin's Finding God in the Dark

Why even put Mark Driscoll's name in here? At first I didn't think I would like this book as much as I did. To be honest, it was mostly because of the mention of Driscoll who has become the biggest disgrace there is in ruining the perspective people have of Reformed theology. It doesn't seem the authors go very far to endorse anything he has to say, so I was able to let it go a bit. The book may be a bit different than people expect though because it doesn't necessarily provide an in depth perspective at doubt, but more so one that comes form the author's personal struggles and the Biblical verses that provide some Biblical context and guidance for doubt.

Summary: Ted felt that his life was falling apart after losing an adoption, and finding difficulty in publishing a book. Ronnie felt that he was losing touch with his faith after finding that his music career was fizzling out after aspiring to be a musician for so long. Both share their own stories in chapters that swap back and forth between the two narrators. Whether it's children or money they discuss the many ways that doubt can be brought on.


Characters: If there are any two lives that get the full disclosure so the reader can relate it's the two authors. The guys don't avoid going the extra mile to try to make the book more impacting. Instead of referring to how others struggled they instead of trying to put it off on someone's story who isn't even apart of writing the book, and they've had to go through a name change to even be included. There struggles are highly easy to relate to as well. Even if you're someone who hasn't struggled with having children, most can relate to how money issues and not having a job you wanted can affect you.

Writing: The writing is a little choppy at times, but I think overall the guys do a good job of at least making their point known by the end of each chapter. The book is the complete opposite of the prosperity gospel, and doesn't try to use language or stories that will butter you up. Instead it goes with the very hardcore truth that facing up to the fact that life is going to deal you hard circumstances. I even like how the writing makes it a point to not avoid Biblical passages on the subject itself, and even verses regarding when Jesus asked God if there was a way he could pass over the suffering he would endure.

Plot: The men do advance their own stories well.  I think that switching the stories gets a little disjointed in making the book flow, but also the guys may have not had enough to discuss on their own to make out a whole book. Even with two people authoring this book turned out really short. And I can't help, but I did like how this book did lean more toward Calvinism. It makes the book something more rare to come across reading and more easy to relate to in reading.

Finding God in the Dark may not be as in depth as some are expecting, but I think it gives something a little better than that approach. It delves into something more personal, with people who have had to overcome some serious obstacles. Along with that the passages they use coincide well with the topic, and it makes the book something that was a rare motivational read for me.

Rating 8 of 10.

This book was provided by Bethany House in exchange for a review.


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