Monday, February 15, 2010

Book Review: The Joseph Road

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The Joseph Road
by Jerry White

Trade Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: NavPress Publishers
First Released: 2010

Source: I received this book free as a review copy from NavPress Publishers.

Book Description from Publisher Website:
The biblical story of Joseph offers us a powerful lesson: Our true destiny is decided not by the depth of our troubles but by pursuing the will of God in the midst of them.

Joseph’s life is a winding tale of hard choices, sad tragedies, and God's loving protection. Out of the ashes of disaster, God enabled Joseph to grow in character and maturity as he rescued Egypt, forgave those who had hurt him, and saved a deeply flawed family that grew into a great nation.

Let author Jerry White show you how the "Joseph Plan” can reveal your own true destiny as you learn more about the character of God

The Joseph Road is a good, basic Christian Living book. It's an easy read: easy to follow and easy to understand. It had basic (but good) insights for those whose lives aren't working out as expected but who want to walk in a God-honoring way through it all.

The author looked to Scripture as our guide (specifically at the account of Joseph found in Genesis, but he also quoted other parts of the Bible). He used Scripture, some Bible background information, and reasonable supposition of what Joseph went through emotionally to describe what Joseph went through and how he reacted. He then showed how to apply what we learned to our lives today.

I was initially concerned that there seemed to be a slant toward “people can do what’s right if they decide they want to,” yet most people I know struggle to consistently do so. I was happy that later parts of the book pointed out that we need God at work in our lives in order to be consistent in our walk with Him.

Overall, I’d recommend this as a basic book with good guidance about how to act when people act unfairly toward you, when people betray you, and when things just don’t work out as expected.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

Excerpt from Chapter One
Do you remember when you dreamed those impossible dreams? To be a baseball star, a model, a fireman, an astronaut, or a pilot? To be rich, to be famous? When did those dreams die?

For most of us, we saw them fade as the reality of life began to set in. This is sad, for dreams can keep us going, give us hope, and propel us to great achievements.

Joseph--this young teen, this privileged son of Jacob--had a dream. A real one, not just some random thought. And in those days, most people put a great deal of credence in dreams.

Afterward, Joseph did what any immature young man would do in the same situation: He told his brothers.

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