Wednesday, December 5, 2007

REVIEW OF GOING ALL THE WAY







What a great title for a Christian book--Going All the Way. Craig Groeschel was nice enough to send me a copy as long as I'd write a blog about it. Craig leads Lifechurch.tv, one of the most innovative churches in America. I had the privilege of hearing him speak this fall's Catalyst Conference. He is an excellent communicator. And God is using him to reach hundreds and hundreds for Christ.

As far as Going All the Way is concerned, my biggest question is: where was this book when I was in late high school, college, and in my early married years? The book's subtitle is Preparing for a Marriage That Goes the Distance. If you have high schoolers, college students, singles, just marrieds or if you fit into any of these categories, stop reading this blog now and click on the link above and purchase a copy. And in May when you give out graduation gifts, don't give "Chicken Soup for the Graduate". Give a copy of Groeschel's book.

Craig writes in a style that is very readable and very practical. The book is filled with biblical truth and personal stories. And in his typical fashion, he scatters the pages with laugh-out-loud humor.

He goes into great detail explaining why Jesus needs to be number one and your girlfriend/fiancee/wife needs to be number two. In developing a relationship with the opposite sex, he uses the analogy of the gears of an automobile to talk about the first gear of friendship to the fifth gear of marriage. He pulls no punches in talking straight about the sexual relationship.

To give you a glimpse of how practical this book is, he gives a checklist for signs of a bad relationship: your friends and parents are opposed to the relationship, your boyfriend/girlfriend has a bad relationship with his/her parents, he/she is running from God, etc. I can think back on all three of my sons and wish that I had this checklist to open their eyes with some of their relationships.

Bottom line--great book. For preachers needing good resources when preaching on dating and marriage this is a great read. For parents of high schoolers and college students, put this book in their hands today. For high schoolers, college students, and single adults, reduce your eating out one time this week and go buy the book. And, Craig, I'm always open for free books.

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