Book Review: More

More: Find Your Personal Calling And Live Life to The Fullest Measure, by Todd Wilson

[Note: This book was provided free of charge by BookLook/Zondervan Press in exchange for an honest review.]

This book is what you get when you combine a book on Christian practical theology with personality theory. Whether you appreciate this book and to what extent you appreciate it will depend on a few factors that it is worthwhile to discuss. For one, this book is full of personality theory, like the Strengths Finder [1] and the Myers-Brigg’s test [2], and even a few more obscure personality texts related to one’s spiritual calling. Those readers who enjoy personality theory will find much to appreciate here in terms of knowing where they fit best within local congregations as well as in their own personal evangelistic efforts. That said, those readers who dislike personal theory will find much to criticize here. I have already hinted at another factor that is worthwhile to discuss but will spell it out in greater detail. This book has the guiding assumption that evangelism is a matter of universal concern and not merely vocational concern among deacons, elders, paid ministry and the like. Where there is agreement in wide involvement in evangelism, this approach is likely to be welcomed. Where such agreement does not exist, this book is likely to cause offense.

In terms of its content and structure, the book has an intriguing and noteworthy format. The first part of the book: foundations in calling, examines such matters as trusting God as the author of our story, stepping forward in faith, having two scripts for two kingdoms, surrendering the leading role to God, owning our part of the calling in action, trusting God, and discovering our unique roles based on our background and experiences. The second half of the book discusses discovering one’s calling, which is where the personality theory becomes particularly notable. If the first half of the book focuses on scripture, or at least some citations of it with particular interpretations, the second half focuses on citations of personality theory and a model of core and unique identity, mission, and position under the be-do-go rubric. The book imagines our identity as being a disciple crafted by God, our mission as making disciples and doing good works and deeds, and our position as being where we are, and where we are most effective. After this there is a discussion on the importance of having mentors and living our faith. At the beginning of the book there are forwards by Rick Warren and Dr. Coleman and an epilogue by Bob Buford closes the book along with acknowledgements and notes. The book has a website, but as of writing it was not fully loaded.

Aside from the questions of the book’s assumptions about the validity of personal inventories as well as of personal evangelism efforts, and the book is quite strong on both of those points, there are a few other aspects of the book that are worthy of commentary as well. The author attempts to mediate between those who point on the fact that we cannot in any way earn God’s grace through good works but who do not focus on the obedience to God that naturally follows, and those who focus on the godly living expected of believers. The author does speak about surrendering lordship of our lives to God, but there is no discussion of the body of law that believers are committed to obey. The author desires believers to trust the Holy Spirit, but leaves no pointing to the Word of God to describe what believers should and should not believe that allows believers to properly test the spirits. This book therefore fits within the broad tradition of books that are specific about matters of personal thought and interest of the author, but frustratingly vague when it comes to biblical instruction. In the same manner as people like John Maxwell, this is a book by someone who is far more comfortable in psychology and business consulting than in biblical instruction, when what is most needed is sound biblical application in practical areas of life, an area where this book has little new to offer. It is a missed opportunity, given the interesting but unbiblical material the author does discuss throughout the second half of the book.

[1] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/book-review-now-discover-your-strengths/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/book-review-strengths-finder-2-0/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/a-review-of-my-strengths-finder-report/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/on-discovering-your-strengths-in-the-heat-of-crisis/

[2] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2011/07/07/fruit-personality-test/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2010/12/12/book-review-please-understand-me-character-temperament-types/

About nathanalbright

I'm a person with diverse interests who loves to read. If you want to know something about me, just ask.
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