Adventure Between the Pages: Dirty Faith: Bringing the Love of Christ to the Least of These by David Z. Nowell

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Description: 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.

I was really excited when I saw the title and description on this book. I spend every Saturday working at the local food pantry. Many of the people who come through the doors there would be considered some of the ‘least of these’. God has really convicted me about loving these people right where they are, and I thought this book would really help.

It didn’t take long into this book for me to start skimming. I really disliked the tone of the book. It didn’t feel loving it all, it felt like a lecture on everything Americans are doing wrong. All of the book I read really wasn’t about loving others, but about how selfish Americans were. Although I agree with some of the points he was making, I really was disappointed in the book.

The tone of this book was what bothered me the most. The author, instead of sharing the things he has learned, came across as thinking he had it all figured out, while we were all selfish and lazy. I do not think that it was intended to come out this way, but that is what it sounded like to me. He seemed to take no joy in the work he has done, but just looked at it as something he had been required to do.

Overall, I felt this book really wasn’t about loving the least of these, it was about trying to wake American Christians up and get them to start putting their faith into action. Although I applaud the message, I think it could have been done a lot better.

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.

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