Saturday, June 5, 2010

Shattered

Shattered, Struck Down, Bit Not Destroyed by Frank Pastore with Ellen Vaughn...my review.

This book was very easy to read, an excellent account of someone that thought he was an atheist, only to discover that God had a much better plan for his life, and that his childhood belief system was skewed.  Frank takes us on a journey through his troubled childhood, raised in a very dysfunctional family, through the transformation of the awkward, new kid at school nerd to the all star sports hero, academic scholar, popular guy on campus.  His new found popularity just increases his desire for more and because he has real talent, he has the ability to acquire more.  However, he eventually realizes that no matter how much you've got, you always want more.

After a devastating injury he begins to ask questions, and the Christian players on the baseball team he plays for continue to answer and share God with him.  He eventually accepts Christ and is then on fire for God.  He shares details from every aspect of his life with readers.  I felt a connection to his transformation and the passion he feels for Christ centered community activism.  While sharing of his time in counseling, I began to ask myself some tough questions.

I like that it was easy to read, but still called to something deep within me; that it showed what many felt prior to becoming followers of Christ, and how it's all so twisted in the collective public opinion.  This would be a good book to share with those that think they have all the answers, but still seem to be searching.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book and it did not influence my review.