Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Greater Than Gold by David Boudia REVIEW

Hello everyone!

Today I am sharing my review of Greater than Gold: From Olympic Heartbreak to Ultimate Redemption by David Boudia. David Boudia is a US Olympic diver who competed in the Olympics both in 2008 and 2012. In 2008, he did pretty poorly and was extremely discouraged, but then he went on to win the gold in 2012. This is also the story of Boudia's testimony and how he came to be a Christian.

Going into this book, I really didn't know what I was expecting or how much I'd like the book. I had honestly never heard of David Boudia, so I thought that I may not be super interested in his memoir. However, I really loved this book and often had a hard time putting it down.

First of all, I loved how open and honest Boudia is in his book. He readily points out his own faults and weaknesses, and acknowledges his mistakes and times when he probably wasn't a fun guy to be around. He does not seem shy at all when it comes to saying that he isn't perfect. He is very relatable, many of his struggles are things that everyone struggles with. Since he is so friendly and relatable, he really gives hope to the fact that we can overcome these struggles. His testimony is so powerful and shows that such wonderful, radical change is possible.

He also makes some really great points about our walk with Christ. He learned the hard way that we need to live our lives so that our talents give glory to God, and not to us. He also talks about idolatry in a way that I've never thought of before. We usually think of idolatry as having other, false gods and wooden relics that we worship, but Boudia points out that putting anything before God is idolatry, such as money, fame, or medals. He has such a genuine love for God and such a incredible story that is so great to read about. 

Overall, I gave this book 4/5 stars, and I definitely recommend it. 


*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Disappearing Church by Mark Sayers REVIEW!

Hello guys!

Disappearing Church by Mark Sayers delves into the issue of Christians leaving the church at a really fast rate. Sayers gives his thoughts on why that is. He says that people are leaving the church due to their concern for instant gratification and escaping the rules and confines of Christian life- the secularization of the west.

I really didn't like this book at all. It was super dry and hard to get through. There is no personal voice to the book at all, and it actually reads like a textbook, coming across as really grumpy, judge, and preachy. His thoughts seemed very outdated. I looked at the copyright date in the front and was shocked to see that it was published this year. Sayers was really vague, not really giving specific examples with little evidence to back up his claims. Honestly, he really just said the same thing over and over and over for 200 pages. 

I also didn't agree with the majority of what Sayers said. While he went on and on about how the people who leave the church are the bad and sinful ones, he hardly even acknowledged that in the majority of cases, the problem is with the church itself and the leaders in the church. I'm pretty sure there was only one sentence on this in the whole book. 

Though it is a short book, it took me longer than usual to get through it. Overall, I gave it 2/5 stars. It has some great reviews on Goodreads, but I don't really get it.


*I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.