Four Letter Words: Conversations on faith’s beauty and logic uses four letter words that connect you to wisdom about the Bible. It applies many theoretical thoughts to each of the four letter topics used. The author shares a lot of wisdom from words such as “wait”, “pain”, “word”, “evil”, “know”, “hope”, etc. At the beginning of most chapters there is a quote, “Touchy Ideas”, and “Touchy Scriptures” listed that are associated with whatever four letter word the chapter describes, and a “Talking Points” section at the end of most chapters to help readers reflect on what they just read. A group discussion guide is also included at the back of the book suitable for group discussions or individual study.
What I immediately liked about this book is that the author expressed that the teachings from the Bible are original and anything else that tries to replace those teachings are copied versions of the real thing. I also liked a thought in the “True” chapter that spoke about how out of all the contradictional ideas about different denominations (religions), somebody is right and somebody is wrong if there are so many different ideas of what they think is right. I disagree with the thought that old ceremonies in the Old Testament are vanishing away though; I don’t believe all of them are supposed to vanish away because my Bible explains that the annual holy days, weekly Sabbaths, and feasts are a shadow of what is to come (Colossians 2:16-17) and Messianic Judaism has shown me that the holy days, weekly Sabbaths, and feasts are still very much alive. I liked Bill’s statement in the “Talking Points” section on page 153: “In the Bible, God’s follower’s showed respect for the people of other cultures, but blanket disrespect for their religions and gods.”; this is a statement that I would like to put into practice in my life when I come across people who believe in any god other than the one true God.
The author expresses some great thoughts in this book that some people may have not ever come across before and which can make them think on a deeper level spiritually.
*A special bonus to this book is that QR codes are used. The codes can be scanned throughout the book for additional resources.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
About the Giveaway:
Bill is celebrating the new Kindle edition of Four Letter Words (for only $4.99)! He’ll be traveling coast to coast over the next few weeks on this virtual book tour and he's celebrating by hosting a great giveaway!
Visit here (http://fourletterwords.org/2012/01/contest-giveaway) to find out how you can win two gift certificates to Amazon (in the amount of $50 and $25) and free downloads of his yet-to-be-released title, Recession-Proof: Living a God-Blessed Life in a Messed Up World.
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About Four Letter Words:
Thou shalt tolerate every opinion... except the Christian's. Today's postmodern "prime directive" leaves many followers of Jesus tongue-tied. In the global village, isn't it unreasonable, and even dangerous, to suggest that the Bible has a monopoly on truth?
The church needs a new breed of Christ-follower. We need Christ-followers who are alert to today's touchy ideas, the truths that fire up more heat than light. We need Christ-followers who can make a clear case for the Bible's worldview; who are ready to help our friends think through their beliefs; who can recognize inconsistencies and challenge them; and who can do all of this with humility, confidence, humor, and love. For more information visit http://fourletterwords.org.
Link to buy the book: http://ow.ly/8FbUq
About Bill Giovannetti:
Dr. Bill Giovannetti is a professor at A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary and the senior pastor of Neighborhood Church of Redding. An experienced speaker and author, Bill informs the mind in ways that touch the heart. He enjoys life with his wife and two kids in northern California. For more information about Bill and his other books, visit http://maxgrace.wordpress.com and http://fourletterwords.org.
Questions and Answers from Bill Giovannetti about Four Letter Words:
Q: What's Four Letter Words about, and where did you get the title?
A: Four Letter Words is about defending your faith in Christ. If you've ever felt tongue-tied standing up for Jesus, this book can help.
Even though our culture claims tolerance as a virtue, that tolerance stops at Christianity's front door: witness the hostility directed toward a sincere Christ-follower like Tim Tebow. Judging by reactions to him, you'd think he just cussed out his grandma when all he did was say a word for Christ. Speaking God's truth and living your faith is quickly becoming today's profanity. Tougher days are coming; we need to get ready.
There has never been a truth-system more satisfying, consistent, logical and beautiful than Christianity. I wanted to help God's people rise up and say so.
Q: Who is this book for?
A: This book is for anyone who either struggles with faith or who wants to help friends who struggle with faith. I wrote to strengthen faith and equip believers to share faith. Our church has used this book with high school students, young adults, and senior citizens—it's been really well received across all age groups. Other churches are using it in small groups and youth groups.
I would love to see this book in the hands of every high school graduate and new college student: they need to be inoculated from the anti-Christian venom they're going to experience.
Toward the end, Four Letter Words invites readers to faith in Christ so it can be resource for evangelism too.
Discussion questions are included.
Q: How did you pick the four letter words for each chapter?
A: I had a great team working with me to pick the topics. The young adult leadership team from my church hung out with me for a few coffee-shop meetings. We brainstormed ideas. We asked what questions kept surfacing in their relationships with seekers and what issues kept tripping up their conversations about Christ. The topics came from them. Each chapter grew out of the real-life struggles of real people in my church. I think this is why the book has connected in some pretty deep ways with readers.
Q: If I read this book, what will get out of it?
A: I wrote Four Letter Words with three simple goals in mind:
1. Clarity: Know what you believe.
2. Confidence: Know why you believe.
3. Courage: Know what to say when you don't know what to say.
Q: What's with the QR codes?
A: Part of my geek credentials, I suppose. As far as I know, Four Letter Words is the first QR-enabled book for the general market. QR codes are those postage-stamp sized boxes with indecipherable patterns inside – Quick Response codes. I wanted to make the book an interactive experience: just scan the codes with any smartphone and you'll go straight to relevant videos, audio .mp3's, and websites. Each chapter has a lot more resources on the website (www.fourletterwords.org) which you can reach either through the QR code or just by visiting the site. The geek-tech stuff in no way overwhelms the written word; it just supplements it. I hope readers like it. What did you think?
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