Monday, April 26, 2010

It's Not About You- Review of 360 Life by Billy Joe Daugherty

After previewing "360 Life" by Billy Joe Daugherty, I was genuinely excited to receive the book and dive in...hoping to deepen my faith for the journey. I was disappointed. This is a difficult review, mainly because I sympathize with the family of Billy Joe over his recent passing. However, in writing reviews, I find it necessary to steer my brothers and sisters in the faith to books that are biblically sound; unfortunately, this one falls short.

My problem with the book is that 99% of it is biblically accurate, 1% is not...and it's that 1% that leads people astray. I was silghtly confused, overall, by the subtitle,"TEN Ways You Can Live More Richly, Deeply, Fully." If there were ten ways in this book, they weren't outlined; I tried to locate them, create an outline myself and I couldn't seem to make that happen. If you went just by chapters alone, there are thirteen chapters, so that didn't calculate. The book lacked organization in was truly "all over the place." I felt as though a ghost writer had taken bits and pieces of Billy Joe's sermons and sliced and diced them together. Some of the "testimonial" stories through out the book were "moving" and were great examples of God's work in people's lives. (I enjoyed those) But, overall, this was an "invitational" book. A book for those who do not know Christ or have just come to know Him. This book is definitely not for a more mature Christian.

The biggest issue I had with the book and its teachings...that 1%...was the "Word Faith" section. The Truth says, it's NOT about "us." It's about "Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done." When Jesus said, "Ask and it shall be given to you..." He wasn't referring to the "material" things of this world-He was referring to furthering the Kingdom of God. For example, when discussing "using the Word of God," the author gives the illusion that God has set us up to be our own "mini-gods.":

"You and I probably won't create planets and universes with our words, but God has given us authority in this world and in our lives."

"Probably?" Last time I checked the Bible, GOD is sovereign over the heavens AND the earth, not us." So, unfortunately, I cannot recommend this book as a follower of Christ.

*This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.


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I am so blessed that you would take the time to share your thoughts with me! You encourage my faith and I pray that God will fill you to the full with His love, mercy,and grace! With joy, Cherie

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