Unstuck by Arnie Cole and Michael Ross

Unstuck: Your Life. God’s Design. Real Change….

What’s this white book with a traffic light?…Pick it up…Take a look…Unstuck?…What an interest-grabbing title with a simple subtitle that ends up truly summing up the heart of the book. Now flip it over to read the overview on the back…”Do you ever want more than just an ‘ok’ walk with Christ?” Those peeked my curiosity as a challenge also arouse inside of me: Is this book for real? Are Cole and Ross talking about having a real relationship with a real Saviour or just adding more to my “Christian check list”?

That concern was addressed quickly. And their statement from research was very straightforward… “Christians grow through relationship, not religion. We stall when we focus on impersonal formulas and empty habits.” (pg. 49). Ok… I’m liking the book so far…

Unstuck is divided into sections to explain why change is needed in our lives, what the authors and the research found works, and how to apply it to our lives. In their words, Part 1 is Why We Stall Out, Part 2 is The Powered by Four Solution, and Part 3 is Engage, Untangle…Grow! Cole and Ross explain the Powered Four Solution as engaging (rather than just read) the Bible at least four times a week with this mind-set – “God’s Word to us is how we hear from and share two-way conversation with our Creator. It’s our personal connection…Relationships need consistent connections in order to grow” (pg. 139). They urge us not to approach our devotional times with a primary focus of info-gathering. However, we need to engage and look for connection, relationship and spiritual transformation. The last part is very practical and will be a resource that will need to be updated as you grow in your walk with Christ.

I throughly enjoyed Unstuck and would highly recommend it. It was a challenging, inspiring read that will change lives through the power of God’s Word. The personal stories that are included – real and honest, not glossed over – are a perfect addition to the books goal of pointing the reader to an honest relationship with Jesus.

Wow! I am so glad that God placed this book in my path! I have highlighted and dog-eared so many pages, but I still plan to go through it again in about a month.

 

**Bethany House has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

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