Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Please, Sorry, Thanks by Mark Batterson Book Review

Words are important, Batterson reminds us. Words have power. Our words reveal our heart. Changing the words we use changes life.

He concentrates on three words.

Please opens doors like nothing else. It's personal and requires humility. Whether we use the word or not is revealing. “How you treat others is a function of how you feel about yourself.” (555/2375)

Sorry mends fences like nothing else. We find out the power of apology, the kind of character it takes, the courage required, forgiveness and the danger of bitterness.

Thanks build bridges like nothing else. We are reminded of the general benefit of an attitude of gratitude, its relationship to worship and believing in God's faithfulness, cultivating a life of giving.

There is good teaching on relationships in general included in each of the sections. Batterson's writing style is informative and inspiring. He is widely read and includes a wealth of examples and evidence for his teaching. It's a good book. I recommend reading it along with then making these words evidence of a way of life.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

You can watch the book trailer here.

Mark Batterson is the lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC. One church in seven locations, NCC owns and operates Ebenezers Coffeehouse, The Miracle Theatre, and the DC Dream Center. NCC is currently developing a city block into The Capital Turnaround. This 100,000-square-foot space will include an event venue, child development center, mixed-use marketplace, and co-working space. Mark holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University and is the New York Times best-selling author of seventeen books, including The Circle Maker, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Wild Goose Chase, Play the Man, Whisper, and, most recently, Double Blessing. Mark and his wife, Lora, live on Capitol Hill with their three children: Parker, Summer, and Josiah. 

Multnomah, 192 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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