Monday, December 14, 2009

40 Loaves by C. D. Baker

Baker has written 40 meditations, each around a question. A few examples include: Why am I uncomfortable with doubt? Why can't I overcome sin? Why am I afraid of death? Why am I confused about finding God's will?
Some of the meditations develop from Baker's discussions with fellow pilgrims while others originate in his own struggles. I could not identify at all with many of his questions. They seem to describe issues and questions I dealt with decades ago. It seems that writing this book may have been cathartic for Baker as he worked through some of his own issues.
I would not suggest this book to anyone who has been a Christian for longer than a few years. Baker's meditations frequently bring up issues that should be long gone in a believer's life. Then again, perhaps issues are brought up that the reader has never worried about - but will now!
Baker deals with each issue in about two pages when properly dealing with the concern would be a full length book.
Redeeming aspects of the book are the pithy questions and personal prayer at the end of each meditation. These might be used for group discussion.

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

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