Sunday, January 29, 2023

Why Do You Call Me Good? by Dory Alonzo and Stella Tumanguil Book Review

About the book:

Is it possible for us to be good yet be lost forever? What sort of goodness will assure us a place in heaven?

Be captivated with the allegorical story of Lost—an exceptional doctor who loves helping others, but her self-reliant ways make her unable to see her own spiritual lack, more so her need for Christ.

There are millions of successful and well-meaning people out there who are genuinely kind, churchgoing, law-abiding. Many of them hear God’s word but do not receive; they go on with life convinced that their souls are saved. What does God's word say about those whose faith rests on their presumed goodness? Does one’s goodness always lead to eternal life?

What about you? If a sudden event brings you face to face with God, what do you suppose God will say about the life you lived?

This book thoughtfully presents the biblical truths about the folly of self-righteousness—why no man can earn salvation by himself through good works and how there can be no true goodness apart from God. Like Lost, we all need to be reconciled with God, in the way that he ordained through the all-sufficient redemptive gospel of Christ.

You can watch the book trailer here.

My Review:

When people are asked about going to heaven, many will say they think they have been good enough and they'll be there. This may be especially true of church goers. But what does it really mean to be good, to be good enough to be worthy of heaven? How to we really have eternal life?

The authors have created a unique exploration of what it means to be good and what is really necessary to be assured of heaven. The first part of the book contains short stories, vignettes of people who think they are good but their actions reveal otherwise. The truth about character is made plain by actions.

The rest of the book contains good teaching on the biblical perspective of goodness and heaven. Our eyes need to be opened so we can see ourselves compared to God's holiness. Salvation is clearly explained. The authors also write about the many things that can detract people from true faith in Christ.

This is a good warning to people who think they have been so good that God will reward them with heaven. This book reveals what is really required to be accepted by God.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

About the Authors:

Dory B. Alonzo is a freelance writer and editor, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts. She has extensive professional experience in corporate documentations and publications management, web content development, wordpress blog, and social media content development. She has served as a Bible study leader, home cell group facilitator, and in-house writer for her local church, Christ the Living Stone Fellowship, Philippines. She comes from a family of pastors, missionaries and church elders. Her life goals include authoring books that enlighten and encourage people about counter-cultural Christian living; spreading the love of Jesus to friends; and sharing the gospel of the Kingdom of God to others. She loves to tell stories on her blog site about how the Lord moves in everyday life of ordinary people as well as compose original songs for the Lord.

Stella S. Tumanguil is a technical writer and documentation specialist with a master of arts degree in communications. She greatly enjoys serving as a volunteer teacher with the Kids Ministry at her local church, The Church On The Way, in California.

Resource Publications, 164 pages.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the authors. 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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