Thursday, March 16, 2006

What's The Catch?

The title of this book intrigues me.

Damage Control: How to Stop Making Jesus Look Bad
by Dean Merrill

BUT it was only given a brief review in what some may consider a conservative magazine so I am hesitant to take the plunge.

It is not the $10 plus s/h so much as the disappointment I fear. You know that sinking feeling you get when once again Christ's real message is skewered by those who say they know the truth...(P. Rob, Falwell, the majority of Republicans right now, etc...)

I am just tired of that pain.

Anybody know anything about the book or its author?

1 comment:

the tentmaker said...

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
As Merrill tells it, "the cause of Christ is at the mercy of human handling." And therein lies the problem. Christians believe that God chose fallible humans to be his ambassadors on earth, but these emissaries routinely botch the job. This honest and provocative book points out how Christians often fail to make their faith attractive, and how unintended hindrances bury the message of God's love. Merrill focuses closely on how words are among the worst offenders: Christianese mystifies, overwhelms, antagonizes and manipulates those who don't hold similar beliefs. He also addresses Christendom's fractured unity, group agendas and frequent hypocrisy. The good news is that Merrill also describes how Christians can overcome these deficiencies by choosing effective vocabulary, using cogent reasoning when discussing God and tailoring the message of Christianity to individuals. Readers can't help being challenged by Merrill's message of change and love. He'll offend a few, encourage many others and cause some Christians to make huge changes in how they relate to the people around them. This is a necessary and timely book. (Mar.)
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