Friday, June 24, 2011

Tyndale House Book Review: "Making the Best of a Bad Decision" by Erwin W. Lutzer

Erwin W. Lutzer is senior pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and Loyola University, he is the author of numerous books, including the Gold Medallion Award winner Hitler's Cross and the best seller One Minute After You Die. He is also a teacher on radio programs heard on more than 700 stations throughout the United States and the world, including Songs in the Night, The Moody Church Hour, and the daily feature Running to Win. He and his wife, Rebecca, live in the Chicago area and have three married children and seven grandchildren.

http://files.tyndale.com/thpdata/FirstChapters/978-1-4143-1143-2.pdf

I am so honored to be reviewing my first book from Tyndale House.  They were kind enough to send me a complimentary of this book for review purposes. 

Have you ever asked yourself these questions (I know I have): "I made a mistake that changed my life forever.  What do I do now?"  "Is there a way to move past what happened and start again?"  "Will my situation ever get better, or have I missed my chance at a great future?"  Well then, this book is for you. 

It definitely was for me.  I can admit that I have made some bad decisions in my life and reading this book really helped me.  Erwin W. Lutzer touches on various topics, for example, "When You've Married Trouble -- You regret that foolish vow" or "When You're in the Wrong Vocation -- You hate going to work." 

All I know was that by the time I hit Chapter 3, I couldn't put the book down and just began underlining.  I equated this book to a counselling session.  It was that enlightening, helpful and informative. 

Erwin Lutzer does a brilliant job articulating different scenarios, using biblical references and offering practical advice throughout his book. By the time I finished reading it, I was left with hope.

I guess if there was one word I could use to describe this book, it would be "surrender".  Surrendering to God's will and not my will; which is a big one.  I learned that most of my bad decisions or choices have been connected with not surrendering to God in my life.  So that was something that this book help me realize and understand fully.

I really enjoyed reading this book because of the fact that it was so revelatory and full of wisdom.  There were points while reading this book where I had to stop and ask the Lord for forgiveness. 

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is struggling in their life right now.  If you are living with regret or guilt as a result of bad decisions you have made in your life, I would strongly encourage you to get this book.  It is a must have!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great book Pilar!
Love,
Yelena