Bo White

Ideas and Grace over Coffee

Inspired to Remember and a Review

Remember when you used to wonder what it would be like to grow up and be a detective or a superhero or an astronaut or (fill in the blank). Along the way, we start to believe that it’s more responsible to live a certain lifestyle than what Jonathan David Golden says is “Having the guts to pursue what makes you come alive.”

In his book, Be You. Do Good. Golden recounts how he grew the coffee company ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’ and how he came to terms with his own calling. One of the threads that caught my attention was around the idea of dealing with ‘inklings’. Golden puts it this way: “when inklings are given attention, fed, and watered, they can grow into beautiful expressions of vocation, (81).”

Later in the book, Golden puts forth the following outline:

  1. “Inkle it: What are you feeling prompted to pursue?
  2. Explore it: Share this…brainstorm it…
  3. Exercise it: ….taking it through a workout of sorts
  4. Determine it: Decide if you’re going to pursue this….engage…defer…or decline.
  5. Adventure it: …make it happen.
  6. Celebrate it: Take time to celebrate the creation…..” (169)

And the distinction between chronos time and kairos time (clock/opportunity) is fascinating. Frankly, I found this book to be good timing and a worthwhile read and one that I’ll likely read again. Bob Goff’s foreword seems fitting since Goff’s Love Does is a similarly inspiring read.  I recommend Be You. Do Good.  with humility and enthusiasm, which is perhaps the best way to pursue calling anyway.

God’s Justice Bible (NIV) a Review

I feel rather insecure about being a bit critical with a Bible, but I am not sure God’s Justice Bible achieves its goal of being a study Bible aimed at advocating for justice. While the articles are sound, I am not sure this is something that will garner the attention that either the NIV Study Bible or the ESV Study Bible does simply because the textual notes, at times, are thin. Now, admittedly, it’s difficult to trace an entire topic, seamlessly, through the Bible. And in this case, perhaps it’s more a justice book than study Bible.

The layout is clean, attractive, and easy to follow. My challenge is that I don’t see how this brings something to the table that the study Bible market is missing.

I do think the introductions to the books and some of the observations made by such authors as Tim Stafford, Bethany Hanke Hoang (by the way, check out her new book ) and Rene Padilla.

One cannot go wrong in getting this book. Let me be clear on that point. Good people engaged in justice work pointing toward the NIV text of the Bible is certainly a worthy endeavor. I am just not sure that this will satisfy or (pardon the pun) do justice to what it sets out to do.

(Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own).

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