Sunday, May 30, 2010
Stumbling Souls: Is Love Enough? by Chris Plekenpol
Wow ... what a unique book! Stumbling Souls is a non-fiction book that takes an autobiographical turn. Chris (the author) is a seminary student at Dallas Theological Seminary. The Lord begins convicting him - through his studies and through an accountability group called SPF7 - that his intellectual knowledge of and love for God needs to be played out in his life on a day-to-day basis.
Once Chris meets James, a homosexual, HIV-positive, homeless man, he realizes that this is what he is supposed to invest his life in. People. And James, specifically. He begins by inviting him to lunch, bringing him to SPF7, and eventually asks him to move in with him.
Chris tells a fascinating story ... of James' life, of the impact that James has on him and on everyone he comes in contact with, and how God works through it all to show how Christ served the people around Him.
Chris shares a lot of lessons that God taught him through his time ministering to James. But it doesn't come off as "preachy." Instead, it seems to be reflective ... and if the reader learns something, then that's even better. Plus, he's completely honest about himself ... admits to mistakes he made/makes, weaknesses, and shortcomings. Very refreshing!
I would HIGHLY recommend this book. This has made it to the top of my biography list!
5 stars (out of 5)
I received a FREE copy of this book from The B&B Media Group in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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