Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life (Book Review)
By Benjamin H. Liles
I know I posted this up yesterday and made some comments that were said in frustration about my inability to be able to read Mark Baker's Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life. Overall, he's well-written, he's got a good handle on theology and has a good deal of amazingly insights. The one thing I think it lacks is in the area of application. Usually, and from my experience, I have learned a great deal from realizing "How does this help me be better?" Maybe I'm still not seeing or getting it.
Truly, I admit Mark Baker has done a great job on this book. I'm just not interested in psychology, and that's fine. But I can't let my personal bias affect what needs to be a good and positive review so that others who find this interesting to truly check it out. He's got incredible ideas that shed light on what the original Bible writers conveyed to their audience, mainly Israeli and Jewish people.
What I can say is that, on a more comprehensive side of this, Baker knows what he's talking about. He has dealt a great deal in helping people achieve more in their lives from his professional view. He has helped many who have come to see him to work out their problems with others, to open up more, to be more transparent. More than that, from what I can tell from his writing, I can say he's done a great deal of good in understanding where people are at and how to assist them in moving forward in life, not backward.
With all of that said, I realize I need to choose my words better in the future. I can't allow my personal feelings from clouding my judgment, whether I find a book riveting or frustratingly hard to read. I need to extend more patience and graciousness to myself so that things aren't so hard on me, or for anyone else. I have taken as great a care as I can on re-editing this, thoroughly and profoundly to rectify a situation that made me look bad, as well as harm Mark Baker's profession. He's a good credit to the community at large, and I pray he stays and remains blessed in all he does.
I received this book free from Revell for my feedback--my honest thoughts and opinions.
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