Kenny Luck’s book Soar was not what I expected. It is subtitled “Are you ready to accept God’s power?” I knew it was about the Holy Spirit. However, I did not realize that it was intended for men’s accountability groups or such.
Because of the intended audience (I guess), the book did not meet my expectations. Perhaps I did not look into the purpose of the book enough before I requested it.
Luck divides his book into three parts: 1) Transitions, 2) Transformations, and 3) Transactions. Within those three sections, there are seventeen short chapters. Most chapters begin with a story or object lesson, then connect to a verse or portion of a verse to reinforce the story/lesson.
For example, in one chapter, a surprise Christmas gift is compared to the “surprise” gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is called a surprise because Peter mention the Holy Spirit at the end of Acts 2:38. Of course, this fails to recognize that Peter’s entire speech in Acts 2 is to explain that the Holy Spirit has come as promised by God (so he isn’t a surprise).
Other chapters follow a similar format. The author does not try to develop a specific understanding of who the Spirit is or how the Spirit works, but instead offers simple (sometimes too simple) stories.
However, there is a discussion guide at the end of this book that could make it beneficial for a group of believers (small group, accountability group, etc.). I say “could” because the group would have to go beyond what is presented in the book.
(I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review as part of their Blogging for Books program.)
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