I was extremely delighted when Brian Dollar contacted me and asked if I would be willing to do a book review for his new book, I Blew It. I must say it was already on my list to buy the very next week. Thanks a ton, Brian, for this opportunity to read your book. According to me this is one of the best children’s ministry books out there.
As time goes on, I am enjoying the true transparency the children’s ministry world is beginning to live out. What were once known as “Trade secrets” are beginning to be shared. Resources, methods, networks, and yes, even mistakes are being told openly. This is one of the things that stood out to me throughout Brians book, “I Blew It”. Brian takes transparency to a level many have been too scared to share openly. He does this through life lessons he shares and the Biblical lessons he includes as well.
At first I read over the 12 chapter titles, and must admit he had me just with those. Then I could not resist starting the book a few days earlier than I had planned. I am very glad I did not wait to read his book and here are just a few reasons why…
Brian shares how his Pastor Rod Loy shared that many people in the American church have rewritten Proverbs 3:5-6 to be:
” I’ll trust in the Lord as much as I’m able-as long as it doesn’t cost me too much, make life inconvenient, or keep me from fitting in with everyone around. I expect Him to bless my plans….” You have got to read the rest in his book. It was great.
“We enjoy all kinds of modern conveniences and technology, but we’ve let drive thru windows, ATMs, and online shopping convince us that spiritual life should be just as effortless.”
“One of the surest signs that we’re getting our identity from our strengths instead of Christ is that nagging and gnawing habit of comparison. We don’t compare ourselves to everybody in the world-but only those who have similar talents as ours.”
I could go on and on with great quotes from this book. It gives very practical insight and shows it is from 20 years of experience and situations lived out, not just a bunch of theories. I will go beyond just saying this is a good book to read, but instead this is a “must have” book in any children’s pastor’s arsenal. In this book you will find yourself laughing at what he did and then in the very next sentence you will be squirming with him as you relate to how he blew it.
Please feel free to email me or post your thoughts and comments on this book once you’ve read it.