Country Faith Review
Reviewers are supposed to be impartial, yet it is often difficult not to include a degree of subjectivity in the assessment. If I do not like a work, it is sometimes difficult to sit and ponder who may or may not be enamored with the book. Likewise, if I am blown away by an author's work, it can be difficult to withhold boisterous enthusiasm. There is a danger in being too exuberant as well; it is never the intent to mislead an audience.
By its very definition, a devotional is a religious or virtuous reading. No promise or requirement must be made that a devotional will be thought provoking or lead to a deeper examination of one's own faith. Yet, the anticipation is that one will be inspired on the basest level. My assessment of this week's review, Country Faith is mixed. I found the book very charming. It is certainly attractive, and I have a great appreciation that fifty six famous people are not afraid to speak for God and declare themselves Christians. Each page presents a popular country musician's story of why a particular Bible verse holds meaning to him or her. Some are touching; a few seem rushed, trite, or even out of context. In my opinion, the book is not a devotional. It does not strengthen or deepen my faith. Rather, it is a sweet, inspirational work. Including a music cd of some of the musicians singing Christian hymns would have made it a great option for gift giving.
That being said, what target audience would find Country Faith most appealing? My mother loved it; my daughter did not. My recommendation is for someone who is looking for light inspiration, especially if a country music fan.
This book is available from online retailers such as Amazon.com.
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