Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Dr. Henry Cloud - The Secret Things of God [Book Review]

When Howard Publishing house seeks to present a Judeo-Christian view point of the raving popular book 'The Secret' by Rhonda Byrne the result is 'The Secret Things of God' by professional psychologist Dr. Henry Cloud. Before I continue with this review, I must say that 'The Secret Things of God' is one of the most practical books I have read in a while. I first heard about this book while watching the 'Enjoying Everyday Life' show by Joyce Meyer some years back, since then I already had my eyes open for this book, so when I came across it I couldn't resist it and I also had expectations.

First, Henry Cloud does a very good job in balancing various world views from a Christian perspective. He brings our attention to how the bible has a lot to say about living and living well. He also draws our attention to the very subtle undertones we tend to look over in the bible. Another thing that he does in this book that I love is how he balances out what he agrees with in Rhonda's 'The Secret' and what he doesn't agree with. He also gently outlines the misconceptions of the said book and a better way to handle the 'half-truths' shared in it. The parts on relationships and sovereignty aren't something to be missed by no one. Dr. Henry shares some great insights that would open your eyes to what you've already been staring at for a while.

'The Secret' by Rhonda Byrne has made so much sales and book success and has been termed by a lot of people (Christian and people with secular world views) as a life saver but any true Christian would know that there's something missing somewhere in those glossy pages. What Dr. Henry Cloud has done in 'The Secret Things of God' is to write the book how it was meant to be, offering the greatest secrets of all with no gaps or blank pages. Are you a Christian wanting something more and fresh insights on your faith or are you a non- Christian in search of what really makes life work? Dr. Henry Cloud's book 'The Secret Things of God' is one you don't want to miss. Put aside your ego and buy two copies cause once you are done you would be mailing one to a friend or relative and starting over again. Yes it's that good and I believe in a world in desperate search for answers for what exactly makes life work, we need more books written like this.

"This is one of the most important secrets God teaches us: One of the best things you can do for yourself is to work on who you are as a person. Until you do this, you will find ways to sabotage the best jobs, the best relationships, the best opportunities, and just about everything else that comes your way. Not intentional sabotage, but the kind that comes when someone is not ready or able to do something " - Dr. Henry Cloud (From 'The Secret Things of God')

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