Surviving A Bad Review
I received my first negative book review on Amazon.
I handled it pretty well…I swore off writing for the rest of my life, then poured two fingers of good whiskey to ease my pain.
Whoever those fingers belonged to had huge hands…
The reviewer was a pastor and his pastoral objection was that if you are going to call a book a devotional, you must cite the Scripture, then exegete it for the reader.
It’s our job to tell people what the scripture means and how to apply it.
Leaving something open for personal interpretation and application can evidently lead to all sorts of mischief.
It was “foreign” to his way of thinking.
I understand…but I don’t agree.
Yes, it’s the teachers job to exegete and teach the Word.
The problem is that if you take five different teachers they will often teach the same passage five different ways.
My job is to give you not just interpretation, but the tools to interpret on your own.
The Word of God is no longer chained to the pulpit.
The pastor is not the only one in the house with the Holy Spirit, though it provides job security to convince people that he is.
His other objection was that some of the stories had no scripture at all.
When the point of the books is that God is always speaking to us, that probably shouldn’t be a surprise.
I could find a Scripture for each story…but that would defeat the purpose for writing them in the first place.
My hope in writing these stories is to empower people to think for themselves and to see God at work in the mundane occurrences of daily life.
God is active, present, and speaking, to all His kids, not just the ordained ones.
They are free to hear Him and “make their own application”.
The conclusion of the matter is that the swelling has gone down and I’m still pecking the keyboard.
Like black coffee and Calvinism, I’m evidently an acquired taste.
Thank you all for reading and being part of what we do.