Monday, January 2, 2012

Book Review for Courageous Living by Michael Catt

Did you see the movie Courageous?  It is about five men who take a stand to be courageous in their faith, their homes and their world.  It is a powerful and moving show.  Now you have the opportunity to bring that surge of courage and strength into your own life.

COURAGEOUS LIVING: Dare to Take a StandMichael Catt, senior Pastor at Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, home of the movie making team of pastors and laypeople responsible for Courageous, gives us a biblical breakdown of the concept of courage.

Courageous Living is a short book but a fireball of prompts to action, calls to stand up and urges to speak out.  Michael is not soft in his delivery and leaves no grey areas behind.  Although I found the movement of the book too fast at times to properly digest, there was page after page of golden nuggets to bolster my faith.  I personally took notes of many pages with comments and quotes that impacted me.

Courage is a word our materialistic and self-serving culture shies away from.  Catt pulls back the veil of fear and timidity and forces the reader to take notice of what God is calling his believers to ... a courageous and authentic life.

You do not need to be familiar with the movie Courageous to get something from this book.  Catt quotes from the movie at times but his focus is not the movie or the movie makers; his focus is the call of our Lord to ‘be strong and courageous’.  The book is meant to inspire action in our hands, movement from our feet and of course hours on our knees.  All you need is a saving knowledge of Jesus and a heart to see His kingdom come.

I think there is great value in this book and encourage everyone to read it.  You may not agree with Catt’s style or his no-holds-barred approach but you cannot argue his biblical examples of courage.  He breaks down the lives of Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Daniel, Elijah, Nehemiah, Ruth, Timothy, Stephan and Jesus Christ.  He spurs us as believers onto the call to live boldly and courageously for Christ.

Do as Michael Catt encourages you ... dare to take a stand ... for your faith and your family.

Book has been provided courtesy of David C Cook and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from B&H Publishing Group

1 comment:

  1. I too have read this book and agree with your review.

    Also, congrats on the nomination!