Book Review

Not a Hint by John Ware Hirth

I’ll be using this book in Confirmation class this upcoming year to talk about 6th commandment issues. I’ve been satisfied with how it talks about the issues from a Christ-centered perspective and really tries to get into what the Bible says. I think that it is a great catechetical resource and I look forward to teaching from it. If you end up picking it up, let me know what you think.

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Review:
I received an advanced copy of this book to read and review. I found the book to be very readable and at a level that the intended audience can understand. There are plenty of relevant stories, anecdotes, and such to emphasize the main points and illustrate what the Bible says.

My favorite part about the book was easily how clearly the author focused on Jesus. Each chapter was brought back to the message of the gospel and how Christ forgives our sins.  I thought that this was refreshing considering that many books that deal with similar issues are heavy on instruction, but light on motivation. This book was not like that.

While not every conclusion of the author will be agreed upon by all readers, he does a good job differentiating between what God’s Word says and what his opinion is. I think that this is important for an author to do especially in such a turbulent culture like ours.

Here are some quotes I really like:
-“It’s is because they don’t last long before they pass away. You have to enjoy them while they are there. Then, they are gone. They are fleeting. They are quickly gone. They’re ephemeral. So are relationships when you’re not ready to marry. But, they can still be beautiful.” (58)

-“Most of all remember Jesus, though. Not as a fearful lawgiver, but as the God who gave himself to take away all your sins and declare you righteous. Remember him and you will be able to say, ‘No,’ to porn and masturbation.” (81)

-“There is one last thing I want to say about this. When you are in school, no matter what kind of school you go to, you will hear your friends talking about sex, dating, etc. in all sorts of ways. They may make fun of you or bully you for what you believe. That doesn’t make them right. It’s okay to walk away from those situations and to talk with some other friends for a while.” (115)

Let me know if you pick up the book and what you think.

Find the book on Amazon here.