book review: guy’s guide to god, girls, and the phone in your pocket

I’d like to introduce you to a new favorite book for teenage guys: The Guy’s Guide to God, Girls, and the Phone in Your Pocket, by youth ministry author, speaker, and leader Jonathan McKee.

McKee writes to teenage guys in a creative and captivating way. He covers a wide range of topics, from proper use of cologne to nudity and sex. Each “chapter” is titled with the bottom line advice and is followed by stories, personal insights, scripture, questions, and final thoughts.

Guys Guide

Some of my favorite pieces of advice for teenage guys that McKee includes:

  • “God wants you to enjoy a naked woman… one naked woman.”
  • “Learn a skill that would help you survive a zombie apocalypse.” (A clever reference to McKee’s zombie apocalypse devo for teens.)
  • “Don’t text and drive until you’ve learned how to juggle straight razors nude.”

One of my favorite aspects of the book is the opportunity for reflection included with each piece of advice in the form of questions. It would be a great book to explore with a guys small group or even as a father and son study. It could get awkward, but it can lead to very important conversations.

It’s a great read for any teenage guy, but I would say that it would be best for guys ages 14 to 16. At the same time, anyone who reads these pages are bound to learn something useful. I found the advice about sleep and smartphones profound. I know the consequences of looking at your phone right before dozing off to sleep, yet I keep doing it. I also know that if I want to live a healthy life and be an example to the students in my ministry, I need to follow McKee’s advice:

“Turn off your phone at night. The consequences of leaving it on are pretty straightforward, and let’s be real: you aren’t going to miss much if it’s off. Do yourself a favor and power down when you brush your teeth” (McKee, page 20).

God is More Than Enough (book review)

In the book God is More than Enough, Tony Evans takes the readers on a stroll through Psalm 23, looking at the implications of this classic text on our lives today.  Evans claims that this psalm is an attack on a life that believes God is not enough for everything that comes their way, including our emotional, physical, directional, spiritual, and eternal needs.  Based on biblical truths, Evans’ book is a great reminder of our Father’s presence and provision in our lives.  With some reservations, I do recommend this book as it takes you through the classic psalm, illuminating God as our shepherd, who “is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice—he puts it all on the line for the sheep” (Evans, 20).

I do worry that Evans presents God as a… I am going to make sure you’re happy and you get everything you want kind of God.  While I agree that God provides for all our needs, God is not simply an “insurance plan” for present and eternal security.  God does not promise happiness just because we follow him, as evidenced throughout biblical and church histories.  But we do know that God is faithful and will be present with us, providing for our needs as we seek Him first and foremost in our lives.

While an “insurance plan,” as Evans describes God, is an unfortunate and misused metaphor for God’s provision, we do worship a loving, caring, Provider.  If read with an attitude of making sure God doesn’t get boiled down to an “insurance plan,” this book is a good reminder of God as our Shepherd, and, as Evans points out, when God is our Shepherd, we will not be in want.  Feel free to read the first chapter for yourself on Scribd!  Find it here.

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Book Review: The X and Y of Buy, by Elizabeth Pace

In Elizabeth Pace’s book, The X and Y of Buy, she explores the similarities and differences between men and women when it comes to shopping and buying.  By looking at the historical, physiological, emotional, and social differences between men and women, Pace explains how marketing to men and women differ.  She then gives valuable information about how to market to each gender.

From understanding what a head nod communicates to women in conversation to knowing when it is appropriate to help a man find things while shopping, this book is perfect for mom-and-pop shop owners and department store executives.  It provides essential insight for how men and women differ in their shopping needs and experiences.  Pace presents her ideas in a well organized, easy to read manner that keeps you reading every chapter.  While I am not in the selling business, the information is still practical for a ministry position, as men and women ministries market to their specific gender.  Overall, I recommended this book to anyone who is looking for a layman’s guide to marketing and sales or even understanding your significant other.

 

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