Overcoming Adversity- Life Lessons From The Book Of James
Dr. Carl Garrigus
Paperback, 55 pages
The New Testament book of James is often thought of as a rubber-meets-the-road epistle since James has such practical teaching which apply in our world. In Dr. Carl Garrigus’ tome, Overcoming Adversity – Life Lessons From The Book Of James, he examines the apostles letter to 1st century Christians focusing on how James holds some lessons for us when facing life’s serious problems.
He begins with sharing some of his own personal struggle with his own health issues and how a fresh read of James, in particular the first four verses, changed his outlook on life.
The book is easy to read and Garrigus makes his points quickly. The book is only 55 pages long and I wish he had at least doubled his work on these passages. He covers every verse in James and therefore, due to the relatively few pages of his work, he tends to quickly move over some sections that need further teaching.
For example, he arrives at James 1, verse 4, just six pages into chapter 1 and only devotes one page on what might be the lynch pin of those opening passages. Yet what Garrigus writes about the verse was wonderful;
“When we race ahead of God, which is very common in our very impatient world, stepping outside God’s will and seeking a different path leads to trouble” (page 6).
While I completely agree with his statement, I found myself wishing he would have explored this quite a bit more. He needed to mention some examples “our impatient world,” citing a time when those actions lead to someone proceeding on “a different path” and what kind of trouble awaited them.
He ends each chapter with “Five Questions for Exploration” which are quite helpful for those wishing to take his ideas further. Those questions might be handy to use in a small group setting studying the book of James. Here too, I thought Garrigus needed to expand these ideas in his text.
Overall, I would recommend the book, yet know this is a very short read. You can get through these 55 pages pretty quickly. The book is available at Amazon.
In His Service
The publisher of Overcoming Adversity – Life Lessons From The Book Of James, provided me with a complimentary copy of the book for my review through BookCrash.