Book Review: Flourish – by Catherine Hart Weber, PhD

This is a book I received from Library Thing in exchange for a review.

Book:  Flourish: Discover the Daily Joy of Abundant, Vibrant Living
Author: Catherine Hart Weber, PhD
Genre: Christian living, “self-help”
Pages: 299 (paperback)
Price: $14.99 US; $16.99 CDN
Released:  October 1, 2010
Publisher: Bethany House
My rating: Not an easy book to read; clinical, has some good points when you can finally get to them, but not a book I would recommend for anyone truly wanting to live in God’s steps.

I obtained this book as an advance reading copy from Library Thing. I thought it would be a good read to encourage someone who may sometimes grow weary and lack enthusiasm in life, but I found it very hard to get interested in this book. Catherine Weber came across in a clinical manner much of the time, which made parts of the book rather boring and hard to get through. Also, I was disappointed in how much she stressed the finding of joy to be so much work. Missing was the ingredient of the fact that a Christian should be walking in the spirit and less in the soul – meaning letting God lead rather than focusing on what “I” can do. Even though she does mention living in the Spirit, she then makes it dependent upon human effort. Although she made good points, she kept moving away from our Source of joy, and I was not impressed with the frequent name dropping and her repetitive use of the word languish. Even though it was not all disappointing, I would not urge anyone to purchase this book as I’m sure there are more Christian focused volumes out there than this one, and ones that are easier to read.

Have you read this book yet? If not, why do you want or not want to read it? If so, what do you think of it?

You can find Flourish: Discover the Daily Joy of Abundant, Vibrant Living on my BUY THE BOOK! page.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

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