Book Review: Overcome

overcomeOvercome: Replacing the Lies That Hold Us Down with the Truths That Set Us Free by Clayton King tackles distorted beliefs about God that shackle us to pain and attempt to prevent us from coming to the One whose Truth will set us free. The author does a good job of breaking down some rather complex issues and packaging them in easy to understand ways.

The approach to the book comes across as a form of pastoral counseling with skills, reframed thoughts, and action steps that are a form of scriptural solution-focused brief therapy. The style is both very helpful – because a person can have a firm takeaway and action steps – but could also be a struggle – because some issues require ongoing spiritual, emotional, and mental care on top of the action steps in the book.

The biggest issue in the book is that hyperbole related to Jonathan Edwards and his famous sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. Rather than focus on how this helped launch a Great Awakening that jarred multitudes of people out of a cultural and nominal Christian faith and into a living faith, the author took the historical revisionist perspective and stated that the sermon set in motion a damaging view of God as an “angry God.” While there is some truth to the view in the book, the position is overgeneralized and unfair to historical facts.

Despite the unfortunate exaggerations regarding historical events, the book could be a good tool for people struggling with lies about God and themselves.

Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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