Recovered by Robby Gallaty–Book Review

Robby Gallaty has quite a story.  He played college basketball, performed as a magician, learned Brazilian Jiujitsu, worked as a bartender-comedian and became a hard-core drug addict.  He and his wife lost everything during Hurricane Katrina.  He’s also (now) a committed Christian and a pastor. He learned through his experiences that “faith was not about my strength, but God’s.”

Rob came from a loving, Catholic family who supported him through all his enthusiasms, and continued to care for and help him when he became addicted to opioids.  However, their understanding of Christ was superficial;  they attended church as a duty, tried to be “good people” and knew little about the Bible.  We all know there are folks like this in every denomination.  When Robby traded in his addiction to drugs for addiction to God, he was eventually able to bring his father, mother and sister along with him into a close, personal relationship with their Savior.

Gallaty’s testimony is authentic and will touch the heart of many readers.  My issue is not with his experience, but his theology.  There was an implication that Catholics as a group, need to be “converted.”  Infant baptism is discounted as meaningless, as all must be baptized as adults in order to “accept” Jesus and be saved.  Sermons include an “invitation” to come forward and pray the sinner’s prayer (sorry, if baptism does not save you, neither does repeating this prayer).  All of these ideas are in opposition to what I have been taught  as a Lutheran.  I believe that I did not choose God, He chose me:  I have been saved by His grace, not through any work or decision of my own.

VERDICT:  I give this book 3 stars, because of the theological issues.

If you would like to purchase this book, follow the link below:

Recovered

If you would like to see other reviews of books by Robby Gallaty and his wife Kandi, see these previous posts:

Disciple Her by Kandi Gallaty–Book Review

Bearing Fruit – A Book Review

H.E.A.R.

I actually enjoyed these books as the focus was on Christian growth, an area where the Gallatys and I have substantial agreement.

The Lutheran Ladies received a free copy of this book in return for an honest and fair review – Disclaimer pursuant to FTC 16 CFR Part 255

 

H.E.A.R.

I’m conducting an experiment.  I got this idea from a book I reviewed recently, Disciple Her, by Kandi Gallaty.  She recommended a journaling technique I’m trying out as part of my own spiritual discipline.  It’s based on the acronym H.E.A.R.  So far, I’ve been doing well, using the verse from my daily devotional as a starting point.  Here is one of my first tries:

Highlight:

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.  Honor one another above yourselves.”  Romans 12:10

Explain:

The apostle Paul is speaking to the believers in the Roman church.  After setting forth the basics of faith in Christ, he here moves on to practical application — in this instance, how we as believers should behave as members of Christ’s body.  Church members should love one another as family, sacrificially, always being willing to put the needs of others first.

Apply (generally and specifically):

These verses apply to believers today as well.  How can we love outsiders into our fellowship if we are not sincerely devoted to one another in a close, loving way?  Without sacrificial love, we are in danger of turning into a religious “club”– simply a group of people who adhere to a particular philosophy of life.  This means I must love all of my fellow members this way.  I must listen carefully and respectfully to their opinions, and do my best to understand and meet their needs.

Respond:

Heavenly Father, I ask for your help.  It is difficult for me to put others first, because I like having things go my way.  Sometimes I feel angry, or hurt or unappreciated. I often become irritable when my routines are disrupted.  Show me how to put those feeling aside and do what’s best for others, even the others who seem unlikeable.  Help me to love my fellow members sacrificially by reminding me of the example Jesus, who lived and died for me.

Amen.

If anyone else decided to give this journaling method a try, I would love to hear from you.  God loves you and so do I!

 

Disciple Her by Kandi Gallaty–Book Review

This book is a great resource for any individual or church interested in beginning Discipleship groups.  Kandi shares her experience, working with other women (usually for one year) and establishing spiritual disciplines such as prayer, journaling Bible study, Bible memorization.  At that point, the members are equipped to go forth and start D-groups of their own.  If you have the spiritual gifts of shepherding and/or encouragement, this book will inspire and motivate you.  According to the forward, Kandi

“… has defined what discipleship is, and outlined a pathway for investing in other women.”

Disciple Her

 

An appendix at the back of the book includes:

sample covenants for the D-groups,  a suggested reading list, a sample journaling process, a worksheet for planning your own group, a Bible reading plan and more.  I especially appreciated her plan for journaling.  Although I love to write, I have never been particularly successful at journaling.  Kandi’s model is H.E.A.R —

  • Highlight the passage you are studying each day
  • Explain the background and meaning of the verse
  • Apply the verse generally and specifically to your own life
  • Respond to the verse in prayer

I plan to give this method a try!

I also appreciated her explanation of the MARCS of a disciple.  They should be:

  • Missional
  • Accountable
  • Reproducible
  • Communal
  • Scriptural

Does your life show all of these marks?

As an interesting, aside, Kandi’s husband Robby wrote the series of books that include Bearing Fruit, Firmly Planted and Growing Up.  I believe I reviewed one of these on our blog some time ago, and highly recommended it.

VERDICT:  5 stars.  This book is a must for the Women’s Ministry of the church.

If you wish to purchase it go to the link below:

Disciple Her

The Lutheran Ladies received a free copy of this book in return for an honest and fair review – Disclaimer pursuant to FTC 16 CFR Part 255