Written by Arnie Cole, the CEO of the international Back to the Bible ministry and Michael Ross, a journalist and author, Unstuck combines research, survey results, real-life stories and a Bible reading plan to help Christians who feel stuck in their faith and stunted in their spiritual growth.
As someone who feels that way quite often (especially lately), I appreciated the straight-forward, simple advice: get into God’s Word daily. They emphasized that there’s no formula for a living, growing faith, but shared a finding that shook me:
“There are no statistical differences in the behaviors of those who read/listen to the Bible one to three times weekly and those who spend zero days doing so” (pg. 56).
Though I hate to admit it, a look at myself lately proves this true in my own life. I am ready for a change.
The book is broken into three parts: Why We Stall Out, The Powered by Four Solution, and Engage, Untangle . . . Grow! And each chapter ends with 3–4 days of Scripture readings paired with questions to help you take a serious look at where your faith is and where it’s going. Though I haven’t had a chance to follow the reading plan (they suggest you take 45 days to work through it), I think it’s probably the most helpful part of the book.
Each chapter also ends with a reminder to check out the companion website, unstuck.gotandem.com, for more ideas and resources. I didn’t spend a lot of time on the website, but it looks like the reading plan is available there as well, with a few more questions to help you interact with God’s Word. It also offers goTandem, a free personalized spiritual growth program that will provide encouragement and reminders based on a short assessment.
Even if you only read Unstuck for the reading plan, it’s a great way to form the habit of not just reading the Bible, but interacting with it.
And since I didn’t get a chance to work through the reading plan while I was reading the book, I plan to start the 45-day journey today. Keep me accountable!
*I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my review. My opinion of this book is my own and was not influenced by the publisher or the author.