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Image; Half Truths by Adam Hamilton on my desk along with the United Methodist Hymnal.

Title: Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say

(My desk is full of books right now, but the one just happens to be the closest to my elbow!)

Author: Adam Hamilton

Genre: Christian Nonfiction

Length: 175 Pages (Hardcover)

First lines:

“Has anyone ever said to you, “Everything happens for a reason?” Most of us have heard that statement from someone at some point. Many of us have said it to someone else.”Adam Hamilton, Half Truths (Chapter 1)

My Thoughts: I’ll just say it- I love Adam Hamilton. In many ways, Adam Hamilton is my hero. If you know that I am a United Methodist, then this shouldn’t be a surprise to you.

Just in case you are unaware, Adam Hamilton is the United Methodist golden boy. He is the pastor of one of the largest churches in our denomination. Furthermore, he has written numerous bestselling Bible studies and small group studies that have touched the lives of many people.

I wish that my church was more diverse. I wish that there was a bestselling female United Methodist pastor whom I could admire. Right now, we have Hamilton. Nevertheless, he is doing a great job. I am glad that he is willing to engage with challenging issues and encourage respectful conversation around difficult subjects.

My church worked through this book and accompanying DVD as a small group study about a year ago. While I find Hamilton’s writing and speaking style to be somewhat dry, our small group responded very well to his straightforward and down to earth style.

In this book, I was particularly drawn to Hamilton’s Wesleyan emphasis on our Methodist belief that God does not make bad things happen.  God helps us get through it.

I would recommend this book for small group studies and laity. Pastors may also find it to be an informative read.


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