Simply God

I was attracted to Rick Richards's book, Simply God, by the title and by its promise of delivering a radical new view of what it means to be a leader in Christ.

As I began reading it, I struggled to stay interested. The writing was, frankly, boring, and the design of the book (including the cover) was unattractive. The more I read, the more I thought, I can't believe a publisher actually accepted this for publication. I soon found out the mistake was mine; the book is a product of WestBow Press, Nelson's imprint for subsidy publishing. It shows.

There are some good things in the book, but they are buried under a pile of unnecessary words and unimaginative prose. There are few illustrations to enliven the author's points. No humor. No charm. And some rookie mistakes, such as claiming a level of inspiration for this book that is nowhere in evidence IN it. As a lover of God AND as a reader and writer, I sincerely believe God is far more interesting, creative, engaging, and exciting than the thoughts and words the author attributes to him.

Simply put, Simply God is simply bad.

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(Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher, for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”)

3 comments:

  1. Dave KnickerbockerFebruary 2, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Ouch. Are you opposed to self-publishing in all cases? If not, what is the best scenario for someone to self-publish?

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  2. Thanks for the comment, Dave. No, I'm not at all opposed to self-publishing. There are some good reasons to self-publish: if you have a billion-member church, if you're a self-marketing wizard, if your book has niche appeal but is otherwise strong, etc. AND many subsidy publishers do a great job with designing, editing, packaging, etc. Too many of us, however, see self-publishing as a shortcut, and it's not.

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    1. Dave KnickerbockerFebruary 3, 2012 at 8:47 AM

      Thanks, Bob. I'd better get started on that billion member church!

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