One of the great joys of writing for Servants of Grace has been getting to read and review advanced reader copies of books. I’m a naturally fast reader with an almost bottomless appetite for new books & ideas, I process books quickly and have been reviewing every book I read for years. This practice has helped me to remember the books I read and helped me to read more thoughtfully.
I always read reviews before I buy a book. Usually looking at the 1 star reviews helps me as much as 5 star reviews. I want to know the weaknesses people find with the book as much as I want to know the reasons to read it. I was always glad when someone had read the book BEFORE it released so I could decide right away if it was worth purchasing. Now, I hope that I’m doing a service for others when I’m able to finish & publish my review before a book releases. (Unfortunately, my actual work–caring for my family–prevents me from doing this for every book. But I’m usually within a few weeks of the release!)
There’s a chapter in one of my favorite books, Humble Roots by Hannah Anderson, that talks about using your talents as a form of true humility. By being willing to admit “I’m good at this particular thing,” you are not boasting so much as acknowledging a gift that has been given to you and stewarding that gift well.
That said, it feels like a good use of my natural inclinations and skills to be able to review books. If you’re at all interested in any of these titles, I hope my reviews will help you decide whether or not to buy and read these books:
Even Better Than Eden by Nancy Guthrie (which would make an excellent Bible study curriculum!)