Befriending Your Monsters Book Review

Befriending Your Monsters Book Review. Christian adult nonfiction book. Facing the Darkness of Your Fears to Experience the Light. Author Luke Norsworthy. Christian Book Reviewer Shirley Alarie.
Monsters aren't real. As reasonable adults, we know this. But we also know that, while fake, the monsters of fairy tales, movies, and Netflix series embody our very real fears. Large, powerful beings that hunt us in the dark make us feel small, weak, vulnerable. When characters in these stories run away, they temporarily feel safe, but it's not until the monster is faced head-on that the story can have a happy ending--and, more importantly,…

In author Luke Norsworthy’s Befriending Your Monsters, your monster is the metaphor for whatever prevents you from becoming what you were created to be. With this in mind, we all face monsters, and Norsworthy’s aim is to help us befriend them. We can’t eliminate life’s monsters, but when we see them and expose them for what they are, we have the ability to find God’s healing love.

Befriending Your Monsters Book Review. Christian adult nonfiction book. Facing the Darkness of Your Fears to Experience the Light. Author Luke Norsworthy. Christian Book Reviewer Shirley Alarie.

Mr. Norsworthy’s storytelling is memorable, as expected of any great minister. Befriending Your Monsters unfolds as a series of engaging stories. The stories provide examples of the types of monsters we might face in our lives, such as fear, addiction, and comparison. And because we can’t eradicate them, we can befriend them and lead a monster-friendly life.

Befriending Your Monsters stops short of the ‘how-to’ or action steps to befriending your monsters, but sometimes acknowledgment alone is enough to spark change. This is not a book to lead the reader through change.


How this book affected me:

I was drawn into the charismatic storytelling and thoroughly enjoyed that aspect, assuming it was being used to set the foundation of the concept of the monsters we face, which it was. But I was waiting for the ‘how to’ or instructional aspect and expected Section III – A monster-friendly life to include more concrete guidance.


Who would enjoy this book:

Anyone who’s ready to take a serious look in the mirror and tackle the monsters that are holding them back in life might enjoy this book. The caveat is that the book primarily helps the reader open his or her eyes to the possibility of loosening the monster’s grasp and stops short of the methods to change.


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Meet the Author:

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Luke Norsworthy (MDiv, Abilene Christian University) is the senior minister of the 1,500 member Westover Hills Church of Christ in Austin, Texas. A frequent speaker at universities, retreats, and conferences, he is the host of the popular Newsworthy with Norsworthy podcast on which he has rubbed shoulders with some of the brightest and most prominent voices in theology. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and three daughters.


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