Nice Book Review

Christian Book Review: Nice. Author Sharon Hodde Miller. Book Reviewer Shirley Alarie. Why We Love to Be Liked and How God Calls Us to More
God never called us to be nice. What happens when we replace courage with compromise? What happens when we replace honesty with likability? What happens when we replace conviction with clich�s? What happens when we replace discipleship to Christ with a devotion to nice? We live in a culture that prizes niceness as one of its highest virtues. Niceness keeps the peace, wins friends, gains influence, and serves our reputations well, but it also takes…
A surprising and refreshing blindside

Being nice is a good personality attribute, right? Niceness is something we aspire to, isn’t it? Well, the book Nice: Why We Love To Be Liked And How God Calls Us To More introduces a paradigm shift. It’s one that will hit you hard from left field and you’ll never even see it coming – in a good way.

What’s wrong with being Nice?

Ms. Hodde Miller describes in various ways how simply having a “nice” facade has the potential to mask an ungodly core. How social media, today’s social norms, and our desire for acceptance have led to the slippery slope of niceness that pervades society. As one example, she says, “Abiding in niceness instead of abiding in Christ wilts our souls at the same time it gives us the appearance of life.”

Living life beyond ‘Nice’:

Each chapter ends with applicable scripture and thought-provoking questions to help the reader apply the concepts to their own life and their actions.

Ms. Hodde Miller uses poignant analogies to make her points understood, often using gardening examples. Her engaging writing style and compelling examples combine to a memorable book that has the potential to change lives, if the reader is willing to take a serious look in the mirror and assess how the topics relate to her or him.

I say ‘Bravo’ to Ms. Hodde Miller for writing this book even though it has the potential to ruffle some feathers.

How this book affected me:

Wow! When I chose to review this book, I was intrigued by the title but assumed the book wouldn’t include much substance. I was completely wrong. By the end of the introduction, I was hooked and eager to read more. I don’t believe I’ve read a book that has had a more surprising impact on my perspective.

I struggled with some of the concepts, but sometimes it’s hard to receive a message you’re not prepared to accept. I’ve always worn my niceness with pride. But going forward, I’ll be aligning my thoughts and actions with God and Jesus, rather than taking the easier or more self-serving path. This book will have a lasting impact on my life as a Christian.

Who would enjoy this book:

Nice: Why We Love To Be Liked And How God Calls Us To More is for any Christian who wants to be “more” or who’s trying to discern God’s will. It’s suitable for anyone who wants to walk more closely in the Word. It’s beneficial for readers who want to consider how their thoughts and actions might need to be tweaked to truly align with God’s will.

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I chose to read an ARC from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review is my honest opinion.

Meet the Author:

Sharon Hodde Miller leads Bright City Church in Durham, NC with her husband, Ike. She writes, travels around the country speaking at churches and conferences each year, and holds a PhD on women and calling. Sharon is the author of two books: Free of Me: Why Life Is Better When It’s Not about You and Nice: Why We Love to Be Liked, And How God Calls Us to More.

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