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Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 46.
- Review Date: 2010-02-08
- Reviewer: Staff
Zacharias (Where’s Your Jesus Now?) pours on the Southern charm in this not-so-gentle diatribe against what she calls the “golden-calf theology” in America. “There are a lot of folks prancing around treating the Bible like an algebra book and God like their personal banker,” Zacharias writes, and she is out to find them. She lambastes folks like an unnamed evangelist and adults who exploit children to make money off the faithful, while also sharing stories like that of Sister Schubert and an unnamed Marine, who live with generosity and faith. Zacharias will draw chortles with her colloquialisms and colorful language—“he has a buttload of money”—but she also exposes how “we’ve started mistaking Christianity for capitalism.” The book is long on stories but short on theology, pointed in criticism yet lost in indignation. Some may wish for a more reasoned approach, but none will argue with the solution: “Stop imagining all the ways in which the universe can serve you and start figuring out how you can serve others.” (Mar.)