Monday, December 5, 2011

The Well

Before reading this book, I only knew the talent of Mark Hall as the lead singer of Casting Crowns.  Now I've had a glimpse of his heart as a pastor.  This book is based around the biblical story of the Samaritan woman at the well.  He writes that "most of us have wells we count on to sustain us and bring us joy, security, hope, peace, and contentment" - but they are really dry holes since these things only bring temporary relief from our thirst.  The chapters highlight common "holes" such as control, approval, religion, talent, and entitlement. Through the use of personal stories and scripture, Mark uses his humor and insight to show how these things do not satisfy...and how Jesus is the only true Well who will.  

There are discussion questions listed at the back of the book for each chapter.  While this information can apply to any age, I think it is written in a style that would especially appeal to teens, which makes sense considering the author is a youth pastor.

Personally, while I enjoyed reading this book, I can't say there were many "wow" moments...except for Chapter 7 about the Hole of Talent.  I am married to a worship leader and therefore exposed to all the joy and strife that goes along with that ministry.  I wish I could photocopy Chapter 7 and hand it out to the team!  (But of course I won't since it's illegal)  You may however see a future blog post about it ;)  There was a turning point in Mark Hall's ministry where God showed him "it's not going to be your voice that reaches people.  It's going to be your heart."  That's what will lead people into worship.

The perfect way to end this book is to listen to the song "The Well" from Casting Crowns new album.  As the author concludes, "May we all learn to listen to him, lean on him, and refuse to dip into our familiar holes.  May Jesus always be our Well."

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.

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