Thursday, February 2, 2012

Four Letter Words by Dr. Bill Giovannetti

Four Letter Words
Author: Dr. Bill Giovannetti
Publisher: Endurant Press (September 26, 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-0983681267
Paperback: 208 pages

About Four Letter Words:

Thou shalt tolerate every opinion... except the Christian's. Today's postmodern "prime directive" leaves many followers of Jesus tongue-tied. In the global village, isn't it unreasonable, and even dangerous, to suggest that the Bible has a monopoly on truth?

The church needs a new breed of Christ-follower. We need Christ-followers who are alert to today's touchy ideas, the truths that fire up more heat than light. We need Christ-followers who can make a clear case for the Bible's worldview; who are ready to help our friends think through their beliefs; who can recognize inconsistencies and challenge them; and who can do all of this with humility, confidence, humor, and love. For more information visit http://fourletterwords.org.

You can purchase this book at Amazon

My Thoughts:

Four Letter Words is a powerful book - one that will make you take notice and could ruffle a few feathers. Dr. Bill Giovannetti doesn't mince words and puts things out there for one to look at and think about. He deals with "touchy" subjects that most Christians won't or can't discuss with non-believers. Dr. Giovannetti addresses how to handle these subjects and stand up for what one believes in.

This book is targeted to Christian youth, however, I would suggest that it is more appropriate for high school teens and college students. His conversations and methods of logic are geared for the older teen. There is also a section on sex that may not be deemed appropriate for the younger sect. This book should be read by the parent for content and then read with the teen. There are many, many great discussions that can be had by a parent and teen going through this book together. There are even questions and a great guide in the back that can help both through a fantastic study.

I was very pleased to see the church and post-modernism being discussed. This is one area I've been having some problems with - and now that my daughter is in college, she is attending a church that is caught up in the experiences and not giving the instruction and guidance that is needed. This is just one of the many subjects that Dr. Giovannetti tackles and he certainly has had my head nodding in agreement as I read.

One thing I liked, but at the same time didn't like, was the links to the website in the book. One can go to the website and download and read many great things. This couldn't be done on my e-reader, and I had to sit at the PC and do it all online. That didn't thrill me too much and I find it difficult reading online for any length of time. It would have been much better if we had one of those awesome iPhones as it can be done using them. Unfortunately, we don't have one, so I was tied to my PC to follow the links.

Overall - this is a fantastic book and amazing tool that can be used to really discuss and help solidify your teens' beliefs before they strike out into the world.

About the Author:

Dr. Bill Giovannetti is a professor at A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary and the senior pastor of Neighborhood Church of Redding. An experienced speaker and author, Bill informs the mind in ways that touch the heart. He enjoys life with his wife and two kids in northern California. For more information about Bill and his other books, visit http://maxgrace.wordpress.com and http://fourletterwords.org.

About the Giveaway:

Bill is celebrating the new Kindle edition of Four Letter Words (for only $4.99)! He’ll be traveling coast to coast over the next few weeks on this virtual book tour and he's celebrating by hosting a great giveaway!

Click here to find out how you can win two gift certificates to Amazon (in the amount of $50 and $25) and free downloads of his yet-to-be-released title, Recession-Proof: Living a God-Blessed Life in a Messed Up World.

Get "The whole scoop" here: http://fourletterwords.org/2012/01/contest-giveaway/

Make sure to visit others on the Blog Tour to see what they have to say about Four Letter Words.


I received an e-copy of this book to read and honestly review for this tour.

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