“The Map” by David Murrow is a two-part book for men concerning their growth in their spiritual lives. The first part is fiction in how the author came across “The Map” (think a Christian version of the DaVinci Code style) and the second half is the life application in people’s life from “The Map” as observed in the book of Matthew.
In all honesty, I thought it was going to be a little lame. Not just because of the two styles but I get leery of anything that someone claims they found that was “secret” in the Bible. To my surprise, this is one of the best books I have read in a while and decided to buy a handful more to give to friends.
The fiction part was written very well in the area of pulling men in. Men are not known for being the biggest reading fans but the style the author uses hooks you quickly and builds a trust with the reader to continue once the format switches.
The Christian living part at first glance kinda basic. As the author discusses the three journeys though, the details of each really hit home. Some very real challenges are felt for the modern-day church at what we teach men (or better yet, what drives many men away from church). The encouragement within the steps can be scary for some at first but I find more empowerment in the life of Christ than restraint.
I would highly recommend this book which is a 360 turn from what I expected my experience to be.
Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.