_240_360_Book.901.coverCraig Groeschel isn’t funny. That’s probably harsh to say about a guy I’ve never met, seeing as how reading such a comment written by someone else towards me would probably hurt my feelings. But I think he knows his jokes are bad–most preachers do. But they still spit punchlines like their paycheque depends on it.

What does that have to do with Groeschel’s new book Fight? Well, if anyone has watched/listened to one of his sermons, you would recognize that he writes in a similar voice. Fight is posed as a book for men, and the general audience target seems to be men married with children–although the content is not exclusive. Groeschel’s basic premise is that all men will have battles that they must fight in life, and God provides the strength we all need to fight like the “warrior” God has made us to be, using the story of Samson in the Bible as an example of everything men should NOT be like.

Maybe I’m simply not the intended target, but the macho, jock-talk, oh-I-wish-I-was-an-MMA-fighter talk just doesn’t motivate me to pick up my rugged cross and run a hundred miles with it over my shoulder. The warrior-speak just doesn’t do it for me. But I suppose for those men who are into jock-talk and oft picture themselves as Mel Gibson in Braveheart, being told you’re a warrior is inspiring.

Something else I don’t care for is the short 2-3 page “chapters”. Where a “normal” book that I am used to reading has a handful of chapters with subheadings to break up the chapter a bit, Fight is organized in a way that those subsections are chapters unto themselves. I suppose again the target reader is someone that is labeled as having a short attention span? I don’t know. I will say it makes for great a great potty-page-turner, where you can finish a chapter easily in a sitting.

In spite of how my analysis may sound, I actually very much enjoy Groeschel’s writing, speaking, and all that has become under his LifeChurch.tv ministry. But I find this book to be quite shallow in life-changing content. It’s as if Groeschel was under contract to right another book, and this is the best he could come up with.

Fact of the matter is, the book reads like a really long drawn out sermon. Groeschel is hosting a simulcast on October 26th focusing on the topic of Fight, promoted as a men’s ministry event. I think if you register and listen in on the content of this event, you won’t need to buy the book.

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  1. I am not Braveheart either. And I suspect, as you do, most guys aren’t either. But this is men’s literature in the current evangelical world. Anything else wouldn’t sell. So here’s the catch… We are victims of our own success. Groeschel is smart enough to do better, and men probably could use something else, but he’s caught in a formula that ‘works’.

    1. Hey David. I agree. I just can’t help but feel that it cheapens the content and subject matter. It’s one thing to write fiction this way. But non-fiction writing formulas for the Christian masses–it SHOULD be a different matter. Then again I suppose making money is still the priority of every business no matter their convictions.

      The question for me then becomes, where does one find good Christian literature that is relevant and encouraging without feeling the need to be “cheap”? Are there particular publishers?

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