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I looked forward to reading I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint for two reasons: the title is catchy, and, as a fellow AMG author familiar with the quality and innovation of Dan Penwell and the staff at AMG Publishers, I was confident this would prove a worthy read.
Indeed, Pastor Kent Crockett looks (pun intended) at how perspective affects our behavior. "The heart of the problem is the problem of the heart," he writes. "The world is filled with people who misinterpret what they see."
Do you see the world through Pessimist Glasses, Rejection Glasses, or Envy Glasses? Perhaps you view the surroundings through spectacles tainted by jealousy, inferiority, judgment, or bitterness. And which of us is not wounded somehow, or bitter and discouraged? The chapter on Lust Glasses is practical for any addictive behavior. Anyone a prayer worrier instead of a prayer warrior?
"A warped outlook on life will cause us to sink into depression, withdraw from relationships, view others suspiciously and even hate ourselves," Crockett said. Like the woman who thought her pastor looked down on her disdainfully whenever they spoke, when in reality he was merely tilting his head to see her more clearly through the lower half of his bifocals.
As I perused the table of contents, I expected some topics would apply to me more than others. Surprisingly, there was take-home value in every section, even those not describing my pet lenses.
Chapters in I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint describe the view through each pair of glasses. To help you take off your glasses and see clearly, the author prescribes three steps you can accomplish by noon. Thought-provoking study questions are at the end of the book, for those who are serious. If you use these questions in a study group, be prepared to be vulnerable and pray one of your group members doesn't struggle with gossip.
What's the prescription for a distorted perception? Author/theological optometrist Crockett recommends a heavenly heart transplant. "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you," declares the Lord (Ezek. 36:26a). The maintenance program includes taking stock of your "Awarehouse" and "Always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father" (Eph. 5:20). I recommend the program. -- PeggySue Wells, Christian Book Previews.com
This book describes how we view life from twelve distorted perspectives--envy, inferiority, rejection, lust, and more. It is not until we take off the proverbial glasses that we're able to see life from the correct perspective--God's perspective. The author describes how we view situations and people from twelve different standpoints.