Monday, April 18, 2011

Reggie by Reggie Dabbs

Reggie tells his life-story with humor, honesty, and love.  I can almost "hear" him speaking the words because the style of writing is very conversational.
I enjoyed reading his story and getting to know him through his book.  As I was reading it, I kept thinking of various people I knew who should read it.  It really led to a desire to hear Reggie speak and play the saxophone!
I can see how many school children and teens would be encouraged and changed by hearing Reggie's testimony.
I also like the study guide questions at the end of each chapter.  He divides the book into 10 chapters with a theme of knowing a different part of yourself.  Know your story.  Know your truth.  Know your pain.  Know your name.  Know your passion.
His story is one of a sad entrance into this life filled with many difficulties such as attention deficit disorder.  However, he focuses on how God uses people who aren't perfect to accomplish His will.
I love the way Reggis breaks down a Bible story in each chapter into language a young person can relate to.  He then illustrates how that particular Scripture can be learned from today in our own lives.
By being willing to be himself, just as God made him, and to be open to doing what God tells him to do, Reggis has impacted many young people in a positive way.  It isn't always easy to just be yourself, but God made us.  He knows who we are. It is His glory and love that shines through a man like Reggie, despite all of his "deficits".
The book made me want to meet him in person and give him a hug and say "Keep running the race, my brother."

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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