Book Review: Game Changer: Hold That Thought! – Jesus took the wheel

Game Changer_Hold That Thought

The more I was able to see how reliable God was, the more in love with God I felt in my human way. I also learned that there was also a key difference in the style, use, and approach of the faith that God gives us, as compared with the faith we have in people.

Game Changer (Locations 1102-1104)

The Plot

From Amazon: I am a woman living with Cerebral Palsy (CP) since birth. This book is a compilation of my personal journals while I was going to school for Public Affairs and Policy Management at Carleton University in Ottawa Ontario Canada . When I was prepping for graduation and finishing my final Honours essay for school, I had a realization that based on experience that most of the world does not think or experience life the way I do. Despite my CP, the world still didn’t seem to process experiences, feelings or ideas the same way I’ve learned to be my normal way of functioning.

Society and certain people can have pre-determined ideas about how individuals with disabilities,with or without learning challenges, should relate to the world. I’ve constantly tried to understand them and allow my very unique voice to be heard. I’m just a regular girl trying to make sense of them very confusing and upside down world . That can be confusing to even the most intelligent and intellectual of able-bodied people. There have also been definite times where God has turned my entire understanding of the world upside down. God was challenging me with the most loving Truth there is. Hold on tight because This is a Game Changer: Hold That Thought!

Writing Style

The author has presented a first person, informal piece, which, for the most part, is well written. The writing felt very conversational, and flowed well. This is ideal when writing a biography or personal anecdotes, because the author’s voice needs to come through the text and into the reader’s mind. And it did. There were some minor grammatical errors, which can be identified and corrected with another round of editing, and many of the errors are largely a North American thing so the majority of readers won’t think that those are mistakes or incorrect.

There was something strange about the formatting in the copy that I had, and because this was a review copy I have no idea if it will appear in Amazon purchased copies as well. On my Kindle app (on my laptop), large portions of the text were pre-highlighted, in white, making it difficult to read the text at times. On my Kindle, the text appeared to a few shades lighter (grey), making it difficult to read there as well. I have included a screengrab to better illustrate what it looks like:

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I’m not factoring this into my overall rating but I definitely think that the author should look into this.

I just started praying and being thankful and reaffirming the basis of God’s Word. I knew He loved me, was with me, and saw how I was handling my daily struggles. All I wanted was for God to be proud of me in doing the best I could. My faith was very immature at this point. (Locations 264-266)

The author goes through a number of changes and has several realisations. I liked the way in which she approaches her faith, and analysing her decisions from when she was younger and comparing her progress.

In the past, it was seemingly my life’s mission to take circumstances and put a new spin on them. I would twist ideas just enough to convince everybody that the world is upside down. It is good to have a unique perspective and it offers old views a fresh take. At the same time, we have to check our motives and see if the reason we are offering our perspective is to forward our own plan rather than really listening to what God wants and understanding what love is. (Locations 2620-2623)

The Review

I have to be very frank, I was expecting a biography of sorts, and was really hoping to get a deeper understanding of the difficulties that someone with CP must face in their day-to-day lives. I have only known one person with CP, and he was more of an acquaintance than a friend. Even so, I admired his attitude towards both life and its challenges, but I never felt comfortable enough, since I didn’t know him that well, to ask potentially invasive questions. Based on the blurb for this book, I genuinely thought that it would chronicle hardships, growth, personal musings about difficulties as a young adult with CP and a bit of Christian faith on the side. And there was definitely SOME of that. What I largely got was a Christian self-help book. I was not prepared, and had to quickly adjust how I read this book.

I don’t want to get into a theological debate here but I did think it rather humorous that a self-proclaimed heathen was asked to review this work. I was raised Catholic but attended different denominational churches with other family members (especially my grandmother who was born again). I left the church at a young age, and later was more of an agnostic. I made it my business to learn about as many religions as possible, and genuinely enjoy the history and theology behind most religions. I find them interesting. By the time I hit university I was well on my way to becoming an atheist. My research specialisation is ancient Greek religion (so…polytheism), but I dabble in ancient Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern theology as well. More importantly, anyone who took a minute to really look the book reviews I’ve done will notice that there is a lot of erotica and borderline porn on this blog, and my profile picture (at the bottom of each page) is beyond blasphemous. So, I have to wonder what sort of review was expected from me.

I don’t ascribe to Christianity, or any other formalised religion, but I understand the need for it. That said, I think that young Christians struggling with their faith would likely enjoy this book. I think that older Christians looking for affirmation of their faith would enjoy this book. Other than those two groups, I’m not sure who else would enjoy it because all of the author’s revelations and epiphanies about her life/choice/feelings, even her actions are credited (by the author) as God at work. If you take God out of the equation, the rest of us would call that common sense, being a good person and a shit-tone of introspection. I don’t have conversations with any deity (except pouring libation to the old gods every once in a while), but I try my best to be a good person to my friends, family and neighbours, I work at myself and the characteristics that I don’t like, I obey laws and am sympathetic to others, and none of that is driven by a divine being. It’s my choice.

It is very difficult to review this book, because I think that the author is a very genuine, hardworking, and probably a rather lovely person. You can read the sincerity on the pages, she believes in what she is writing and she tries to live her faith everyday. I find that to be commendable. Then there is a part of me that thinks that religion is a crutch for weaker minds, giving their lives meaning and purpose, and that surrendering everything to a higher power is not taking full responsibility for your own life. “The opium of the people” and all that. So, again, I am not entirely sure what sort of review was expected of me.

My rating: 3/5

Game Changer: Hold That Thought is available on Amazon (Canada) as paperback or Kindle versions of Amazon (US) in paperback only.

This review was requested by the author.

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