Book Review: The Enoch Factor

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Book Description:

Never before has this country indeed this world faced such a need for a book that unites people, a book that reassures those disillusioned by faith that they can navigate their way back to God and even experience a profound spiritual awakening. For author and entrepreneur Steve McSwain, such an epiphany transformed his life. In The Enoch Factor, readers discover a kindred spirit in an author who understands how religion can subvert a spiritual life. His story will help them navigate their own spiritual journeys. More than a personal odyssey, The Enoch Factor is also a testimonial to the innate dangers of fundamentalist thinking. It is a persuasive argument for a more enlightened religious dialogue in America, one that affirms the goals of all religions guiding followers in self-awareness, finding serenity and happiness, and discovering what the author describes as the sacred art of knowing God. Unapologetic and moving, McSwain’s take on The Almighty is sure to ignite spirited debate. Full of wisdom, humor, and truth, The Enoch Factor bridges the gap between secular and Christian book titles on spirituality, setting a new standard in both.

My Review:

The author of this book gives a good explanation about what is driving people away from church and what Christianity does not mean.  It is his viewpoint that just because a person claims to be a Christian, does not mean that he walks with God.  What the author refers to as the Enoch Factor is walking with and knowing God.  This is also a thought provoking text on the role of ego in our religious life and how it affects our decisions and behaviors.  His descriptions will make you stop and do some serious self evaluation.    We can follow all the laws that our church gives us and still not come to know God.  That is something that we must choose to do for ourselves.  I was only slightly disappointed that the author now give more information on how to come to know God, but thinking about it, in saying that, I probably missed his point.  No matter what someone else tells me to do, I must look inside myself to get closer to God and spend time with him, not read a book that tells me what to do.  If you are looking for some serious reading and thinking on your own religious life and experience, then I highly recommend this book to you.  It would be a great book to read and discuss with others as well.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book for review from Speakeasy.  I was not obligated to provide a positive review.  The opinions in this review are my own.

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