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Book Review: Do Something!

Submitted by jroos on Sat, 02/26/2011 - 19:23

Do Something! by Miles McPhereson is a call for Christians to move from belief to action, from head knowledge to serving and loving "the least of these" (Matthew 25:31-46).

In addition to “flashbacks” to the life of Christ, through the stories of the author and others, he presents a case that we all have a call and a purpose, everyone has something to do and we need to get about doing it. For anyone who wants to do something with their life and to do what Jesus did, here’s your chance. “[Jesus] has left a model for us to do something with eternal impact for those He would send our way.”

McPhereson starts out by reminding us that God has a plan for our lives and all the necessary preparations were made for us before we were born. He breaks down this plan into 5 Ps: Preparation - advance work, Purpose - obedience, Pain - it doesn’t have to only hurt, Power - the ability to do, and Passion - never give up.

Through stories of regular people making incredible sacrifices, McPhereson shows that we don’t have to be anything special (by the World’s standards) to touch lives. God has given each of us a unique experience and purpose where we can meet others through our own brokenness to touch their lives.

The reason this message is so important is that it seems that Christians and the Church are all too happy to abdicate their role to love, serve and minister to those in needs to the State. There are a couple of problems with that. First, the State is cold and has no soul. It’s a system where people with souls become numbers, widgets that just get shuffled through a bureaucratic process in the name of helping them. More importantly, there’s no Christ in the ‘help’ those in need receive from the State. While their bodies may be fed and healed, their soul is left to die. If all the Christians (myself included) in our nation would give generously and serve lovingly, we wouldn’t need heartless programs.

I think I went through this book way too fast. It seems like the best approach would be to use this as more of a daily devotional. Each chapter has a prayer and verse, something to spend time meditating on and recommended action to take that the author calls Ph.DO assignments. If you’re just going to fly through it like I did, you’ll appreciate the touching stories, but it’s unlikely you’ll be moved to actually do something. Read the book and take the time to soak it all in, then do something.

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