Saturday, December 29

The Best Question Ever by Andy Stanley

We make choices every day.  Sometimes they turn out good, other times they don’t.  Each decision we make tends to be made through different processes.  What if there was a single question we could ask ourselves which would help us make a better choice?  In The Best Question Ever, Andy Stanley seeks to reveal that question to us and explains why he finds it to be such an important question.

The first part of the book explains the question and what it is meant for (for the sake of the review, I won’t reveal the question).  Though the question doesn’t seem particularly hard to understand, Stanley still devotes several chapters to deconstructing it.  It actually takes a couple of chapters before he even reveals the question.  The rest of the book then goes a bit deeper into the application of the question and includes both hypothetical and real examples of where it could help.

While the question Stanley proposes is a good question to ask, I definitely felt that I didn’t need a whole book about it.  A single chapter, maybe two would’ve sufficed.  It’s also extremely hyperbolic to suggest that this single question is the best questions anyone could ask.  While Stanley sort of acknowledges this, the book felt largely unnecessary.  Stanley certainly has good points and occasional strong examples.  If anything, this sort of book might be better served if reworked into some sort of group devotional. 

It’s a fast read, and easy to skim, which made it easier to go through.  I haven’t read any of Stanley’s other books to compare it with, though I’d imagine fans of his will find something to enjoy here.  If you’re not a Stanley fan, you’ll be just fine without this book.  Or, if you’re curious to see what the question is, skim the first couple of chapters and you’ll get the gist of it.

2/5 Stars

I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their Blogging for Books 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

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