Holy Roller

HolyRoller_jkt:Mechanical FileI just finished reading Holy Roller, an autobiography by Julie Lyons.  I’m going to do two things today to tell you about the book.  1.   I’ll tell you what I think you can learn from it.  2.  I’ll give you the press clipping. 

First, if you know nothing about Christianity, you would learn a lot – about God, about Christians (the good, the bad and the not so bad).

The strength of this book lies in the story of what a life looks like lived out in community over 20 years or so.  In the church today, we tend to keep people at arms length and have polite conversation, not getting too close.  Julie’s church is different, perhaps because they are small.  They get in your face and build real community – much like I believe a small group in any size church should operate.

I felt that the deficit of the book was that there was a lot of time spent talking about the failings of church leaders throughout the world.  However, this book was so good in its ability to show the strengths of following God in a community of believers, that it left me in an attitude of prayer rather than mulling in frustration.

Here’s the official press description of the book:

Julie Lyons, a white, middle-class professional, was working as a crime reporter at the Dallas Times Herald when she followed a hunch into the South Dallas ghetto. She wasn’t hunting drug dealers, but drug addicts who had been supernaturally healed of their addictions. Was there a church in the most violent part of the city that prayed for addicts and got results? Indeed there was and is, claims Lyons, whose story landed on the front page of her alternative weekly newspaper and became the basis of her new book, Holy Roller.

            Holy Roller is Lyons’s firsthand investigation into God’s power, the activities of the Holy Spirit and the inspiring results of prayer and faith in the lives of society’s overlooked people. In South Dallas, people search for answers and find them. They ask for help with overwhelming problems, and receive it. And when God performs a miracle during a Sunday church service, no one is surprised. It is an eye-opening, entertaining and inspiring tale that takes readers to unexpected places

So.  You can buy this book on the Random House Website.  Also, I will give my copy of the book (slightly used) to the first person who asks for it.  It is a good summer read.

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