Friday, August 22, 2014

A Christian Survival Guide by Ed Cyzewski (Book Review)

A Christian Survival Guide: A Lifeline to Faith and Growth

By Ed Cyzewski

(received in exchange for an honest review)

 A Christian Survival Guide a Lifeline to Faith and Growth

Genre- Nonfiction / Christian Life / Spiritual Growth

Published by- Kregel Publications

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 208

Age Group- Adult 

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $13.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4331-2

A Christian Survival Guide, by Ed Cyzewski, is filled with useful information about what to do when you struggle with your faith or you are new to your faith.

This book is divided into two parts, “Christian Beliefs” and “Christian Practices.”  Some of the subjects discussed are:

  • Prayer
  • The Bible
  • Hell
  • Sin
  • Money
  • Church Community
  • The Holy Spirit

About the Author-

Ed Cyzewski currently lives in Ohio with his wife and son.  He is a blogger, freelance writer, and speaker.  He blogs at  He has written Coffeehouse Theology, Unfollowers: Unlikely Lessons on Faith from the Doubters of Jesus.

My thoughts-

I thought A Christian Survival Guide, by Ed Cyzewski, was interesting and informational.  It had a lot of good information for people who are either struggling with their faith or a new to their faith.

One of my favorite parts of this book was the list of books for further research in the back of the book.  He listed four to six books for each of the fourteen chapters.  The titles sounded very interesting, so I am planning on looking for them at my local library.

I liked how the book was divided into two sections, “Christian Beliefs” and “Christian Practices.”  My favorite section was “Christian Practices,” because it got right to the heart of some of the issues Christians face, like money, sin, and problems in the church community.

The only chapter in that section I was not sure about was the last one about the Holy Spirit.  I have never given much thought to how it might be hard for someone to realize the Holy Spirit is there with them.  I just know that the Holy Spirit is there.  I am not a Baptist, so when he talked about things that apply to the Baptists, as he did on pages 184 and 185 about the Holy Spirit, I was not interested.

I think this book would have been even better with either a conclusion or selection of questions at the end of each chapter.  Either of these would have tied everything together for me and I would have remembered more about the great information in the book.

I would recommend that everyone read this A Christian Survival Guide, learn from it, then challenge themselves to grow as Christians.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received A Christian Survival Guide by Ed Cyzewski, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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