Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Book Review: Goliath Must Fall by Louie Giglio

In the summer of 1992, I attended my first youth camp, where the camp pastor was Louie Giglio. This was before he founded the Passion conferences which are now a worldwide phenomenon. I loved his preaching and had the privilege of listening to Louie many times whether in person or through an audio cassette of his messages from Choice Ministries at Baylor University which my church happily provided from free for anyone who wanted to listen to them.

Years later, I was delight to attend the Passion conference in 1998 where I heard Louie preach again and had my first experience hearing John Piper, which is the only time I have seen him in person. Then Louie started writing books which, in my mind, were great books. Passion started being more well known throughout the church and the country. They produced several worship albums and many worship came from that conference that now have their own albums such as Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman.

Over the years, it appeared that Louie's theology seem to becoming a little more watered down. At first, I did not want to believe it. Then I read and reviewed, The Comeback, which was a mess in terms of theology and writing. In that review, I shared my expectations were high for the big that turned out to be a big disappointment, which leads us to Louie's latest book, Goliath Must Fall. My first thought was is this going to be based on David and Goliath. I was correct. What Louie tells us is all of us have giants we need to face with the help of Jesus. One thing he does mention, which I am glad he said it, we are not David in the story. In fact, he points to Jesus as David in the story of David and Goliath.

The whole book seemed to a mixture of sound teaching and American Christianity where we stare at the giants and try to overcome them. There are many places in the book where Louie says that we must make Jesus famous. That is true. The Christian is to spread the fame of Jesus throughout the ends of the earth. There are many places in the book where is sounds like he is taking a page from Steven Furtick where it is a bunch of word of faith non-sense.

Overall, this book was written better than Giglio's previous book, but it is one I would not recommend.

Thanks Booklook Bloggers for letting me review this book.

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