Official Review: When God Says No by Chuck McLamore

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Official Review: When God Says No by Chuck McLamore

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "When God Says No" by Chuck McLamore.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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All politicians running for office will win in the elections. All lotto players will get the top prize. No sick person will die. All sporting events will end in a draw. Each beauty pageant hopeful will go home with a crown. Every little boy will receive robots and toy guns for Christmas. All our enemies will slip on banana peels. These are only some of the events that would happen if God never says no to prayers. Instead of utopia, these events spell chaos. Logic tells us that God will have to say no some (or even most) of the time.

Chuck McLamore, in his book When God Says No, endeavors to empower the reader to understand and accept when God says no to fervent prayer. We who believe in God have been on our knees many times. We have received different answers: We rejoiced in the “yeses,” held out hope for the “waits,” and bewailed the “nos.” In the Foreword, the author states that the book will aid us to “prepare for, endure through, and respond to God’s no.”

McLamore has been working as an evangelist for more than seven years. He preaches, but is not preachy. He lays out the realities for those who believe in God: the creator, the giver, the end. Life is not going to be easy, but focusing on the glory of heaven and eventual union with God will give us the reason and strength to carry on, even when our prayers get the dreaded no.

McLamore uses many Bible verses to drive home his points, and I am awed by the appropriateness of the chosen verses. God indeed speaks through His Word. It is easy to appreciate the messages when you read them with your spiritual eyes. Each of the nine chapters has a central theme which is fully explored using the Bible and real-life situations.

The author touched me with his sincerity, simplicity, and openness. He uses everyday words. His examples are ordinary: a ballgame, grocery-shopping, and a forbidden office romance are some. He also admits to his own shortcomings and struggles; his unpretentious attitude allows the reader to connect with him.

The book would have been more effective without the many errors noted. There are grammar slips, mostly missing hyphens, compound words like “oftentimes” and “furthermore” written as two words, run-on sentences, and sentence fragments. The author does not use commas much, but I think this is intentional on his part. The more important mistakes are the incorrect Bible passages. On page 28, Genesis 22 should replace Genesis 21. On page 51, the passage ascribed to Matthew is actually from Mark. On page 61, the verses about Jesus praying in Gethsemane are incomplete. Luke’s version of the story of Peter and Malchus cited on page 65 does not name Peter.

Owing to the abovenamed mistakes, I give the book 3 out of 4 stars. I feel it doesn’t deserve less as its mission is accomplished. It is a book that Christians will appreciate for the truths it brings forth. We all know them, but reminders are always welcome. I do not think all Christians will be able to keep from being disappointed with God’s no all the time. But this book will surely point us in the right direction. In fact, if Christians can all live up to the lofty ideals of this book, not one of us will receive a no from God ever again.

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How interesting that the author connects the biblical stories with modern relatable situations. I enjoyed reading this in-depth review.

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It is hard to go through something really depressing and when you seek God in prayer he says "No". I am glad there is a book that helps people understand this. I think more special messages can be found in this book. Definitely, a must read.
Great review

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Your first paragraph had a profound impact in deciding to read this book. I loved your introduction and reminded me of those times when I forget that sometimes, I don't receive what I want, but what I need. Thank you for your warm recommendation! I'll add it on my list.

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This book could help the readers to realize why we don't always get what we pray for, which isn't always easy to understand. It sounds like something I would like to read. Thank you for a great review!

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It sure sounds like the author has some good points. I don't think we realize what would happen if God answered everyone's prayer; it's definitely not realistic. It sounds like a book I need to read. Thanks.
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It’s good to be reminded that God’s ways are higher than our ways. I know it’s not always easy to understand the no’s, but this book sounds like it would be helpful in giving some Biblical insight as to why we can’t always receive a yes to our prayers.

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It's always nice when someone can write a book like this and not come across as too preachy or superior. This sounds like a topic that will be helpful for many who are struggling to understand unanswered prayers.

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The author touched me with his sincerity, simplicity, and openness. He uses everyday words. His examples are ordinary: a ballgame, grocery-shopping, and a forbidden office romance are some. He also admits to his own shortcomings and struggles; his unpretentious attitude allows the reader to connect with him.
I hope the errors are corrected but based on your description, this sounds like a book I will enjoy. Thanks for the recommendation.

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I like the title of the book. I am glad God say's no too. If he didn't I would have unnecessary heartbreak. Great work on the review.

"In fact, if Christians can all live up to the lofty ideals of this book, not one of us will receive a no from God ever again."

If only we could!

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I am always weary when reading a book where people have a big enough ego to speak for God. As I’ve read on in your review you say Macklemore compares things in the Bible to cover the events, no that would be something I would read. I learned as a very young child that we have free will and that God only intercedes for our benefit and he only listens to the worthy and doesn’t always say yes to them either. Because if we have free will we cannot blame bad things that happen on God only the miracles we are blessed to receive. I loved your review and I am definitely going to read it. I am very interested to see what Macklemore has to say. Thanks :wink:

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ButterscotchCherrie wrote:
11 Jul 2019, 01:41
How interesting that the author connects the biblical stories with modern relatable situations. I enjoyed reading this in-depth review.
The author uses examples that the ordinary person can relate to. I was pleasantly surprised by the profound lessons that everyday activities could teach.

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Shadiid wrote:
11 Jul 2019, 04:03
It is hard to go through something really depressing and when you seek God in prayer he says "No". I am glad there is a book that helps people understand this. I think more special messages can be found in this book. Definitely, a must read.
Great review
The lessons are easy to understand, but definitely challenging to put into practice. As the author says, we need to focus on the promised prize.

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Ikigai wrote:
11 Jul 2019, 05:11
Your first paragraph had a profound impact in deciding to read this book. I loved your introduction and reminded me of those times when I forget that sometimes, I don't receive what I want, but what I need. Thank you for your warm recommendation! I'll add it on my list.
God knows best. That is all we need to know. Sometimes, though, we choose to forget.

Thanks for sharing your reflections.

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kandscreeley wrote:
11 Jul 2019, 08:12
It sure sounds like the author has some good points. I don't think we realize what would happen if God answered everyone's prayer; it's definitely not realistic. It sounds like a book I need to read. Thanks.
Yes, God cannot say yes all the time. That's an easy lesson to learn. Applying it is the hard part. So help me God!

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