Official Review: No Reflection by Christopher Johnson

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Official Review: No Reflection by Christopher Johnson

Post by Kalin Adi » 04 Feb 2018, 14:07

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "No Reflection" by Christopher Johnson.]
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How many times do you look yourself in a mirror? A few times? A lot of times? The fact is that we do use the mirror every day and it’s a common item in our daily routine to see our reflection. What about using a mirror that could reflect our inner desires, feelings, and thoughts. That’s precisely what the Bible does to its readers. When reading the Bible, the reader can see his own reflection and change his imperfections. Do you read the Bible every day? No Reflection by Christopher Johnson invites you to do so in order to take advantage of its outstanding advice.

Nowadays, people distance themselves from God. Trying to close this gap, Mr. Johnson took up the task to write this book to stimulate people to seek God’s guidance. His voice is firm, yet sometimes preachy. The eighteen chapters of this book deal with different topics that are meant to induce the readers to meditate (see their reflections) and make the necessary arrangements to please God and achieve happiness in life. Topics like the cause and effect of our actions, vanity, selfishness, integrity, forgiveness, greed, deception, among others, have each a chapter in this book, and each is analyzed in a general matter.

In his writing, Mr. Johnson uses clever metaphors to make people understand the level of his spirituality and the state of mind that a person has when not having a close relationship with God. For instance, a person distanced from God could suffer of a “Vampire Syndrome”. The person behaves as a vampire. He sucks the blood of others to survive in this world (cares only about himself), avoids the light (spiritual things), and looks for darkness (sins). I often found myself agreeing with the message behind these metaphors. My favorite ones were “The Yogi Bear Syndrome,” “The Puppet Syndrome,” and Jesus is “Superman.” These metaphors help whet the reader’s appetite for knowledge in order to draw close to God.

Moreover, I delighted in reading the biblical passages quoted directly from the Bible. Seeing the Bible texts written had a positive effect. You know the relayed message isn’t from Mr. Johnson but God. Nonetheless, Mr. Johnson primarily uses the King James Version, and only occasionally, cites from other versions. Using primarily only one version of the Bible is disadvantageous. I personally do not think the Bible versions disagree on context but on syntax. Unfortunately, not everybody thinks so. Therefore, it could have been appropriate to use different Bible versions as much as possible to mark the points he wanted without bringing out controversies.

On a funny note, I couldn’t help laughing when I read Mr. Johnson’s warning at the beginning of the book. He explains why the word Satan is not capitalized throughout the book. He considers this is a privilege that the Devil does not deserve. As a Christian, I understood his point of view. As a teacher, my heart wavered every time I saw this proper noun without the proper capitalization. Nevertheless, I could sense his determination not to do anything that pleased God’s enemy, which is admirable.

While repetition is the key of retention, I would say the amount of times you repeat a phrase in a chapter must have a limit. There are instances in which the author repeats unnecessarily phrases, verses, quotations, and ideas. I got tired of reading them over and over. “I’m just saying” is a perfect example of this. In lieu of repeating the same ideas, which I think were meant for emphasis, I was expecting to learn more about specific situations and advice on how to apply what the Bible says regarding that X situation. Rather, the author generalizes.

On the other hand, I found it annoying to see the cited scriptures all together without any space. For example: Heb. 11:6KJV instead of Heb. 11:6 KJV. The missing spaces and commas in some paragraphs should be corrected to make the writing flawless. Inconsistency was another disruptive downside when reading this book. Some scriptures were hyperlinked, and you could read the verses directly from www.biblestudytools.com, which I found it useful, but not all verses were hyperlinked. On the same note, sometimes the names of the books of the Bible were abbreviated while other times they weren’t.

Besides, I would have loved to read about the life experiences of the people that are quoted in the book. I think it would have made the message stronger. Actually, that was the reason why I decided to read this book in the first place. Based on the description of the book, I was led to believe I was going to read about people’s life experiences. Nevertheless, you find none here.

Last, but not least important, the cover of the book needs a re-touch. It’s obvious to the reader the intention of the author when positioning a man in front of a mirror, but the man has no reflection. You get the message that you won’t have a reflection unless you draw close to your Creator. However, the cover is dull. The man’s t-shirt in the picture has almost the same color of the frame of the book. The font letters are white, so they make no contrast with the sky-blue color of the cover, so they have no visual impact.

Despite the drawbacks mentioned before, the message conveyed in No Reflection surpasses them. So, I consider this book is useful for the purpose it was written. Therefore, I deduct one measly star and rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. There’s no doubt Mr. Johnson wrote this book for all kinds of people in his effort to help them draw close to God. So, I would recommend it to people that care about how to better themselves. Religious people and Bible readers are definitely welcomed to read it too.

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Post by Miriam Molina » 13 Feb 2018, 09:55

Hi, Kalin Adi! At first, I thought this was a book about vampires. (I seem to have read somewhere that they have no reflections on mirrors.) And then, you confirm that there is a vampire in the book!

Seriously, I agree with the author that we need to read the Bible more (especially those of us who believe in God). I have always dreamed of reading the Bible from cover to cover. At least I've read Genesis and Revelation, so I have a backlog of only 71 books! Trivia: The first words in the Bible are, "In the beginning," and the last sentence is, "Amen."

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Post by kandscreeley » 13 Feb 2018, 10:25

This sounds like a good concept for a book. I bet it would be good to use as devotionals. I agree about the cover. It's just not striking enough to me. Thanks for the nice information on this one.
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Post by Shinishi007 » 13 Feb 2018, 17:37

I have never read "No reflection" but I support your opinion about the appareance of the book, because for me the cover of the book is a relation like (love at first sight) with the reader. So if I don't like, I don't read it.

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Post by Kalin Adi » 13 Feb 2018, 23:43

@Miriam Molina
You always make me laugh, Miriam. Indeed, there was a mention of a vampire in the book. Actually, after reading the book, I've been able to identify a couple of them in real life. Hehehe.

I loved your trivia, by the way.

@Kkandscreeley
True, the concept was good. The author has really thought about the importance of God in his life and attempts to help others to do the same. I'm not sure if it'd be good for devotionals, but I'm sure Bible readers will love it.

@Shinishi007
Love at first sight with a cover or not reading a book? That sounds right with me. Thanks for stopping by.
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Post by CommMayo » 14 Feb 2018, 17:16

Thank you for the very thorough review. I like how you commented on the cover...perhaps that is something I should start doing for some of my reviews. Great idea!

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Post by Felicidad » 15 Feb 2018, 12:48

I enjoyed the review! It is interesting! I liked it because it talked about the Bible; but above all, the word God is mentioned. If we are alive is because God's purpose! I would like to read the whole book☺

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Post by Kalin Adi » 16 Feb 2018, 19:07

@CommMayo
I mentioned about the cover because I consider this is an important element to attract or repel readers. I'm glad you liked my idea.

@Felicidad
I'm sure you will enjoy reading this book if you're a Bible lover. Have an entertaining read!

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Post by inaramid » 17 Feb 2018, 05:47

Though I am not a Scripture reader, the book has a certain appeal that I feel could convince others like me to give this book a try. I loved the metaphors, and I'm very curious to know what those syndromes are. Thanks for this review!

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Post by ReyvrexQuestor Reyes » 17 Feb 2018, 19:50

What a wonderful review. I regret I am not that close to God. This book might close up the gap yet and bring some sort of intimacy, I hope. I have been a godly person, although not religious. Not so religious as to be apparent with people carrying prayer beads, or sporting items to "flaunt" faith. My apologies for using that word, so I might turn it down to "identify with the flock" as what Jesus so fondly refers to the faithful. Thanks for your review.

You mentioned vampires, indeed, No Reflection may refer to vampires who are said to have no reflection in the mirror.
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Post by Sarah Tariq » 18 Feb 2018, 06:10

It's a book for developing connection with God. Spirituality is the peace of mind and imperative to built up integrity. Thanks for your insightful review. "Who Told You that You Were Naked" is the same kind of book. You can check out my review,if you like.
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Post by Kalin Adi » 18 Feb 2018, 22:37

@inaramid
Curiosity in this case is good. Give the book a try and you'll discover what those syndromes are about. You'll laugh, yet you'll agree.

@ReyvrexQuestor Reyes
I understand when you say you're not the religious type. I don't think we have to be in a church 24/7, but I do consider we must read the Bible, for it is our compass.

@Sarah Tariq
Indeed, the book intents to connect the readers with God. Thanks for stopping by.

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Post by Vickie Noel » 05 Mar 2018, 13:30

Loved reading your review! I agree with the author that we really have no reflection without the influence of God and while I love to have deep thoughts on spirituality, I may not necessarily opt to read the book. I also think the cover is rather bland and lacks that pulling-in effect. Too bad there weren't enough "people-experiences" to fully satisfy you. Glad you still enjoyed reading.
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Post by Kalin Adi » 06 Mar 2018, 16:57

Vickie Noel wrote:
05 Mar 2018, 13:30
Loved reading your review! I agree with the author that we really have no reflection without the influence of God and while I love to have deep thoughts on spirituality, I may not necessarily opt to read the book. I also think the cover is rather bland and lacks that pulling-in effect. Too bad there weren't enough "people-experiences" to fully satisfy you. Glad you still enjoyed reading.
Bible reminders are always welcomed and the book does have a lot of scriptures that make you reflect. That's why I enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by, Vickie Noel.

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