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Official Review: The Call by Matthew J Romano

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Call" by Matthew J Romano.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Matthew J. Romano argues in The Call: An Invitation to Revival and Transformation that the United States and the world have been enduring "an aggressive progressive agenda" for years. Nevertheless, the world is ready for another "great spiritual awakening." Romano maintains that this book takes the readers in a journey of spiritual awakening and inspires them to "answer The Call of God toward freedom, holiness, and purpose."

Romano gives a personal testimony of his life's struggles and how he answered God's call in order to encourage the readers to awake spiritually. He used to listen to death metal music and hang out with the wrong friends when he was a teenager. He received God's call so he turned his life around. He became a Christian, got new friends, and brought his family to the church. However, his old vices came back during his early twenties. He spent almost a decade as a womanizer and going to pubs until he finally came back to the faith. He has also struggled with addictions to cigarettes and pornography.

The Call: An Invitation to Revival and Transformation is a Christian book consisting of 198 pages. Romano has a straightforward writing style that anyone can understand. The inclusion of his own struggles gives the book a personal touch. He also includes scriptures to teach the readers lessons from the Bible that can be applied to life's testing situations. His tone, though, is quite conservative, which limits the target audience to conservative Christians.

My favorite aspect of the book is that Romano makes it clear that everyone has struggles in life. He uses his own struggles and those of people close to him as examples, making the book relatable. He points out that we all make mistakes, and as a result, we feel guilty and have a hard time believing God loves us. Furthermore, we all put on masks to hide our problems because we fear what others might think of us. Acting like this drives us to isolation, which is not good for our well-being. According to Romano, we need to acknowledge that nobody "is exempt from hardship" and "encourage one another far more by admitting our weaknesses."

Even though Romano offers plenty of worthy spiritual advice throughout the book, I did not agree with some of his beliefs. I did not agree with his stance on same-sex marriage, which he condemns. I did not agree with his criticism of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). I did not agree with his blanket statements about the religion of Islam. I did not agree with his argument that the practice of Eastern meditation allows demonic spirits to enter the mind. Although I am not a progressive and consider myself a moderate conservative, I found some of his ideas extreme.

I rate The Call: An Invitation to Revival and Transformation by Matthew J. Romano 3 out of 4 stars because the author shares his personal testimony to connect with the readers and gives valuable spiritual advice on how to deal with life's struggles. In addition, I only found two grammatical mistakes in the book. I deducted a star because I found some of his views too harsh for my taste. I think it is a good book for conservative Christians.

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I admire your honesty. The voice given to god sounds very strong that it has the power to gain the attention of its followers. But I agree on the criticism about the eastern meditation that allows demonic possession. It's very funny to me when people make such criticism. It clearly shows how ignorant and how disrespectful people can get. And as you said yes this book is most suitable for conservative Christians and honestly I'm not willing to recommend this book for anyone. I admire your honesty for if it wasn't for it I would not be able to chose if I may want to read it or not. Thank you for your review!
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Thank you very much for an enlightening review! I appreciate the fact that even though you did not agree with some of the author's views you still wrote an unbiased review. Great job!
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Sahani Nimandra wrote: 24 May 2018, 00:08 I admire your honesty. The voice given to god sounds very strong that it has the power to gain the attention of its followers. But I agree on the criticism about the eastern meditation that allows demonic possession. It's very funny to me when people make such criticism. It clearly shows how ignorant and how disrespectful people can get. And as you said yes this book is most suitable for conservative Christians and honestly I'm not willing to recommend this book for anyone. I admire your honesty for if it wasn't for it I would not be able to chose if I may want to read it or not. Thank you for your review!
He gives lots of good spiritual advice but I just could not agree with some of his views. I know that many others (conservative Christians) will agree with him.

I agree with you that people can be pretty ignorant and judgemental. I practice yoga and meditation myself so imagine my face when I read what he thinks about it. :shock: :eusa-think:

I think Eastern meditation is beautiful and incredibly good for the mind, body, and soul.

Thanks for reading and your kind words!
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Yolimari wrote: 24 May 2018, 01:59
Sahani Nimandra wrote: 24 May 2018, 00:08 I admire your honesty. The voice given to god sounds very strong that it has the power to gain the attention of its followers. But I agree on the criticism about the eastern meditation that allows demonic possession. It's very funny to me when people make such criticism. It clearly shows how ignorant and how disrespectful people can get. And as you said yes this book is most suitable for conservative Christians and honestly I'm not willing to recommend this book for anyone. I admire your honesty for if it wasn't for it I would not be able to chose if I may want to read it or not. Thank you for your review!
He gives lots of good spiritual advice but I just could not agree with some of his views. I know that many others (conservative Christians) will agree with him.

I agree with you that people can be pretty ignorant and judgemental. I practice yoga and meditation myself so imagine my face when I read what he thinks about it. :shock: :eusa-think:

I think Eastern meditation is beautiful and incredibly good for the mind, body, and soul.

Thanks for reading and your kind words!
Honestly yes it's a blow. This recently I came a cross about a book some what similar to this and I refrained from commenting because it was not worth it. But I admire your honesty and unbiased so I commented. Once again thank you dear friend!
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Thank you for your honest review and for being unbiased. Even though there is a lot of good spiritual advise, I will still not read this book.
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nice review. though it basically base on spiritual stuff.
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Thanks for your objective review - it's great that you mentioned the more sensitive issues and had warnings for potential readers.
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I admire that the author is transparent about his own struggles in order to be a help to others. Thanks for your honest review!
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Ever_Reading wrote: 24 May 2018, 01:27 Thank you very much for an enlightening review! I appreciate the fact that even though you did not agree with some of the author's views you still wrote an unbiased review. Great job!
It would be unfair to the author for me not to write an objective review. Thanks for reading and your kind words!
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Thank you for your thorough and forthright review! I completely agree with the author that by admitting our weaknesses and imperfections, we strengthen and encourage each other. I don't necessarily agree with every view of the author's which you describe in the review, though. I'm torn about whether I want to read this one.
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I like stories of recovery from addiction, but I wouldn't appreciate him disrespecting AA.
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As a Christian myself, I a sometimes amazed at the things that 'fellow believers' think are true. Either because they heard it from someone else and automatically assumed it must be so, or wrong interpretation of the Bible. It is important to study the Bible for yourself before just accepting what someone else says. Thank you for the review. I am glad you mentioned the things you didn't agree with. It has helped me make up my mind on whether I want to read this book or not.
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Wow. Every sinner has a future and personal testimonies are a sign of hope that there is a second chance. Thanks for the review.
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Thanks for an unbiased review. I will pass on the book.
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