Monday, April 14, 2014

No More Dragons by Jim Burgen

Becoming a dragon is a dangerously subtle process.
You make a long chain of bad choices. The chain gradually wraps around you. Layer by layer, it begins to take on the aspect of scales. One day you glance at yourself in the mirror and a monster is staring back at you. You aren't who you used to be. You aren't who you want to be. You're not who you were created and designed to be. Instead, you're a dragon. 

When Jim Burgen was nineteen years old, he realized how easy it had been to become a dragon. He knew he didn't want to be one anymore . . . but how? No More Dragons is the story of our common, hopeful journey from dragonhood back to personhood. 

As Pastor Burgen narrates the remarkable process of reclaiming himself from himself, he implores modern church goers to shake off the trivialities of churchiness in favor of the substantive questions that make a spiritual transformation: 

“Is Jesus the only one who can undragon people?”
“Why don't I like most churches?”
“Where is God in difficult times?”
“How do you shed decades of gnarly scales?” 

Some choices will lead you to a better life. Some will kill you. Some choices will add a new layer of scales to your dragon, and some will slough them off. No More Dragons is about asking Christ to deliver you and learning how to obey him.

My review:
   This was a book that grabbed my attention and made me decide I needed to read it. I love the Chronicles of Narnia books and have read the books several times, and watched the movies more than once. The author relates something that happened in the Voyage of the Dawn Treader, where Eustace had turned into a dragon and had to be "un-dragoned", but couldn't do it himself. He had to have Aslan do it.

  Hearing that story helped the author realize the mess his life was, and he turned to God and changed his life, and wrote this book as a result. I

  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I thought the comparison to having bad habits, and not being the person you want to be, compared to being a dragon, was a great idea, and I found myself identifying a lot with what the author said about being a dragon. I liked his writing style. Even though he was giving some great Biblical advice, he made the book interesting and easy to read.

  I did read the book with the purpose of reviewing it, but I found it very helpful. The author used a lot of personal experiences and stories to illustrate and bring home his points, and I found myself thinking more than once I'd like to hear him preach. This is a book I'd highly recommend, no matter where you are on your Christian walk.

About the author:

Jim Burgen is the lead pastor at Flatirons Community Church in Boulder, Colorado. A graduate of Milligan College and a youth ministry veteran, Jim has a passion for worship and teaching. His heart's desire is to see the line between the two blurred. "I believe that we were created to be worshipers," Jim says, "God loves authentic worship and the world is starving for it." Jim is the author of two books for students: What's the Big Deal About Sex? and What's the Big Deal About My Parents? He and his wife, Robin, are the parents of Alison and Jordan.

No More Dragons is available from Thomas Nelson Publishing.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for the review copy.