It’s been over a week since Hannah and I returned from our mission trip to Japan. Jet-lag aside, we are happy to be home, but part of our heart is most definitely still in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Hannah and I are coming up on one year of living in Denver (July 7). Also, two weeks ago, I finished my first year of seminary! However, as the old saying goes, “There’s no rest for the weary.” A week after the semester ended, I began summer courses…
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Overall, Patience and Humility was a difficult read for me. Each chapter is merely a few pages each and has no real flow to them. As I prefer a strong through-line in writing, this book never gets to a point where there is momentum to your reading. Because of this, it was challenging to read more than a few chapters at a time, causing the reading pace to crawl to a snail’s speed. The book is also split fairly evenly into two halves addressing each virtue in its respective section of the book. I would have liked to see them addressed alongside one another as opposed to completely separate entities.
The substance of the book itself mainly consists of wisdom literature. The problem with this is that you’re reading the same style of writing page after page, causing you to lose interest quickly. There is some good wisdom to be found, but it’s hard to fish it out among a lot of the seemingly insignificant fluff. I believe the book would have served better as a devotional book, with each entry tied with scripture, rather than it its current format.