Review: Lost & Found

It’s healthy for me to intermix my positive and negative reviews for you all, right? Because, if you remember . . . the last book I reviewed was quite a favorite. Five stars aren’t given lightly, mind you! This one was not quite so a favorite.

In Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life, Sarah Jakes tells the story of her young life. Sarah grew up the daughter of a wildly popular preacher in Texas {which, disclaimer, I didn’t know of. I know, under a rock, under a rock. Jeremy laughed at me when this book showed up because I had no idea who she was before reading this}. But, as we should all know, ministry families are not spared a life in the world nor a life without sin.

As a 13 year old, Sarah found herself pregnant and scared, unsure of what this bit of news meant for her young life. Lost and found follows her journey through finishing high school, entering college, a rocky relationship and all of the heartache that entailed to where she is today, a successful speaker and writer.

As a critique of the book, let me say that I had some issues with it both literarily and philosophically/theologically. Literarily, I just did not enjoy the style. It was quite repetitive and cliche, in my opinion. I found myself quite agitated by the end with the use of the same structures and constructs over and over again.

Philosophically, I appreciated some of what Sarah’s message was, in that we do have a gracious God who loves us and wants what’s best for us, and even when we mess up He is so kind to give us second chances over and over again. I believe that, I agree with that. But, at the same time, sin is sin and sin has consequences. This is something that I have observed firsthand in my life, and though at times it is hard to reconcile forgiveness with consequences, it speaks to the awesome holiness and justness of God. It began to really annoy me that Sarah would describe issues in her life: an unplanned teenage pregnancy, instances of rage and vandalism, and finally divorce as issues that kind of happened to her that she had to learn how to move past. She did not name these things as sin outright, and therefore, she did not need the Cross and the Gospel to come and rescue her. So, in my opinion, this book was inspirational and motivational, but without any real strong foundation from which to move past sin issues in my life.

It’s not my purpose to sit here and rewrite how I think the book should have gone. I am just here to point out that I felt there were some massive holes in the message of this book. There were bits of helpfulness mixed in, but overall it is not a message I would strongly recommend or promote.

I hope this review is helpful to you. Did you read this book? What was your take on it? Did you have completely different thoughts from me? I’d love to hear them if you did!!
FTD: I received this book for free for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Also, please note that it is never my intent to criticize the author of these works, but only the content of their books. It is my goal to sincerely help my readers evaluate texts from a Christian worldview, and so I will not openly recommend all books that I read. This does not mean that I am trying to demean the work that the author has put into this book.

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