Before coming to Christ, and for a period after, my life was in sales - Retail sales to be specific. It was...(insert colourful adjective here)! Ask anyone in sales, and retail sales in particular, and they will tell you their pain - in great detail!
Jungle Warfare: A Basic Field Manual for Christians in Sales can best be described as a helpful devotional tool for Christians working in the secular world. I chose to review this book precisely because of my past experience. I wanted to know if this would have been a helpful resource for me "in the jungle".
First the good...
I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised at the focus of the book. The author, Christopher Cunningham, seemed to try at least to keep the gospel in the forefront of most chapters. I like this! Although using his grand-dad's Basic Field Manual on Jungle Warfare, may seem odd at first, it worked for the most part. It served to reveal the very real spiritual war every Christian fights every day. I liked this too.
For me, the book - although somewhat gospel-focused - was a little too much focused on what God can do for me as opposed to what He has done for me. I am willing to concede that that was not necessarily the author's intent, however, ultimately the gospel is God-centred and not man-centred. This seemed to me to be a little too much centred on me. It had an "everything is going to be OK" flavour to it. There were many references to scripture, but many were from substandard translations like the Message.
Would this book have helped me? As a new convert, the short answer is yes. That said, I would be hesitant to recommend this book, simply because there are - in my opinion - better options out there for the Christian in the world. How about as a mature believer? The subtitle says it all, "basic".
Love in the Truth.
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