For a book that’s titled ‘Overrated’, it certainty hopes not to live up to it’s title. So does it? I think it’s hard to give a clear answer to it.
Eugene Cho has written a great book to challenge the mindset of christians who wishes to change the world, but are not willing to live a life that will truly change the world. First Cho tackles the idea that we are much more in love of the idea of changing the world/loving justice, than actually doing it. Because in order to truly do that, we would need to pay some cost for it, and frankly, we are not in love enough to do just that. He tackles the problem that far too often christians wants to follow the hype instead of truly wanting to changing the world.
Next, he tackles the problem of shallowness in our era. This chapter is very insightful especially for those who are generally younger. I agree with his observation that, generally youths today are far too shallow and do not even grow in-depth in and at what they’re serving or helping. They’re more inclined to assume that by doing activities these are considered as deep involvement. That is certainly untrue, and if an individual is truly passionate about helping, he/she would most definitely want to know who they’re helping so as to be able to help them in a way that would be most beneficial to them.
Finally, Cho challenges those who do not live up to what they say. This I think is also a valid point that needs to be addressed in our culture. Cho very wisely tells the readers that if they are to commit and to encourage people to join a cause, it is only right and proper for them to lead them not just with words or ideas, but also by their actions.
However, I do see some very fatal flaw with this book. First there is a tremendously lack of the gospel in this book. This book is more about social activism, more about doing, than why you should be doing about what you’re doing. Having said that, I do agree that you do not need to have a huge section that talks about the gospel. But to have this book not even mentioning or clarifying it is a big concern. It kind of assumes the gospel, which is a danger that this book certainty has. Just to show an example this is what Cho says you should bring away from his book “If there’s one thing you take away from this book, I hope it is this: Don’t underestimate what God can do through your life. God has a long and proven history of using foolish and broken people for His glory.” (p.135).
I think the strength of the book is it challenges the mindset of those who are already serving or would like to serve in a cause. However, the weakness is that this book is very shallow in the gospel. Without the proper motivation for social justice, this book may run into the danger of being passionate for a cause, more than being passionate for the gospel. Readers may want to supplement their diet with another book that will ground them in the gospel, something like Tim Chester’s “Good News to the Poor”.
Rating: 3.25 / 5
Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.