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Helplessly addicted to the 'American Dream, ' many people find themselves struggling to make ends meet. Confused about the 'new morality, ' people find it impossible to make ethical and honorable conclusions of what is right. Misled by the wrong images, values, and definitions of 'worth, ' some are being hopelessly drawn into the cultures embrace. And, listening to the gathering opinion of male 'leadership, ' we are losing mentors for our youth, putting society at risk. "A Legacy of Faith" takes a passionate look at these misconceptions, referring to them as lies. It tackles the tough issues and through many stories leads the reader to 're-discover' spiritual focus, personal value, integrity, and the desire to pass that along to others.
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Refreshing Nov 21, 2007
A very thought provoking book with eternal truths wrapped up in home-grown stories. This is a read you don't want to miss. The experiences from the life of Rick Hathaway and how he shares them will touch your heart in so many ways. You will not only be entertained, but enlightened, encouraged, and challenged in your faith. Get this book; buy it as a gift. It is well worth it!!
Wow! Nov 3, 2007
Wonderfully written. You'll not want to put it down except to ponder on the "right on" perspectives presented by this author. I frequently kept thinking "yes, that's right!" while reading each chapter. The questions at the end of each chapter are really thought provoking leading one to want to make some changes in his/her life. I have passed it on to friends, family, and church as a must read. What a courageous, truth revealing tribute to his Dad and his heavenly Father as well.
My Take Oct 29, 2007
I find Rick Hathaway to be a talented story-teller. 20 years ago, he was my Pastor at a small New England Church, and although we live far apart, and see each other only once in a great while, I always enjoy his conversational insights. That's probably why I loved the book. While walking with my wife one evening after dinner I summed the book by stating, "It was like listening to him preach for a couple of days." Pure joy! Hathaway writes like he preaches, telling stories, applying Scripture, relating to guys like me, at the most fundamental of levels; and yet at the same time, capturing important truths that I believe are essential for men and women everywhere to contemplate.
He touched just about all of my emotions in the 249 pages. I remember laughing out-loud at a "She knocks my socks off" comment about his wife, weeping like a baby at a "few cents offered in compassion" story, and being mad as hell at a "I like Barack Obama" lead in which prompted me to get up out of my bed, go out to the living room and sit up an take notice of what I was reading. I wasn't disappointed. There were others. I could relate with his frustration when an insensitive medical assistant wouldn't provide needed health care, his exasperation with the "Prayer of the hungry," (Lord, if your not going to put food on the table, deal with our hunger), and truthfully a little surprised at the depth of the lack of financial resources that he described while growing up. Perhaps I knew this about him, but it didn't really register, until I saw it in print.
More important than all the emotional stirrings, is the truth that the book conveys. Hathaway poses four contemporary lies; blessing means having, morality is relative, life has no value, and males are meaningless; and used Scripture as his basis, and life's lessons from a dad who died young as his context, to not only expose the lies for what they are, but present them as the exact opposite of the truth.
A highpoint of the book for me was the recounting of a childhood experience involving a young lady that had been physically scarred by a fire. His telling of Barbara's story was stunning. Though not close, their paths meet, momentarily, in a violent overflow of compassion. I well with tears even now while I type this out, thinking of what must have been going through his mind....and hers. This is a story that few can tell, because it requires one to be moved to action by the stirring of the Holy Spirit. This requires yielding to the Spirit (Even if His will is revealed in an unusual way), and it is this that is rare among men today. Most couldn't care less. Those that do, talk about it more than live it. But it is presented masterfully by Rick Hathaway, humbly, through the eyes of a 12-year old, as he hammers home the truth that all life is valuable to God.
Hathaway is at his best when he is speaking about the role and responsibility that God has given to men. It was this section that touched me most. I know this truth. God used Rick Hathaway to teach it to me. And like him, I have had my share of Wendy's-like moments (See Chapter 13). I appreciated the reminder of the responsibility that God has given to me, and am stirred to trust Him more, as the source of my success.
A great read....Great for Small Group curriculum or discussions.....or, just for goofing off.
A Great Read!! Sep 10, 2007
This book flows wonderfully. We will be using this book for small group study. At the end of each chapter there are some thought provoking questions. I highly recommend this book...you will love it!