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Packed with funny and at times zany encounters from his life journey, this first book by Tim Steed is a celebration of the imperfections in life. Through a series of lighthearted essays, Tim examines the big and small moments in life. From the godly cleaning lady, to the obnoxious traveler, to the little boy with a weak bladder, life is filled with the good, the bad, and the ugly. Seeing life as a road trip with bumps, detours, beautiful sunsets, and untimely bathroom breaks, Tim's message to readers is to enjoy the journey, experience mercy and grace, apply what you learn, and keep going.
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Humor-Coated Spiritual Guidance Oct 19, 2008
Tim Sneed's VOW is actually a series of essays, one per chapter and thirty-eight chapters per book. My suggestion to him would be to add two more in the second edition. Then the unique selling proposition (USP) could be "Forty Days to a Closer Walk With God." On second thought the word "Days" would be inappropriate because it is impossible for a reader to wait and read only one of these a day.
I found myself reading it while I waited at the airport, the post office, the grocery store, in the Wal-Mart check-out line, and the red light. (I was not officially driving -- merely navigating.) Mostly I read it in bed before going to sleep and at the computer while I was waiting for the little row of green bars to be manifested.
Tim's book is a very funny one, and he is a very funny man. It's the good ole Southern humor that is always slightly naughty while it makes the readers think about what is good and pure and Godly. MY VOW OF SILENCE reminds me of Shellie Tomlinson's Suck Your Stomach In and Put Some Color On!: What Southern Mamas Tell Their Daughters that the Rest of Y'all Should Know Too.
There is no such book that I totally agree with. If I did, there would be no reason to read it because there would be no mind expansion. At times, Tim is irreverent to make his points about our ungrateful attitude toward God. Usually by the end of the essay I get the point. Tim does not hesitate to speak his mind even though he makes all of us, including Tim, feel ashamed of our flippant attitude toward our Maker. He doesn't stop with preaching; he starts meddling. (That's a Southern way of saying that the preacher has gone and stepped on our toes, but Tim is not a preacher. He is an entertainer, and I'd love to hear him.)
Tim is a popular speaker, and it is easy to see him speaking through this book. It is obvious that popularity has not stolen his humanity and individuality. He jumps out of the pages. I hope he never keeps his vow of silence. Let me give you a sample of the wacky wisdom in Tim's book:
--"Greater love has no one than this; that a person lay down her Moon Pies for her friends." --"It's in the clearing of the mind that we come to sort out life's complex issues: `Should I have ice cream for dinner or just tater tots?' " --"Renewed thinking says we're blessed when people push our hot buttons or give us verbal grief." --"People won't bother you any more when you baffle them with absurd statements."
My Vow of Silence: the roughest 3 minutes of my life is both entertaining and compelling. I recommend you order one of these books for yourself and a few extras to give your friends.
A very funny read May 30, 2008
Tim Steed's Vow of Silence is a very funny read, and a great take on the life he's trying to lead. His essays and words of wisdom are not only funny, but really make you think about God's impact on the world around you, and how your actions inpact the world as well. And some things that are just for fun. It may make you want a pet rock too, but you'll have to read his book to understand that! If you read from cover to cover, or just a piece of it here and there, it will make you laugh out loud. I've shared my copy with many people, and they always come back thanking me and telling me how much they loved the book. My only disappointment was it had to end. I can't wait for the next great book from Tim Steed!
Thank you for the kind reviews May 8, 2008
I would like to say "thank you" to everyone for the reviews of my book. I hope you found both laughs and encouragement while you were reading. That was my intention. I hope to write another book soon. It's kind of tough, really! Thanks once again for your kind reviews.
Carpe Diem and Other Species of Christian Life Feb 17, 2007
I've just read the first half of My Vow of Silence in a single sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it! I think Steed has done a great job in using relatable topics, culturally relevant subjects, in a good length for our "instant" society while maintaining an undercurrent of openness, honesty and genuineness.
Funny, Challenging, and Excellent! Jan 26, 2007
Tim Steed's new book, "My Vow of Silence: the roughest 3 minutes of my life" is a must read for every Christian -- young and old. I started reading Tim's book on my commuter train in Seattle, and almost missed my stop because it was so laugh-out-loud hilarious I didn't want to put it down. More than that, the book will challenge you to grow in your Christian walk. Relevant for today's church body, I highly recommend this book to anyone who's looking to laugh, grow, and better serve their church.