***DISCLAIMER***I received a complimentary copy of this book for free from Tyndale House for review purposes.
Steve & Cheri Saccone’s Talking About God: Honest Conversations About Spirituality features six different conversations between one of the authors and one other person about God (pp. 3-198). Steve and Cheri narrate three each. Each conversation has a different subject matter. Furthermore, each conversation has two chapters (sans the first and last conversations; those have three each).
As it pertains to author information, Steve mostly specializes in “education and leadership development” (p. 211). However, he has also served in pastoral ministry at Willow Creek Community Church (Chicago, Illinois), Mosaic Church (Los Angeles, California) and Awakening Church (San Jose, California). Cheri has both a nursing and writing background (p. 211). This writing background manifests itself in this book. This book is well written.
The fact Steve has served at Willow Creek Community Church is alarming given both the plethora of false teachings and endorsement of female pastors from former senior pastor Bill Hybels. Furthermore, Awakening Church in San Jose, California has female pastors on its staff. God’s Word forbids female pastors (1 Timothy 2:9-15; 1 Corinthians 14). At this point, it is clear that Saccone has no problem compromising God’s Word.
As it pertains to my opinion of the book, I would not recommend this book to anyone. Steve and Cheri’s theological flaws (already apparent given the aforementioned endorsement of female pastors/compromising of God’s Word) further manifest themselves throughout this book. While it is awesome that they believe that salvation is in nobody but Christ alone (Acts 4:12, which was cited on p. 203 of this book), they place much emphasis on feelings, experiences, breakthroughs and encounters instead of the truth of God’s Word. They also heavily promote the false “still small voice” doctrine. What they fail to understand is that God speaks to us via His Word, not a “still small voice” (Hebrews 1:1-4). Finally, the authors hint that God’s power is limited by what we do (p. 66, 81). They fail to recognize that God is in heaven and does what He pleases (Psalm 115:3).
This book is essentially a blend of transparency, mysticism, good writing, a pint of truth and (unfortunately, in this case) a pool of false teaching. While both the transparency in the conversations and the solid writing are good things, sound doctrine is not really this book’s specialty. As a result, I would recommend this book only for the sake of research purposes. Aside from that, stay away.