BOOK REVIEW: Open: What Happens When You Get Real, Get Honest, and Get Accountable

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Craig Gross, the founder of XXXChurch and Fireproof Ministries, has written a helpful book for every man and woman in need of accountability. He unpacks the myths of accountability (not just about asking questions to feel guilty) and infuses greater meaning to the approach of accountability (intimacy, honesty and vulnerability before God and one another).

The book uses plenty of references from pop culture and semi-current news — U2 & Bono, Justin Bieber, Tiger Woods, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Penn State football. He admits that his son likes Justin Bieber, though I wonder if that still holds true after more scandals that have arisen after the book was released. Only proving the need for better accountability.

These references may limit the shelf-life of Open for the next generation but is appropriate for today’s readers. 

One story stands out in particular. One of the author’s kids had learned how to break his father’s iPhone password. Instead of punishing his son or changing the password, the author used it as a teaching opportunity to guard his son’s heart and share with him the consequences of abusing the privileges. He gave guidelines and boundaries and explained that if any unauthorized purchases or downloads showed up on his email notices, then the iPhone would be taken away.

Simple. True. Gracious. I love it.

I wonder if the book would have benefited more from a discussion guide or group study questions.

Nevertheless, I am sure that this book will have an impact for people who are hungry to get real before the LORD and their communities.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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