A Christian debut self-help book that uses the metaphor of a mirror to illustrate its advice on spiritual growth.
Kellum is a physical therapist, a former combat veteran, and a lifelong Christian, and he intersperses his theological insights with anecdotes from his life and work. He employs a mirror as an allegory to expand upon the ideas of a believer seeing, being reflected, and assessing truth as he or she pursues a deeper relationship with God. Fifteen chapters cover variations on this theme, such as being plunged into darkness, being seduced by superficial appearances, or finding out unattractive secrets. There are two exercises in the text that emphasize Kellum’s central ideas, urging readers to list what obscures their spiritual sight, and to list the people that they’ve helped or neglected. A study guide at the end of the book provides questions that are linked to specific sets of chapters. These questions are quite sophisticated (such as “Remaining teachable is an essential trait….Discuss why we tend to rebuke the teacher (and God) before receiving the message”) and require both a solid knowledge of Scripture and an honest assessment of self. Kellum is also specific and pragmatic when discussing temptation and the means to resist it. This book does characterize atheists and followers of non-Christian religions as alienated and misled, but it also provides sound advice, advancing a healthy spirituality that neither shames its readers nor dodges biblical principles. Kellum doesn’t overdo the mirror metaphor, either; instead, he creatively uncovers various aspects of it that are relevant to the Bible and to everyday life. Unlike many testimonials, his personal stories are consistently fresh, humorous, and touching.
A mature, compassionate religious guide.