Hullett offers a brief message of encouragement to Christians to act out the charity of their faith.
An energetic, conscientious mode of service to others is at the heart of the author’s nonfiction debut, which combines a light sampling of autobiography with broader exhortations of the Christian mindset, all centered on the theme of helping others. Hullett mentions his time as a youth pastor in Texas and Missouri, for instance, but he mainly concentrates on the obligations that Christians inherit from their faith. Even though God’s gifts are unconditional, he maintains, “He does ask something of us”: to enact the lessons of the Gospels, and specifically the writings of St. Paul, by serving others. Hullett argues that the Bible lays out this life course in detail for those with the insight and energy to decipher it; its text, he writes, is “like a football player’s playbook, it will not help us if we do not study it.” His emphasis is not only on charity and fellow-feeling, but also on preparing oneself to serve, rather than doing so blindly: “If you want to do something about our world’s problems,” he insists, “learn by reading, studying, watching, and listening!” Hullett does an engaging job of mixing his scriptural quotes with passages from popular business writers, such as Zig Ziglar, and he buttresses his points about Christian service with his own illustrations from the business world. Some readers may find that the examples don’t always serve the book’s larger points so well, as when the author writes that “Chick-fil-A employers look for this attitude of genuine concern in the people they hire.” (That restaurant chain’s owner has said that gay marriage invites “God’s judgment on our nation.”) But when Hullett urges his readers to have “an attitude of gratitude” and reminds them that “What we do is a result of who we are,” he brings home a message about practical faith that Christian readers will doubtless appreciate.
A slim, personal debut that extols a pragmatic, hands-on Christianity.