Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Book Review: He Restores My Soul

Do you feel like the mistakes you have made in the past are keeping you from having a close relationship with God?
"He Restores My Soul; The Journey Of A Servant", by Randy S. Dean, Sr., is the story of how the author fell to the temptations of sexual addiction while serving as a Christian pastor.

About The Author
Randy S. Dean was born and raised in Los Angeles. At the age of 19, he received his calling to serve God as a minister of the gospel. In 1984, he served his country in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged after six years receiving various awards for his service including the Air Force Commendation medal. 
Pastor Dean currently serves as the Executive Assistant to Bishop Milton Herring with Advancing the Kingdom of God Ministries (ATKOG) based in Torrance, California.

The Lord Is My Shepherd
The title of this book is taken from the 23rd Psalm. The term "restores" suggests not the ending of a restoration process, but rather the continuation of it. To restore something suggests a previous state of unacceptable existence is changed back to it's original beauty. The author hopes this book will help restore and heal those who have experienced emotional and spiritual damage.

Randy Dean shares his personal story about how he fell to the temptation of sexual addiction and pornography while employed as a pastor at a Christian church. The author did not go into the graphic details of his addictions but he made it very clear that his bad behavior resulted in his divorce and the estrangement of his family.

The author uses passages from the Bible to explain the restoration and recovery process. This is a gradual journey that must be done with patience and faith. This book is for everyone who wants a closer relationship with God, but it is especially aimed at pastors and leaders in the church. This book offers help and hope to God's servants who feel isolated and alone with their shame.

My Thoughts
I want to thank Pastor Dean for having the courage to share his story and address this sensitive subject. People tend to have very high expectations of their church leaders and are shocked to find out that they have the same temptations and faults as everyone else. The good news is that God forgives sinners and we can also forgive ourselves.
This is a self-published book that is available in paperback and for the Kindle. Pastor Dean is not a professional writer but is very good at expressing thoughts and feelings from his heart. As I read this book, I felt like I was having a conversation with the author and he was talking directly to me. I could tell that the author has truly "walked the walk" and is now reaching out to help others.
I would like to share a quote from Bishop Milton S. Herring (printed on the back cover of the book) ~ "This book may be an answered prayer for you or someone you know." I agree.

My Rating: 5 Starts Out Of 5

FYI ~ Thank you to Randy Dean for sending me a complimentary paperback copy of this book to read and review.

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