HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Transformed: From Ghetto To Glory – The Life You Can Live
Author: Keith Driscoll
Publisher: Outskirts Press, 2015
Related website: http://www.outskirtspress.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Driscoll, Keith. Transformed: From Ghetto To Glory – The Life You Can Live (published in 2015 by Outskirts Press Inc., Denver, CO). “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2). Is it time for a change in your life? In this book, Dr. Keith Driscoll issues an impassioned challenge to be transformed, along with wisdom and counsel to assist in achieving this worthy goal. Dr. Driscoll is the full time minister with the Salem, IL, Church of Christ. In addition, having received his B.A. in psychology and M.Ed. in English Language Learning from The Evergreen State College and a Ph.D. from Sheffield University, Keith has worked as a counselor with school districts in Texas, Arkansas. Puerto Rico, and Illinois.
Dr. Driscoll draws upon his own personal experiences of being born with Asperger’s, in poverty, and as a minority, then later of stopping drinking and stopping smoking marijuana, plus twenty years of academic counseling with people who have behavior and anger issues. A rather lengthy introduction establishes both the Biblical and psychological foundations for his suggestions. In the six short chapters which follow, he uses the figure of a runner to discuss the concept of being transformed, including how to get started (“On Your Marks”), Bible principles and practices to “Get Set,” the attitude that it takes to “Go,” what all is required to be “In the Race,” establishing good habits, and the importance of “Staying Transformed.”
Keith concludes, “When I lived like the world I was full of anger and fear and I had no hope. But when I transformed, and I’m still transforming, I became more confident. I’m able to proclaim God’s word to others, and I’m a able to teach the way God needs me to teach. I have renewed my mind and transformed, and I strive to be pleasing to God. And I hope you do the same.” If people need to make some changes in their lives, this book will definitely help them to help themselves by following the simple steps from God’s word that are outlined. When I mentioned on Facebook that I was reading the book, Keith replied, “Thank you all for reviewing my book. I pray you have the edited version.” Given all the typographical, grammatical, punctuation, and compositional errors, including a lot of run-on and fragmented sentences, I must not have had the edited version, so I’m glad that one is available because there is much that is useful in it.