HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: But How Can I?: Improving Your Christian Attitude
Authors: Doris Black and Charlotte Mize
Publisher: 21st Century Christian, 1998
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
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Black, Doris and Mize, Charlotte. But How Can I?: Improving Your Christian Attitude (Originally published in 1981, republished in 1998 by 21st Century Christian, 2809 Granny White Pike, Nashville, TN 37204). This book was obviously intended for a ladies Bible class. There are thirteen chapters (lessons) dealing with various kinds of bad attitudes. The Introduction begins, “’You tell me my attitude is wrong, and I know that is true, but you haven’t told me how to change it,’ wailed our 14-year-old daughter in frustration.” But How Can I? not only identifies, defines, and explains the different bad attitudes but also offers practical suggestions on steps that one can take to overcome and change them, all from a thoroughly Biblical perspective.
The subjects include anger; resentment and bitterness; fear and worry; depression; pride; jealousy, envy, and covetousness; a rebellious heart; self-image I and 2; sins of the tongue; blameshifting; and selfishness. There is a final chapter entitled “You Can Do It.” These lessons provide a helpful coping device for everyday problems and would be especially great for people who are depressed or borderline depressed or just for those who want to improve their attitude. As a male, I am probably not a good one to review ladies class material, but this book appears to have a lot of good, useful material.