Books With Good Titles That Don’t Quite Deliver

Do you ever start reading books because they have great or inspiring titles, but find yourself disappointed with the contents? I always feel bad when this happens, because perhaps I would have liked the book more had the title not been so promising. Nonetheless, it does happen.

As I read Tim Kimmel’s excellent book Connecting Church & Home, I was impressed with a section on character traits that lead to true greatness (humility, gratefulness, generosity, and willingness to serve others) so I checked out his book Raising Kids for True Greatness: Redefine Success for You and Your Child thinking it would go into even more detail.

It sort of did go into more detail, but I have to say that Kimmel’s summary in Connecting Church & Home was far better than the book version, and I can’t say I got much additional insight out of reading the full book.  I wouldn’t go so far as to say it was a waste of time, but in hindsight I could really have stuck with what I learned in Connecting Church & Home.

Another book I learned about in Connecting Church & Home was The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance.  I loved the concept of this book, and there were some good points in it, but honestly nothing that I hadn’t read in Connecting Church & Home or other Christian parenting books.  The idea is that parents should actively and verbally bless their children, in the sense of encouraging them, giving them positive labels, and being affectionate.  These are good ideas, but weren’t written in a particularly distinctive way.  I was hoping for something more insightful or profound.

All told, while I wouldn’t say that Raising Kids for True Greatness or The Blessing were bad books or total wastes of time, they weren’t fantastic, and you’d be better off reading Kimmel’s much better book Connecting Church & Home instead.

Have you ever read a book with a great title but wound up sort of disappointed by the content?


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