Saturday, August 31, 2013

REVIEW: Chivalry by Zach Hunter

Title: Chivalry
Author: Zach Hunter
Series: none
Publisher: Tyndale
Published Date: June 21, 2013
ISBN: 9781414376356
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: A generation is rising up to care for the hurting and oppressed. Committed to changing the world, they are passionate about justice and willing to fight for it. But what would that same justice look like if we lived it in our private lives—close to home, with our family and friends? 
In Chivalry, Zach Hunter dares young men and women to view their lives as a quest, challenging them to develop their own personal code that will prepare them to defend others and live with civility and integrity. 
Zach reframes chivalry in a modern context. He looks at everyday life as a grand adventure and shares ancient wisdom from the Bible, insightful stories, and practical examples to help you develop your own code of honor—and live a life of significance.

The 10 principles:
I will not go on this journey alone
I will never attack from behind
I will practice self control and selflessness
I will respect life and freedom
I will fight only for the sake of those who are unable to defend themselves, for in the defense of justice.
I will honor truth and will always keep my promises
I will fear no evil
I will always follow the law, unless it goes against what is moral and good
I will live and die with honor
I will never abandon my quest

Review: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Many people, I know I see it and experience it time and again, want to help the world. We want to feed the hungry, clothe the poor, home the homeless. But how many of us bring that spirit of humanity into our own lives with the people that we live with and work with? We're willing to go the extra mile for people we don't know but when we get home to our family we're yelling at our kids, rolling our eyes at our spouses, or gossiping about our co-workers.
This book shows you, through real examples, how you can bring that spirit of helping and Christianity into your own lives and closer to home.
It's hard not to write a book like this without sounding preachy or holier than thou, but Zach seems to do just that. It was an enjoyable, practical read that I can see myself re-reading when I find myself slipping into the old habits.

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