Thursday, March 13, 2014

Book review: The Greener Grass Conspiracy: Finding Contentment on Your Side of the Fence By Stephen Altrogge

The Greener Grass Conspiracy isn't new but well worth the time, effort and thought the reader devotes to it. The "If Only" syndrome hits us all, even Christians, and we must deal with and deal with it Biblically. Below is a review from sometime ago and a video from the publisher, Crossway. Invest in this one and put it to use in your life today.

Happiness is such an elusive thing. We all want it and can never seem to get our arms around it. We seem to always be searching for that next thing that will make us happy. In his book, The Greener Grass Conspiracy, Stephen Altrogge lays out our problem of discontentment and with wit, humor and a compelling easy to read style, directs us on a Biblical path to obtain that happiness we are all so desperately seeking.

In twelve concise chapters the author spells out our issues with discontentment, idolatry and complaining and then carefully and humorously guides us scripturally to the answers we seek. I repeatedly found myself making connections to many of the real life issues he used as examples. Those things that drag us down and cause us to complain and search for answers in the world and in ourselves rather than letting them drive us to Christ. His chapter on complaining, Eat the Meat and Die (you'll just have to read the book to understand the witty chapter titles), was especially meaningful to me as it likely will be to many readers. Likewise, the last several chapters on counting our blessings, suffering and heaven were warmly written and spoke to some of the serious concerns I have faced and that we all deal with in our lifetimes.

On the surface this may seem like just another self help book but I earnestly contend it is far more than that. Every Christian should be examining their lives for these issues and carefully contemplating their resolution. This little engaging book from Crossway can help you do that.

  "Greener Grass Conspiracy" Trailer - Stephen Altrogge from Crossway on Vimeo.

Want to read more from Stephen Altrogge? Check out his blog here.

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