Sunday, October 24, 2010

BOOK REVIEW - City On Our Knees...

TobyMac is a very talented Grammy Award winning artist, producer and songwriter. His single “City On Our Knees” which spent 13 weeks as Billboard’s No. 1 Christian Song was the inspiration for this book with the same title. In this book he has a vision of how much better the world would be if we were not divided, if we would just turn our attention to the only one that can unite us – our God.

Included in this book are many stories from across the world and from olden times along with modern day times. Stories that show what can happen when Jesus Christ is in control, the one who made the difference, but He did it using someone like you or me down on our knees. Here are a few examples:

Like the four-year old who was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, which is a form of cancer, who through the simple start of a lemonade stand raised over one million dollars for cancer research. She wanted her doctors to find a cure, so other kids did not have to experience what she was going through.

Nadia Bloom who was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome taking a nature walk near her home in Florida became lost. Four days later after the search had been scaled back, James King refused to give up. When the sun rose on the fourth day he entered the swampy area in Florida determined to find Nadia. He had attended church with Nadia’s family and felt God’s calling to “Find Nadia.” While searching James was in constant prayer, he felt the Lord leading him to follow the rising sun. After two hours he called out to Nadia and the reply he heard was “What.” Nadia was rescued because King was in tune with God.

These are only two examples from this book of what can take place if we will just turn our hearts and minds over to God. TobyMac is challenging us to quit looking at the differences and focus on God. And we can do that in prayer and showing our love of Jesus Christ to others.

MY THOUGHTS: I highly recommend this book to everyone. It is very interesting and a very easy read. The stories included are compelling and make you realize God uses every one of us. You can make a difference; all it takes is being in tune with God and listening to Him. Grab the book and read it, you will not be sorry.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Below is the song that inspired the book:

until the next time... nel


  1. Toby Mac is my all time favourite music artist! I love all his songs! I didn't know he had a book though, sounds like a great read!

  2. I was always impressed with the work that Toby Mac did for the troops

    I didn't realize he had a book out like this; it does sound like a good read

    I have said before and will say it again (probably a lot of times, LOL) Jesus said it so simply

    "love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself"

    He made it so simple and we complicated it all and that's why there is division instead of unity

    If we just went back to that principal he clearly laid out, what an awesome world this would be

    may your week ahead be a good one :)


  3. I had never heard of Toby mac before. Thanks for sharing.

    Thank you so much for your offer to help make my aunt Vernie's birthday a little more special.

    Her address is:

    Vernie Mast
    42 Red Hawk Ln
    Campbellsville KY 42718