Published On: Tue, Feb 24th, 2015

Book Review: ‘A Beautiful Defeat’ – a great for all sorts of spiritual journeys

Author Kevin Malarky doesn’t waste time revealing to the reader his flaws while praising a merciful God. In A Beautiful Defeat, drunken stunts and actions in college are followed by being “one of those parents” at his daughter’s soccer game as Malarky pulls off every mask to confess “all.”

Each therapeutic page turns the attention back to the reader as the author calls for self-examination.

a-beautiful-defeatThe early pages bleed of emptiness, then repentence as a precursor to a tip for a surrendered life. The message becomes clear: everyone has sinned, both big and small, but “God is near. He’s a God of mercy, but He is also a God of justice” (page 42) and a page later: “God is faithful to forgive.”

Malarky never holds back, explaining details, confessing again and again, extending an imaginary hand across the page to help the reader and whisper (or yell) “You are not alone.”

Overcoming guilt, taking personal responsibility and facing death become topics queued up for the reader. The pages turn quickly with tons of scripture reference, enabling the motivated to expand their study. Wheter you are seeking the deeper message or just a short devotion, A Beautiful Defeat, navigates the balance perfectly.

An “Action Step” and a “Prayer” accompany each “Tip” and the 172 pages include a simple, well organized synopsis for future reference.

The book is candid, simple, yet can serve those seeking life lessons, encouragement or church leaders needing material to spark the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

Overall A Beautiful Defeat receives 4 out of 5 stars.

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON


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