God’s Vision, My Vision

Robert “Bobby” Florence
AuthorHouse (2013)
ISBN: 9781491836040
Reviewed by Susan Violante for Reader Views (01/14)

Article first published as Book Review: ‘God’s Vision, My Vision’ by Robert “Bobby” Florence on Blogcritics. 

“God’s Vision, My Vision” by Robert “Bobby” Florence is not what I expected when I picked it up. This book presents the reader with an intimate conversation with the author about God’s message to all of us. He does this by quoting psalms and verses from both the Old and New Testament and interprets them within the context of our times and his own life and beliefs. As someone coming from a Catholic background who has enriched her own beliefs through her own travels and theology of different religious explorations, I did have a little problem with the rigidness of the author’s interpretations of the Bible, and at the same time also disagreed on his manipulation of the quotes to make them fit his point of view.

Florence does a great job conveying his point of view to the reader. His candidness and passion come through each word as he shares his life experiences, offering them as examples to the reader when explaining the quoted psalms and verses. Even though I don’t share the same views on everything expressed in these pages, I loved Florence’s genuine voice and liked how each chapter felt like you were sitting front row in your own Church at home listening to your own personal Pastor giving you an inspiring message for the day. The book was also well produced with no large editing issues. Its format made it easy to read and his message flowed very well from the beginning to the end, where it all compiled into one simple truth about our relationship with God, each other and ourselves.

Overall “God’s Vision, My Vision” by Robert “Bobby” Florence is a little book with a big message, and I am glad I read it even though I do not share many views expressed in it.  It might not be the book for everyone, as the author’s convictions and belief are the focus here. Having said that, I think it is a good read as we do grow and evolve by learning from all of the points of view that surround us, and just because we might disagree with some things doesn’t mean one won’t find a word of enlightenment from this book; I know that I did.


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