About the book
We all know blind spots are dangerous when we're changing lanes at 70 mph on an interstate highway. But just as critical are the blind spots that block us from seeing the truth about ourselves and others. No one is immune to either kind.
Blind spots are, by definition, invisible to us. No matter how often we are reminded to check our blind spots, we can't at least on our own. Our only hope is for God and others to come alongside us and help point them out. Once identified we can start becoming our best and most authentic self.
Coauthors Tim Riddle and Fil Anderson help us learn how to recognize and avoid blind spots to become more like Jesus, remembering the Holy Spirit is the revealer and healer. By drawing on stories in Scripture and personal experience, the coauthors invite us to engage in an approachable, logical conversation about what blind spots are, why they exist, how to identify and remove them, how to keep them from returning, and how to point them out in others.
In this practical resource full of biblical wisdom, Riddle and Anderson aim to lovingly guide readers toward spiritual growth to live fully and freely as God's dearly loved, completely forgiven, and forever free daughters and sons.
Blind Spots helps us find concrete, biblical solutions to the problem of these shortcomings, cultivating a desire for godliness and a greater appreciation for the Spirit's work in our own lives.
Watch the interview with Rabbi Walker about Blindspots
Book Review: Blind Spots. What you don’t see can hurt you: by Tim Riddle & Fil Anderson
I received this book from Audra Jennings at New Growth Press, for the purpose of reviewing. However I want to state from the start that this fact has no influence on my review.
This book is insightful, personally challenging, encouraging and well worth reading. Its a wake-up call; the authors tackle the rather prickly subject of personal blind spots; how to identify our blind spots and bring them out into the light of the Word of God. They manage to do this in a not at all ‘preachy, holier-than-thou, I have made it’ way, but instead, they candidly expose some of their own personal blind spots.
In addition to personal examples, they use Biblical characters to explain both blind spots and people who were real and self aware. For instance, without wanting to give away too much, and spoil the book for you, there is a wonderful example taken from the way Jesus saw Nathaniel for who he really was, describing him as “a man of complete integrity.” Nathanael was authentic, real, true and self-aware. And Jesus saw that at a glance!
And that’s the way God wants us. Authentic, real, genuine, self aware. We all have blind spots – areas of our lives and character that need “attention”, that we just can’t, or even refuse to see. Here’s a tiny excerpt that explains it far better than I am attempting to:
“These blind spots can leave their mark in all areas of our lives.” Riddle and Anderson say. ”When a blind spot affects us spiritually, we start to live on autopilot as we allow other things to distract us from our time with God.” (Excerpt from Blind Spots Tim Riddle and Fil Anderson. This material may be protected by copyright.)
With sound Biblical teaching, Riddle and Anderson offer practical guidelines to on how, submitted completely to the Holy Spirit, we can identify these blind spots in honesty and humility, so that God can move us forward.
I really enjoyed this book, and feel encouraged after reading it. It’s my pleasure to recommend it.
Book Review: Blind Spots.
We are taught to watch for blind spots when we are driving but what about those blind spots we have as we journey through life?
Anderson and Riddle want readers to be able to be aware of their blind spots and deal with them. They define a blind spot as “anything that stands in the way of being all that God has intended for our lives.” (245/2082) They may be willful sins but they may also be caused by ignorance or immaturity.
The authors share their own stories of blind spots then get down to helping us with ours. They take us through the reasons we have them and how they are formed. They explain God uses His Word, His Spirit and His people to show us things about ourselves we can't or don't want to see. They emphasize that we must choose awareness. We must be willing to ask ourselves hard questions, including the ones they provide. They even walk us through some of the feelings we might have when our blind spots are pointed out by trusted friends.
This is a good book. It is one of those every Christian would benefit from reading. The authors' writing style makes reading this book a pleasure, even though it is a hard topic. I like that the authors have provided a section at the end of each chapter to help readers apply what they have read to their lives. If you want to know yourself better and truly become aware of your blind spots, this is the book for you.
You can read a sample here.
My rating: 4/5 stars.