by Dr. D ~
By Bono (Nashville, Tenn: W Publishing Group, Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2006, 60 pgs.)
As you first begin to turn the pages you immediately realize that somehow this little book is very different than anything you have ever read before. On the ‘Endorsements’ page you find Billy Graham, Nelson Mandela, President Clinton, Archbishop TuTu, an ‘aids activist’, and Republican Senator Bill Frist, MD. What could all these very different folks have in common?
The book is actually the published speech of rock star Bono given at the 2006 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC, USA. I didn’t expect it to be much and I don’t ever listen to his music so I am not one to be star struck or influenced by his fame.
He starts out referencing the different religions represented at the occasion and several of the things he says put me off somewhat. But then came the Holy Spirit while I was reading and the book actually became a life changing experience for me. What a big surprise. I was easy reading that day at Bolsa Chica Beach and was actually touched and driven to conviction.
Bono talked about all the people and children dying in Africa and he quoted Isaiah and Jesus: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor."
Then I couldn’t get it out of my head. I have seen all the pictures on TV of all the poor folk in Africa and the aids epidemic et al, it always seemed so very far away and nothing really to do with me. But this little book brought it all home for me and made those people real. Probably because people like Billy Graham prayed over these words and now they are blessed by the Spirit of God.
I do recommend this book wholeheartedly with the following warning: This book could change the way you look at Africa and encourage you to be involved in making life better for the poor. Just by purchasing this book you actually help in a small way: "All royalties earned from the sale of this book are being donated to the ‘One Campaign’ to make poverty history."
Note also: the little book is full of great illustrations and pictures making it a good addition for your living room coffee table and a possible conversation maker. *Top