Get Off Your Donkey by Reggie McNeal

We all know we need to help others. We know that there are those less fortunate than us that need our help. We also know it doesn’t matter where we are economically speaking, there are those who are in need of our help. We know that.

We know we need to get up and help them. We know that. And for many of us we are doing that. But for others, we just don’t. Maybe we expect someone else to do. We claim we don’t have time. We “gave at the office”. We don’t know what to do. So we do nothing.

Get Off Your Donkey by Reggie McNeal addresses this issue. If you’re thinking this is play on words, substituting “donkey” for the King James version of “donkey”, you’d be right.

This book is a hard-hitting, pull-no-punches book. That can be both a good thing and a bad thing. You might want to read it for yourself to know which you think it is.

I had a few problems with this book. First, it seemed to be written with the mindset that no one is doing anything. Which is completely false and I’m sure is not at all what Reggie McNeal intended.  Second, it came across to me as very harsh. He mentioned in the book that he has learned a few things about himself. One being the very way he talks often drives people away. He said he has learned to add “sensitivity (on occasion)”. This book was not one of those occasions. Third, he states at the end of the book the “reason” we are to help those less fortunate, so they will have a better life. Not so they will have eternal life, or the abundant life Jesus promises, but a good life. So America will be turned around. So there will be no more “gloom and doom” forecasted for this country. In my opinion if we are only helping others so they will have a better life, we’re missing the boat entirely.  If we’re helping those less fortunate by saying in essence, “I’m okay, you’re okay”. We’re helping Jesus right out of the equation. And fourthly (or lastly), I did not like the title. I know it seems petty. But honestly, I don’t think it’s funny. I find it rather offensive. Why do we think it’s okay to talk like this world’s culture by changing a few words, and giggling like school girls because “we’re saying something bad? If the author intended to say “Get off your ass” then he should have said that and not used a “more acceptable” word. But that is my opinion and yours might be different.


(I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of review.)


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