Book Review: Open by Craig Gross

I was familiar with Gross due to his work with X3watch and xxxchurch.com. I have not used the software, but I have heard amazing things about it. Now, you have an amazing book that is useful for men and women of all ages. It is spot on with practical information and encouragement to get open. For more information, click on through.

The thought of accountability partners scare some folks. Others know their importance and would not imagine doing life without them. Gross is quick to point out the difference in a small group or Bible study and an accountability group. Though both are useful, they are useful for different reasons.

This book was an easy read and one that I would encourage most anyone to read if they are serious about finding people to challenge them and spur them on to become more Christlike. Though Craig is a Christian, most of his writing in this book is vague enough that anyone could use this, even those simply looking to live a more morally right life. For some folks that may be a turn off, but I found it helpful to know that I could recommend this to anyone looking to form a group of people who would spur them on towards good works.

The author lays out what has worked in his experience as well as describing what has not worked. With every suggestion, he is quick to point out that not every situation will be the same and what he has experienced will not be the case all the time. I think that is something that one must keep in mind regardless, but it is nice that Gross points it out.

Overall I would rank this as a four out of five. It is well worth the time it will take you to read it and hopefully you will be inspired to get open and find a couple of accountability partners. May living an open life draw you closer to Christ and to the people around you.

As a matter of disclaimer, I received this book from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review. The words above are my own and have not been bent by the publisher.

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