(Full Disclosure: Baker Books provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. I am under no obligation to five a positive review.)
The Ride of Your Life by Mike Howerton, pastor of Overlake Christian Church in Seattle, is another book encouraging readers to live the adventure of the Christian life. Unlike some of the others, this book accomplishes its task.
Howerton applies the principles he used in teaching his son to ride a bicycle to following Jesus. Without giving away his ideas (because the book is worth reading) those principles are No Fear, Balance, Steering, Braking, and Starting from a Standstill.
Any parent who has taught a child to ride a bike can relate to the principles that Howerton describes. I had just taught my daughter to ride a bike when I picked up the book to read. I could especially relate to running beside the bike while holding the seat and realizing that I was out of shape.
Another strong point of the book was the author’s. One could have gotten the impression from the book that the Christian life is one of increasing independence. However, the author related the story of how he was fired from the staff of the church that he now pastors. In humbly including this story, Howerton shows the need to depend upon God in difficult circumstances.
This book is not deep theology. However, if the reader keeps in mind that the Christian life is about growing more dependent on God, there are good principles on basic discipleship to be found.