Friday, August 22, 2014

Book Review: 12 Titanic Lessons for Christians by Charles C. Hagan, Jr.

Book Title: 12 Titanic Lessons for Christians

Author: Charles C. Hagan, Jr.

Publish Date: May 1, 2014

Genre: Christian Nonfiction

Plot (from Goodreads):  

The Titanic disaster of April 15, 1912 has been described as one of the most fascinating single events in human history. The sinking of the Titanic has left an indelible impression and vast psychological impact on the world. Titanic has spawned books, plays, poems, films, drama films, songs, concerts, musicals, novels, video games, newsreels, slideshows, multimedia works, and works of art. It has been noted that Titanic spawned the largest number of songs regarding any disaster or event in American history. The event became a popular theme for balladeers, blues, bluegrass and country singers in the Southern United States. British songwriters commemorated the disaster with appeals religious, chauvinistic, and heroic sentiments. One person has suggested that the reaction to the Titanic can only be compared to the assassinations of Lincoln and Kennedy. The three most written about subjects since April 1912 are Jesus, the American Civil War, and Titanic. The story of the RMS Titanic has been interpreted in numerous ways-as a symbol of technological hubris, a classic disaster tale, an indictment regarding class divisions of the society at that time, a kind of morality play, a romantic tragedy, and somewhere between a Greek and Elizabethan tragedy. There have been so many books written about the Titanic that there are very few that will tell you anything new, but every now and then you find an absolute gem. Charles Hagan's book adds to the Titanic story with his 12 Titanic Lessons for Christians! There are danger lessons, time lessons, and motivational lessons all culled from the disaster that was Titanic!

Why I Read this Book: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.  This in no way influenced my review.


12 Titanic Lessons for Christians uses the tragic incident of the sinking of the Titanic to give strength and instruction to Christians.  Relying on personal anecdotes and scripture, Hagan does exactly as he intends in this book: motivates challenges and empowers.

I enjoyed the use of personal stories as this added clarity to the lessons that were presented.  I also enjoyed Hagan's use of scripture.  I found some of the points overstated and redundant and the book lacked fluidity in some places.

I not only learned spiritual lessons from this book, but I also learned historical facts about the sinking f the Titanic.  Hagan definitely did his research before writing 12 Titanic Lessons for Christians.  Throughout the book, facts and statistics were presented that both strengthened the interest of the book and also strengthened the points that Hagan sought to make.

Overall, I really enjoyed this inspirational book.  The links between certain aspects that surrounded the sinking of the Titanic with modern day lessons for Christians was brilliant.  I would recommend this to any Christian and/or anyone who wants to learn more about history.


Final Statements

Recommended Reading Age: Any

Overall Rating: 4/5

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