Review of Eugene Cho’s forthcoming book, “Overrated”

by Clark Roush, Ph.D.

“Overrated” is a clarion call for how God intended us to think and act. It is NOT a missive of comfort. Because Eugene so passionately lives his convictions, he has written a manifesto for living compassionately, loving mercy, and seeking justice. This book is not a message for the faint of heart or the spiritual coward. It is convicting, compelling, and challenging – all the traits a walk with Jesus should entail.

Pastor Cho provides a bold thesis: we may be the most overrated generation ever! Fortunately, he also provides bold assertions to back up his thesis. With a marvelous transparency Eugene acts more like a tour-guide or mentor than he does a judge or jury. His intent is not to make you feel guilt – his intent is to help facilitate change in your heart, your actions, and your life filters. He isn’t calling for more verbiage – he’s calling for sacrificial action.

As a fellow journeyer, Mr. Cho asserts that Jesus wants our hearts, not just our tweets, blogs, posts, rants, dreams, or wishes. This Jesus-claimed heart will beat with the same passion His did for living compassionately, loving mercy, and seeking justice. Eugene calls us back to our real mission – not just “playing church,” but actually BEING church – go out into the highways and byways and compel them to come in! And you probably won’t find the kind of people you’re used to in the places you’re used to going – this is the heart of Jesus. A radical, sacrificial search that includes the marginalized and down-trodden of society.

This is not a call to up the attendance at our Sunday “country club,” a.k.a. church – Cho’s call is to a costly social justice that doesn’t just make us feel good about ourselves, but is a well-thought-out method of ministering that actually facilitates true and organic betterment for OTHERS. This is not easy or in most of our paradigms.

As we realize that God wants our hearts, and that He really wants us to live as Jesus did, the most predominant change probably happens in us. Everything else flows from a pensive, deliberately still, self-reflective quietness that eventually erupts in a calling and purpose only God could provide or sustain.

In a poignant and beautiful closing, Cho says, “Rather than fear, guilt, or shame, let’s inspire people with hope, beauty, and courage. Let’s fascinate, not force, people toward the gospel.”

If you are in for a paradigm shift, if you want your heart to burn within you, as did those on the road to Emmaus, if you are looking for radical spiritual heart surgery, then you MUST read this book. With the boldness and humility of a prophet, Eugene Cho leads us deeper into the heart and way of Jesus, so we can be more effective vessels God can use in His ways, for His purposes, in the ways He calls and equips.

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