Friday, February 3, 2012

Book Tour and Review: Four Letter Words by Bill Giovannetti (+ link to Amazon GC Giveaway)

Four Letter Words: Conversations on Faith's Beauty and Logic by Bill Giovannetti
Publisher: Endurant Press
Publish Date: November 15, 2011
Paperback, 204 pages 
Non-Fiction, Christian
 ISBN:  978-0983681267

My Review:
I found Four Letter Words to be a very interesting read.  I think Bill Giovannetti worked very hard on this book. It is well thought out and the arguments are well-made and the research is well-done. 

Each chapter takes a concept that we deal with in the world and then takes one or two world views of the concept and dissects them.  Then he deals with the Christian view of the concept and how Christians can speak to others about that topic without coming off as haughty or arrogant, but yet be knowledgeable and able to share their faith.

Sometimes I felt a little bogged down.  Bill Giovannetti can get deep into some of the topics, but he keeps it interesting and he never totally lost me.  Eventually the argument made sense and by the time I got to the end of the chapter "Talking Points" I felt like I had understood what he had to say.

I think this book would be great for individual study and for group study.  I think it is really laid out well for group study and I'm thinking of showing it to my pastor for a future Bible Study and also to our youth group leader.  I think there are some great topics in here.  My favorite was dealing with "pain" because like the author says I think that is the one hot topic for everyone.

One last really cool thing about the book was the use of technology in the book. The author uses QR codes all through the book to highlight what he is talking about.  One even has you put your money where your mouth is and help end pain and suffering in the world by donating to Samaritan's Purse (which is a wonderful charity).  Very cool and I'm sure teens will love this even more than I did, since I'm not as technologically savvy as I use to be :)

My Rating: 4.5/5.0
About Four Letter Words:

Thou shalt tolerate every opinion... except the Christian's. Today's postmodern "prime directive" leaves many followers of Jesus tongue-tied. In the global village, isn't it unreasonable, and even dangerous, to suggest that the Bible has a monopoly on truth?

The church needs a new breed of Christ-follower. We need Christ-followers who are alert to today's touchy ideas, the truths that fire up more heat than light. We need Christ-followers who can make a clear case for the Bible's worldview; who are ready to help our friends think through their beliefs; who can recognize inconsistencies and challenge them; and who can do all of this with humility, confidence, humor, and love. For more information visit
Link to buy the book   
About Bill Giovannetti:
Dr. Bill Giovannetti is a professor at A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary and the senior pastor of Neighborhood Church of Redding. An experienced speaker and author, Bill informs the mind in ways that touch the heart. He enjoys life with his wife and two kids in northern California. For more information about Bill and his other books, visit  and

About the Giveaway: 
Bill is celebrating the new Kindle edition of Four Letter Words (for only $4.99)! He’ll be traveling coast to coast over the next few weeks on this virtual book tour and he's celebrating by hosting a great giveaway!

Click here ( to find out how you can win two gift certificates to Amazon (in the amount of $50 and $25) and free downloads of his yet-to-be-released title, Recession-Proof: Living a God-Blessed Life in a Messed Up World.

***I received this book through Litfuse publicity for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way except receiving the book for free. ***