Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Paul Poulton is best known as the leader, singer and songwriter of his band (under his name), who to this day have released 10 albums, most recently 'Dumb Dogs'. He was also an elder in the Assemblies Of God. But he managed to find some time to slip away and write this book, for our benefit. Fishing For Praise is not a standard Christian "help" book and is instead an insightful look at the whole nature of praise both in secular and church life. Before I read his book, I flicked through the pages and was very relieved to find direction to the Scriptures everywhere, giving me plenty of confidence that reading this was going to bear some fruit in my life. From the first page, it's clear that Paul has an unusual style of writing, full of unsuspecting similes and metaphors. It has a "fresh from the mind" feeling, which makes it a very interesting read. He skilfully explores the meaning of praise, its involvement in our society and lives, and ultimately how we should praise God. Paul's writing style won't suit everyone, however. If you are the kind of person who appreciates direct, down-the-line speech, Fishing For Praise will probably fail to grip you. But for others, Paul's highly original work could be just what you need to start to live a praise-filled life.
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