Among the many cool people I have been privileged to meet over the past few years is a guy named Regis Flaherty.
I will always be in Rege’s debt, for a simple reason: he bailed me out in a big way last year. My local Legatus chapter had a cancellation, and as “Program Chair” I was responsible for getting a replacement, and fast. As usual, I turned to my good friend Mike Aquilina, the all-knowing, ultimate one-man connector. He recommended Rege, and everything worked out as it only does when it’s meant to be.
Ever since that time, when I see or hear Rege’s name, it evokes a small prayer of gratitude and a smile. Rege is the man.
So when I heard from Rege a few weeks ago with an offer to send me a copy of his new book, God’s on the Phone: Stories of Grace in Action, I jumped at the opportunity.
Although I have less time to read than I would like, for some reason I have accumulated a stack of really good books since that time. As a newbie author, I’m learning how much time and effort goes into writing and promoting a book, so I’m extremely sympathetic to other authors who are trying to do the same. At the same time, I’m convinced that reading is critical to keep us on the path of spiritual growth and conversion. So I’ll start doing a few more reviews – only of fantastic books, I promise.
Rege’s book fits that description. He is such a gentle soul, yet this book is packed with powerful stories. Each short chapter illustrates a theme using personal anecdotes, many involving Rege’s family. Some are happy, some are sad, many are funny, all are inspiring and practical. It’s difficult for me to pick one as an example, since this book had the completely unexpected effect of bringing me near tears several times. I’m a pretty stoic guy, so that’s rare.
One chapter deals with Rege, in his younger years, trying to overcome “colorful language.” He tells the story of how he and one of his basketball buddies agree to punch one another in the arm once for each time they mess up. Although Rege wound up with black and blue arms in the process, the habit was overcome. I really like the way he includes practical elements in each chapter, to drive home the theme and give us practical tips and advice: a couple points to ponder, a prayer, and discussion items and action steps.
The book is perfect for individual reading, and would make a great small group study guide as well. I strongly encourage you to expand your library and buy this book – you’ll be happy you did.
Thanks, Rege – this is a tremendous book, God bless you for your efforts!