Cheryl G. Moore is passionate about helping people escape difficult circumstances and move on to abundant Christian living. In Living on the Edge, she shares what she has learned about the faithfulness of God and the motivation needed for positive change.
Loosely organized into seven chapters, Moore’s book progresses from the need for personal identity to growing into maturity and finding purpose. The second half of the book provides instructions for persevering through hardship and celebrating life.
The author’s love of God and her heart for people flows through her words. She reasons that if she can make it through hardship, then so can anyone who has determination and a personal relationship with God. As such, Living on the Edge attempts to impart the stories of the author’s life. She is specific about her successes, but her negative life events are presented indirectly as “bad choices” or “wrong decisions.” Lacking is the emotional connection a reader feels with an author who bares her soul and shares the unpleasant details of her journey.
Moore assumes the reader is a Christian and familiar with the Bible. Unfortunately, the helpful material is presented with the overuse of questions and some confusing summaries of others’ life experiences, which dilutes Moore’s valuable teaching. Her writing style is wordy and needs tightening, and the examples she offers are often incomplete or lacking a clear point.
Living on the Edge is similar in purpose to It’s Not My Fault: The No-Excuse Plan for Overcoming Life’s Obstacles by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend, but poor editing renders it far less successful. Professional editing for content, flow, and transitions would make this book an easier read for those struggling with difficulties.
Also available as an ebook.