I read books. Lots of them. Always have and always will. I don’t consider myself an expert, but I think I’ve read enough to recognize good writing and compelling plots in stories that stay with me for a long time after the book is closed. On the flip side, I don’t hesitate to trash a book if it hasn’t gripped me with the first chapter or two. Even if it has a five-star rating on Amazon. Be cautious about those ratings.
This goes for the ratings people tend to give to your opinions, your beliefs, your YOU.
How many times have you experienced that deflated, discouraged, and even embarrassed feeling when someone you respect makes a negative comment about a value that you hold dear? Even though it is important to you, another person gave it a low rating and you, maybe unconsciously, begin to question and devalue your own belief.
There are, of course, times when we need to have things shaken up a little and hearing someone else’s views can give us a nudge in the right direction. That’s okay. Necessary, even.
But be careful.
Getting caught up in the five-star rating of an individual’s contribution in any area is reason to take stock. Examine the deeper workings of their heart. Read the book. And if there isn’t enough in the first chapter or two to grip you, move on.
Look for the ones who quietly encourage, the ones who speak truth, the ones who are seldom recognized or openly rewarded for their wisdom. Their seemingly low ratings on the social scale may well be the best book you’ve ever read.
Keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always. – Philippians 4:8 (TPT)