Book Review: When Good Enough Is Not Enough

1 May

Allan Lockerman is a veteran pastor and Bible teacher. From the Book of Joshua, he unravels the story of people who spent most of their lives settling for less than God’s best, until one day, “good enough” was not enough. Instead, they claimed the land and embraced the life God promised. Lockerman skillfully identifies parallels between those ancient Hebrews and today’s Christians. You can join in discovering the “abundant life” promised in the new covenant.




Dr. Allan Lockerman (right) receives Lee University Honorary Alumnus Award.

Dr. Allan Lockerman is the Co-Pastor of First Baptist Church, Cleveland, Tennessee  Allan was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He married Alice Brown Lockerman of Elberton, Georgia. They have three children, Robert Allan, Jeffrey Allan, and Jennifer Kay.  Allan has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia. He majored in Education. He received a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He obtained his Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Allan began his service in a church as a theological student/interim work in 1978. He served as pastor of churches in Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama. Allan served as FBC Cleveland’s pastor from 1992 to 2000 and returned in 2004 to serve as Co-Pastor. He has served on the Executive committee in Georgia and Tennessee Baptist Convention.


My Impressions:

I have to admit that I probably never would have read When Good Enough Is Not Enough if I did not have to give a review of it for my Roundtable group.  I have an aversion to nonfiction, especially of what I term the “self-help” type. Now I have to eat my words!  Dr. Allan Lockerman’s look at the Promised Life of the believer is insightful and never boring.  Using the framework of the book of Joshua, Lockerman explores the life that God promises His children.  Using the land promised to the ancient Hebrews he parallels their experiences with what the believer can expect from a life really lived in Christ.  Chapters are short allowing for the reader to spend time thinking about what has been shared.  I read this book in just a few days, but I suggest that you read only 1 chapter a day to allow time for reflection and meditation.

If you want to learn how to experience a truly Promised Life, pick up When Good Enough Is Not Enough.

Highly Recommended.

(I got a copy of this book from my church library.  No review copy involved.)

2 Responses to “Book Review: When Good Enough Is Not Enough”

  1. hopeinbrazil May 5, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    I hadn’t heard of this one. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I’ve been reading Deuteronomy and have been seeing parallels between myself and those foolish Israelites.

    • rbclibrary May 5, 2012 at 9:14 am #

      It’s easy to point fingers at the Israelites, until we see ourselves in the pages! 🙂 It was a good book and I found out later Lockerman pastored my church before we joined.

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