Review of There’s a Fly in My Tea by Crystal Ratcliff

There’s a Fly in My Tea is a book to encourage Christians to faithfully walk in God’s word, so they can be better witnesses for Christ. The book is based on the disciple Peter, using Biblical scripture.

There’s a fair amount of “read this scripture” to better understand the point the author is making. Having your Bible handy is necessary for using this book.

I wanted to know more about what made this author an authority on God’s word. Honestly, I prefer reading reference books that are written by experts in a particular field. According to the book’s back cover, the author is “active in (their) local church” and “enjoys opportunities to minister to ladies”. I’m not sure that makes her an authority on the subject, but this wasn’t a deal breaker for me.

Then I got to Chapter 5. The author addresses the importance of attending, and staying with, a church. Nowhere in the Bible does it say Christians must specifically worship God in a physical, manmade building. In fact, Acts 17:24 says, “The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man,” Yes, a church can be a nice place to gather with likeminded people, but it is not necessary for our salvation. Clearly, we can worship God anywhere and at any time.

In the same chapter, the author goes on to talk about whether or not we should leave a church because of some “offense”.  In the author’s words she would “not leave a church unless the pastor stops preaching from the word of God.” That’s nice for her, but as someone who had a terrible and downright destructive experience at a former church I take issue with this attitude. There is no reason for someone to remain in a church that isn’t meeting his or her spiritual needs for whatever reason.

Taking these things into account, I would say I’m a bit torn about this book. It’s clear the author is devout in her beliefs and she’s put her heart and soul into writing There’s a Fly in My Tea. The book is well written, intelligent and contains some sound advice for “maintaining a Christian testimony”.  The title and cover photo are catchy and clever. I would have loved to give this book five stars, but I just couldn’t.


3.5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton