Wednesday, December 1, 2010

On This Day in Christian History

This devotional book brings an insight into poignant historical event throughout Church history. While some stories are inconsequential (what seemed to me to be "filler"), the majority carry a very inspiring, motivating message. It has brought some very interesting devotional reading, spurring me to do further research and reading on the lives of some of the great Christians showcased in this book.

This book is formatted as a daily devotional, offering a glimpse into that particular day in Christian History, as well as a short Bible passage to go along with the story.

Overall, this was a good read. It was thought-provoking, encouraging, and uplifting. It showed heroes of the faith at their best... but also sometimes at their worst, showing that God can use anyone who is willing - even if they are weak and fallible.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers through - their book review bloggers program. I wasn't required to post a positive review. These are my own opinions on this book.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Dining With Joy

This is my wife's review of this book:

I'm a definite foodie, so any book that has to do with cooking or food, I'm likely to enjoy - and this was no exception. It was certainly an easy read - well-written, with descriptive language and lovable characters.

Rachel Hauck paints a lovely picture of a summer in the South where we meet Joy Ballard - a cooking show host who is hiding the fact that she can't cook. When her cooking show "Dining With Joy" is picked up by a major network, things start to heat up - even more so when she's paired up with chef Luke Davis, who quickly begins to figure out her secret.

This book tells a sweet story, but also sends a good message about trusting in God's love and care.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers through - their book review bloggers program. I wasn't required to post a positive review. These are my own opinions on this book.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Outlive Your Life

After reading You Were Made to Make a Difference, I went ahead and requested this book from Thomas Nelson’s Book Sneeze program – and I’m so glad I did.
This book – Outlive Your Life, by Max Lucado - is absolutely fantastic. It drilled into my head and heart that not only can we make a difference in the world, but that if we aren’t, then we aren’t fully living.
Service is a large part of my life, but it can become a drudgery at times – doing it out of habit, not out of love. This book reignited a fire in my heart to do more – to strive for more than just the little that I can do in my immediate surroundings.
It’s easy to clam up in our little shells and avoid seeing the need around us. It’s more comfortable not to deal with the problems in the world. There are hundreds of excuses that we can use to avoid the difficulties of stepping out to make a difference. This book blasts those excuses to bits and proves – time and again – that no matter who you are, no matter what your circumstances, no matter what your excuses may be, you can change the world.
If you’re considering buying this book – DO IT. If more people read this book and started living the principles, this world would be a better place.

Monday, September 20, 2010

You Were Made to Make a Difference

You Were Made to Make a Difference is an adaptation of Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado. He and his daughter put together this book for teens, encouraging them that they can and should make a difference in the world. It encourages teens that their role in life is bigger than they might expect, and that they truly can make a difference for God.

This book is fun, interactive, and chock full of stories, valuable resources, and interesting information about practical ways to get out there and make a difference in the lives of others. I feel that this is what sets this book apart from other motivational books for teens – it shows specific needs in the world, which provides opportunity for teens to turn around and put what they have learned into practice.

I feel that this book will help teens to see that God does have a plan for them, and it doesn’t take much to make a difference in this world. All it really takes is letting God start working in your life.

This book is a great gift for teens, but I feel that it would also be worthwhile for any parents of teens to read as well.

I was given this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion from the Book Sneeze program.