12.27.2011

Courageous (3 book review)

“Courageous Living: Dare to take a Stand” By Michael Catt
“Because it is important to take a faithful, fearless stand in so many areas of life, pastor and COURAGEOUS executive producer Michael Catt offers Courageous Living as a closer look at biblical themes and characters that inspired the greatly anticipated movie.”
The purpose of this book is to teach us readers to be courageous and keep going when we want to give up and give in. As a Christian, we are living in a time where luke-warmness will just not cut it. If we want to have an impact on a nation for Christ, we must take a stand, even if it means facing our biggest fears. It will move you in such a way that you wont want to keep the book for yourself, you’ll find yourself recommending it to others as well as passing it on. We can’t live in worry and fear of what others may think, we have to stay focused on God and pleasing him and serving him and doing what is right in his sight.
The author uses scripture to raise points and illustrate stories in the Bible where people stood up and took a stand, just like we need to do everyday.

“Courageous Living: The Resolution for Men” by Stephen and Alex Kendrick
This book is encourages men to step up and be the fathers & Husbands that God intended them to be. Let go of the past, live in the present and focus on the future. Be a leader, not a follower. This book would be great for a mens group as it covers such topics as How to pray for your family down to avoiding pornography. This book helps men to distinguish between what is God’s plan for our life as opposed to what we have planned for ourselves.

“Courageous Living: The Resolution for Women” By Priscilla Shirer
Although the movie associated with this book is about men taking a stand, we, as women, need to stand up as well. For God, for our children, for our marriage. The challenge this book presents to women is to live as God would want us to live. To love, honor and obey our husbands. To make a stand, be a role model for other women is a very promiscuous world filled with so much pornography and profanity.
I think this book is better used as a daily devotional in your time with God. To read, meditate and pray about what you’ve just read, ask God to help your understand. Would definitely recommend.

"Books have been provided courtesy of David C Cook and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from B&H Publishing Group".

My Favourite Bible by Rondi DiBoer & Christine Tanvald

Well my son just loved this book! He loves Bible stories anyways, but this one seems to be focused on Jesus and his teaching with very colorful and bright illustrations. Children everywhere will enjoy this book! The wording is scripture based and very simple for children to reach and understand. Would definitely give it 5 out of 5 stars and reccomend it to anyone who has small children. It is reather long so it's not something you would complete in one night, but maybe read a chapter or 2 a night. Wonderful bedtime stories!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Thomas Nelson".

"I Am in Here: The Journey of a Child with Autism Who Cannot Speak but Finds Her Voice" By Elizabeth M. Bonker & Virgina G. Breen



This book broke my heart over and over again. I cannot imagine not being able to communicate with another person verbally, but yet Elizabeth finds a way to communicate through her poetry. While this book will break your heart, it will also inspire you and stir your soul at the same time. There is so much emotion conveyed through each page, I couldn’t read it all in one sitting. It’s almost like a revelation for people everywhere, not just people looking for answers for autism, but it’s about overcoming obstacles and everyday challenges. This is one family who doesn’t give up and goes to the ends of the earth to find a voice for their child. When reading Elizabeth’s poetry, I laughed, cried and even just had to close the book for a moment because her words were so deep.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, but I think it should be part of the high school curriculum in helping students realize disabilities, differences in each other and overcoming obstacles when we work together.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Thomas Nelson".

12.21.2011

Real Marriage The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together by Mark & Grace Driscoll

This is the first time I’ve ever read a book by Mark & Grace Driscoll that I can recall and let me say, it probably won’t be the last! The author is blunt, non sugar coated not beating around the bush, and is clear is what he is trying to accomplish. He is telling us, as followers of Jesus Christ, marriage is not all roses and chocolate, but rather it is a work in progress requiring a lot of thought, prayer, patience and communication with your partner. The author often uses humor in his very to-the-point style of writing.

One thing I really enjoyed was that the author did not shy away from speaking about sexual relations. It is a part of life and marriage and the issue is confronted head on. I find it is especially important in todays society, with all the pornographic nature out there, to confront the issue head on.

I think it opened up my eyes to marriage as our wedding is only 8 months away. But even if you’re already married I’m sure you will enjoy it as well. I would definitely recommend this book to newlyweds or if you’ve been married for 50 years. There’s always something to learn about marriage, it is a never ending learning process.

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12.11.2011

Nearing Home by Billy Graham

“I never thought I would live to be this old. All my life I was taught how to die as a Christian, but no one ever taught me how I ought to live in the years before I die. I wish they had because I am an old man now, and believe me, it’s not easy.” -Billy Graham
Before accepting the invitation to read and review this book, I was skeptical that this book was for my age demographic. But after reading it in it's entirety, I realized this book is for people of all ages, because each day we are nearing home. I enjoy Billy Grahams approach in all his books. He is simple, to the point, very easy to read and scripture based. He teaches us that while we are here on earth we are to prepare orselves for our Heavenly home and help reach others as God would have us to do. My favourite part of the whole book was the very last chapter as Mr. Graham uses Scripture to describe to us what Heaven will be like, it makes you want to go! It provides us with a comfot in a troubled world. That we, as God's children are not meant to live without hope. If you are uncertain what spiritual "home" you are preparing yourself for, this book will make you stop and think, which way am I headed? Sure life is full of ups and downs, with the many debilitating illnesses and things that can plague you as you go through it, but we have to keep our eyes focused on God and his promise of "I go to prepare a place for you". I highly reccomend this book to young and old alike. "Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Thomas Nelson".