Wednesday, November 7, 2012

No Excuses Unstoppable a Review.

What is your excuse you would think that being born with no arms and legs would be a good one. Nick Vujicic has learned that self-destructive urges that came when he lost faith and focused on what he couldn't do rather then what he could, he lost hope in the future because his vision was limited to what he could see instead of opening himself to what was possible- even impossible.
   Nick tells of lessons he learned through dealing with his physical challenges of having no arms and legs. He even tells of his attemping suicide and why he didn't follow through with it. These lessons are good for all of us.
    I felt shame and petty because I can come up with excuses and I have no physical challenges to deal with. If you are one of those who makes excuses his book is for you and great for learning how to overcome excuse making. You will come away if Nick can do it then so can I attitude.
    I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review which is my own.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Christ Our Mediator a review

This book reminds us that the Cross should be the focus of all we do, it should be center stage.The thought that Jesus stayed on the cross because His passion was to do the will of His Father and His love for sinners like you and me which is reason enough to praise and thank Him. In the second half a question is asked-Who do you identify with from the characters in the crucifixion story is it Peter, Pilate, Simon of Cyrene, Mary, or the crowd. The Author has you think about that and tells you who he thinks we are like and why.

When you have felt alone and abandoned by God, did you ever think about how Jesus felt the same when He was in the Garden and on the cross of course His was because He was receiving the wrath of God in our place. God can and does relate with us in our pain, sorrows,loneliness , etc. because He is our Mediator. Read this book it will remind you of all Christ did and experinced for us in our place.

I received this book from Waterbrookmultnomah Pulishing Group for this review which is my own.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Bottom Line- Simply Jesus

This is a really short book only 62 pages, but within those pages we are reminded that it is all about Jesus and not a church, pastor, program, or system. How many times do we do things, for "God" but at a moment of time we see something in Scripture and are convicted because some of the things we are doing, we are/were doing for reasons other then Biblical reasons. We must be reminded that we are saved to be a light and to bring glory to God. This book serves as that reminder.

This book is a short, easy read, but to the point.It is good for all Christians but would probably be more helpful to a new believer. I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review which is my own.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

knowlegde of Christ vs relationship with Christ

    Do you pursue the knowledge of Christ or a personal relationship with Christ? Do you know more about Christ then you experience Christ. These two questions is the premise of Leonard Sweet book WHAT  MATTERS MOST. The modern day Church has drifted away from its 1st.century roots. The 1st century church had a relational attitude where the church today has a propositional attitude.This difference has caused us to get the point but miss the person (Christ). We have knowledge of Christ but we need the relationship experience with Christ.
     Dr. Sweet  discusses seven areas (repertories)of relationships that when we understand them will help us have this living virbant relationship with Christ that the 1st century church had. Is your relationship with Christ one that mirrors that of the 1st century church where every day is an experience that will have people taking notice and want what you have.
     There is a section in the book for small group questions and answers.I received this book from Waterbrook  Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.                                 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

To Heaven and Back A Review

     This book is about Dr Neal's spiritual journey, which includes her death( out of body experience) during a kayak trip in Chile, her time in heaven before her being brought back to finish the purpose God has for her. This is a easy read, some times through I felt details were left out in the story. This maybe for length the book is 222 pages.
     I have problems with this book two that I will mention in this review. In the chapter entitled Going Home I got the impression that there is a second chance for salvation after death. On page 73 the second paragraph Dr. Neal writes "I felt my soul being pulled toward the entry and as I approached, I physically absorbed its radiance and felt the peace, complete and utterly unconditional absolute love that emanated from the hall. It was the most beautiful and alluring thing I had ever seen or experienced. I know with a profound certainty that it represented the last branch of life, the gate through which each human being must pass." The following causes me concern."It was clear that this hall is the place where each of us is given the opportunity to review our lives and our choices, and where we are each given a final opportunity to chose God or to turn away from eternity. I felt ready to enter the hall and was filled an intense longing to be with God." Of course you will need to read the book and this chapter for yourself and determine if you get the same impression.
     A second problem I have is that there is no mention of Jesus or a relationship with Him. There are plenty of references to a relationship with God but not with Jesus.Dr. Neal does address this concern at the end of the book in the section Q and A with Dr. Neal on page 213.
Question--Where is Jesus in this story?
Answer-- I believe Jesus was holding me, comforting me, and reassuring me when I was drowning. I also believe that it was Jesus I was conversing with while sitting in the beautiful field during my out of body experiences.No problem here. Here's the problem I have, Dr. Neal continues I did not clearly state this when I wrote the first edition of my book because I felt uncomfortable with this claim. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!! does this fit into Jesus instructions to the 12 disciples in Matthew 10: 32 & 33. "Whoever confesses me before men, him I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men him will I also deny before my Father who is in heaven. Read the book and determine for yourself.
     I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah for this review which is my own.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Fearless A Review

THIS IS A MUST READ. This book is the story of a true American Hero, Adam Brown a team member of Navy Seal Team Six. Adam's story has it all, drug addition, the influence of hanging around the wrong people, the love of a woman, salvation through Jesus Christ. Adam was the kind of guy that let nothing get in his way. The things he has endured throughout his life are unbelievable if they weren't true.Adam is the perfect example of what it means to be fearless in all things.
Normally becoming a Navy Seal is a dream come true for those who make it, but for Adam it became his last hope, to see why you will have to read the book, because I don't want to spoil it for you.This book fulfills one of Adam's final wishes that his spiritual testimony, his complete story, be told, including "my life before I met Jesus Christ and Kelly. The author Eric Blehm has accomplished this wish well. This a book every man/boy should read so as to see an example of a true American man. READ it your be glad you did.
I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. This review is my own.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Gospel Of Yes

The yes of God is when He chooses to finds a way- working with highly flawed people- to accomplish His plans.God has decided to overcome every "no" of humanity with his powerful and persistent "yes" working to fulfill his dreams He had for creation, when called everything into being. His purposes are not going to be frustrated by anything or anyone. Each chapter explains a yes of God for example-.the yes of the cross, the yes of the resurrection, the yes of forgiveness. The last section has discussion questions for small groups settings. I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Friday, February 24, 2012

When Work & Family Collide A Review

This book is great for  any parent that works and feels the tension between the job and family. We all wrestle with it. This book is about establishing priorities between work and family. In the process of doing this we cheat. You will cheat either your work or your family maybe even both. The book is divided into two parts the first part addresses the emotions of those who feel they are being cheated (boss, company, mainly family)and how that effects them. The second part gives the solution of developing a strategy for changing the present work/family relationship.The solution is in a three part process in which one of them is make up your mind. Andy Stanley uses the example of Daniel. You may be asking yourself how can a single, captive in a far away land teach me a parent with work and family responsibily about priorities. Your have to read the book to find out.
   This is a very practical, how to book, it is a short book something that could be read in a week's lunch breaks.I also think the three step process that is given in the book can be used in other areas of life too.
  I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing for this review with out any input from the publisher.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


    This a psychological thriller that has elements of suspense, mountain adventure, romance, forgiveness and a lurking evil. There are two main characters Trevor McDaniels an olympic gold medalist turned rescuer/hero after rescuing a 3 year boy from a mountain loin. Natalie Reeve is an art gallery owner with a photographic memory These two form a love relationship and all the problems that exist because of their pasts. In fact there is a little bit too  much romance for me.
    The suspense could have been more suspenseful it didn't keep me up late at night nor the constant looking over my shoulder kind of suspense. This is a good Christian  fiction read
    I had a e-book copy and there were some format errors but nothing that distracted from my reading. Pick up this book and add it to your reading list.
   I received this book from Waterbrook multnomaoh Publishing Group for this review.



Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Man Alive a review

This a great book for those involved in men's ministry it will help you in meeting the needs of the men you minister to. Patrick Morley give seven primal needs of every man. Each chapter starts with a real situation, explains the need, then gives a worksheet to the reader transform these needs into a better disciple of Christ.
  I think another advange for this book is for woman it will give them a better understanding of the man (men) in their life. Three of these needs: to break free from the destructive behaviors that keep dragging me down, the need to be loved without reservation,  and the need to feel like I don't have to do life alone are very helpful for the man -woman relationship. Just these three needs  alone women will find helpful in understanding their man and in helping them meet these needs.
 I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing group for this review.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

To Be perfectly Honest A Review

To be perfectly honest I didn't like this book at all. The idea of recording every day for a year whether you lied or not to me is boring. I struggled through this book and found no redeeming  value. I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for free for this review.