Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Review of WHAT KEEPS YOU UP AT NIGHT? by Pete Wilson

Life is stressful, especially if you're trying to figure out exactly what you're supposed to be doing with your life. Many people are overcome with doubt and uncertainty, and they wonder if there is any way to make living by faith easier.

Pete Wilson's new book What Keeps You Up at Night? tackles these problems head on from the perspective of one who lives by faith and finds comfort in relationship with Jesus. Wilson's book acknowledges uncertainty as a reality all people have to face, even people of faith. In fact, we often don't see clearly ahead of us. It isn't until after an event or series of events that we see where God was working. In the midst of uncertainty, we're challenged to trust in God. That's what Jesus did and that's what we're called to do. Our situations may change, but God doesn't, and chasing after the dreams God has placed inside us requires a great deal of faith in God's provision, promises, and power.

What keeps you up at night? While uncertainty may be a staple of your journey, it doesn't have to be debilitating. We can find strength and courage as we pursue the heart of Jesus. Pete Wilson's writing is warm and refreshing, and his message is important for those who struggle with stress in their pursuit of living.

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Review of THE REASON FOR MY HOPE by Billy Graham

Billy Graham has been preaching the message of Jesus since long before I was born, so when I was growing up in a Christian home, I knew Billy Graham as someone who had been responsible for inspiring more people to follow Jesus than anyone else in history. Throughout the years, though Graham has gotten older and less able to be in front of large crowds, he's still someone many people respect and seek answers to life's most difficult questions from.

The Reason for My Hope is a clear explanation of the message of Jesus by a man who has lived it and seen it lived out by countless people. I personally loved the focus on hope specifically throughout the book because Graham presents Jesus as the only true hope the world has. Reading the book, you can hear his voice and it's almost as if you're listening to one of his Crusades.

Billy Graham loves Jesus and he's committed to his message. The Reason for My Hope is a clear call to have hope in Jesus.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Review of THE ART OF WORK by Jeff Goins

I've been following Jeff Goins's career for years now, and it's always encouraging to see the way he's built a life out of doing what he loves and that he's willing to share what he's learned along the way. The Art of Work is Goins's fourth book and in it, he distills the journey he's gone on and w it can help anyone who reads.

Goins talks a lot about calling and about how we often know what we're meant go do at a young age. He shows the value of deliberate practice at what we want to do. One of the most significant pieces of advice Goins give is the challenge to live what he calls a "portfolio life." Living a portfolio life means that you don't focus on just one thing. Some people don't just want to be one thing; they want to use their skills in a variety of areas. These are the people that live portfolio lives.

The Art of Work is just the right kind of book for Jeff Goins to write. His insight is compelling, especially if you've followed his journey. If you struggle with knowing what career you're supposed to be doing, The Art of Work can help you get focused.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Review of Bible Dominoes by Juliet David

My kids love to play games, so I was very interested to see if they would get into a new game I was offered for review called Bible Dominoes. Bible Dominoes is designed to teach kids basic math and memory skills while also exposing them to stories of the Bible.

The dominoes themselves are a durable cardboard material and each one features a number and a Bible related character or image. The goal is to play while also referencing the Bible storybook that comes with the game.

It's a fun game for my young children, though I do wish the storybook was as durable as the dominoes. Nevertheless, it's a great game for teaching kids counting and matching skills and important Bible stories.

Review copy of the game provided by Kregel

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Blog Tour Review of THE CHOOSING by Rachelle Dekker

I had the privilege to read Rachelle Dekker's debut novel The Choosing a couple weeks before it came out, and it's really good. Check out my fiction/storytelling blog The Whisper Project for my full review of the book.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Review of WORDS TO DREAM ON by Diane Stortz

My kids, ages 6, 5, and 3, all love Jesus and have a ton of questions about him. They love to read stories about Jesus, but, of course, the Bible is a bit complicated for their age. Words to Dream On by Diane Stortz is a great Bible devotional book for my children. It's great because it covers some key Bible passages and paraphrases them into words that children can understand. The stories are told in an interesting way, combined with beautiful images, and there's a prayer to pray with your kids before you put them to sleep.

Words to Dream on gives our family the opportunity to study the Bible in a way that my children can understand and genuinely learn from.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Review of HEAVEN, HOW I GOT HERE by Colin S. Smith

Heaven, How I Got Here by Colin S. Smith is a fictionalized account of the life of the thief who hung on the cross next to Jesus and eventually found redemption there. Though the thief is only briefly mentioned in the gospels, Smith creates an interesting tale of what might've happened the day of Jesus' crucifixion from the thief's perspective.

The story mixes some of what we know actually did happen with some speculation of what it must have felt like for the thief on the day of his execution, particularly when it came to asking Jesus for mercy and receiving it. The thief tells the story from his place in heaven, and he recounts what he knew about Jesus and what led him to cry out to him.

It's an interesting approach to communicating some core ideas of Scripture.

Review copy provided by Cross Focused Reviews