Saturday, November 14, 2015


Drawing from a photo as a reference is difficult when you're first learning how to draw, but not as difficult as trying to create a drawing on paper from just your imagination. The proportions inevitably end up imperfect, and your drawing itself comes out looking nothing like you imagined. That's why Freehand Figure Drawing for Illustrators is such a helpful book.

This book helps you to develop the skills to draw any figure without reference and create drawings that come out just as you imagined them. After some foundational instruction on perspective in drawing, the author, David H. Ross, walks readers through several types of figure drawings, giving them the reference points to draw any figure from imagination.

If you want to learn how to draw from memory, Freehand Figure Drawing for Illustrators will help you to develop the skills you need.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Review of THE STORY OF GOD'S LOVE FOR YOU by Sally Lloyd-Jones

I have loved reading the Jesus Storybook Bible to my children because it paints a clear and endearing picture of God and his pursuit of us in the life of Jesus. Now, Sally Lloyd-Jones repackages the text of the Jesus Storybook Bible for adults. 

What's great about Lloyd-Jones' writing is that the stories are beautifully told and cover key points in the entire biblical story. A common refrain of the book is that every story of the Bible whispers the name of Jesus. It's a fresh retelling of the redemptive story that is faithful to that story.

If you've never read anything by Lloyd-Jones, The Story of God's Love for You is a great introduction. If you have children, the Jesus Storybook Bible is just as great.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Review of H3 Leadership by Brad Lomenick

Brad Lomenick's new book, H3 Leadership, outlines twenty habits that he believes truly effective leaders need to adopt. They're all framed around three main habits of being humble, staying hungry, and always hustling. Lomenick was the president of Catalyst for a decade and wrote a previous book on leadership called The Catalyst Leader.

While I liked The Catalyst Leader, H3 Leadership is a great continuation of the principles discussed in the previous book. Lomenick believes leaders should be vulnerable, relentless learners, have a clear vision of where they want to be, and cognizant of the steps they need to take to get there. Those are the points that stuck out to me the most, though there are many more.

Lomenick has a lot of experience in the leadership realm, so if you're a leader in any capacity, H3 Leadership is bound to be a beneficial and practical read.

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Review of THE COLSON WAY by Owen Strachan

Chuck Colson was an interesting man. After being involved in the Watergate scandal during the Nixon administration and serving time in prison for his involvement, Colson converted to Christianity and began bringing the gospel to prisoners with his Prison Fellowship ministry. Colson was known as a public figure who loved Jesus and communicated eloquently about the gospel message. I remember the first time I read his book How Then Shall We Live?, and it remains one of the most influential books I've ever read.

The Colson Way is a new book by Owen Strachan that aims to bring the insight and way of living out public faith of Colson to the attention of millennials, many of which have never heard of him. Strachan highlights the way in which Colson lived his faith out in the public square and encourages believers to follow in Colson's footsteps as they strive to impact the culture with the life-changing message of the gospel.

The Colson Way is a great reminder of the life of a man who made some serious mistakes and yet was graciously rescued by God and used greatly by him.

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Review of YOUR BLUEPRINT FOR LIFE by Michael Kendrick

Life is complicated, and becoming a Christian and committing yourself to living a life that's holy often makes it more complicated. To be fair, however, Christians often make it more complicated than it needs to be. God certainly wants much from us, but God also wants to empower us to live up to the potential he's placed in each of us. That's what Michael Kendrick's new book Your Blueprint for Life is all about. Kendrick digs into the Scriptures to help believers see a life that is meant to be in pursuit of loving God and loving others, and this is in the context of the life we've been given. This includes the specific ways God has designed each of us. We're gifted in specific ways by God, and we're meant to use our gifts to make a difference in the world.

Your Blueprint for Life is about being intentional about how we live our lives. Kendrick covers the key areas in our lives where we need biblical guidance the most. These are areas such as finances and careers.

We need to think ahead and plan to live the life God is offering us. Your Blueprint for Life is designed to help steer you in the right direction.

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Review of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible

I typically stick with my ESV Study Bible and enjoy the ESV translation more than the NIV, but since the NIV is probably the most-read translation and with D.A. Carson guiding the study materials of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible, I decided to check it out. This Bible is huge. Every page is packed with Bible study notes, illustrations, and cross-reference numbers. I love the color throughout this Bible. There are also plenty of articles and book introductions.

The NIV Zondervan Study Bible brings together some of the most respected Bible scholars providing insight into what the Bible actually means. As a study Bible, I'm quite impressed with the amount of scholarship and content contained in this Bible. It's definitely worth checking out.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Review of Centralia by Mike Dellosso

Centralia is the latest novel from Mike Dellosso and his first to be published with Tyndale House. I've been a fan of Dellosso's ever since I read his book Scream, so I'm always eager to read whatever he has out next. Centralia is a gripping story because of its premise. A man named Peter Ryan can't find his wife and daughter, and although everyone tells him they died, he refuses to believe it's true. He begins a journey to find the truth and soon discovers that not everything is as it seems.

Dellosso has a way of crafting a story that keeps you guessing and also gets you thinking about deep questions of life. This book has been compared to The Bourne Identity, and there are some similarities, but the book struck me as the kind of story that Dellosso would write.

If you haven't read a Mike Dellosso novel, he's a truly gifted storyteller. Centralia is another example of this.

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