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.

Review copy provided by Book Look Bloggers

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.

Review copy provided by Book Look Bloggers

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

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Review of ETERNAL LIVING: REFLECTIONS ON DALLAS WILLARD'S TEACHINGS ON FAITH AND FORMATION

I've loved and respected Dallas Willard as a theologian and philosopher for many years, so I was greatly saddened when he passed away in 2013. As a follower of Jesus, there are few writers who have articulated the faith in a way that makes perfect sense to me as Willard did. Eternal Living is a collection of essays by people who knew Dallas Willard and whose lives he greatly impacted with his teachings.

The book is structured around the roles that Willard played in public and in the lives of the people he knew and loved. Probably the most moving of the essays are the ones by his friends and family. It's easy to see why reading his books impacted my life, but it's interesting to see how he impacted those who were closest to him.

Willard had an incredible impact on people, and that's why a book like this was so likely to come about. If you read and loved the writings of Dallas Willard, this is a great book on the impact he had.

Review copy provided by InterVarsity Press

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Review of BOTH OF ME by Jonathan Friesen

Both of Me by Jonathan Friesen is a book about a young woman named Clara who is on a mission to travel the world without a care in the world, and she's been very resourceful about it. But everything changes when she encounters a strange boy named Elias on a flight. Elias seems to know things about her that he shouldn't know, including things about her past. But Elias has two split personalities, one that Clara is falling in love with and one that lives in a fantasy world. Clara is determined to discover the mystery of Elias and finish a journey she hopes will merge Elias's personalities.

Both of Me is different. It's a young adult novel, and it's about a boy with split personalities. The story takes off right at the beginning, and the relationship between Clara and the two versions of Elias kept me interested. I think this book works because of its unique concept. The description is compelling as we see the world through the eyes of the two different versions of Elias.

Though the saying goes that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, it was actually the cover that drew me to this book. And then I read the synopsis. It's definitely an interesting read, especially if you're a fan of young adult novels.

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