THE POWER OF MEANING

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

THE POWER OF MEANING
Finding Fulfillment In A World
Obsessed With Happiness
By Emily Esfahani Smith

OVERVIEW: In The Power of Meaning, Emily Esfahani Smith shows us we've been chasing the wrong goal. It's not happiness that makes life worth living—it's meaning. Drawing on the latest research in psychology, as well as insights from philosophy and literature, Smith brings to life the four pillars of meaning—belonging, purpose, storytelling, and transcendence—and introduces us to extraordinary and ordinary people working to build those pillars in their own lives. Finally, she explores how we might begin to create cultures of meaning within our communities and institutions, helping all of us lead richer, more satisfying lives.

AUTHOR: Emily Esfahani Smith is a writer who draws on psychology, philosophy, and literature to write about the human experience. Her writing has appeared in the Wall street Journal, the New York Times, The Atlantic, Time, and other publications—and she delivered a 2017 TED Talk on creating a meaningful life. She is also an instructor of positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and an editor at the Stanford University Hoover Institution, where she manages the Ben Franklin Circles project, a collaboration with the 92nd Street Y and Citizen University to build meaning in local communities. She graduated from Dartmouth College and earned a master's in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

MY REVIEW: Reading this book, I have been "blown away" by the tremendous research done by the author. I am in awe of the amount of information in the notes alone. I am a voracious reader and have been for years. But Smith's research has provided wonderful, valuable information that I had not seen or heard about before. She writes clearly and beautifully. Laying out the evidence in an inspiring way as she quietly attacks the idea that happiness is a goal we should aim for in life.

I agree with author, Susan Cain who wrote, "In a culture constantly shouting about happiness, this warm and wise book leads us down the path to what truly matters. Reading it is a life-transforming experience." It took me longer to read this book than most of the ones I read but there was a good reason for it. I kept stopping, meditating and thinking through what I was reading. The book is filled with many stories of people searching for fulfillment. She tells the many struggles of those who look for happiness in all the wrong places. But the best part is when she writes about those who find fulfillment in a world obsessed with happiness.

Author, Adam Grant said "this is a book I've been awaiting for a very long time." I think many others have too. Being a minister I spend much time with the Bible and thinking about God. However I didn't expect this book to be filled with thoughts from the Bible. I am pleased that this book doesn't lead people away from God and the Bible and it will be extremely helpful to all those searching for meaning.

(I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

ALL THINGS NEW

Friday, November 10, 2017

ALL THINGS NEW
Heaven, Earth, And The
Restoration Of Everything
You Love
By John Eldredge

OVERVIEW: This revolutionary book about our future is based on the simple idea that, according to the Bible, heaven is not our eternal home—the New Earth is. As Jesus says in the gospel of Matthew, the next chapter of our story begins with "the renewal of all things," by which he means the earth we love in all its beauty, our own selves, and the things that make for a rich life: music, art, food, laughter, and all that we hold dear. Everything shall be renewed "when the world is made new."

AUTHOR: John Eldredge is an author, a counselor, and a teacher. He is also president of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recover their own hearts in God's love, and learn to live in God's kingdom. John and his wife, Stasi, live near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

MY REVIEW: All Things New is one of the best—if not the best, book I have reviewed this year. That's not to say that I readily believe or agree with everything he says about heaven, earth and the restoration of everything we love. But I do agree with most of it and I am studying and reasoning about all of it. Eldredge is a marvelous story teller and I was moved by what he wrote.

All Things New sent me scurrying back to read again N.T. Wright's Surprised By Hope and The Day The Revolution Began. These three books have me rethinking heaven, the resurrection, and the mission of the church.

I agree with J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church, in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, "All Things New is a book about hope—real, gut-wrenching hope in the midst of the beauties and tragedies of life." And also, New York times bestselling author, Dr. John Townsend, "John Eldredge provides us with a very different and intriguing view: that ultimately God will bring about a renewed earth, the one we were supposed to live on and engage in, forever. That sort of hope can empower us to follow the path of growth here and now."

I recommend this book as one that will challenge your thinking and give you hope.

(I received this book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

HEALING FOR YOUR MIND, BODY, AND SOUL

Thursday, November 09, 2017

STONES OF REMEMBRANCE
Healing Scriptures for Your
Mind, Body, and Soul
By Daniel G. Amen, MD

OVERVIEW: Stones of Remembrance is a wonderful resource to help cultivate the healing power of God-focused remembering. The book includes: Key Scriptures to memorize and meditate on so they'll always be with you when you need to be inspired, challenged, or comforted. *An introduction to the biblical and biological basis for remembrance as a healthy life habit. *Tips for incorporating Scripture meditation and memorization into your life and increasing your memory capability.

AUTHOR: Dr. Daniel G. Amen is a physician, a double board-certified psychiatrist, founder of Amen Clinics, a 10-time New York Times bestselling author, and an international speaker. Together with Pastor Rick Warren and Mark Hyman, MD, Dr. Amen is also one of the chief architects of Saddleback Church's Daniel Plan, a program to get the world healthy through religious organizations. Dr. Amen has written, produced, and hosted many popular public television shows about the brain that have aired across North America. he has spoken for the National Security Agency, and his work has been featured in outlets including, Newsweek, Time magazine, the Huffington Post, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Men's Health.

MY REVIEW: In his introduction to this special book, Dr. Amen tells us that God designed our minds to work—to remember. "It's been that way from the very beginning. "All throughout the Bible, we are encouraged—and even commanded—to remember. Stones of Remembrance—Healing Scriptures for Your Mind, Body, and Soul will help you to do just that—heal.

This is a small book. Just 117 pages. It is well written and easy to read. If you need to improve your memory, and most of us do, this book will be a great help. Part 1 is twelve spiritual disciplines for improving memory. They include rest, exercise, eating healthy, meditation and prayer and eight more needed disciplines. In part 2 Dr. Amen gives verses to remember when you are anxious, grateful, afraid, depressed, sick, angry, and nine more. And I especially like part 3 The Twelve Verses Every Christian Should Know.

The books ends with three Appendix. Three tips and exercises to help improve your memory and memorization. I don't think I am alone in needing this help. This is a book that will be a blessing to you and one that you will want to give as a gift.

(I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

HOW TO HAVE A SUSTAINABLE AND SUCCESSFUL CAREER

Monday, October 30, 2017

THE COMPASS SOLUTION
A guide to Winning Your Career
By Tim Cole

OVERVIEW: The Compass Solution was written for those who want to win their career, not just endure it. This is the definitive guide to successful career navigation. A practical resource that balances personal experience with proven theory. A guide for both the newcomer struggling to get started, and the veteran lost and effectively wandering. This book will introduce you to the four cardinal points of The Compass. These are the basic principles you can use to change your career trajectory; explained in practical terms and brought to life with personal stories. But the compass Solution is more than just a career survival guide. The latter half of the book focuses on three keys that can accelerate your climb.

AUTHOR: Tim Cole is a successful business leader, author and speaker. He invested three plus decades in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry—through dozens of restructures and five mergers. He held multiple leadership and senior executive positions and played a major role in the ascent of a mid-sized firm into one of the largest in the world, with direct involvement in the launch of 20 plus pharmaceutical brands—six of which became global blockbusters. He's managed thousands of people and portfolios worth billions of dollars.

MY REVIEW: The Compass Solution is a valuable book for anyone who plans to earn a living. You don't have to navigate a career for 30 or 40 years trying to learn how to be successful. You can sit down and read this splendid book and learn how to do it from someone who has already navigated a unique journey.

Tim Cole wrote this book for three distinct groups of people: *Those contemplating a career but lacking the savvy to properly understand and navigate that new world. *Those already in a career and struggling to find their way—which includes over 50 percent of the workforce in the United States alone. *The leaders who can influence and build the cultures that allow dedicated employees to thrive. You're not going to agree with everything in this book and that's alright. But these are the practical lessons that Tim Cole learned along the way. It's not a book on theory. It is focused on function and application.

I believe The Compass Solution will help you write your own career story. A successful one!

(I received this book from The Cadence Group in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

I Like JAY LENO

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


I like Jay Leno. And I like what he said in this column he wrote for the Wall Street Journal.

"I have 150 cars and 117 motorcycles. But I don't buy cars to look at---mine are all functioning. A lot of times, you buy the story as much as you buy the car. A few years ago, I got a call from this 91-year-old woman. She had a 1951 Hudson Hornet. She had bought the car new with her husband. He died in '96, and since then it had been parked in the garage. She would go out with this big feather duster and wipe it off. It was in rough shape, but she was such a nice lady, I bought it and took it back to my garage to restore it. Two years later, I call her up and ask het to take a ride in this car. She says, 'Let me call the kids.' They're like 70 and 72! We get in the car and go for a ride. She's laughing and telling stories about the car and her husband, driving it from New Jersey to California in 1951. The kids are laughing. I'm saying, 'Stop it or I'm going to turn this car around' We were hysterical. It was so much fun."

As I said, I like Jay Leno. I'm not sure about the current late night show hosts, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert. Well, yes I am but I don't want to talk about them now. Pressing on.


THE LAST ARROW

Monday, October 23, 2017


THE LAST ARROW
Save Nothing For The Next Life
By Erwin Raphael McManus

OVERVIEW: The Last Arrow is your roadmap to a life that defies odds and alters destinies. Discover the attributes of those who break the gravitational pull of mediocrity as cultural pioneer and thought leader Erwin McManus examines the characteristics of individuals who risked everything for a life that seemed impossible. Imagine living the life you were convinced was only a dream.

AUTHOR: Erwin Raphael McManus is an iconoclast, artist, and cultural thought leader known for his integration of creativity and spirituality. He is the founder of MOSAIC, a los Angeles-based community of faith recognized as one of America's most influential and innovative churches. Erwin is the author of books that have sold more than a million copies worldwide. He lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife, Kim McManus.

MY REVIEW: With this splendid book McManus has driven an arrow into the ground and declared, "Never settle. It's all or nothing. Save nothing for the next life." He boldly states his challenge and then declares that it will be costly and at great risk. He doesn't offer a back-up plan. Everything is required, including your last arrow. This is tough but McManus believes it is the only way to pursue life's deepest joys and greatest battles—with a full heart and an empty quiver.

I like this book. I like the challenge it presents. We live in a time when it seems all we do is talk, talk, talk. Life is speeding on. We are going to die with our arrows in our hands. McManus wants to know what we are saving those arrows for. It's now or never. It's all or nothing.

This book has a preface and then ten exciting and challenging chapters. The reader is challenged to imagine doing everything he/she was meant to do and then with a full heart, taking his/her final breath. Is that the way you would like to live—and die? Read this book.

(I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

KJV KNOW THE WORD STUDY BIBLE

Monday, October 16, 2017

KJV KNOW THE WORD
STUDY BIBLE

OVERVIEW: The KJV Know the Word Study Bible makes it easy for you to understand God's Word. By breaking down key Bible topics and the books of the Bible into bite-size portions, this Bible makes studying Scripture an approachable and rewarding experience. Readers can choose to study book by book, verse by verse, or topic by topic, Whether you choose one approach or all three,the KJV Know the Word Study Bible gives you practical tools to develop a pattern of regular Bible study.

MY REVIEW: This is an excellent study Bible. If you already have a study Bible you may be asking, "Why do I need another one?" You may not. But if you need, or would like to have a study Bible that is easy to study book by book, verse by verse or topic by topic—this is the one for you.

Some of the features include: *Timeless King James version text; *Three easy approaches to studying the Bible; *Book introductions; *Words of Jesus in red; *Two-color interior page design; *Comprehensive list of theological notes; *Concordance; *Full-color maps.

I especially like how each book of the Bible begins with a summary of the entire book. As you begin the study you are given an overview of what the book is about. And then you are given suggestions on how to study that particular book and also each book begins with a section called, Study The Book Highlights. Another special tool is the notes found in each book. These are valuable and helpful.

The concordance and maps in the back of the Bible are splendid.

The KJV Know the Word Study Bible will help you gain a deeper understanding of Scripture and grow your relationship with God. You may also want to consider giving it as a gift to a friend.

(I received this book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

CITIZEN NEWT

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

CITIZEN NEWT
The Making Of A Reagan Conservative
By Craig Shirley

OVERVIEW: Returning to Gingrich's childhood in Pennsylvania and his formative years as a young history professor, Citizen Newt moves through Gingrich's first forays into politics and takes readers behind the scenes of the congressman's crucial roll in the Reagan Revolution, his battles with George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and his masterly orchestration of 1994's "Gingrich Revolution" and the Contract with America, which catapulted him to national prominence and forever changed congressional and national politics.

AUTHOR: Craig Shirley is the author of four critically praised bestsellers about Ronald Reagan. His book, December 1941 appeared multiple times on the New York Times bestseller list. Shirley is the chairman of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs, the Visiting Reagan Scholar and a member of the Board of Trustees at Eureka college. Shirley is also on the Board of Governors of the Reagan Ranch and lectures frequently at the Reagan Library. He has written for an extensive number of publications and has been called "the best of the Reagan biographers" by the Times (London). He and his wife, Zorine, reside at Ben Lomond, a 300-year-old Georgian manor house in Dunnsville, Virginia, and Trickle Down Point on the Rappahannock River in Lancaster, Virginia. They are the parents of four children: Matthew, Andrew, Taylor, and Mitchell.

MY REVIEW: Citizen Newt is a big book, over 500 pages. I have read about a fourth of it and I have skimmed the rest of it. It will be awhile before I read all of it, so I want to get on with this review. I know enough about this book now to agree with Ed Rollins, "Citizen Newt is a must-read for anyone interested in politics or how their government works. As he did with his Reagan books, Shirley takes it all in, making you feel as if you're in the room when the plots are laid and the comebacks seem impossible."

This big book has four parts and thirty-six chapters. I like the fact that Shirley wrote with the full cooperation of Speaker Gingrich and the players around him. He drew upon untold stories from Gingrich and those who knew him best—political allies and opponents, Washington insiders and political iconoclasts, Capitol Hill staffers and colleagues. He took this information and crafted a fascinating, humorous, humanizing and insightful account of a true American original.

I agree with Fred Barnes who said that "Craig Shirley has become the leading biographer of America's political leaders. He did it first with Ronald Reagan and now with Newt Gingrich." As we move into the fall and winter seasons, this would be a splendid book to "curl up" with or to give to a friend or loved one for Christmas.

( I received this book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

HOW TO HEAR THE VOICE OF GOD

Monday, September 18, 2017


WHISPER
How to Hear the Voice of God
By Mark Batterson

OVERVIEW: Mark Batterson believes that God still speaks and he's asking if you know how to hear His voice. In this book, Whisper Mark writes that God is actively speaking through: Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings, and Pain. Batterson gives you the tools you need to unlock each of these languages. By learning to tune in to and decipher each language, you'll be able to hear His guidance in simple as well as life-altering choices. God's whisper can answer your most burning questions, calm your deepest fears, and fulfill your loftiest dreams.

AUTHOR: Mark Batterson is the New York Times best-selling author of more than a dozen books. He is the lead pastor of National Community Church, one of the most innovative and influential churches in America. One church with eight campuses, NCC also owns and operates Ebenezers Coffeehouse, the Miracle Theatre, and the DC Dream Center. Mark holds a doctor of ministry degree from Regent University.

MY REVIEW: He's done it again! Whisper is now one of my favorite books, replacing In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day at the top. Mark Batterson knows how to keep your attention. This book, like all his others is a book that is hard to put down.

Many people have a tough time believing God still speaks. I have struggled with this. But I find little in Batterson's book to disagree with. I'm still rethinking and going over in my mind some of his examples of persons hearing God's voice. I'm not saying they did or did not. I'm thinking and praying about it and always going back to Scripture. My advice is that you do the same. I think Batterson would encourage that.

I recommend this as a book that needs to be read by every sincere Christian wanting to hear the "voice" of God.

(I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

GOLIATH MUST FALL

Friday, August 18, 2017


GOLIATH MUST FALL
Winning the Battle Against Your Giants
By Louie Giglio


OVER VIEW: In Goliath Must Fall, pastor Louie Giglio uncovers a newfound twist in the classic story of David and Goliath. The key to living free from our giants is not better slingshot accuracy, but keeping our eyes on the one and only giant-slayer—Jesus. Put your hope in him and watch Goliath fall.

AUTHOR: Louie Giglio is pastor of Passion City Church and the founder of the Passion movement, which exists to call a generation to leverage their lives for the fame of Jesus. Since 1997, Passion has gathered collegiate-aged young people in events across the U.S. and around the world. Most recently, Passion 2017 gathered more than 55,000 students in Atlanta's Georgia Dome in one of the largest collegiate gatherings in its history. Louie is the author of six books. As a communicator, Louie speaks at events throughout the U.S. and across the globe. He is widely known for messages like "Indescribable" and "How Great Is Our God." An Atlanta native and graduate of Georgia State University, Louie has done postgraduate work at Baylor University and holds a master's degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

MY REVIEW: Goliath Must Fall found its beginning in a series of messages that were preached at Passion City Church. The book is recommended by someone as young as Sadie Robertson and as old as Dr. Charles Stanley. We all, regardless of age face giants that must be dealt with. Maybe not literal giants but BIG problems and challenges that we can't handle. This book offers a pathway away from the fear that has you in its grasp. God wants you to overcome your fears and He is using Louie Giglio and his book to teach you that Goliath must fall. Your Goliath!

Goliath Must Fall is written in a way that keeps your attention. As I read through the chapters I felt like I could hear Louie's voice. There are nine powerful, uplifting chapters. As you read through them your confidence will build. By the time your finish the book you will truly believe that your Goliath must fall. This is a book you will want to read and this pass it on to someone else who needs it.

(I received this book from BOOKLOOK BLOGGERS in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

EVICTED—Poverty And Profit In The American City

Friday, August 11, 2017

EVICTED
Poverty And Profit 
In The American City
By Matthew Desmond

OVERVIEW: In Evicted, Harvard sociologist and MacArthur "Genius" Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they each struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Hailed as "wrenching and revelatory" (The Nation), "vivid and unsettling" (New York Review of Books). Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of twenty-first-century America's most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.

AUTHOR: Matthew Desmond is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and co-director of the Justice and Poverty Project. A former member of the Harvard Society of Fellows, he is the author the award-winning book On the Fireline, coauthor of two books on race, and editor of a collection of studies on severe deprivation in America. His work has been supported by the Ford, Russell Sage, and National Science Foundations, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune. In 2015, Desmond was awarded a MacArthur "Genius" grant.

MY REVIEW: This New York Times Bestseller has been named one of the best books of the year by many reviewers. I agree. Pamela Paul, editor of the New York Times Book Review wrote, "It doesn't happen every week (or every month, or even year), but every once in a while a book comes along that changes the national conversation...Evicted looks to be one of those books." At the front of the book there are forty-five brief, and some not so brief, comments from important writers and publications praising the book and author.

This book is well written and reads like a novel. I agree with author Rebecca Skloot who said, "Evicted is astonishing—a master piece of writing and research that fills a tremendous gap in our understanding of poverty." I was born in 1934 and grew up in this kind of poverty. I am now eighty-two and this is the first time I have read or heard of this kind of in-depth study.

The Epilogue, Home And Hope, offers some answers to this part of the poverty problem. They are Matthew Desmond's answers and you may not agree with all of them. But if you are interested or concerned with this problem—this is the book you need to read.

(I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

AS SOUTHERN AS IT GETS

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


AS SOUTHERN AS IT GETS
1,071 Reasons To Never Leave The South
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
# New York times Bestselling Author

OVERVIEW:
Life Is Sweet in the South
Full of small towns and sparkling cities, this welcoming area invites all who visit to put your feet up, have a glass of ice tea in a mason jar and reminisce on some of the most wonderful things in the South. Written by true Southern gentleman H. Jackson Brown Jr., As Southern As It Gets is a charming book of lists—a celebration of all things Southern that will charm and delight anyone who was raised south of the Mason-Dixon or who wish they lived there.
Recall the tastes, sounds, and beauty of Southern treasures such as:
Juicy Georgia peaches in July
Glorious changing leaves on the Natchez Trace
A steaming cup of gumbo from New Orleans
The smooth, soulful voice of Patsy Cline
From Music Row in Nashville, to Daytona Beach in Florida, and Charleston to New Orleans, As Southern As It Gets will remind you of why we Southerns so love our home.

AUTHOR:H. Jackson Brown, Jr. is an American author best known for his inspirational book, Life's Little Instruction Book, which was a New York Times bestseller. Its sequel Life's Little Instruction Book: Volume 2 also made it to the same best seller list in 1993

MY REVIEW: My wife looked at the book and said, "It's certainly a pretty little book." I agreed. It's plaid, blue and white checked cover is lovely and the basket of beautiful, ripe peaches lures you in. The sub-title, 1,071 Reasons To Never Leave The South is intriguing. It makes you want to find out what they are. You will need to read the book to discover these many reasons. But do you want to buy a book in order to do that? I'm not sure. Except for the introduction and several pages with single quotes on them, this is not a book that requires a lot of reading. It is a list of 1,071 reasons to never leave the South. Most of them are just two or three words like, George Strait, sawmill gravy, seafood gumbo and many more. This is the kind of book I can pick up in a book store, thumb through it for a few minutes and feel I have read it. Maybe you're not like that. You may be the kind of person that wants to take a book like this, sit down and lose yourself in it for hours. Taking the time to dwell on each word, remembering, laughing, crying. So I recommend if you are interested at all in the South, take a look at this pretty, little book.

The introduction to this book is only four pages long but it is well written and interesting. After reading it you will be off and running. There are many interesting quotes like, "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." by Maya Angelou. The first list is a list of 20 of his favorites, like cheese grits, sweet tea, blazes of azaleas. And then he lists everything else from A to Z. So there you have it. 1,071 reasons to never leave the South. I like this book and I'm glad to have it.

(I received this book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

HOME—THE SENSATION OF BELONGING

Friday, June 30, 2017

ALMOST THERE
Searching for Home in a 
Life on the Move
By Bekah DiFelice

OVERVIEW: ALMOST THERE  answers the question "Is it possible to build a permanent sense of home in a rootless life?" The impermanence of home tends to be one of life's most recurring surprises. If home is where the heart is, what can we love that will quiet the restlessness within? Take heart. You aren't adrift after all. When our hope of home is rooted in an unchangeable God, we are not uprooted, lost, or made homeless by change. We become found ones on the move.

AUTHOR: Bekah DiFelice is a writer, wife to a former Marine, and mom to two kids. In Almost There, Bekah shares her story of discovering pieces of home in the most unexpected places. With imaginative storytelling and witty, relatable prose, Bekah offers wisdom for those struggling to belong in a world where home is constantly shifting. 

MY REVIEW: If you are an older, more mature adult you will find yourself nodding in agreement with Bekah DiFelice from the first chapter to the last. Memories. We all have them. We know what it's like to feel adrift. And we know what it's like to belong. If you are young and searching for a home in a life on the move. This book is for you. I agree with author, Jen Pollock Michel, "Almost There reads like a long-awaited letter from a long lost friend. It's immersive, as the best kind of storytelling should be. It's honest and warm, as the best kinds of friends are. DiFelice writes about home as it's lived and lost and loved. Her book is a rewarding read."

DiFelice wrote, "It was in the desert that I realized I was far from home." Maybe you have never been to the desert but you have always felt adrift. Going somewhere. But never arriving. You will find help in this book. Author, Dana Yeakley says, "Bekah enlists us to share in her inmost responses of faith. Her story is an enjoyable read that touches the deep places of faith many young women experience."

(I received this book from Tyndale Publishing Company in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

LIVING GENEROUSLY—A LIFE OF ADVENTURE AND RISK

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

GIVING IT ALL AWAY...And Getting 
It All Back Again
David Green with Bill High

OVERVIEW: David Green, founder of Hobby Lobby, says true wealth is based on faith, strong family, and generous living. This is his story and more. It is his best advice in print. In it he shares principles that have guided him in growing a business from scratch, weathering a Supreme Court case, raising a loving family, and leaving them a lasting legacy.The decisions you make today build the legacy you'll leave behind. Now is the time to begin.

AUTHORS: David Green is the founder of Hobby Lobby and an in-demand speaker at business and leadership events. he serves on the Board of Reference for Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is a recipient of the World Changer and the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards. He and his wife, Barbara, are the proud parents of two sons and one daughter, grandparents to ten, and great-grandparents to eleven. Bill High practiced law for twelve years before becoming the CEO of the National Christian Foundation Heartland. His mission is to change the way people think about generosity and their practice of it. He is married to Brooke, and they have four children, two sons-in-law, and two grandchildren. He can be found at billhigh.com.

MY REVIEW: "In this book—part memoir, part personal manifesto—David Green, the founder of Hobby Lobby, shares lessons that can help you reap benefits for multiple generations. Dr. David Jeremiah, founder and president, Turning Point Ministries wrote, "Because of his faith and generosity, David Green has changed the world. His love and friendship have changed our ministry. His story will change your walk with God." Bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio show host said, "If you want to be smart, you find out what smart people do and imitate that. and I've known David Green long enough to understand that he is worth imitating. His business wisdom is surpassed only by his integrity and faith. This book reflects David at his very best.

I love the title and sub-title of this book: Giving It All Away...And Getting It All Back Again---The Way of Living Generously. What a challenge! This splendid book has five parts and an epilogue. Part 1: A Radical Way Of Living, Part 2: It's All God's, Part 3: Giving It All Away, Part 4: The Legacy Of Work And Family, Part 5: The Eternal Legacy That Is Right Now.

This is a small book. It is well written and easy to read. You will find it hard to put down. This is the kind of book you will enjoy giving to others. It can make a difference in their lives. 

(I received this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

WHAT'S YOUR LIFE WORTH?

Monday, June 26, 2017


THE BUFFER ZONE DIET
By Fred Cuellar

OVERVIEW: In this groundbreaking book, Fred Cuellar analyzes the scientific underpinnings of why so many of us struggle with weight. He explains the science behind weight loss and weight gain, while debunking several myths about what we should or should not eat or drink. Using himself as a guinea pig, and with much trial and error, he devised a method to lose weight and maintain a healthy body, all without deprivation, hunger, or will power. Now, he's sharing the results of his research with you.

AUTHOR: Fred Cuellar has distinguished himself in various fields. He is one of the world's top diamond experts, a three-time Guinness Book record holder in jewelry design, a consultant to investment and financial firms, and a best-selling author. His clients include the Dallas Cowboys, the Denver Broncos, the Detroit Redwings, plus celebrities associated with Lionsgate and the Rubik's Brand. His personal commitment to making a difference in people's lives has taken him on a journey into the world of obesity, and his discoveries not only saved his life but can save yours.

MY REVIEW: Author, Dr. Nina wrote, "The discovery of The Buffer Zone Diet is a significant achievement and contribution to the field of weight management, and it will be your last stop on your path to weight loss and good health." She said, "your last stop on your path to weight loss and good health." Now, that's quite a statement. It's one that made me want to read and review this book. Dr. John Philip Nesic, MD wrote, "Of all the books about diets out there, The Buffer Zone Diet is the only one I put in the hands of all of my friends, clients, and patients." Another bold statement. I have started my review with these quotes because they are from doctors. I am not a doctor and although I have tried many diets over the years. I am far from an authority on the subject and know no more than the average person about being healthy.

My opinion is that this is a good book for anybody needing to lose weight or interested in improving their health. Is it the best book on the subject? I don't know. You will have to decide. Here are some important sections of the book: *Top Ten Lies We've been told about our diet. * Science between weight loss and weight gain. *How to create nutrient-dense meals to keep physical hunger at bay. *Five distinct blueprints for designing the new and healthiest you. *Strategies for breaking through weight loss plateaus. *And most importantly, the formula that regulates weight for the human body!

The Big Idea of the book is—It's Not Just What You Eat, It's When You Eat. Cuellar is saying, "When you eat can be as important as what you eat." What do you think? Do you need this information? It could save your life.

(I received this book from The Cadence Group in exchange for an fair and honest review)

A JOURNEY THROUGH ANXIETY

Friday, June 09, 2017

ON EDGE
A Journey Through Anxiety
By Andrea Petersen

OVERVIEW: ON EDGE is Andrea Petersen's personal story. It is a fascinating look at the biology of anxiety and the risk factors for anxiety disorders—from overprotective parenting to childhood trauma. She compares psychoactive drugs to non-drug treatments, including biofeedback and CBT. Along the way she surveys the sometimes bizarre treatments for anxiety of past eras. She also explores the role that genetics plays in mental illness, visiting top neuroscientists and tracing her family history—from her grandmother who plagued by paranoia once tried to burn down her own house, to her young daughter in whom Petersen sees shades of herself. And she describes groundbreaking research that could point the way to new treatments—from MRI neuro-feedback to the use of ketamine (also known as the street drug Special K).

AUTHOR: ANDREA PETERSEN is a contributing writer at the Wall Street Journal, where she reports on psychology, health, and neuroscience. She is the recipient of a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughter.

MY REVIEW: "One in three Americans will have an anxiety disorder at some point during their lives." I have. And I expect I will again. During my forty-seven years as a preaching minister, I counseled many who were suffering from this disorder. I was pleased to find this book so honest and helpful. I agree with author, Maria Konnikova who wrote: "On Edge is a beautiful, often heartbreaking, often funny, always moving account of what it means to experience a degree of anxiety most of us cannot imagine. Andrea Petersen has crafted an engaging blend of memoir and science that will open your eyes—and heart—to a condition that is usually invisible but deserves a broader spotlight. Truly a must-read for anyone who wants to understand mental illness and the effect it can have on our lives."

As I read through the book I kept coming to story after story that made me say, "I've experienced that. Either in myself or somebody else." In chapter one Petersen defines anxiety and then the next seven chapters brings meaning to that definition with story after story. The last chapter is Learning To Live With Anxiety." This is a book you may need yourself but if not, without a doubt you know somebody who does.

(I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

GRANDE AMORE—A GREAT LOVE!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


THE MEDITERRANEAN LOVE PLAN
7 Secrets To Lifelong Passion In Marriage
By Stephen & Misty Arterburn
with Becky Johnson

OVERVIEW: In The Mediterranean Love Plan, New York Times bestselling author Steve Arterburn, and his wife, coauthor, and ministry partner, Misty, uncover seven mysteries of passion from the world's most romantic countries: Italy, Spain, France, Greece, and Israel. These seven secrets nourish intimacy that will only grow richer with time. The Mediterranean Love Plan will transform your marriage into a romantic adventure for two.

AUTHORS: STEVEN ARTERBURN is a New York Times bestselling and multi-award-winning author with more than 10 million books in print. In addition to founding the New Life organization and hosting the live call-in talk show New Life Live. Steve is best known for creating the Women of Faith conferences, attended by more than 5 million women. Steve and his family live near Indianapolis, where he is the teaching pastor at Northview Church. MISTY ARTERBURN is the author of books and devotionals in the Life Recovery Resources and Lose It for Life series. She is the general editor of both The Five Minute New Testament for Busy Moms and The Five Minute New Testament for Busy Dads. In addition to working as a writing partner with her husband, Steve, she is a women's Life Recovery group facilitator at Northview Church in Carmel, Indiana. Misty's videos and other materials for women in recovery can be found on her organization's website, recoverygirls.com. She and her husband are proud parents to their five children. BECKY JOHNNSON  is the author, coauthor, or collaborator of more than forty books.

MY REVIEW: Who doesn't want more joie de vivre, more la dolce vita in their marriage? In this book the Arterburns write about this: the joy of living and the sweet life. Is it attainable? They say, "Yes"! I agree with them. Read this book and you will be on your way to experiencing a truly grande amore or a great love.

Steve and Misty uncover seven mysteries of passion from five of the most romantic countries in the Mediterranean: Italy, Spain, France, Greece, and Israel. These countries are known for romance and all that goes with it: great food, amazing art, beautiful scenery, creative conditions for vibrant, all-encompassing passion—and you don't even need your passport to get there. Through research, insight, and personal stories, Steve and Misty share easy, practical ways to apply these secrets to your own relationship. The Mediterranean Love plan will help every couple—just married or married for decades—to discover and nourish the great adventure of love.

When I read the first secret—the secret of attunement, I thought this must be the best one. Yes, this is it. And then I read the second secret—the secret of playfulness and I thought maybe this was the best. And then as I read on through the book I realized there is no best one. They all are important. Put them together and you have a great love. That's good. That's very good!

(I received this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

CHAZOWN—Discover and Pursue God's Purpose For Your Life

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

CHAZOWN
Discover and Pursue God's
Purpose For Your Life
By Craig Groeschel

OVERVIEW: In this practical energizing guide, pastor and author Craig Groeschel shows how to live life fully by finding, naming, and achieving your unique God-given goal. The secret: knowing your chazown, a Hebrew word for "vision," "dream," or "revelation." You'll see how to identify your own chazown by taking a fresh look at your own core values, spiritual gifts, and experiences. You'll understand the big picture—and the vital details.

AUTHOR: Craig Groeschel is the New York Times best-selling author of The Christian Atheist, Weird, and #Struggles. He is also founding pastor of Life Church, one of America's largest and most innovative multicampus congregations. Craig is a well-known speaker at major conferences like Catalyst and the Global Leadership Summit. He and his wife, Amy, have six children and share a passion for leading people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

MY REVIEW: This is a revised and updated edition with a brand new introduction from the author. Goeschel gives step-by-step instructions to uncover your chazown which is your vision or dream. He is a splendid story teller and gives personal stories that show how to live life fully. This book is a lively, thought-provoking study guide for individuals or groups

I agree with pastor Robert Lewis who wrote: "Need help hitting the bull's-eye of life? A better life? A more meaningful and purposeful life? Help is here...Craig Groeschel is a master at opening up life and letting light in. So if you want a clearer, sharper sightline, Chazown is the book for you."

This splendid book is divided into five parts and a concluding end matter: PART 1: SEEING CLEAR TO THE END‑Why you need a new kind of vision. PART 2: CIRCLING THE TRUTH–Where to look for your own Chazown. PART 3: A DREAM IN DEED–How to name your Chazown and where to start. PART 4: THE FIVE SPOKES OF CHAZOWN–Where you need to succeed "small" so you can succeed big. PART 5: FROM HERE TO ETERNITY–Why you can't realize your Chazown alone. I like that under each part there are several great ideas or challenges that are only one or two pages long. It makes for easy reading and easy retention.

This is a good book and one that I would recommend to all—especially young people.

(I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

ONLY LOVE TODAY

Monday, April 24, 2017

ONLY LOVE TODAY
Reminders to Breathe More,
Stress Less, and Choose Love
By Rachel Macy Stafford

OVERVIEW: Stafford's inspiring words fill this beautiful book of short pieces constructed around the seasons of life. This flexible, non-dated, moment-to-moment resource of encouragement can be picked up whenever you need to find meaning in the meaningless...when your soul is weary...when your heart is heavy...when your connections are weak.

AUTHOR: Rachel Macy Stafford is the New York times bestselling author of Hands Free Mama and Hands Free Life. Rachel provides readers with practical, motivating methods to let go of worldly distractions and live authentic, fulfilling lives. Rachel has been featured in USA Today, Reader's Digest, and on CNN, Good Morning America, and The Today Show. Rachel lives in the South with her husband and two daughters who inspire her daily.

MY REVIEW: When you purchase this book—and I want to encourage you to do so, be sure to read the introduction. After reading it you will be eager to jump into reading the opening page. It begins with, "Today matters more than yesterday. Who you are becoming matters more than who you were." This is good stuff.

Rachel "equips readers to breathe life into what really matters: the ordinary moments in our routine lives and the people in them." I agree with these words from the back of the book: "Only Love Today's life-giving words remind you of the tools you already possess and the insights you already have to guide you back to what matters most. Regardless of what you're experiencing or what season you're in, you'll find wisdom and encouragement to move each day in a positive direction."

The book is divided into four parts: I. Spring: Opening Up...Renewal, New Habits, and Growth; II. Summer: Shining Through...Authenticity, Connection, and Acceptance; III. Fall: Wrapping In...Gratitude, Grace, and Awareness; IV. Winter: Holding On...Hope, Encouragement, and Introspection. There is also a conclusion and an epilogue.

I recommend this book. After reading it you will feel more aligned with your heart so love can move you forward.

( I received this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

AS KINGFISHERS CATCH FIRE


AS KINGFISHERS CATCH FIRE
A Conversation On The Ways Of God
Formed By The Words Of God
By Eugene H. Peterson

OVERVIEW: As Kingfishers Catch Fire offers a never before published collection of Eugene Peterson's teachings over his twenty-nine years as a pastor. This is one man's compelling quest to discover not only how to be a pastor but how to be a human being. Peterson felt these messages were needed because he discovered a chasm had developed between the way he was preaching from the pulpit and his deepest convictions on what it meant to be a pastor. His strikingly beautiful prose and deeply grounded insights usher us into a new understanding of how to live out the good news of the Word made flesh.

AUTHOR: Eugene H. Peterson, translator of The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language, is professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent college, British Columbia, and the author of more than thirty books. he earned his master's degree in Semitic languages from John Hopkins University. He also holds several honorary doctoral degrees. In 1962, Peterson was the founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland, where he served for twenty-nine years before retiring in 1991. He and his wife, Jan, live in Montana.

MY REVIEW: For years I have been reading books written by Eugene H. Peterson. I have appreciated each one of them. As Kingfishers Catch Fire is a collection of his sermons. I haven't read them all yet—but I will. One or two of the ones I have read were outstanding. One or two good. None were bad.

I loved the preface. In the preface Peterson shares the thinking behind these messages. He writes about his relationship with his congregation and tells about bringing these sermons together in one place. Very interesting.

I may be the only one, but I had difficulty understanding the title, As Kingfishers Catch Fire which was taken from The Poems of Gerard Manly Hopkins. He writes that the sonnet gave him metaphors to identify the distinctive heart of pastoral work. Sometimes Peterson's writing is too deep for me to understand.

This is a book of sermons that will educate, uplift and inspire every serious, Christian reader, some that are not so serious—and maybe even some non-Christians. I recommend it.

(I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

THE WAY OF THE DRAGON OR THE WAY OF THE LAMB

Monday, March 27, 2017

THE WAY OF THE DRAGON
OR THE WAY OF THE LAMB
Searching For Jesus' Path Of Power
In A Church That Has Abandoned It
By Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel

OVERVIEW: In The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb, Goggin and Strobel paint a richly biblical vision of power through weakness. They invite readers to join them on an adventure around the world, seeking out great sages of the faith with uncommon wisdom to offer those traveling the path of Christian life. As readers eavesdrop on the authors’ conversations with people such as J. I. Packer, Dallas Willard, Marva Dawn, John Perkins, Jean Vanier, James Houston, and Eugene Peterson, they begin to piece together the new-old reality of following Jesus today. In the end, The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb offers a compelling vision of the way of Jesus that will challenge both individual believers and the church as a whole.

AUTHORS: JAMIN GOGGIN serves as a pastor at Mission Hills Church in San Marcos, California. He is the coauthor of Beloved Dust: Drawing Close to God by Discovering the Truth About Yourself. Jamin holds a master's degree in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care. Jamin and his family live in Escondido, California. KYLE STROBEL serves as an assistant professor of spiritual theology and formation at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and on the preaching team at Redeemer Church, LaMirada, California.He holds a BA in Biblical Studies, master's degrees in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics as well as New Testament Studies, and a PhD in Systematic Theology. He is the author of several books. Kyle and his family live in Fullerton, California.

MY REVIEW: Author, Nish Weiseth calls this "One of the most unique, yet profound books I've read in years. What a monumental book. A must-read." Trusting his judgement, I couldn't wait to read it. I was not disappointed.

One of the things I liked most about the book was the interviews. They interviewed seven spiritual giants: Marva Dawn, J.I. Packer, James Houston, John Perkins, Jean Vanier, Eugene Peterson and Dallas Willard. They listened and then they wrote. Their analysis is sobering and challenging. "This book is a necessary call for the church to seek its power in the Spirit, not in the celebrity culture of a lost world."

This splendid book begins with a brief but powerful introduction: Seeking The Way. Part 1: Discovering The Way is divided into five chapters. Part 2: Embracing The Way also has five chapters. The Conclusion: Living The way, is worth the price of the book.

Author Collin Hansen wrote, "You need this book. I need this book. We all need this book." I agree.

(I received this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a fair and honest review.) 

EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT GOD

Friday, March 17, 2017


EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT GOD
(But Were Afraid To Ask)
By Eric Metaxas

OVERVIEW: Who doesn't have questions about God? But where in the world can you go to get answers? Eric Metaxas has been there, so he gets it. That's why he's written this shockingly down-to-earth book on the big questions everyone asks (but not always out loud). Totally conversational and sometimes flat-out-hilarious, book asks questions like, "How can a good God create a world that has evil and suffering? Is God anti-sex? What's the real story on miracles? and many more.

AUTHOR: Eric Metaxas is the best-selling author of several books, including Bonhoeffer, Amazing Grace, Miracles, Seven Men, Seven Women and If you Can Keep It. He is the host of The Eric Metaxas Show, a nationally syndicated daily radio program. Metaxas is also the founder and host of Socrates in the City, the acclaimed series of conversations on "life, God, and other small topics."He is a senior fellow and lecturer at large at the King's College in New York City, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

MY REVIEW: Author and Pastor, Timothy Keller says that it is difficult not to gush over this book. I agree. Starting with the first question, "How Can You Prove God's Existence?' to question number 20, "What Makes Conversion Real?'' Metaxas will hold your interest and satisfy your desire to understand things you always wanted to know about God. You may not have been afraid to ask but maybe you didn't know who to ask. Now you know. New York times best-selling author, Eric Metaxas give his answer to twenty difficult questions about God. I think you will be pleased, if not with all, most of his answers.

Editor of Books and Culture, John Wilson said, "Eric Metaxas has written a book about God based on questions that people are actually asking. His answers are pithy, practical, often funny (who says God doesn't have a sense of humor?), and true. This is a splendidly unconventional introduction to the Christian faith." I agree. I also like actor, Kirk Cameron's idea of giving Eric's excellent book to friends and family. I recommend we all do that.

(I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

NO MORE FAKING FINE

Sunday, February 26, 2017


NO MORE FAKING FINE
Ending The Pretending
By Esther Fleece

OVERVIEW: No More Faking Fine is your permission to lament—to give voice to the hurt, frustration, and disappointment you've kept inside and silenced for too long. Drawing from deep reserves of biblical study and hard-won insight, Esther reveals how to use God's own language to draw closer to him as he leads us through any darkness into His marvelous light. Like Esther, you'll soon find that when one person stops faking fine, it gives permission to everyone else to do the same.

AUTHOR: Esther Fleece is an international speaker and writer on millennials and faith, leadership and family, recognized among Christianity's Today's "Top 50 Women Shaping the Church and Culture" and CNN's "Five Women in Religion to Watch." As founder and CEO of L&L Consulting she works to connect influential individuals and organizations to their mutual benefit. You can follow Esther's global adventures on Twitter @EstherFleece and at www.estherfleeced.com.

MY REVIEW: If you like many, are on a grieving or healing journey—this is a book for you! You will be inspired by Esther's story and encouraged to realize that your lamenting that leads to healing is not just for you but for God's glory. This book will encourage you to stop faking fine and start being real.

I agree with pastor Andy Stanley, "How we grieve is directly related to how we heal. Esther Fleece introduces the language of lament and argues persuasively that this is a prayer God never ignores. No More Faking Fine is a book for anyone wrestling with the unavoidable tension created when the faithful suffer." Esther uses Scripture to show that God meets us in the midst of our deepest pain. Her powerful story encourages us to be honest to God and each other. No. We are not always fine. And we need to stop pretending. It takes courage. The book can give you that courage.

Author Allison Trowbridge says what I feel in a beautiful way, "...This book is your permission. To hurt, to cry, to scream, to grieve, to feel. And on the other side of that lament is a journey more beautiful—and a God more near—than you could have ever imagined."

(I received this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

THE HUM OF ANGELS

Saturday, February 25, 2017


THE HUM OF ANGELS
Listening for the Messengers
of God Around Us
By Scot McKnight

OVERVIEW: The majority of earth's inhabitants believe in angels. Yet many of us cannot claim to have seen one. Why? Perhaps it's because in order to encounter one, we first have to learn what to look for and how to look! We live in a world where the natural and supernatural overlap. Angels are constantly on mission from God and constantly at work in this world. From the Garden of Eden to the book of Revelation, Scripture is filled with hundreds of references to these wondrous creatures. In this creative work, Scot McKnight explores what the Bible says—and doesn't say—about these majestic beings. (From the back of the book).

AUTHOR: Scott McKnight is the author of more than fifty books, including The Jesus Creed and The Heaven Promise. A popular speaker at events such as Catalyst and Q Conference. Scot is professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. His blog Jesus Creed, has 3 million page views annually. He and his wife, Kris, live in the Chicago suburbs.

MY REVIEW: If you, like me, have thought about angels for a long time—this is a book you will want to read. I have several books about angels and this is one of the best. I found it easier to understand than some of the others I have read. Recently I read Jack Graham's book about angels and it is excellent also. Scot McKnight is a splendid theologian but he doesn't get bogged down in deep, hard to understand religious thoughts. He writes in a way that is easier for the average person to understand.

Scot McKnight makes the claim, "If you believe in God, you also believe in angels." That's good. That's very good. He goes on to say, "This is not a philosophical book about angels, or is it an attempt to prove the reality of angels. I'm thankful the philosophers and apologists have set forth persuasive arguments in favor of angels and so have cleared the way for me to talk about what the Bible says about angels." And that is what he does. He talks about what the Bible says about angels. And that is the main thing I like about this book.

(I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

THE i FACTOR

Saturday, January 21, 2017


THE i FACTOR
How Building A Great Relationship
With Yourself Is The Key To A 
Happy, Successful Life
By Van Moody

OVERVIEW: Weaving together personal stories, practical principles, and profound biblical truth, The i-Factor provides the key to achieving the life of greatness that you are destined for.

AUTHOR: VAN MOODY serves as pastor of the Worship Center in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition, he is on the board of Joel Osteen's Champions Network, is a member of Dr. Oz's Core Team, and is an associate trainer in Japan for Dr. John Maxell's EQUIP leadership organization. Moody, his wife, Ty, and their children live in Birmingham, Alabama.

MY REVIEW: The i-Factor is one of the best books I have read in a long time and I read and review many books. Van Moody writes in an interesting, inspiring way but I think the thing I liked most about the book is that it is packed full of wonderful stories. I would read one and think, "Wow." And then almost immediately I was reading another great uplifting story.

Dr. Levy H. Knox said, "A magnificent book! Apply its timely principles for personal and spiritual success. Your life will change." I agree. It is a magnificent book. I don't know if your life will change. But I think it should. Dr. Nicole LaBeach wrote, "A gift that needs no ribbon, just a reader who's ready to make the shift of a lifetime!"

This book is a guide for understanding yourself and Moody points out over and over again that we must understand ourselves if we are going to live our best life. It is a practical tool for helping us to live life the way God intended.

(I received this book from BookLookBloggers in exchange for a fair and honest review.)


PEOPLE OF THE SECOND CHANCE


PEOPLE OF THE SECOND CHANCE
A Guide to Bringing Life-Saving Love to the World
By Mike Foster

OVERVIEW: This book will show you how your imperfect life matters in ways you never thought possible. It will help you see your scars, flaws, and failures as unfair advantages and gifts that you can bring to the world. It is packed full of unfiltered honesty and simple next steps, this book will help you discover beauty in the brokenness.

AUTHOR: MIKE FOSTER is the chief chance officer at People of the Second Chance. He has dedicated his life to helping people relaunch their lives with a sense of hope and purpose. He's been featured on Good Morning America, The 700 club and in the New York Times.

MY REVIEW: I agree with Jud Wilhite, senior pastor of Central Christian Church in Las Vegas. He said, "Five Stars! This is fierce and compassionate truth telling at its finest. People of the Second Chance is an incredible road map for fully experiencing the grace of God in a whole new way." If he is right, and I think he is. then many need to run out and buy this book because we need to experience the grace of God in a whole new way.

Mike Foster has a passion for helping us live as God's beloved. His book is a message of grace that needs to be read by all. I love the way Bob Goff describes this book: "This is a book for messed-up overcomers, for religious rebels, for the broken but resilient. It's not about taking a knee in the end zone when you win; it's about taking both when you don't."

The book is filled with true stories and great illustrations. It's a page-turner. You will find it hard to put down. Mike will help you realize you are sincerely loved by God and that your life has real meaning.

(I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.)