This is a difficult one to rate. I read this over the course of a few months with a group of moms for bible study. We had new moms, seasoned older momThis is a difficult one to rate. I read this over the course of a few months with a group of moms for bible study. We had new moms, seasoned older moms and grandmothers, and those of us in between. The group was wonderful and encouraging. The book has it's ups and downs.
I appreciated the encouragement and bible verses. The advice to find women who are in the same stage of parenting as you and those who are older and more experienced is great. I think all new moms could use a mom friend to listen and encourage. It's made me seek out new friendships that have been a blessing in my life.
I found the style of the book to be slightly irritating, alternating between young mom Sarah Mae and seasoned mom Sally Clarkson. I understand the choice to structure the book like that, it just got to me with Sarah Mae's griping followed by Sally Clarkson's sage advice.
I think this would be a difficult book for mom's not well-versed in scripture and not in a particular socioeconomic group. For example, when Sarah Mae complains about not liking to clean or knowing how to keep up with it, she's able to hire someone to come in and clean for her. I don't relate to that. I'm sure there are many other moms out there who would also see that as a luxury they cannot afford.
I also feel this book leaves out single moms (though there is a small note in the back that addresses single moms) and parents caring for special needs children. There's a lot of focus on having "me" time. I have a husband who helps as much as he can while supporting our family and neither of us get time to ourselves often. Single parents don't always have that back-up help to give them a break. When you have a child with special needs it's not easy to find help.
One thing that really bothered me was that the authors seemed to have a simplified view of depression and mental illness. I'm glad that both of them were able to overcome issues of depression and sadness, but it's not an easy fix for many people. It can be a lifelong illness that requires medication, therapy and lots of support.
The authors hearts are in the right place and for what it is and what they set out to do, it's okay. While I think this book would certainly ring true with some women and be a guide and hope for them, I have my doubts that this would apply to most moms....more
Jennie Allen writes from the heart. She's got a casual writing style that feels like you're chatting with a friend. This book is a testimony of how shJennie Allen writes from the heart. She's got a casual writing style that feels like you're chatting with a friend. This book is a testimony of how she and her husband prayed that they would do anything God asked of them.
This is a great choice for a women's bible study or group read where friends can encourage and support each other as they consider the "Anything" prayer for their own lives. It definitely benefits from being read along with bible verses provided through Good Morning Girls for a deeper examination. The other support materials on the GMG blog are wonderful too.
Anything is an easy read, but a challenging prayer.
A practical, thoughtful and personal guide to strengthening prayer life. I appreciated the ideas for journaling and creating prayer cards. This book cA practical, thoughtful and personal guide to strengthening prayer life. I appreciated the ideas for journaling and creating prayer cards. This book came to me at the right time and I enjoyed Paul Miller's down-to-earth style. I found his personal examples very easy to relate to and definitely not preachy or pretentious. If you are looking for a book on prayer, this is an accessible and helpful choice....more
I read this for a women's bible study. It was not the easiest book to get into. While I do think there is a lot of valuable insight, I found myself anI read this for a women's bible study. It was not the easiest book to get into. While I do think there is a lot of valuable insight, I found myself annoyed with the way this author views gender roles. I was frustrated hearing over and over about how the man is strong, the man needs sex more, etc. And on the opposite side, the woman is more nurturing, the woman needs to talk about things more...honestly, I stopped reading sometimes because I kept thinking, "Was this written by a cave man???" Not that there isn't some truth to gender stereotypes and not that Gary Thomas seems like a mean-spirited person. It just bugged me.
I started to enjoy the book more around chapter 9. That is a long time to start to get into a book that is only 13 chapters. However, those last four chapters were mostly fantastic and I had a lot of "wow" moments. It was a great study for a group because we all struggled with various parts of this book.
So 2 stars for the first eight chapters, 4 stars for the last four which I'm giving an overall of 3 stars. The book is well-written, thoughtful, and worth the read. I'm having my husband read it next and I have a feeling the stuff that got to me won't bother him as much (Wait, did I just gender stereotype my husband? Oops)....more
This children's Bible has a lot going for it. It's written in a relatable, very easy to understand style and features bright, expressive illustrationsThis children's Bible has a lot going for it. It's written in a relatable, very easy to understand style and features bright, expressive illustrations. So often Sunday School focuses on individual stories: Moses, Noah, Daniel, Jesus, etc. when it's really all about how "God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). As you can clearly see from the title, this Bible emphasizes the entire book through God's "Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love." The entire Bible is a story of God's love for his creation and his Secret Rescue Plan to save his children. It leaves room for a lot of discussion between parent and child and is a great starting point for talking more about faith and grace with young children. I'm giving this Bible 4.5 stars only because I wish more stories were included, for both the Old and New Testament. It's a lovely Bible to share with a child and may even support and encourage your own faith....more
I won this book through Goodreads First Reads. It's a gorgeously intricate, beautifully illustrated and presented book. It includes fascinating historI won this book through Goodreads First Reads. It's a gorgeously intricate, beautifully illustrated and presented book. It includes fascinating historical and biblical details regarding the dragon legend and the link to dinosaurs.
I'm not sure that this book would appeal to a larger audience because it is based on a creationist viewpoint and discounts an evolutionary timeline. I am a Christian and I had a hard time with some of the information because I don't think believing in evolution and believing the Word of God are mutually exclusive. However, that is my individual perspective and I do think this book is interesting and worth a look.
It's visually appealing and there is a lot of material to keep young readers enthralled. I would recommend it for older grade school and middle school children interested in dragon lore, keeping in mind that the author's views may not be for everyone.