Interesting autobiography about how one man faced many obstacles while growing up before turning his life around to the Lord Jesus. I like how the autInteresting autobiography about how one man faced many obstacles while growing up before turning his life around to the Lord Jesus. I like how the author mentions that everyone has a story to tell, and that it was his personal goal to tell his by publishing two books. I enjoyed the many references from the Bible, especially from the Book of John. Although some may disagree with the author's conclusions, it is clear that he has put a lot of thought and consideration into his own theological stances. ...more
I feel so blessed to have won this book through the First Reads program! My mom has always been a Joyce Meyer fan, but this is the first book I have rI feel so blessed to have won this book through the First Reads program! My mom has always been a Joyce Meyer fan, but this is the first book I have read of her collection. I truly enjoyed this book from cover to cover.
Though an easy read, I took my time with this one because there was so much to reflect on. The way The Love Revolution is written in segments makes it easy to leave off and pick up pretty much at any point. I can even see this book being used as a devotional for church groups or those looking to make a difference.
The book itself describes what the world needs in today's day and age - love. Meyer explains that there are so many of us out there (myself, for sure) that always want to help, but don't think that we have the means. She, among others, leave us with inspiring ideas on how we can all be better Christians, and better people in general.
I've read in other reviews that people thought this book was too depressing with it's sad statistics and stories. I agree... it IS depressing... though completely and entirely necessary. All too often we find it easier to be ignorant of what it going on in the world, because it doesn't directly effect us, and if we don't know about it therefore cannot make us sad or feel guilty. I like how Joyce doesn't use this text to preach that we must do this or we must do that, but she simply lays down the facts and mentions that there are a million ways to help, from going on mission trips across the world, to offering to get the mail for your elderly neighbor.
One of my favorite quotes from the book went something like this, "If we want something bad enough, we will make it happen." Meyer talks about how often we don't do things because we make excuses for ourselves.
Most importantly, I find it nice that Meyer does not just preach what she believes, but speaks from the heart and reminds us that we all are different and we all have different opinions. She respects that, and through reading we learn that she too, has many flaws, like all of us, and life is really about discovering those flaws and working through them.
I give this book an A+... one to keep around and to look back to from time to time. ...more
My husband and I read this book together while we were expecting our daughter in 2009. We often look back on it and are glad that we took the time. ItMy husband and I read this book together while we were expecting our daughter in 2009. We often look back on it and are glad that we took the time. It has helped us stay focussed and mindful of our marriage while being the best Christian parents we can be. ...more
Author Mike Flynt describes a "power base" as the center of personal strength use to meet challenges that, once discovered and maximized, will lead toAuthor Mike Flynt describes a "power base" as the center of personal strength use to meet challenges that, once discovered and maximized, will lead to a more significant, satisfying, and successful life.
We all want to have happy, successful lives. For some of us, it takes longer than others. Flynt himself didn't come into his happy, fulfilled life until the age of 59 years old, when he received national attention for returning to his college alma mater, Sul Ross State University, to play his senior year, becoming the oldest contributing member of a college football team in NCAA history. He took the tools that he learned from his experiences to share with us 12 different strategies to use to tap into our personal "power bases."
I found this book extremely motivating and uplifting, though geared much more towards sports fans. Mike Flynt speaks often of his football career and makes many sports references, which I think are necessary for his story and this book, but were often lost on me. While reading I often thought to myself that my husband should really be reading this book. I think it would speak volumes to his entrepreneurial spirit.
I did enjoy all of the biblical references this book made, as well as the power-packed quotes by Flynt. It is clearly evident that this man's heart and soul are in his beliefs. Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:
"If God has made your to do something, there will be a way to do it." "Time is the greatest teacher there is." "Your attitude is the single most important aspect of who you are and the leading indicator of where you're going." I think this is a great book for anyone who is looking for a positive piece of motivation to keep them moving in the right direction, whether it be for business or another personal goal. It's a great book to have on your shelf and to come back to time after time when you need a little reminder that you are a worthy child of God and you deserve a fulfilling life.
The final chapters of the book cover everything from staying motivated, to keeping your patience, to living a longer and healthier life. Flynt really goes the distance in showing his readers from personal experience how to steer your life in the right direction for you.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Power Based Life by Mike Flynt from BookSneeze. I was not compensated in any other way, and the opinions here are my own. ...more
Tithing by Douglas Leblanc is part of The Ancient Practices Series. If you're a Christian looking for information on tithing, this is the book for youTithing by Douglas Leblanc is part of The Ancient Practices Series. If you're a Christian looking for information on tithing, this is the book for you. It's relatively short, consise, and unjudging.
Tithing is the act of giving 1/10th, or 10%. This means different things for different people. For some it means giving 10% to their church, for others it means giving 10% to those in need. The tithe has long been a debate in the Christian community, and Leblanc does his best in this book to share the stories of 11 Christian and Jewish families and their personal takes on tithing.
I enjoyed reading Tithing. The personal stories were both touching and inspirational. Time after time, the stories came back to their title theme: test me in this, from Malachi 3:10:
"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,' says the Lord Almighty, 'and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it."
Even though the stories and the backgrounds of the families featured in Tithing are very different, the message that comes forward is very similar. Tithing is trusting God with your money, that He will do with it good things, and that the Bible literally says that we can test him in this. As a person who has been new to tithing in the last year, this book spoke volumes to me. My husband and I, still in our 20's, have a lot of debt from college, etc. We are approaching the tithe in a graduated way, which is also described in the book. This book also offers a glimpse of financial responsibility. It has been said that you can look at your bank statement and see exactly where you're worshipping (where you're spending your money).
I recommend this book to Christians looking for an open forum of tithing stories. It's a book to read and to draw your own conclusions from.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Tithing from BookSneeze. The opinions in this review are my own. ...more
As a pastor, Max Lucado received a lot of questions. Difficult, the answer might change your life kind of questions. In his book, Max on Life, he atteAs a pastor, Max Lucado received a lot of questions. Difficult, the answer might change your life kind of questions. In his book, Max on Life, he attempts to answer 172 of the "tough questions" that Christians face these days. More than a few of them are the kind of questions that I'm sure you've pondered, but would never have the courage to ask a person of religious authority. Max doesn't promise to know all the answers, but he does direct each question to guidance in the scripture as well as using real life examples.
I enjoyed reading Max on Life. Max covers 7 categories of questions, including: Hope, Hurt, Help, Him/Her, Home, Haves/Have-Nots, and Hereafter. Whether you're a devout Christian, or you're not really sure what your place is in this world yet, Max on Life is the launching pad for the answers that you're seeking. Max answers questions such as:
I know the Bible says I'm forgiven. But my conscience says I'm not. Is it okay for me to fire an unproductive worker? I'm a Christian, but I'm also a supervisor. How do I show love to a lazy employee? If God cares for his people, why do Christians suffer persecution and violence? What are we supposed to teach our children about sex? Our family issue is money. How much should we spend, save and give?
Max on Life is a book to read once through, and then keep in your library for reference as you consult your Bible and other literature for more answers. There is a handy index that sorts the book by subject, so that you can always go back to those tough questions when they come up in your own life.
I liked that each of Max's question/answer pieces was roughly one page in length. They were easy to read and generally to the point. If you wanted, you could easily use this book as a daily devotional to pray on the tough subjects. Though I did appreciate the range and depth of the questions that Max answered in Max on Life, I do think that this book would be more meaningful to those who are already familiar with Max's ministry. I was not familiar with Max and his writing, so it took a bit of background history for me to learn why his answers were the way they were.
The last word: great Christian read answering some of life's tough questions while pointing to scripture for where you can find more guidance.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” ...more
The Duggars may have a vastly different lifestyle than I do, but it cannot be denied that they have one of the most well behaved group of kids around.The Duggars may have a vastly different lifestyle than I do, but it cannot be denied that they have one of the most well behaved group of kids around. I really enjoyed this book - their personal stories, the recipes, and the parenting advice. ...more