Yes, he ripped this idea off Stuff White People Like and so blatantly mentions that at the beginning of the book.
This book is a collection of essays b...moreYes, he ripped this idea off Stuff White People Like and so blatantly mentions that at the beginning of the book.
This book is a collection of essays based on his website stuffchristianslike.net. I don't recall how I came across this book, but I'm glad I did it. The essays are about things common among Christians. It's funny for we find out we're not unique at all. It's a fun way to laugh at ourselves. Acuff really hits the nail on the head with this book.
If you're a Christian and/or attend church regularly this book is something I know you'll enjoy. The entire time I'm reading this book I found myself nodding my head and completely agreeing with everything written. OK, maybe not everything. I do go to very conservative church so we don't have the Chris Tomlin type preachers and so forth as Acuff puts it, but most of the things I can relate to.
Do check out his website and then check out the book. It is well worth it!
I read this book for pure pleasure via Amazon Kindle on my phone and tablet. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this review in any way.(less)
A devotional written by Robin Jones Gunn and Cindy Hannan based on Gunn's popular Sisterchicks Series. Gunn starts off each section with a short story...moreA devotional written by Robin Jones Gunn and Cindy Hannan based on Gunn's popular Sisterchicks Series. Gunn starts off each section with a short story relating to the theme and then Hannan wraps everything up with the theological portion. They included Bible verses, quotes from real life Sisterchicks, and quotes from the series itself. If you're a fan of the Sisterchick Series or just Robin Jones Gunn's writing in general and looking for a new devotional this is a good one to get.
I read this book as a review request from Blogging for Books using Adobe Digital on my laptop. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this review in any way.(less)
This is a combination autobiography and Bible lesson. Robin Jones Gunn tells a little about her life in relation to being a victim of grace and how it...moreThis is a combination autobiography and Bible lesson. Robin Jones Gunn tells a little about her life in relation to being a victim of grace and how it relates to some events in the Bible.
What is a victim of grace? As Gunn puts it, a victim of grace is when something happens in a person's life and God's grace gets them through it. We don't earn God's grace. He gives it to us freely. Having it worked upon us we become a victim of grace.
Not everything in life goes as we planned or want it to. This book shows times in Robin Jones Gunn's life when exactly that happened. But, as she learns with each incident, God's grace is laid upon her to put her where she should be and eventually she gets her answers, the right ones for her life.
Robin Jones Gunn is most known for her Christy Miller, Sisterchicks, and Glenbrook series. This is a step away from that format with a non-fiction title. She has done a great job. (less)
C. S. Lewis is one of the greatest and most popular Christian thinkers and writers of the 20th century. He is best known for The Chronicles of Narnia...moreC. S. Lewis is one of the greatest and most popular Christian thinkers and writers of the 20th century. He is best known for The Chronicles of Narnia series, but he also wrote such great works as The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity.
James Stuart Bell along with Anthony P. Dawson put together a collection of work from the library of C.S. Lewis. These are the writers, the thinkers, the people, the works that inspire Lewis. Bell writes in the introduction, "Yet, except for the scholars doing the research, most of us are probably not familiar with these sources of inspiration."
I'm sure many of you all have heard of people like Martin Luther and maybe G.K. Chesterton (maybe not). But, have you actually read their work? Before opening this book I had not. I was not familiar with the works that inspired a great thinker like Lewis. Bell's compilation includes short essays, poems, and other pieces from such writers as Martin Luther, G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers, George MacDonald, Saint Augustine, Andrew Murray, Samuel Johnson, and Lewis's close friend J.R.R. Tolkien.
It's a good compilation. It's good to read what inspired Lewis. It felt a little dry. Some of the writing is from early decades. It's scholarly work and scholarly work I have to admit is not always fun work. It was interesting to read. I don't know how much I will read it again, though.
I read this book for pure pleasure and won it in a WaterBroook Multnomah giveaway. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this review in any way.(less)
Everyone, ok, well, most everyone has body issues. It's a love/hate relationship. Most of the time it's hate. Former elementary school teacher Annie F...moreEveryone, ok, well, most everyone has body issues. It's a love/hate relationship. Most of the time it's hate. Former elementary school teacher Annie F. Downs takes teen girls on a ride exploring their bodies, showing them how to love God's creation and use it to worship Him.
Downs pours herself into the book relating life stories to each message she wants to get across. This personal touch enables the message to become real and tangible, easier to grasp. She's dealt with these issues herself and has utilized the advice on the pages. She's not cold and standoffish. She's right there struggling with the reader.
Her writing style is like a casual conversation. She's talking to the reader as she's writing and I mean literally as she's writing. She uses events that have just a few seconds ago taken place in her world to illustrate the ideas she is writing about. The casualness of the book helps the reader to want to read it. It's not a struggle or bore to get through.
Including in book are recipes for food Downs mentions. Unexpected, but I think it's a good idea. She talks about puppy chow (not the dog food!) and an onion soup that readers may want to try them.
Our body is a gift from God and Annie Downs reminds us that we need to use our gift for God.(less)
Scott MacIntyre was American Idol's first disabled contestant. In his autobiography, with the help of Jennifer Schuchmann, he tells the story of his l...moreScott MacIntyre was American Idol's first disabled contestant. In his autobiography, with the help of Jennifer Schuchmann, he tells the story of his life--the ups and downs. When there are ups there are ups and when there are downs there are downs!
Scott was born blind. He isn't completely blind. He can see a pinhole of light, but big fat of good that does him in everyday life. As a very young child his mother played the piano and taught him where to place his fingers. He learned how to play by feel, like other blind piano players.
He grew up a fascinating piano player as well as singer. He was part of a family group the MacIntyre Family Singers with his older brother, younger sister who was also born blind, and his mom. They traveled around where they lived at the time, Canada or Arizona, performing at churches.
When stage four renal failure tried to stop Scott's dream of studying classical piano in London, Scott relied on God and bravely moved forward in carving out his life. When his kidney transplant, recovery, and his sister's transplant, yes the blind sister, attempted to sideline him, he persevered and made it to the top ten of Idol.
He defied the odds. He danced on stage! A blind man dancing, that's amazing. Watch him and it's easy to forget he's blind. Things don't always go as they should on the show, but he was able to work through them. It's his faith in God keeping him grounded and able to make it through any challenge put before him.
This is Scott's story on what having faith in God can do.(less)
I won this book from A Glimpse of Beautiful giveaway. Max Lucado is a good writer. If you are a new Christian is going to help answer the common quest...moreI won this book from A Glimpse of Beautiful giveaway. Max Lucado is a good writer. If you are a new Christian is going to help answer the common questions you most likely have. If you are an older Christian you may still have questions answered in this book. The book speaks in a tone that is relevant for new Christian, but any Christian can get something out of it.(less)
I am a huge Tim Tebow fan. I have been since his days at Florida. My mom, not a football fan, saw him play and knew there was something special about...moreI am a huge Tim Tebow fan. I have been since his days at Florida. My mom, not a football fan, saw him play and knew there was something special about the kid. I believe this was his second year at Florida, before the Heisman and before the first National Championship with him as a starter (this would be the year 2007). He was just a college quarterback trying to make his way through the SEC. It's tough being a Georgia fan rooting for the Florida Gators, but Tebow was just that good. When Sporting News printed the letter from George W. Bush to Tim Tebow it cemented everything. This kid wasn't just a football player, he was a Christian. He wasn't just a Christian. He was a big-time Christian. Many athletes call themselves Christians and they are, but this kid walked the walk, talked the talk, thought the thought, lived the life. He was. He is.
The book is very simple. It feels like he's talking or telling the story to a young child. It does make it easy to read and I like that. What I found a little boring was how stretched out the book felt with so many chapters on each football season. Even as a sports fan, it's a little much. Repetitive, that's what it is.
Tim Tebow is a very dedicated man. He goes above and beyond what is asked of him. He doesn't just do well because of his faith, but because of the hard work and dedication he puts into everything he does. He's also a very emotional guy.
Every trial, every thing that happens Tim believes is a message from God. I believe that, too. He gets hurt and he wants to know what God's trying to teach him. Lose, what is God saying there (you can't pray for victory, for one thing). It's amazing how much he relies on God. I love it.
Too bad this book was written before this season. I would love to get Tim Tebow's thoughts on that.
What really stinks is the netgalley version did not include PICTURES (and I know there were some because one of the Q&As references one). Maybe I'll have to get my hands on a hard copy so I can look at them. (less)
I read this book as part of the Beth Moore It's Tough Being a Woman Bible Study offered by the Ladies Bible Study group at my church in the spring of...moreI read this book as part of the Beth Moore It's Tough Being a Woman Bible Study offered by the Ladies Bible Study group at my church in the spring of 09. I really enjoyed learning about the book of Esther. I felt I learned a lot about the book and about being a woman. The problem I have with Beth Moore's studies are that she puts too much of herself in the book and she doesn't really allow us to find the answers ourselves. Searching for answers, imo, helps us to learn more. While I did learn a lot I don't feel I learned as much as I could from such a study. (less)