I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This was a real surprise and treat to read! I honestly had doubts I would like this book at all, but registerI won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This was a real surprise and treat to read! I honestly had doubts I would like this book at all, but registered for it anyway. I enjoyed the fast pace, the characters, and the story-line/plot. It was glamorous and fast-moving. The main character, Coco, was likeable. Great read!...more
Transformative, convicting, inspiring, motivating, life-changing. I need to read this one again and again. Possibly the best spiritual/biblical book ITransformative, convicting, inspiring, motivating, life-changing. I need to read this one again and again. Possibly the best spiritual/biblical book I've ever read. This guy knows Truth with a capital "T!" ...more
Very short and simple to read, but powerful arguments and reasons why it's still right to believe in Jesus. Hard to have doubts after reading this booVery short and simple to read, but powerful arguments and reasons why it's still right to believe in Jesus. Hard to have doubts after reading this book. Craig confronts all the crap out there in pop-culture claiming that Jesus didn't really die, or that the Jews stole the body of Jesus to make it appear that he rose from the dead. All preposterous claims when held up against historic evidence, context, and reasonable thinking. I recommend this very short book to anyone who wants to understand why so many people choose Jesus among other gods. It should be confronted at least once in your lifetime. After that, if you are not satisfied, there are hundreds of other books that delve heavily into apologetics, belief in God, Jesus, the validity of the Christian faith, etc....more
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I will say that I'm probably not the best person to give this book to since I'm not a Yoga-dI received this book from a Goodreads giveaway. Thank You!
I will say that I'm probably not the best person to give this book to since I'm not a Yoga-doing, new-age, hippy-dippy type. Not trying to be offensive, just honest. I'm somewhat of a conservative Christian. At the same time, there were certainly bits of this book that I will take away with me as useful. It talks about all the noise outside of us, bombarding us all the time. No kidding! We need some quiet and silence just to reflect and think. Good point! Also, the power of positive thinking stuff was really good. When something "bad" happens, or you make a mistake, don't let that inner programmed voice beat you up and terrorize ya! Look at this as a "meant to be" thing that will lead to greater learning and discoveries. It's all part of "the plan." I would say it's part of God's plan, while the author says it's the Universe. That's okay. Another thing I learned is that we should take time to analyze our actions and our words before we say or do. Not a bad idea. Are we saying things and doing things because we have been told that's the "right" thing to do, or are we saying and doing because it's coming from the real us? Good stuff to ponder. ...more
**I received this book from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.** Honestly, this was a nice little book on aging. The narrator, who happens to**I received this book from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.** Honestly, this was a nice little book on aging. The narrator, who happens to be 73, is a philosopher and infuses a lot of philosophy while taking in Greek scenery during his travels. I happen to love philosophy and felt those too-rare rapturous moments of pure joy brought on when my mind opens philosophically while reading parts of this book. I remember what attracted me to philosophy so long ago in college-- what could be more important than trying to figure out the meaning of life? Anyway, I enjoyed this concise review of great thinkers' musings about life and aging. I happen to agree with some of this book, even though I consider myself firmly planted in Christianity. I thought one of the best and most agreeable bits was when he was talking about how ridiculous it is that we try to extend life in pursuit of what?? "Life is the new death," he says. I thought that was clever and very funny. It's sad that so many of our older people in America are put-upon by the "forever young" ideals. They take loads of pills to postpone death, and in the meantime have no quality of life. I am also glad to know the author doesn't subscribe to the atheist worldview where life has no ultimate meaning. He seems to be agnostic, which is at least more realistic in my honest opinion. ...more
I received this book as a first-reads giveaway from Goodreads..thank you! I thought it was a pretty good contemporary romance novel overall. It's abouI received this book as a first-reads giveaway from Goodreads..thank you! I thought it was a pretty good contemporary romance novel overall. It's about 2 characters-- Ezra and Tuesday-- that meet and explode with physical chemistry right off the bat. They get the sex part down quickly, but falling in love part is slower for them. Call me old-fashioned, but I love it and much prefer when flawed characters hold off on sex and the sexual tension builds and builds. (Think Amy and Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory when Sheldon finally kissed Amy!) I like when we (as readers) get to know the characters well before the sex part. I like the tease and the anticipation that can build up for the audience rather than just laying it all out there within the first couple of chapters. Some of it was really good, but sometimes it seemed like everything was just too perfect to be true. You have two physically perfect people who are both strong and confident and seemingly perfect. They both supposedly have baggage, but doesn't everyone? I didn't see any true vulnerability, humility, or humanity. They both weren't that real-life to me. That said, I still give it 3 stars because for what it was, it was pretty good. ...more
I got my free and sweetly autographed copy of 'The Bible & Phone Minute' in the mail yesterday courtesy of the Goodreads giveaway. Thank You, Mr.I got my free and sweetly autographed copy of 'The Bible & Phone Minute' in the mail yesterday courtesy of the Goodreads giveaway. Thank You, Mr. Elmer Winner and Goodreads! I skimmed this book, and read quite a few days of it, and thought to myself that this would be the perfect book to take to work. There is no excuse for not having a quiet time/devotional every day if you have a book like this-- because it only takes a minute or two to read a daily devotional. Much better than nothing! I really like that there are little explanations or comments after each verse. I'm one that needs help in interpreting the Bible. Great little book to keep at work-- pull it out and use it before work or during lunch!...more
First of all, I would like to say "thank you" for sending me this book! I received this book for a goodreads/firstreads review and I intend on doing sFirst of all, I would like to say "thank you" for sending me this book! I received this book for a goodreads/firstreads review and I intend on doing so now that I have just finished it. It's such a nice book-- heavy, pretty, quality, well put together-- not one of those cheapo copies! If anyone would like me to mail them my copy, please let me know! (Is that allowed?)
I gave the book 4 stars because Mabry is a great writer even though I may not agree with everything he says, his theological views, or his religious postition (or, non-position) in life. The book is about his 3 month journey through the far East to explore and compare Buddhism with Christianity. Warning: He's not your typical pastor! For one thing, he cusses and at times seems a bit hot-headed! :) For another thing, he isn't on a missions trip to convert lost souls. (I'm a liberal-ish Southern Baptist who goes to a conservative Southern Baptist church btw). I consider myself to be pretty open-minded because I majored in philosophy and the Humanities, and after that, well it's hard to be completely closed-minded about religious subjects. I also have a truly skeptical nature because I question everything. I'm one of the more difficult sheep in the herd. At the same time, I'm getting older and more conservative, and returning to some of my conservative Christian roots, so if you are like me, you might find yourself in disagreement with some of this book. For example, the author keeps bringing up the Gnostic gospels, but those have been largely rejected by most theologians. Other than that, I've read too many Christian apologetics books the last 15 years to question my faith anymore, so I'm steadily getting more grounded in Jesus Christ the more I read C.S. Lewis, Ravi Zachrias, Timothy Keller, William Lane Craig and the like.
That being said, I can appreciate the author's musings on religion. I am not completely sure, but I take it that John Mabry is a Universalist. In other words, he believes that all paths lead to God. I so hope and pray that everyone finds their way to God. Like the author, I understand and have compassion for people who try. I have personally decided that Jesus is THE way because I have chosen to believe what he said in the Bible (coupled with strong works of apologetics!).."I'm THE way, THE truth, THE Life, and no man comes to the father but through me.." But, I still hope that somehow God reconciles all his children so they all will be with him eternally. I have concluded that C.S. Lewis put it the best way-- "Christianity is the true myth." Everything pales in comparison.
Sorry, I'm talking too much about my views, but I guess this book can incite that in a person. I connected with Mabry when he was talking about his current position in Christianity. He said he was so liberal at one time that he didn't really stand on anything, and he's been really conservative and dogmatic at times in his life as well. Both extremes are not good. Moderation is the key. Now, he is somewhere in the middle. I feel that I am too, although I think I am more conservative than he.
For one who is interested in the far East religions, or traveling in the far East, this would be the book for you! I personally lived for the moments when Mabry would discuss his genuine love and faith for Jesus-- those were the sweetest moments of the book for me and ones with which I really connected.
I think if there is anything a conservative Christian could learn from this, it is to not be afraid or to demonize the "Other" religions. They may be wrong. They may be misguided. But, they are on the same spiritual quest which seems to be written in the hearts of humanity. I personally wish everyone could meet and know Jesus, but I'm not God and I don't know his plan, so I'll just keep doing what I'm doing the best I can....just like John Mabry.
Now, John Mabry-- message for you-- I would love it if you did another travelogue across Europe visiting various historic Christian sites and sacred places. Now, I could really get into that!
Thanks again for this book and if I can pass it on, just message me your address so I can mail it, if that is allowed! ...more
I won this book on Goodreads and now I'm going to write a review, as I agreed I would for firstreads. This is not my usual read, as I like books withI won this book on Goodreads and now I'm going to write a review, as I agreed I would for firstreads. This is not my usual read, as I like books with more edge to them, but overall it was a pleasant little story. It's a story about love, more specifically, a couple of angels that bring two unlikely young people together. Although I'm reading several books right now, I kept going back to this one because it was light and easy. Usually, I want a lot of meat in my books. This book does not have a lot of meat, but sometimes you are just in the mood for fluffy mashed potatoes instead. I fairly enjoyed this book although it will not go down as my all-time favorite, nor will it stay with me for very long. More character development would have been good, and the conversations between Addie and Erich were so corny. I cannot picture two 20-somethings talking like that to each other. There were not enough problems in the story, so the climax was anticlimactic. It was very "Brady Bunch." Otherwise, I did not dislike this book and it helped me to relax after a rough day, as I did not have to think too hard, or stumble on difficult words. ...more
I would have never chosen this book, but I won it on Goodreads, and agreed to review it at part of "the deal." Wow! Loved it! I liked this book much bI would have never chosen this book, but I won it on Goodreads, and agreed to review it at part of "the deal." Wow! Loved it! I liked this book much better than the show, because I never seem to know what's going on in the shows. This book is witty, fast-paced, and fun. Bugs are not my favorite subject to read about, so I'm actually looking forward to reading another one of Dr. Who's books not involving insects. The story is basically set in an idyllic English village (beautiful descriptions) where people start being murdered by what appears to be giant insects like spiders. Dr. Who promptly arrives on the scene to figure out the mystery and set the world right again. This was a super-quick read, and I think I will add another Dr. Who book to my Goodreads list. ...more