Dr. Cury's book, Think and Make It Happen,provides twelve principles for "developing your extraordinary mind" to "gain the happiness you seek, and achDr. Cury's book, Think and Make It Happen,provides twelve principles for "developing your extraordinary mind" to "gain the happiness you seek, and achieve maximum impact in the world around you." Jesus is given as our model--a uniquely qualified mentor and the ultimate author of His own life (Principle #1).
I was immediately attracted to Dr. Cury's emphasis on the people skills of Jesus. No one dealt with difficult people better than He. Recognizing Jesus' use of silence, the pregnant pause, and questions, (often in a hostile environment), Cury applauds Jesus' wisdom and mastery of self control.
Dr. Cury's wish to separate Jesus the man from Jesus as God is unsettling. It is impossible, in this writer's view, to separate the deity of Christ from His humanity. Cury appears to try to diminish Jesus in order to appease those with "any form of belief, including atheism." Most Christians attempt to emulate Jesus, and His character, with the full knowledge that He, as God, was sinless, and we are not. Jesus did not leave us discouraged in that knowledge. His Word provides us with ample examples of men and women who sought to live as Christ lived, and fell short of the mark. His outstreached arms and loving heart were much like a parent assisting a child in taking their first steps. There is no doubt the child will fall. The child has no doubt that the parent will help them up.
Contemplate Beauty, Unleash Creativity, and Turn Life into a Celebration (Principles 7, 8 and 12) are worthy and notable pursuits. Although not new concepts, Cury encourages the rediscovery of the senses to experience beauty and the element of surprise to set up creative moments. Cury recommends turning life into a celebration by rescuing lost dreams and establishing strategies to celebrate life.
Overall, I felt Dr. Cury's book would have been more effective if there had been less psychiatric jargon. This book could have been a more enlightening and entertaining read if he had expanded his coverage of the character of Jesus, and the relationship skills He demonstrated. Jesus is the only role model needed when looking for the perfect man to handle imperfect situations. It would also have been an advantage to further compare the disparity of our interactions with man versus humanity's interactions with the Son of Man.
For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.'" If poet John Greenleaf Whittier’s famous wordsFROM MIGHT TO FLIGHT
For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.'" If poet John Greenleaf Whittier’s famous words remind you of a lost dream, take heart. John Maxwell’s, Put your Dream to the Testcan give you wings to move from might to flight.
The first leg of your trip is the test. Maxwell’s Dream Test covers ten areas, Ownership, Clarity, Reality, Passion, Pathway, People, Cost, Tenacity and Fulfillment. If you answer any statement false, you’ve unveiled an obstacle to your dream.
The Pathway statements 'I have a written plan for how I intend to accomplish my dream" and "I have made significant changes to my priorities and work habits to put my plan into action" left this reader with no excuses. I need to pack my bags if I want to take the trip. Put Your Dream to the Testis a book to peruse; it demands active participation. Each chapter covers a question from the Dream Test and includes a call to action. I recommend a journal or notebook to record your answers and chart your progress.
Inspirational quotes and stories of individuals who saw their dreams become reality are sprinkled liberally throughout the book. From the much known likes of Beethoven, to the lesser known Bob Taylor of Taylor Guitars, you’ll find a similar flight plan – passion plus perseverance equals a dream destination.
The chapter on Cost dealt with one of my excuses – being sensible. John Maxwell states, "In the name of being sensible, people ignore their desires." Somewhere in my transition from reckless youth to sensible mother, I forgot that risk can be both positive and necessary. As Maxwell explains, "Because dreams confessed create conflict; dreams begun create crisis."
This empty nester has become more adventuresome of late, and I’m ready to make the changes necessary to see my dream become reality. The only fear I face is the knowledge that my dream is in my hands and there is no one to blame but me should it not come to pass. I plan on acing this test because as George Eliot stated,"It’s never too late to be what you might have been."...more
Have you ever said, “When I get to heaven I have a few questions for God”? I know I have.
If you’ve pondered the why’s ofGOD, MAY I ASK YOU A QUESTION?
Have you ever said, “When I get to heaven I have a few questions for God”? I know I have.
If you’ve pondered the why’s of this universe or are wondering about where we go from here, you may find your answers within these pages. Author Alton Gansky in A Conversation With Godanswers 55 questions in the voice of God, Jesus, and biblical characters from Abraham to Urbanus. Topics addressed include God, Bible, The Future, Pain and Suffering, Jesus, Kingdom of God, Heaven and Hell, Humanity, Christian Living, and Today’s World.
Questions from the basic, “God, is Jesus really your son?” to the more complex, “Who really rules this earth, God—You or Satan?” Jesus and God’s response to every question solidifies the oneness of Father and Son. Additional responses from other biblical characters reinforce the accuracy of scripture and Gansky’s responses via God and Jesus.
Although I felt the book was too elementary in scope for a seasoned Christian, it would be an excellent resource to give new believers or non-believers seeking to learn more. The book’s first person perspective lends an intimate feel to a very personal subject, one’s relationship with God. The answers warmth and concern embrace the reader like a hug from a father to his child—a proper illustration of our loving God....more
Much like the introductions in an AA meeting, Robin McGraw—wife of the ubiquitous Dr. Phil—is fifty-five and refreshingly honest aboutBABE OR BANSHEE?
Much like the introductions in an AA meeting, Robin McGraw—wife of the ubiquitous Dr. Phil—is fifty-five and refreshingly honest about it. In her book, What’s Age Got To Do With It readers are rewarded with a total-body-makeover via Robin’s experience and field of experts’ advice.
You can’t help but like McGraw, her sincerity seeps through the pores of the pages. After losing her mother to a massive heart attack, McGraw stepped onto her vanity stool to share the message we needed to hear—taking care of yourself should be your first priority. Not doing so can (as in the case of her mother) be the death of you.
Professionals in nutrition, skin care, compound pharmaceuticals, gynecology, alternative internal medicine, psychology, makeup, fashion, and hair color are quoted in this beauty bible. Chapters include Robin’s recipes for better health and beauty, referred to as Robin’s Rx, as well as a question and answer section from her collection of experts.
Although I found this book entertaining, I felt it lacked depth. The book’s chapter on hormones fell short in providing information for a major sector of women, women in surgical menopause. McGraw’s endorsement of bio-identical hormone replacement, however, was a timely one and falls on the high heels of the national media’s attention to the subject. She combats the notion that the change from babe to banshee is an inevitable one. Robin asserts natural hormone replacement, and sleeping naked, can leave the pharmaceutical companies sweating alone.
The chapter on faith, at just 4½ pages, read like an afterthought. I would have enjoyed reading how McGraw’s relationship with Christ was shared with those in her makeover chair. After all, a life with Him is truly age defying, it’s eternal.
What’s Age Got To Do With Itblows out the myth that the number of candles on your cake could mean you’re old. But don’t eat the cake. Robin says sugar causes wrinkles....more
Defeat, lose, quit—these are the words that come to mind when we think of surrender. Total surrender is not easily accomplished, norWHITE FLAG MOMENTS
Defeat, lose, quit—these are the words that come to mind when we think of surrender. Total surrender is not easily accomplished, nor is it a natural response to becoming a follower of Christ. It is, however, possible. Jesus modeled submission perfectly for us in the garden the night before his crucifixion. We are called to follow His lead.
Surrender All begins with Joni Lamb in a garden of sorts, a neighbor’s yard. Joni, age six, pushes her friend off a swing and soon discovers that confession is indeed good for the soul. As Joni’s story moves us through her dating years, she shares her first major white flag moment. Her choice to surrender to God’s will, and not her own, led her to new horizons and this white flag became a white wedding dress.
I enjoyed reading how Joni and her husband began Daystar, their Christian television ministry. God’s hand was evident and their growth and success has been miraculous. I was encouraged by Joni’s statement, “You may feel like you’re spinning your wheels, but let me assure you that God will use every one of your life experiences in preparation for what he has for you.”
Woven throughout the book are stories of fellow Christians who overcame serious obstacles. These stories bridged the gap between Joni’s Christian upbringing and those who didn’t grow up in a Christian environment. Through struggles to overcome addictions, sexual promiscuity, and criminal activity, their ultimate surrender to Jesus Christ provides hope for everyone no matter their past or upbringing.
While reading this book I realized I needed to redefine my idea of surrender. Waving the white flag is an internationally recognized protective sign. Persons carrying a white flag are not to be fired upon by the enemy. In effect, their surrender saves their life.
Coming to Christ and surrendering all to Him works the same way. Our relationship with Him gives us His protection and saves our life eternally. Sounds like a win to me....more
“Are you more dinghy than cruise ship?” Is your past lurking like a long shadow you just can’t seem to lose?HELP WANTED - IF YOU’RE WILLING, HE’S ABLE
“Are you more dinghy than cruise ship?” Is your past lurking like a long shadow you just can’t seem to lose? Do you feel God couldn’t possibly use you without a complete overhaul?
Lose your fear and discover why you’re here while reading Max Lucado’s latest book, Out Live Your Life. Max reminds us “God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called” and “God changes the world with folks like you.”
Where to begin? Lucado suggests you find your "language” by asking a few questions. What circumstances and age groups move you? With whom do you speak most comfortably - teenagers or the elderly? What breaks your heart most, AIDS patients or girls sold in the sex trade? For those in Christ God promises His Spirit will speak through you. By following our heart and giving God’s Spirit full rein, “we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” (2 Cor. 1:4 NLT)
Chapters cover topics on sharing hospitality, seeing needs, persecution, humbleness, defending the defenseless, giving God glory, prayer, and the reminder that we show our love for Jesus when we love others. At the end of each chapter is a scripture and prayer. A discussion and action guide is also provided.
Out Live Your Life inspires us to make a difference using our lives to touch another—one life at a time. This book will also make a difference to the families and children of the world through World Vision and other ministries of faith-based compassion. How? Max Lucado has donated one hundred percent of his royalties to these ministries. I think I know Lucado’s language—it’s the language of love.
What if you knew every act and interaction between you and another would make a difference to the entire world? Would that knowledTHE BUTTERFLY EFFECT
What if you knew every act and interaction between you and another would make a difference to the entire world? Would that knowledge change your vision, your words, and your plan?
That’s the message you’ll discover inside Andy Andrews children’s book, The Boy Who Changed the World. Colorful pages chronicle individuals who chose to make a difference. In pursuing their God-given passions, each fulfilled their purpose and touched the lives of others. In the final pages of the book Andrews explains the butterfly effect to further emphasize his message, “every little thing YOU do matters”.
Butterflies float and alight on every page in beautiful illustrations. While reading this book to a child I think it would be fun to suggest the child find, point out, and count the butterflies.
Adults will enjoy the message as well. From my perspective this book has it all. A good story wrapped in a lesson to be learned, and topped with a beautiful butterfly bow.
Hardcover, 40 pages Published August 31st 2010 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published August 27th 2010)...more
Brenda was born in a close-knit family short on money, but long on love. From an early age she sought to be noticed and loved to dance for her relativBrenda was born in a close-knit family short on money, but long on love. From an early age she sought to be noticed and loved to dance for her relatives. They applauded her performances, and occasionally even joked she “looked like a stripper.” Although she had no idea what a stripper was, she realized they must attract attention. Later when kids in her church were asked what they wanted to be when they grew up, Brenda said, “I want to be a preacher . . . or a stripper.” After her family saw a movie about the rapture her dance card included Jesus when they all responded to the altar call.
Without money to attend college, Brenda decided her best option would be to follow in her father’s footsteps and join the marines. While in training, she meets a good-looking squad leader and falls in love. Health issues force him out of the military and leave him unemployed. So after the birth of their first child the support of the family is laid on Brenda’s broad shoulders. Her husband remains at home and cares for their newborn while she returns to work. The baby, while under his care, is dropped and the child is left blind and brain damaged. With the care of a disabled son added to her plate, Brenda had no choice but to leave her beloved military career. Eventually her husband finds a job and they decide to add to their family. Brenda is eight months pregnant when her husband adds insult to injury by admitting he’s been having an affair. She packs her bags and she and their son leave.
Back in her refuge and safe haven—her parent’s home—she begins a new life as a single mom of two. A new career choice must be made and she decides nursing would help her gain knowledge to continue the care of her son and offer a flexible schedule. Student loans and grants get her back in school, while welfare and food stamps help feed her family. A weekly outing with her mom brings some needed fun, and soon a college football player line-dances into her life–Kurt Warner.
Brenda’s romance with husband Kurt Warner and his fairy tale rise to Super Bowl fame is the fluff that dreams are made of, but inside every dream come true is a back story. As tragedy after tragedy assailed her she clung to the two things she could count on, her faith in God and her parents. Then the unthinkable happens. Both her parents are killed in a tornado. She said, “If the devil was trying to destroy me, if he wanted to take me out, taking my parents from me was the way to do it.” Her final earthly lifeline was blown away.
I related to this story and I believe readers will too. How many have had life not turn out as planned? Accidents, broken dreams, and people can all cause us heartache. Brenda’s rags to riches story is a wonderful account of how God works to bring people and circumstances together to redeem and restore what’s been snatched away. Go Team Warner. Enjoy the dance. ...more
Being willing to do something and actually following through are entirely different things. Ten years had past since the day Marcia and her husband BoBeing willing to do something and actually following through are entirely different things. Ten years had past since the day Marcia and her husband Bob said, “I do” and “I’ll go.”
So when Bob comes home from a mission trip and says God has called them to serve an orphanage in Guatemala, Marcia’s initial reaction was “Whoa!” It was comfortable under their patchwork security blanket made up of Bob’s union job, a house in the suburbs, and a teaching job she loved. Tightly sewn into that blanket was their young daughter, Lily. What about her?
I haven’t visited Guatemala, but I felt like I was there while reading Marcia’s picturesque story of women “in their colorful village wraps and elegantly plaited headdresses—statuesque princesses in plastic flip flops” and “clumps of brazen bougainvillea that flaunted their purples and salmons and magentas over the adobe wall.” You will also see God’s presence and provision in amazing ways in her transparent struggle in the well-worn path from fear to faith.
Marcia Moston’s Call of a Coward entertains, enlightens, and encourages as you follow Marcia’s travels from Guatemala to Vermont. Short enough (at 135 pages) to be read in one sitting, you’ll enjoy the day-trip into trust found here.
Our faith can be like a child trying on a parent’s much too large dress shoes. We adore clumping around in them and long for the shoes to fitCROSSINGS
Our faith can be like a child trying on a parent’s much too large dress shoes. We adore clumping around in them and long for the shoes to fit. As we cross over the bridge from child to adult we begin to see the shoes in a different light. The fit has improved, but we no longer find them attractive. We may decide to find new shoes—some that are more like us and a lot less like them.
Andrea Palpant Dilley grew up in a Christian home with parents who practiced what they preached. Their service included working six years as medical missionaries in Kenya. While there, Andrea took a first step in her walk of faith when she accepted Christ. But when her father’s twelve-year-old patient died of tuberculosis she experienced her first crisis of faith. She said, “Something was profoundly wrong with the world. God allowed suffering. God let a good kid die.”
After her move back to America, her family joined a Presbyterian church and twelve-year-old Andrea stepped into the waters of baptism. The teen years followed and she developed pot holes of skepticism. This led to frequent intellectual debates with her father and ample opportunities to ask hard questions—ones that are generally thought, but left unspoken. When she moves into the college years, she comes to forks in her road of faith. Which path will she choose?
As parents we attempt to pass our faith down to our children, much like our hand-me-down cars. It is only when we cross over the bridge of faith for ourselves that we find a faith that fits and we can walk in. Faith and other Flat Tires is a refreshingly honest road trip home....more
With a sleight of his talented hand, Frank Peretti has spun a magical tale of suspense, mystery and love. In his latest release, Il Could It Be Magic?
With a sleight of his talented hand, Frank Peretti has spun a magical tale of suspense, mystery and love. In his latest release, Illusion, Peretti combines a love story that surpasses time with a disappearing act unlike no other. There is something for everyone in this tale.
Mandy Whitaker is pronounced dead following a tragic car accident while her husband Dane is left to grieve the dual loss of wife and magic act partner. As he struggles to live without her, Mandy awakens as the nineteen-year-old she was in 1970, but in the year 2010. Attired in a hospital gown, and greatly confused, Mandy is soon placed in a mental ward. There she discovers a new skill she’s been given—time travel.
This reviewer loved Illusion for many reasons. Mandy’s memories of the 70’s reminded me of a less frantic and simpler time. The fight of good versus evil and the longing for a love that surpasses time are themes with universal appeal. Dane and Mandy’s battle to play the cards they’d been given became my battle too. You can’t help but root for this couple to beat the odds.
This book is indeed magic. I suggest you read it-before all the copies disappear. ...more
In July of 2005, I began reading my first daily Bible. My goal was to read every day, and not be forced forward by a schedule. I finished that Bible iIn July of 2005, I began reading my first daily Bible. My goal was to read every day, and not be forced forward by a schedule. I finished that Bible in April of 2007.
I found the reading of God's Word drew me into a deeper relationship with Him. It enlarged my understanding of His ways, His purpose for me, and His people. Reading the entire Bible changed my life. It can change yours too.
Since reading that first daily Bible, I've reached for different versions and formats. I've just completed The One Year Bible ESV. This Bible is arranged in daily segments with selections each day from the Old Testament, New Testament, the Psalms, and Proverbs. The English Standard Version is clear, concise, and easy to read. Occasional footnotes aid in understanding.
Although many of the daily Bibles offer this format, I've developed a preference for the chronological reading of the Word. The daily readings begin "In the beginning" and end in Revelation and events unfold in the order they actually occurred.
Whether you prefer this format or the chronological one, I encourage you to start a Bible reading plan, and experience God like you've never experienced Him before. ...more
From a distance you may think that Jones is a homeless man, alone with no family, and only a smal DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?
BOOK REVIEW BY JO RAE JOHNSON
From a distance you may think that Jones is a homeless man, alone with no family, and only a small suitcase of belongings. Move closer and Jones would tell you he’s a man with a wealth of places to stay, friends who love him like family, and possessions meant to be shared. Jones would say you might need to change your perspective.
Andy Andrews introduces us to Jones in his latest book, The Noticer. Andy is living under a pier and has no job, vehicle or family. Surprisingly, Jones doesn’t offer Andy quick solutions to his circumstances. He helps him find something far more valuable—hope. Andy’s first assignment is an unusual one, read three biographies. Jones explains to Andy, “Other people’s experience is the best teacher. By reading about the lives of great people, you can unlock the secrets to what made them great.”
Andy is the first of many people Jones will touch. A couple filing for divorce is taught the dialects of love. A depressed, divorced man learns “that a person could lose everything, chasing nothing.” A group of teenagers are taught to read life “leaves” to gain the vision necessary to pick a life partner. Jones meets a plethora of people at every age and circumstance in need of a change of attitude.
Willow, an older, widowed woman who believes her life is over will learn through Jones “the most important part of your life has not yet been lived.” A young, entrepreneur who sees dollar signs in lieu of people is instructed, “Life is like a game of Monopoly. You may own hotels on Boardwalk or you may be renting on Baltic Avenue. But in the end, it all goes back in the box.”
Have you ever met someone like Jones? Are you a Jones to others? This book opens the door to such questions and many others. How important are the circumstances in your life or is your perspective your greatest obstacle?
I once saw a toddler discover his hand. He moved his palm close to his face, eyes wide, and mouth open, intent on his flexing fingers. As I watched him, I felt envious of his ability to find delight in something I rarely notice. This book reminded me of that child and encourages me to look for new perspectives on everyday situations.
Remember the song, “Be careful little eyes what you see?” Today, with the doom and gloom of the news media, I find myself needing vision correction in order to keep a positive focus. While reading this book, I realized Jones had a message for me too. “Whatever you focus upon, increases.” I’m putting on my rose colored glasses; it’s going to be a beautiful day and good things are coming my way! ...more
Recently BookSneeze offered Start! The Bible For New Believers as a selection for review. This New King Jame Get Started
Book Review by Jo Rae Johnson
Recently BookSneeze offered Start! The Bible For New Believers as a selection for review. This New King James version of the Bible is edited by Greg Laurie, well known pastor of one of the largest churches in America—Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California. Laurie starts with his five secrets to spiritual success. They include read, study and love God’s Word; have an active prayer life, be actively involved in a local church, learn the joy of giving to and serving others, and tell others about Jesus Christ. These introductory pages lay a foundation for the new believer.
Inside the Biblical text, Laurie has inserted an introduction to each book of the Bible and added highlighted commentaries in the areas of Live, Grow, Know and Learn. The areas are also cross referenced in a topical index in the back of the Bible. Following Revelation, Laurie offers up Essentials//What Every Christian Needs to Know About God and Jesus. Here Laurie explains truths about God and identifies Jesus as both God and man. As an aficionado of Bibles and a fan of Greg Laurie’s teaching, I was curious to see if Start! The Bible For New Believers would help bridge the gap between the crawl of salvation to a walk of faith. In my opinion, Start! would strengthen the muscles of a new believer’s legs of faith, and remove misconceptions that could become road blocks. ...more
11 Secrets of Getting Published by Mary DeMuth is a must have for every writer wishingYOUR GPS FOR THE WRITING JOURNEY
E-Book Review by Jo Rae Johnson
11 Secrets of Getting Published by Mary DeMuth is a must have for every writer wishing to find their way through the publishing maze.
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Don’t get lost in the manuscript shuffle. Find the shortest route to your destination by reading 11 Secrets of Getting Published. At $4.99, this trip is a real bargain! ...more
Did your childhood leave holes in memory or heart? Has your painful past eroded today’s joy? What if returning home could open a time capsule where un
Did your childhood leave holes in memory or heart? Has your painful past eroded today’s joy? What if returning home could open a time capsule where untold memories are held? Would you go? Willa Muir is on a quest for missing memories. Clues to her past flit in and out, like a butterfly that touches down and is off again. The glint of a gold ring, a green-eyed man, vague words of hope and home alight then fly away.
“What if home is a person, Wills? What if I am your home?” Hale’s words, and the gold ring he managed to slip on her finger, pushes Willa back to her childhood home to uncover secrets left hidden there.
Her mother’s declining health and wandering mind offer little hope of revelation. The Muir House caretaker (the other keeper of the past) is resolved to keep her mouth shut and Willa’s questions unanswered. A showdown between the younger “Facebook tell all” generation and the “silence saves face” older generation ensues.
As Willa struggles to emerge from her protective cocoon, an old flame from the past hovers dangerously close while Hale seems to have taken permanent flight. Does the one who “understood her story not from the recounting but in the living it” have an edge over the man who calls himself her home?
Willa’s search for home is one we all can understand. Her resolve to remember rewards her with healing and wings to take flight. I found this book not only entertaining, but enlightening. The Muir House is a great read; you’ll not want to put it down.
I received this book free from the publisher. 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