LOVE the illustrations. (So detailed and expressive!) LOVE that they don't show Jesus' face. LOVE many of the convicting applications at the end of eaLOVE the illustrations. (So detailed and expressive!) LOVE that they don't show Jesus' face. LOVE many of the convicting applications at the end of each woman's story! LOVE the behind the scenes. The writing is enjoyable even for adults like me, but not too hard for children, either. The main thing I didn't really like is that some of the quotes and/or feelings of Bible characters are added in, though it is quite carefully done. (I expect that in fiction books, but not so much in a devotional.) Also, it is geared toward Christian children, which may not be a bad thing, but has to be expected and read with care for the unsaved....more
I really enjoyed this book, and am tempted to give it 4 stars, but there are a few things that bring it below my normal 4-star rating, which I will toI really enjoyed this book, and am tempted to give it 4 stars, but there are a few things that bring it below my normal 4-star rating, which I will touch on later.
There is a fresh and lively feel to the book, as it is written in the first-person (as you'd expect), but also in the present tense. There are tidbits about art and famous artists, making for interesting reading to this artist. There are stories about WWII that are written not in a heavy, deep way, but in a boyish sort of way, with adventure around each corner--though with some sadness and shock, as well. There are illustrations in each chapter, as well as a section of photographs in the middle, which add a whimsical flourish and familial intimacy.
The author, grandson of more well-known Henri Matisse, has quite a fascinating boyhood, with mysterious family ties and underground activity (and the occasional theft). He knows God exists, and prays to Him when in distress, but it isn't until near the end of the book that he actually develops a love for Jesus. He is baptized, interestingly enough, by Willie Robertson, of Duck Dynasty fame. This is explained near the end of the book, too.
There are a couple of instances of the "h" swear word. The author marries (his fourth marriage) a woman without a ceremony at first, which I don't believe is a good example--plus she married him while she was a professed Christian and he was not. There is also a strange sort of dreaming and Spirit-led painting that makes me question a bit near the end of the book. Oh, and the talk of nude paintings/sculptures. These things are reality in his life, so I understand, but they need not be prominently or favorably included (and they aren't extremely so).
I received this book from the Tyndale Blog Network for my honest review....more
Concise--more like a booklet than a book, though there are chapters. Pretty basic for the reading music section, but with a few new things for me in tConcise--more like a booklet than a book, though there are chapters. Pretty basic for the reading music section, but with a few new things for me in the area of posture and diction....more
I signed up for this book not knowing how helpful it would be. After all, I'm pretty even-keeled; I don't explode in anger like some people I know. BuI signed up for this book not knowing how helpful it would be. After all, I'm pretty even-keeled; I don't explode in anger like some people I know. But, as I was soon impressed with, everyone has bad anger, whether it comes to the outside very much or not. We all want our own way and complain at certain times. Mr. Powlison helps us see the reasons for our anger, both good and bad anger, and how to direct it in the right way. He helps us see that God is in control, and that our sinful anger is a slap in the face of God's sovereignty. There is a correct anger--an anger at sin--and a proper desire for righting wrongs, but it more often goes bad and is founded in selfishness and pride. I saw more clearly that my own lack of anger--my apathy--about certain things is wrong, as well.
There are many helpful examples in the book, and it is quite an easy to read--but convicting--book.
One caveat: there are two or three uses of certain 4-letter words, one in a real-life example of an angry mother, the other a more legitimate use, I believe.
I will likely be re-reading this book in the future--there is that much to take in and to apply at various times in life.
I'll leave you with a couple quotes:
"Think about this: mercy is not a nonreactive indifference--because it cares. And it's the furthest thing from approval--because what's happening is wrong. Mercy includes a component of forceful anger, but anger's typical hostility, vindictiveness, and destructiveness does not dominate."
"Major sins are only minor sins grown up. Complaining has the same DNA as violent rage."
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This is the kind of book that's very hard to put down! With a dash of WWII history and a large helping of sci-fi, it kept both my mom and me riveted.This is the kind of book that's very hard to put down! With a dash of WWII history and a large helping of sci-fi, it kept both my mom and me riveted. The Christian message was not overly strong, but for an entertaining read, look no further! It switches between male and female character and various time periods, but still keeps up the pace. There is also some humor in the main character, which I like....more
I took two months or so longer at reading this than I should have, and I didn't fulfill all the cleaning assignments, but I gathered helpful tips, pluI took two months or so longer at reading this than I should have, and I didn't fulfill all the cleaning assignments, but I gathered helpful tips, plugged along at my little jobs, and tackled my monster of a closet once or twice.
I like the focus on grace, though at times it seemed almost too lax. It is a book geared toward mothers, with assignments for kids, so that's not currently applicable to me, but I like that concept, and have seen it help in my sister's family. I also liked that it had Bible reading assignments, though I would have appreciated a little more explanation and depth. Overall I really liked the book, in that it gives things to shoot for, but not so strictly that it overwhelms.
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I waffled between giving this four or five stars, since it probably could have been developed a little more in certain areas. However, the concise lenI waffled between giving this four or five stars, since it probably could have been developed a little more in certain areas. However, the concise length is also a plus in some ways.
This book addresses the faith of five different individuals and certain aspects of their faith: Adam & Eve's childlike faith, the Shunnamite woman's submissive faith, the Canaanite woman's mature faith, and Caleb's persevering faith. Each chapter has shorter sections, often with a modern-day example or two. I liked how clear things were, and how insightful and convicting. In the Adam and Eve section there is something I question, but could very well be true--I just wonder at his dogmatism.
"Believe [the Lord]! Believe that He will take all those impossibilities that are breaking over the gunwales of your life and bring them to a melodious whimper at your feet. They may alarm you, but they will not drown you. He will take care of you. Believe that!"
"Through afflictions God teaches us, says Thomas Watson, to treat the world like a loose tooth in our mouth, which, being easily twitched away, does not much bother us. Christ ripens us for glory by weaning us from this world."
"We forget that there are more than three hundred biblical imperatives commanding us to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ."
"Unbelief is dreadfully contagious; it persuades people that the giants of Anak are larger than the promises of God; it eats away at the vitals of faith; it stunts spiritual growth. Every time you do not believe in the presence of God, your spiritual growth is bruised. But true faith turns giants into dwarves and shows God to be as big as He really is."...more
A lovely book with much encouragement for witnessing, using time in prayer and wisdom, and God's love and grace being shown through blundering people.A lovely book with much encouragement for witnessing, using time in prayer and wisdom, and God's love and grace being shown through blundering people. Even though I wouldn't quite go so far as the ten Boom family in how the women taught, I was still blessed by this book and the stories told.
A couple quotes:
"Children need the wisdom of their elders; the aging need the encouragement of a child's exuberance."
"How grateful I am to have lived in my Father's house! Yes, Lord, I thank You for this family. I looked at my friends, gathered for an afternoon tea and memories, and thanked the Lord for the family of believers all over this globe. How the love of God stretched in and out of the watchmaker's shop to all parts of the world--to mansions in California and hospitals in Kenya, from queens to prison guards."...more
This is a fun children's story, almost mad-cap, with mishaps and people talking at the same time--but also realistic in that way. With animals galoreThis is a fun children's story, almost mad-cap, with mishaps and people talking at the same time--but also realistic in that way. With animals galore and interesting people and events, I think most children would enjoy this book, if not adults like me. :) Mostly the children were well-behaved or had good intentions even with all their secrets and schemes. A missing violin, snake, and mink on the loose are a few of the fun adventures you'll encounter....more