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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Paul and His Team by Ryan Lokkesmoe

Paul and His Team: What the Early Church Can Teach Us About Leadership and InfluenceThis is an excellent resource for anyone involved in church leadership, but is not for only leaders. As the book demonstrates, one of the most important jobs of the leader is to develop a great group of people around him/her. This includes not only creating a team, but encouraging each member to grow and use their unique gifts and talents while building them up. This book looks at Paul and the unique circumstances in which he found himself along with the people around him. While this is not a guide with instructions, it helps leaders to examine who they are as a leader, take a look at the individuals on their team, analyze how the team works together and why they do the things they do. 
Each chapter has questions at the end of it to aid in individual or group study. Whether you are a leader or not, the principles discussed in the book applies to anyone. I especially appreciated the chapter on the quest for common ground. There is much to think about and  apply to our daily lives.

I received this book from Moody Publishers for this review.

Unwrapping the Names of Jesus by Asheritah Ciuciu

Product DetailsThe cover of this advent devotional is just beautiful and the content inside is a beautiful gift in itself. Many of us get lost in the busyness of the season and the reason for the season gets buried amidst all of the chaos. This book will give individuals and families a way to step back and worship Jesus. It will aid in recapturing the sense of awe and wonder of who Jesus is in anticipation of the celebration of His birth. The four weeks of Advent (Hope, Preparation, Joy and Love) feature a brief outline for a time of worship and the lighting of the candle for that particular week. There are daily readings focused on the names of Jesus.

An added bonus, is that you can go online to download other resources for activities and bonus materials. I would highly recommend this book for anyone including families with children looking to enrich their Advent season and preparation for Christmas.

I received this book from Moody Publishers for this honest review.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn

Product DetailsThis is another in the Hogarth Shakespeare series. "Dunbar" is based on Shakespeare's "King Lear." Henry Dunbar is the powerful head of  a global media corporation. As he becomes more frail, he turns over the leading of the corporation to his two older daughters, Abby and Megan. He finds himself imprisoned in a psychiatric facility in rural England because of the actions of his devious and immoral daughters. His youngest daughter, Florence, is unaware of what her sister has done and makes the effort to find the whereabouts of her father. 

This was one book in the Hogarth series that I would have to say that I did not care for at all. Much of the content contained an excessive amount of profanity as well as some crude and explicit sexual content. 

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Daring to Hope - Finding God's Goodness in the Broken and Beautiful by Katie Davis Majors

Product DetailsWhen Katie Davis Majors, founder or Amazima Ministries, moved to Uganda she did not know what challenges and heartaches she would encounter. After adopting 13 children, her life was busy and full. In spite of all of her responsibilities, that did not stop her from opening her home to those in need. She cared for people dying of AIDs, those, struggling with addiction, and those who were orphaned. She did not do this at a distance, but many times caring for individuals in her own home.

In the midst of  all this tragedy and heartache, she asked the questions, "Is  God really good? "Does He really love us?" In the pages of this book you will find how Katie struggled with her questions and the answers she discovered through the pages of Scripture. Above all she found that her hope in God will never leave her disappointed.

Her struggles and sorrows may be different from the average person, but the questions remain the same. Katie's story will encourage readers to be reminded of the gifts of joy in the midst of sorrow.
Her honesty and transparency is evident in the pages of this book and I highly recommend it.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Calm, Cool and Connected by Arlene jPellicane

This is a great little book for anyone who feels overwhelmed with staying connected using technology. The author gives you 5 digital habits for a more balanced life. You don't need to throw away your smart phone, but instead set some common sense boundaries. These five habits are: Hold down the off button; Always put people first; Brush daily: live with a clean conscience; I will go online with a purpose; and Take a hike. This practical book will help anyone seeking to declutter their lives in using social media and technology.

I received this book from Moody Publishers for this honest review.

The Yes Effect by Luis Bush with Darcy Wiley

This book is a collection of inspiring stories about people who said yes to God. Some involved taking big risks and being in uncomfortable situations to follow God's lead. The author, Luis Bush, is the originator of the 10/40 Window concept and reflects on his experiences in watching God move through the "Yes" of His people. This is an encouragement to all Christians to say "Yes" to God wherever they are and make a difference in the lives of those around them or in distant lands. It was be a great book to read in a small group setting to discuss how to live a life involved in making a difference in others' lives.

I received this book from Moody Publishers for this honest review.   

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

The year is 1774 and the Ohio-Kentucky border is the location for this work of historical fiction. Despite rising tensions between the white settlers and the Indians, Philip Inglesby packs up his family including a four year old son, Jacob, and his pregnant wife, Clare, and heads west. When their wagon breaks down, Philip goes back for help leaving Clare and Jacob alone. When Philip doesn't return, Clare begins to go into labor and is off in the woods to avoid waking Jacob. When she returns, she finds Jacob missing and assumes he was kidnapped.

Jeremiah Ring comes along and assists Clare in delivering her baby and leads her to the Shawnee people to help her find Jacob. As she lives among the Shawnee people waiting for her son to be given back to her from the
 Indian widow to whom he was given, she learns a great deal about being still and trusting God in the midst of this situation.

I found this a very interesting book about this time period. The characters were well developed and I found myself sympathetic to both the Indians and white settlers as they each sought revenge for the wrongs the other side committed.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.