Tuesday, May 18, 2010

God's Promises for Boys by Jack Countryman and Amy Parker

Each 2 page spread has a 4 line poem celebrating an attribute of God, 3-4 Bible verses which support the theme, and a cartoon of a little boy reflecting the theme. It is a simple formula for a cute book.

This book is a simple book of promises for little boys ages 4-8. Like any book of promises, it is not meant to be read cover to cover but in topic form. I am not sure a young boy would use this book for its intended purpose, but it is a cute book of promises.

I am not sure if I really like this book but it does speak truth.


To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. I also must say that the opinions are all mine.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Searching for God Knows What by Donald Miller

If your faith in God is wrapped up in a nice little bow, if you read the Bible like a step-by-step how-to book on being a Christian, if you think your theology is tight, then this is not the book for you unless you want to start seeing God for who He really is.

Miller tells us "knowing facts about God is not the same as knowing god." I grew up in a nice little church and knew God through obedience and doing good. As I entered my adult years, I had a hard time connecting doing good with being good. No matter what I did, I was never good enough. Yet, God is not about saving those who are good. It is not about good but about God. Once I took my eyes off self and looked at God for who He really is, I realized that it is about relationship. Miller puts into words these feelings I was having, and helped me realize that trying to put my faith into a formula not only limits God who is limitless but also limits my faith. That was a huge paradigm shift in my thinking.

Miller speaks for the generation of unchurched believers who want to believe but are not about to sit still and be nice just to fit in. It more than just toeing the line of doing what is right. It is about having a relationship with God.



To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review.