Friday, October 22, 2010

Hope Unseen

I cannot even begin to imagine what Scotty Smiley has endured to get to where he is now. I graduated from West Point a few years before Scotty, but I never had to go through what he went through. I am inspired by his story, and you will be, too.

I feel honored that Scotty was willing to share his experience and to enlighten others on what he has had to face. This book is a great read and I am happy to share this book with family and friends. You will be encouraged, inspired, and amazed.

Every time I am frustrated with my computer, I will think of Scotty. Here I am with 2 good eyes ready to throw my computer out the window. He has had to memorize functions and keys in order to be proficient at making Power Point presentation. I will no longer complain about my computer, and I will remember to be thankful in my circumstances.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

This was a wonderful book for anyone interested in saving money. I consider myself a thrifty shopper but have learned a few new things from this book. I like cutting coupons and save a bundle by using them. Yet, I do appreciate the perspective that this is not the only ways to save money. I tabbed a few pages with ideas that I want to implement in my own life, but I am not overwhelmed with trying everything that Steve and Annette do.

I want to mention that anyone who tries to save money will be reluctant to spend $16.99 on a book. First of all, this a good investment. Secondly, the book comes with a $3.50 rebate. This book is a worthwhile purchase. If I had not received the book from Thomas Nelson, I would still invest the money to learn how to be better at saving at the grocery store.

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.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

God & Football: Faith and Fanaticism in the SEC

I wonder if all the people I want to read this book will be offended when I tell them they need to read this book. Living with a football fan and enjoying a good game myself means that I can relate to Chad Gibbs and his quest to question the depth of his faith in the midst of football season.

I so appreciate the honesty of the author as he is trying to balance his passion for football and his faith in Christ. Has football become an idol in our lives? Hmmm...I will have spent 6 hours at football games and 1.5 hours in church by the time this weekend is over. How much money am I donating in order to get good season tickets and how much money am I donating to my local soup kitchen to feed the homeless? It does seem that something is not quite right. "I can tell you all day that football isn't that important to me, but my actions speak so loud you'd never hear my words" (p. 218).

Yes, this is a great book even if it makes me uncomfortable when I realize how much of it is true. Whether it's football, or any other hobby, anything that becomes more important than God, is an idol. Yet these idols are empty. Nothing else can love me unconditionally with overwhelming grace like God does.


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

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Transforming Church in Rural America

...breaking all the RURALS.

First of all, you do not need to be in a rural church to appreciate the ideas put forth by Shannon O'Dell. You can be in a huge, suburban church and face some of the same struggles.

I have moved a few times and have been a part of many different churches from many different denominations (Baptist, Lutheran, Protestant, and non-denominational). I could connect with just about everything that was said about big churches vs. small churches.

We have a lot to learn from each other in the body of Christ, and I am glad that Shannon O'Dell was honest enough to share with us what he faced in a rural church. He encourages us to not settle for the status quo but to be inspired to "build people, not organizations" because "if we build organizations, we will end up with buildings and programs that serve only themselves." So simple, yet so profound.


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.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

City on Our Knees

I just finished reading this terrific book. I have read Jesus Freak and am in the middle of Under God, so I am familiar with books that Toby Mac is involved in. He does not write the book himself (he saves his writing for lyrics), but instead he compiles stories from others who inspire us and encourage us.

My son is excited to read this book, too. We went to a Toby Mac concert last year, and I am grateful that my middle school son is singing lyrics that are building and encouraging. Some of the music his friends listen to is questionable. This book will encourage him to be more than just a believer but to live out his faith.

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