Monday, December 27, 2010

Drops Like Stars

Having read books by Rob Bell for a few years, I knew what to expect when I read this book. I also knew that he would challenge me in ways I never expected. He takes the must mundane things and uses them to point us to God. It reminds me of his Everything is Spiritual tour. It really is. We are more than this human body, and we were made for more than just work...we are a work of art.

Yes, this book could be read in one sitting, but that does not mean it is an easy book to read. This book could take a long time to read as you sit and ponder what suffering is and what it could mean. Then once you think you have a grasp on that concept you lose your grasp on the idea that failure is not a mistake but an opportunity.

I highly recommend reading this book and then reading it again. It is like a diamond that as you look at it again, you notice something new and different. Take a look and see for yourself.


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.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Love on Assignment

I had forgotten that I read Love on a Dime, the first novel written by Cara Lynn James. The characters from Love on a Dime make an appearance but are not so much a part of the story that you need to read it first.

I like the theme of forgiveness. No matter our mistakes, God forgives us and we can forgive ourselves. The characters in the story demonstrate forgiveness for each other and for themselves.

Like the first novel, this book is about 50 pages too long. I found myself skimming paragraphs as I wanted to story to move on and not just cycle back through indecision and hesitation. The story came to climax on page 287 of 296 and rushed to an end in the next 10 pages. I felt like the middle of the book was too slow while the end of the book was too fast.



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.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Invasion

The storyline was smooth and the main characters were realistic; however, I got stuck with the believability of the story even though it is science fiction. It seems that this book was a comic book in the form of a novel.

I did not like this book probably because of the expectation I had that is was Christian fiction. What started out as weird turned to absurd and then to completely outlandish.

I read this book expecting a young adult thriller only to find that it was science fiction beyond belief. I am surprised that Thomas Nelson published this book. There is not an ounce of faith in the story. There is a nugget of good vs. evil; however, even the good uses evil means to get its way.

If you like science fiction, this is a well written story, but it is not a book to encourage, inspire, or even promote the Christian faith.

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.

Coming Back Stronger

What a great book! Drew Brees is an inspiration not just because of his success but because of hard work and of having to overcome adversity.

The New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl in 2009, but it was not an easy road to get there. Their QB, Drew Brees, had his own share of struggle to get to where he is now. I appreciate the honesty and inside look at what he had to do in order to achieve success.

I look forward to sharing this book with my son who plays football and needs a good role model to encourage him in the right direction. There have been enough athletes who have had success in their sport but do not take their job as a good role model seriously. My son even threw out his #7 Steelers shirt because of Ben's behavior this past year. So it is hard to find a good role model, and I hope Drew can continue to achieve success and can continue to be a good role model.

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