Sunday, December 29, 2013

Knowing God by Name


These are just a few of the names of God that we can use to call on Him.  He is God the Father; Lord and Master; The Creator, Husband; The Self-Existent One; and My Savior and My Deliverer.  Some of these names I have heard before and some were new to me.  Either way, I realize that the more we know Him, the deeper our faith.

Written by the 3 Girlfriends in God, the reader goes through 8 weeks of devotions exploring the names of God.  Either for solo study or within a group, this book will help anyone know God more.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.  For more information check out the author's website or read chapter one.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

This is Your Captain Speaking

I am old enough to remember watching The Love Boat.  You could come aboard and there's a new love waiting for you.  Oh, the memories of watching this old show!  Now the Captian is sharing his experience as an actor and as the captain of this famous cruise ship.  He even shares his faith and how true happiness is only found through a faith in Jesus.  The true love who is waiting for you!

What I am too young to remember was Gavin's other roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show as well as numerous movies and Broadway plays.  He lived a fascinating life.  What amazed me was how he lived morally and upright in the Hollywood spotlight even before his faith became real to him.

This book was fun to read.  If I was older, I would appreciate more of his stories of old Hollywood and the many movies he worked in.

Thomas Nelson provided me this book for free in exchange for an honest review which I freely give.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Sex and the Single Christian Girl

I wish I had this book 20 years ago when I was a single gal struggling with purity in a rom-com world. I did not know how hard the battle would be.  This book provides the encouragement and the how-to for those ladies who want to remain pure and for those ladies who want to be redeemed from their mistakes.

No one told me about purity of mind and heart when I was a single gal.  It was all about "how far is too far"?  That question is a lie because purity is not just a line of only going so far.  Instead purity is a determination that God wants what is best for me and blesses the covenant of marriage.  Satan tries to distract us from God's best and deceive us that God is holding out on us.  The author points us to God's truth that He loves us and is not holding out on us but wanting to bless our obedience.

I highly recommend this book to any single woman who wants to honor God.

Bethany House provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

First: What it Takes to Win

Rich Froning is the fittest man on earth.  He proved it with back to back wins at the Cross Fit Games Championship in 2011 and 2012.  What is even more amazing is his loss in his first Cross Fit Games in 2010.  However, he did not let defeat stop him, and he explains why neither should we.  Anyone can learn to rise to the challenge not matter the endeavor.

I enjoyed reading this book.  Rich is a likable guy who writes likes he talks.  I am not a participator of Cross Fit, but as a runner, I can appreciate the hard work and focus that is required of the workouts.  Rich is more than just an athlete.  He uses the platform to share his faith in God.  One look at the verse tattooed to his back and people know something is different about this man.

Tyndale House has provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review which I freely give.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Daniel Plan

This book reminds me of Ecclesiastes..."there is nothing new under the sun."  There really is nothing new about trying to live a healthier life.  It really is the same old stuff we have heard for years.  We need to eat less and move more.  We do better when we have accountability.  Even the faith element is not new to the idea of healthy living.  First Place Bible studies have taught this idea for years.

What I did like about this book is taking the focus off of a diet and focusing on a healthier life.  The first 70+ pages talk about faith and making sure your heart is set on the truth.  So I was pleased with the book until I started reading the second section on food.  That is where the book started to really bother me.

The author promotes more than just making better choices and reducing serving size.  In addition to this, we are told to embrace beans and nuts, kale and grape seed oil, and seeds of all kinds (chia, hemp, pumpkin, etc.).  Some of these foods are hard to find in non-urban areas, and some of these foods, I just don't like.  The author also warned us about foods such as grapes and dried fruit which have high sugar content.  The focus was to maintain a low glycemic index.  While I agree the importance of reducing our sugar intake, not everyone is pre-diabetic.

The chapters on fitness were a lot less challenging than the chapters on food.  It was not a mandate to become a marathon runner.  Instead is was encouragement to get some activity, and find a way to enjoy it.  This was not the same tone as the chapter on food.  It seemed like the different author wrote different sections of the book.  So the author who wrote about fitness was not as militant as the author who wrote about food.

If this book helps someone become more healthy, than the book is worth it.  As a generally healthy person myself, I found the book to be more of the same.  There really is nothing new here.  Just the same advice we have already heard.  Being healthy is not about education.  We already know all this. What we need is what Nike has been telling us for years, "Just do it!"

Zondervan provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review which I freely give.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Dear Mr. Knightley

I thoroughly enjoyed this book with the unique first person storytelling and the many characters intertwined throughout the story.

Sam is an orphan girl who has is trying to make her way in today's culture.  She knows her upbringing was lacking and used books to understand human nature.  Books were her escape, but she also learned to hide behind these characters.  Only when she learns to be her true self can she fully mature and become the woman she is suppose to be.

I am not a reader of British literature so many of the books and characters (Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and The Scarlet Pimpernel) were unknown to me.  I was still able to follow the story line and noticed that as Sam matured, she used her characters less and less.  However, she never had to leave her great books behind as that was one of the few good memories she has of her childhood.

What I most liked about the book was how the story was told through one-sided letters.  I was able to figure out who Mr. Knightley was but only a few pages before he was revealed.  The book was charming and enjoyable.

Thomas Nelson provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review which I freely give.