Thursday, February 24, 2011

"Grey Matter" by David Levy

This book is Dr. David Levy's story about how he began to pray with each of his patients before surgery. This was really an amazing book. It's such a simple story and such a simple thing to do but it was so powerful in his life and in the lives of some of his patients.

I really liked how Dr. Levy explained his reservations and fear when he began this journey. It made it more real to me. Just because God is leading you to do something doesn't mean that it's always easy to get past the fear and start.

I am glad the he included his successes and failures in this book. Both in surgery and in praying for his patients. God never promised us that our journey would be smooth and that everything he requires of us would be easy or easy to understand. This put a human face on the doctor and his patients for me.

I really recommend this book. Especially if there is something in your life that you feel God is calling you to do and you are to afraid to do. This is someone who has been there and faced his fear in such an inspiring way.

I recieved this book from Tyndale Publishers through their blog review program. I recieved this book for free and was not required to give a positive reviews. All thoughts are my own.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

"Same Life New Story" by Jan Silvious

I really enjoyed this book. "Same Life New Story" is a ten week Bible study designed to help you change the way you think about your life and how to write a new story that glorifies God and gets you out of the rut that you are in.

There are ten different women of the Bible that this book focuses on; Naomi, Leah, Rahab, Deborah, Hannah, Anna, Jehosheba, Abigail, Naaman's servant girl, and Elizabeth. Each chapter is broken up into a few parts. The chapter starts out with telling part of the story in the Bible about these women. Then there are stories from the authors life and the lives of people she knows that go along with the story of the Bible women. Then the Bible story is finished up.

Next come the study questions. There are personal questions, a journal entry with a sentence that you have to finish, and group questions. The questions are hard hitting, in depth, and really make you think about why you do the things you do.

I did this study by myself over the course of two weeks. So this study can by done alone but the group questions would be better done in a group of women. That way you can get insights from other people.

I highly recommend this book. I think it's wonderful and really does what it sets out to do. Change the way you think your life is and what you think it has to be.

I got this book from Thomas Nelson publishers through their booksneeze.com program. I recieved my copy for free and was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Monday, February 7, 2011

"Lioness Arising" by Lisa Bevere

When I saw this book and requested it I was very excited. I thought that this was going to be a book to change my thinking and open me up to living God's word in my life.

This WAS a good book but I was strangely disappointed by this book. The whole book I had a vague feeling of unease while I was reading and it took some thinking for me to understand why.

First off, I don't know if Lisa was paraphrasing the scripture she used or was using a translation that I am not familiar with but I almost cringed every time I had to read the scripture she used.

Second, this book had a very feminist feel to it. What I got out of it was that women needed to rise up against not only the injustice of the world but also against men because they are the ones that opress women.

Also, I don't agree with Lisa when she says that women can have authority above men. As far as I know, the Bible is very clear on the roles of men and women in the church.

Like I said, I wanted to like this book but the overall tone of it for me was off. I don't recommend it.

I recieved this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing through their Blogging for Books program. I recieved this book for free and was not required to give a positive review or paid for my review.

Busy little bee!

I wish I had more time to write in my blog. I feel like I run all day and when I get a moment to rest I just lose myself in meaningless games on Facebook. I decided that it's time to change things around here. I deactivated my Facebook for the time being. I'm working really hard to catch up on all my reading, and I'm doing a decluttering 'challenge'.

This is what I am doing:
First, grab a garbage bag, laundry basket, or—if it’s really bad—an army tank, and set a timer for 10 minutes. Gather at least 15 – 20 items to give away. As you meander through the rooms of your house, ask yourself these questions:
1. Do I use this?
2. Do I have a place for this?
3. Is this item useful?

If the answer to any of these questions is “no” (that’s right—any—not all of these questions), then get rid of it. You’re simplifying your life so you can breathe easier and so God’s Word can have its full effect in your life, remember?
Once the timer goes off, take the contents from your bag, laundry basket, or army tank out to your car and drop your donations off at The Goodwill. That’s just one option, of course—you can “gift” your stuff to a friend. You know what they say . . . “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”

I got this here I thought it was a really good thing to do. I feel like most days that I'm drowning in our stuff! Every drawer is full, the closets are a disaster, and toys seems to be mulitplying, or reproducing, or cloning themselves (or whatever it is that toys do) at a fantastic rate.

Plus other things here and there like the blankets I'm making for friends and family that are pregnant, trying to do the Love Dare with my husband and a million other things that I have on my plate right now.

I seem to have gotten in over my head right now so my little blog has suffered. SO for my followers, or anyone that comes across this, I haven't abandoned my blog. I'm just taking some time to unbury myself for the time being. The only posts I'll have for right now are my book reviews but I'll be back :)