Sunday, March 27, 2011

"If God, Why Evil?" By Norman L. Geisler

I was so excited to recieve this book to review. After reading it I've found that the book had good points and bad points for me.

This book is concise and to the point with the topics covered. All the questions that are brought up are laid out logically and the author comes to a conclusion based on those points. I thought that was very helpful. There's no emotion to cloud the logic.

However, this book was a little to 'meaty' for me. I had trouble wrapping my head around some of the concepts and even though it states in the beginning of the book that this is laid out in plain language I had trouble with it.

I think that this is a book that I'm going to have to read multiple times in order to understand all the concepts that the author was trying to get across.

I must stop here for a second and just commend the author for taking on this hard subject. Not only taking it on but trying to bring it across in a way that makes sense to the average person not just seminary students.

Overall, I think this is a good book on a subject that many Christians struggle with. But, for me, I'm going to have to read it more than once to understand. This book might not be a good read for someone who is new to Christianity. It might go over their heads too.

I recieved this book for free from Bethany House publishers in exchange for my review. I was not paid to give my review and all thoughts expressed are my own.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

"Lazarus Awakening" by Joanna Weaver

I didn't know what to expect when I requested this book. This book turned out to be such a blessing in my life at just the right time.

From the back of the book, "You believe that God love the world but sometimes you wonder if he truly loves you". I don't know anyone that hasn't wondered that at one time or another.

I've been at a loss on how to describe this book. So I guess I'll just start at the beginning. This book is about God's heart. It tells the story of Lazarus who Jesus loved and called back from death. In the book Joanna writes that we are all like Lazarus. Stuck in the grave, thinking we are safe there. But, Jesus wants to free us and have us live!

There is also a Bible study included with this book and I know that I gleaned more from the Bible study at the end of the book than I have in countless other books I have read. It's in depth, makes you think, and is scripture based.

I highly recommend this book. I feel like it's been such a blessing for me.

I got this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing through their Blogging for Books program. I received the book for free and was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts in the review are my own.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

"Regret Free Parenting" by Catherine Hickem

What a blessing this book is. No condemnation, no judging, just straightforward, godly advice.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book when I requested it. I figured it could just be the same old stuff that is written in a million other self-help parenting books, or it could be a different kind of book that actually had relevent stuff to say.

I'm happy to say that for me, this book was the latter. Catherine really knows her stuff and laid it out in such a way that was easy to follow along with. We all want to be better parents to our children but I know that for me and some of my friends, it's not that easy to change when you dont' know HOW to change or what is the best course of action to take.

The basic concept that runs through the whole book is how to be an intentional mother rather than a passive one. Knowing your children, knowing yourself, and knowing that you dont' have to parent alone. God is always there with you.

At the end of every chapter in the book there are Faith Points, which are scripture verses that go along with the main points in the chapter. There are also questions to answer. I highly recommend that if you read this book you take the time to answer the questions too. The are very insightful and relevant.

There is also a Regret-Free Parenting Plan at the end of the book. It's a four week plan that you can use to change one aspect of your parenting. I haven't done that yet but it's nice that it breaks thing down for you and makes it easier to change something that might be really impeading a fuller relationship with your children.

At the very end of the book there are lists of websites, books, and movies that the author feels go along with the priciples of her book. I thought this was very helpful and will be checking out these additional resources.

Bottom line is that I highly recommend this book. In fact I was recommending it before I finished reading it. My best friend is going to borrow this book now that I've finished my review.

I got this book from Thomas Nelson publishers through their program. I got this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not paid to give a positive review and all thoughts contained in the review are my own.