Sunday, December 18, 2016

Book Review: Pursuing Health in an Anxious Age by Cutillo

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This book is an excellent read. It was challenging and word centered in every way. I was especially touched because this book came to me in a timely manner. I am a patient who has been disappointed with health care for a very long time. I suffer continually with no cure in sight for my suffering. I baffle the doctors. They cannot figure out what is causing my problems so we are both exasperated over it.

However, this book helped me see that I am looking at medicine and its practice in the wrong way. I have been looking at it to save me while I am in this temporary body but with all the knowledge that we possess today, some things are not knowable or fixable with our complicated bodies. This should not astound us. God is an amazing Creator. He made us wonderfully complex. Some things just cannot be known.

By helping increase my understanding of doctors and their medical training has helped me understand where some of the flaws come in. Learning about the way they are taught to disconnect with the patient on a deeper level helps me to not be as angry. Any sick person just wants the doctor to listen, be kind, be honest, and try. The best thing that could be said to me is, "I know this is very difficult for you and your life and I see your pain is very real, however, we just do not know what the cause it yet." Doctors must learn to connect with both the body and soul of a patient to help the healing process.

Another thing I loved about this book was the discussion of technology. Technology brings wonderful resources and cures of many kinds but they are not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. They do not work on all people and this is where my thinking goes astray. I think if I go to the medical professional they can understand my body and do something to fix it. As our bodies decay little by little there are, at times, no real fixes.

After reading I can be thankful for medicines and technologies available but I never want them to take the place of God in my life. I have also learned that God is doing something in the sick persons life. It is an opportunity to let God enter into our suffering. It is a place of growth in grace as we sit and ponder His suffering and His love. And ultimately our final resurrection.

The author also wrote about learning our limits in our bodies, embracing the process of growing older, and the need for health care that extends evenly to all people. He wrote about the importance of our bodies and what the Bible says about that. Overall this book was informative and helpful. It is a good read to understand the balance of the medical field and right theology.

I received a copy of this book at no charge from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

You can get a copy of this book on Amazon.com here.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Book Review: A Spectacle of Glory by Tada

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This devotional book is brilliant. It is a devotional with minimal words on each page yet packs a Christ directed punch. I found myself continually worshiping God as I read words that helped me to look to Christ in my daily life; no matter the situation.

This book is a very easy devotional that take little time to do daily. It gives you a Scripture to look up and then works through practical application. It is a great gift or personal devotional for daily reading. It will encourage any weary heart or add more joy to a happy heart.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher at no charge for the purpose of an honest review.

You can get a copy of this book on Amazon.com here.

Book Review: Martin Luther: Christian Biographies for Young Readers by Carr

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These biographies are wonderfully done. I have had the opportunity to review two prior to this one and as usual, they do not disappoint! They are filled with just enough information to promote a good biography sketch for the young reader. It is information that would also hold the reader's interest.

Not only is the information written well enough to hold the reader's interest, the pictures are magnificently done. They are a joy to look at and help the young reader understand the content. Another thing I enjoyed about this book is that it included some fun, random facts in the back for the reader to enjoy.

Here is a video for you to enjoy to learn more about these great books.



I received a copy of this book from the publisher free of charge for the purpose of an honest review.

You can purchase this book through Amazon.com here.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Book Review: Parenting by Tripp

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If you want a book on parenting that will inspire your heart toward worship; this is it. As parents, we often lose sight of who we are and the importance of the gospel; it is a sort of amnesia. This amnesia hits you in the most mundane of times which includes the ins and outs of parenting.

Tripp helps you in very practical ways by giving 14 gospel principles that will help you be on the right track in parenting. It is convicting, informative and helpful. I find myself being a better gospel centered parent because of reading this. It is a great tool for your parenting tool box. All people would benefit from reading this.

I received a copy of this book free of charge from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

You can get a copy of this book from Amazon.com here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Book Review: Praying through the Bible for your Kids by Guthrie

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This is a really neat book. It is set up with your daily Bible readings and for each day there is a little devotional about how to apply a portion of that Scripture to your everyday family life with kids. Then at the bottom of each page is a prayer help that you can pray for your children regarding what you just read.

It is an easy source of encouragement that will keep you in the word but also help you apply it to your life. This is great. It is a good resource that is easy enough to read daily. It would be good for any busy mom or dad. And can you imagine praying the Scriptures for your children for an entire year? What a blessing that would be.

You can get a copy of this book from Amazon.com here.

I received a copy of the book at no charge from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Book Review: befriend by Sauls

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I have struggled much of my life with my understanding of friendship. I think my problem came from the influence of pop culture 90's television shows. I would base my picture of friendship on that. I could never wrap my mind around a biblical view of friendship. This is until now. This book has finally helped me gain a glimpse into what biblical friendship actually is.

This book not only gave me a definition of biblical friendship but it also gave me various pictures and examples based on the life of Christ and others. It was supremely helpful. My life has been changed and moved by this book. I have been affirmed and challenged. I am thankful for both.

The best way to read this book is with a group of people. There are a few things to discuss at the end of each chapter and community would benefit from discussing these together. It would be life changing for the group.

I think every Christian should take the time to read this book. I also think non-Christians should read this book to get an insight into what Christian friendship is to look like. I think it would be a fire hydrant of surprising grace. I think it would draw them in. This book needs to be discussed.

I received a copy of this book at no charge from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

You can get a copy of this book from amazon.com here.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Book Review: Eight Women of Faith by Haykin

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I adored this book because it took a close look at women who shaped our faith history. I agree with the author, that we do need more books like this. Women's voices and actions have shaped much of history but the information on them is usually lost. The author did a magnificent job collecting  information on these women to give us a credible biographical account.

This book was interesting and an easy read. I was encouraged by it. I think it is a read that all Christians would benefit from. Learning the past and from "a great cloud of witnesses" whether male or female is always a good thing. It encourages growth in faith in Christ.

I received a copy of this book free of charge from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

You can get a copy of this book from Amazon.com here.
 
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