Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Yet again this publisher has published a book that is outstanding. When we opened the box containing this book my kids were immediately interested in it because of the vibrant photograph on the cover. Every page of this book is bright photographs. Within the pages children and adults alike are invited to step into a new and exciting world of the Galapagos Islands. One of my favorite pictures is located on page 28 - it brings to mind the story of the Three Trees. I enjoyed the fact that the pages were filled with interesting information about animals, environment, ecosystems. I never knew just how diverse these island actually were! An added bonus is the explanation of creation and supporting evidence. Science, history, geography - it is all touched on and covered in this one book. This is an excellent resource for home school, public school or private school. It would be a great book for a child doing a paper on diversity of ecosystems. Thank you Masterbooks for this review copy. http://www.nlpg.com/galapagos-islands
Friday, February 14, 2014
Opening our lives to God's Questions - now that is a loaded sub-title. Yet that is what we each need to do. The thing is this takes a tremendous amount of courage - for when we do this we open ourselves to an honest evaluation of the state of our hearts. In this grace-filled, heart warming book Heather King takes the reader into scripture to explore the questions God poses to those He calls His children. It is these questions that bring us to our knees, drive us back into His arms, lift us out of desperation, cause us to turn back from the snare, and so much more. It is these questions that are pivotal in the lives of believers. The author helps the reader face with confidence and the security of God's love our personal insecurities, fears and worries. Within these pages a reader will find the courage to overcome these things and move to a higher, closer relationship with Christ. I would highly recommend this to anyone seeking a closer more intimate relationship with Christ. For by the end it the reader will find a peace with the questions and be surprised by their own answers to these questions. Thanks to the publisher for this review copy.
I am a huge fan of the Love and Respect books written by Eggerichs, so when I heard about this one I was so excited that it was up for review. As a Pastor's wife I am always looking for new resources that I will be able to share with members of the church. I got this book on a Monday and had a member of our church approach me that Wednesday night and ask if I had any resources to recommend for them - they had a child that they were having some trouble with. Well - I handed her this book. In two days time I had sat down and devoured the easy to read book and filled up a notebook of applicable stuff for my family that includes 6 children from the ages of 4 months to 13 years old. As always this author does an excellent job of writing in a way that is easy to read and even enjoyable. Much nicer was the fact the book is filled from front to back with things that are easy to put into practice with any family situation. The basic thought is that there is a mutual need for respect and love. A child needs to feel loved and a parent desires to feel that the child respects them. The challenge lies in the fact that we, as parents, often feel as if we are not being respected and in turn act out of this feeling of being disrespected. This creates a family cycle of the child feeling unloved and the parent feeling disrespected and both acting out in negative ways because of their feelings. I had to re-evaluate some things in my own life and ask myself - "Is my child being deliberately disrespectful or is my child acting out in a childish way that causes me to feel disrespected?". One such instance is that my loveseat is located on the wall outside of my middle son's bedroom. Every time he goes to his room he runs through the room and catapults off the couch into his bedroom door - EVERY TIME! So, at least 3 times a day I say "DO NOT use the couch that way!". By the end of the day I am ready to scream because I feel that he is deliberately being disrespectful. After reading this book I looked at that differently and thought I would do an experiment. So - he took of running and jumped on one cushion catapulting himself over the arm rest into his door. Calming I walked in there and put my hand on his shoulder "Son, why do you jump on the couch that way when you know it upsets me?" - Surprised that he was not in trouble he sheepishly said, "I don't mean to, it's just so much fun....I try to remember not to". Ahhhh....so he was not trying to drive my blood pressure up - it was just the boy in him. I would certainly recommend this book to all parents. I am sure we could all glean something from this well-written parenting book. Especially if you enjoyed the other books by this author. Thanks to the publisher for this review copy.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Saturday, February 8, 2014
RENEGADE PASTOR - the title just made me think of William Wallace or Lord of the Rings! The cover art made me think of Super Man! I was so excited when this book came up as "Soon to be released" and I began to hound my friend at Regal for the release date and a copy for review. Yes! This was going to be good - I was sure of it. Then I began to think - "hmmm...maybe building it up based on the title, the cover art and the description might set me up for disappointment as had been the case in the past with other books. However, this one did not disappoint! It was sound a practical advice that can easily be applied. As a Pastor's wife who is active in the ministry with my husband I have seen first hand Pastors who have gotten stuck in a rut. We have experienced moments when we looked up and found a discontentment with the momentum of ministry. This book empowers pastors to break the averaged and become exceptional! Searcy writes words that spark a renewed excitement for ministry, for reaching the lost and for operating in the greatness God has called them to. There was not a part in this book where I thought - "man I wish I could just get through this one last chapter". Each one was expertly written and woven throughout with biblical truth. Thanks to Regal for publishing this wonderful book and for giving me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
For counseling resources I gravitate toward H. Norman Wright on most if not all subjects. I have his books on marriage, pre-marriage, divorce, affairs, bondages, and many more subjects. I have always found his resource books filled with great information that is highly biblical and very solid. My husband and I have used his books in many counseling situations for resource and we have used them to hand out for reading material to those who come in for counseling. This one is no less different. In 2010 we lost a baby (our fifth pregnancy). Our world felt as if someone came in and turned it upside down. The grief was almost suffocating and the world just did not seem real anymore. For days I went through the motion of living just to fall into bed at night in a puddle of tears. I knew God had a plan - had wrapped myself in the promises of His Word, had held tightly to the knowledge that He had a purpose for every pain in my life. I wish at that time that this book had been on my counseling shelf. When you experience loss your entire world changes. Everything seems different and it is often difficult to know how to function or how to grieve. The world is great at putting time limitations on grief. They love to tell you how to grieve, when to grieve, where to grieve. The loss is not only personal but it effects an entire family. One of the hardest things for me during our loss was seeing my children suffer and sort through their loss. I felt absolutely inadequate at helping them because my pain was so raw and exposed. This is why I appreciate this book. H. Norman Wright gives helpful, biblical insight as to how to recover and do so as a family. Through out the years my husband and I have seen marriages fall apart when they experience loss especially the loss of a child, we have seen families fall apart - children gravitate toward rebellion and the remaining parent shut themselves off in the loss of a spouse. This book proves that families can actually grow closer together and emerge stronger in the end. This is a book that should be on every church library shelf and in the hands of lay people who deal with the grieving. In his loving and compassionate way H. Norman Wright leads the grieving soul to the healing hands of Christ and teaches them how to receive healing. Thanks to Regall for this review copy.
Ray Comfort has written a book that is like sitting with a close friend and enjoying a conversation about many topics. I was expecting more of a commentary style book on the biblical book of Job. However, I was not disappointed. In this book Comfort explores the person of Job and his patience and faith. In the midst of hopeless situations we can find hope in the one who sustains us in all things. Have you ever faced a bleak situation, a place in life where all seems lost and the world seems turned upside down? Have you ever wondered where God was and why He was not answering your prayers? Did you ever get to the other side of the valley to discover God had answered your questions and prayers just not in the way you expected? This is the way of Job - devastation, loss, complete sadness and ruin. Yet, in the midst of the ash pile Job looked up and saw the face of God. In the midst of the trial Job held onto a hope in the one who held on to him. Explore the person of God in a way only Ray Comfort can do it. Curl up with a cup of coffee and find hope in the pages of this book as you explore the bible and are given life lessons and illustrations from the author. Thanks Ray Comfort for a great read and thank you Regal for this free review copy.