Friday, April 13, 2012

When Work and Family Collide

When Work & Family Collide
by Andy Stanley

In today's fast paced world full of extra time wasters like facebook, video games and the like, families often find themselves stretched to the max trying to make it all fit in and still have a family.  Work often takes precedence in a material and want driven world where owning the biggest and best requires debt and ceaseless hours of work to make ends meet.

Stanly presents the idea that many families today are mssing out on God's desires because work often comes first and family gets the leftovers.  He challenges readers to look for areas in life that can be cut out or left alone for a time, such as leaving work an hour early on occasion, skipping a golf outing or leaving dirty dishes, in order to spend time playing with your child or focusing on your spouse.  Easier said than done in many homes, Stanley's suggestions hit home hard and force the reader to take a solid look at their own lives and consider the ultimate cost.  What really matters in the end?

An excellent book filled with life stories, this book is easy to read and challenging with God's love written all over it.  A highly recommended book for every family!

I was provided a free copy of this book for review through Waterbrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program.  I was in no way compensated for this review nor was I required to write a positive review.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

King of Glory

King of Glory
by P.D. Bramsen

What a creative way to present the Bible!  I was immediately impressed and drawn in to this book.  In a time where graphic novels are very popular, this presentation of Bible highlights is long needed and sure to draw in a new audience in a way print Bibles might now have.

Geared toward teens and young adults, this book is appropriate for adults as well.  Taking a small sampling of the most famous and well knows stories in the Bible, this book presents the stories in a format of pictures that, in addition to short descriptions and scripture verses and references.  Set in scenes, more like snap shots of the bible, the illustrations are beautiful and full of detail that fully fit with the story on the matching page.  70 scenes and stories taking the reader from creation through Christ's coming return, all major pieces of the bible are covered.  Written as a story about a kingdom, a King with a secret plan and epic plots for rescue, this book is sure to capture any reader.

King of Glory is appropriate for readers from any culture, as it presents the story of the Bible in a non-confrontational or preachy way that is engaging and intriguing.  A book I highly recommend and fully intend to keep as a part of my library.

I received this book free from the publisher through the book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”I was in no way compensated for this review.