Monday, April 14, 2014

Book Review: Nice People Rob God

Nice People Rob God by Althea Patrick is a book looking at how people rob God of the opportunities to bless us in our lives.  We rob God by not asking for his help or blessings.  We rob God by not fully trusting in Him and letting His glory by evident in our lives.  We rob God by not tithing what is already his.

I think Althea Patrick had the best intentions of writing this book but I found it very hard and tiresome to read.   Frist I found her writing technique a little strung together and hard to follow along.  She seems to have these long and so.. and so.. and so… so of course this is what I meant kind of writings. 

Another part of the book I found off putting is her use of the term “nice people.”  I get what she is saying when she says just because your nice doesn’t mean you’re saved.  I also get that sometimes Christians need to be not nice (honest, real, open) to further the kingdom.  But I did find that in her writing I felt like every time I read it you could imagine the author looking down her nose and scowling while writing it.  To me this is the exact opposite of what we need to be showing people.  I do think there are other words that would have better described people in the situation she was trying to describe.

All in all I think this book leans more towards a rant then a well thought out book.  Although I did like the authors use of multiple biblical stories and verses to exemplify her point, a lot of the time it came across and slightly out of context in her interpretations.

Personally I would not recommend this book for friends and family to read. 


Note: I was given a copy of this book to read and review for free.  The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Book Review: James: Faith becomes real

The latest book I read was James: Faith Becomes Real by Carole Arceneaux.  This book is a verse by verse discussion of the letter written by James using both modern and biblical examples.  This very slow deliberate approach to studying James allows the reader to fully understand all that James said and how it applied back then and how it applies in today's world.

This book was a very quick read for me.  The author has broken James into 1-2 verse sections and a 1-2 page discussion.  It could easily be used as a 5 minute daily devotion.  The author does a great job and titling each section that hits the main idea James was trying to express. 

If it was up to me the only thing I would change was the bible translation used. New living translation isn’t my favorite.  I personally feel like some of the emotion is lost or slightly altered with this version. 

All in all I enjoyed this book.  After reading through it in a couple days I would like to start the book over going into much more detail and taking it one verse at a time to really get all of James meaning out of it.

Note: I did receive a copy of this book for free to read and review.  The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.

Monday, March 31, 2014

book review: Seeking Allah finding Jesus

Nabeel Qureshi tells an amazing story of his growing up in a devote Muslim home and then converting to Christianity when he was an adult. This book has wonderful insights into the lives of a devote Muslim and how their religion effects their live. 

I was excited to see this book as one I could possibly read and review. I was not disappointed.   I really enjoyed this book and the author’s perspective.  It is one I’m sure I will read again and pass on to friends.   I found all the information about the Muslim religion fascinating as well as Nabeel’s search for truth in Christianity.  Our society has many unfavorable stereotypes about different religions and what those people are like.  Most devote Muslims are not the fringe groups we hear about on the news (just as most Christians are not like their fringe groups) but are kind, generous, nice people.

As a mother I was amazed at the amount of devotion his mother went into teaching him Muslim traditions, teachings, and respect.  This level of devotion is something all mothers should strive for.

Note: I received this book for free to read and review.  The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.  I was not compensated for a positive review.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Book Review: Let there be light

Let There Be Light, written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and illustrated by Nancy Tillman, is a beautiful book showing the 7 days of God's creation described in Genesis 1 and 2.   This book has beautiful pictures and describing each step.

As soon as I got this, I read it to my kids.  They (and I) really liked it.  The pictures are bright and fun to look at and the writing is simple but elegant.  The kids loved looking at the pictures on each pages.  There are hidden images on each page within the drawings.

One of the very special things about this book is the letter written by Desmond Tutu in the beginning of the book.  His message of God creating each child and making them special is beautiful.  I wish he would have written a few more pages about the same thing at the end of the book. 

All in all we will enjoy having this book on our shelf to read over and over again.  I hope to find a few more of these to give away as gifts to my nieces and nephews.

Note: I was given a copy of this book for free to read and review.  The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Book Review: The Adam Quest

The Adam Quest; Eleven Scientists Who Held on to a Strong Faith While Wrestling with the Mystery of Human Origins by Tim Stafford is a collection of arguments from eleven scientists discussing their views on Creation.  There are scientists who are committed to scientifically proving young earth creation, day age creation, and evolutionary creation. 

I enjoyed this book.  I first believe the publication date around the Bill Nye vs David Ham creation debate was very good.  I found the stances of these 11 scientists very personal and without scientific evidence interpreted to prove their case.  I also enjoyed a single book highlighting each while letting the author decide.  The author and scientist did a great job at describing their position on creation without belittling or being condescending towards the other groups.  The scientists also do a wonderful job at putting the evidence in terms a nonscientist can understand.

Overall this book would be a great for someone who is first looking into the different forms of creation to determine what they believe.  This book could easily let them preliminarily chose what stance they want to research and learn more about.

Note: I was given a copy of this book to read and review. The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Book Review: Rich in Years

Rich in Years by Johann Christoph Arnold is a collection of stories on becoming older.  The author discusses the Joys and Discouragements of getting older.  He challenges the reader to look at aging as a joy and not becoming too discouraged in all the loss of family, friends, energy, their body, and their mind.  He reminds them the one thing it can’t take is your soul. 

This book is a wonderful collection stories of how many people have handled aging, sickness, and death in the lives.  So many people have learned how to end life with joy and grace instead of clinging to regret, independence, and grudges.

I, being an early thirties adult, was not the target audience for this book.  In spite of that I really enjoyed it.  It made me realize the other side of age.  I now look at me parents, grandparents, older members of my church, and strangers in a whole new light.  I want to be the support they need so they can age (and yes, eventually die) with as much peace and joy in the life. 

Note: I did receive a copy of this book for free to read and review.  The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Book Review: How to be Rich

How to be Rich by Andy Stanley is a book about the correct way rich people should view their money.  Andy Stanley challenges Americans to consider what Rich means and how the world defines the way we view money and spend it.

If you make more than $48,000 a year as a family, you are in the top 1% of wage earners in the world.  This fact is staggering to me.  Another mind blowing fact is that as American I can work 5 days a week (for 8-10 hours per day) and provide for my family of five for seven days.  Five days of work is sufficient to house, feed, clothe, and entertain my family of five for seven days a week.  In most nations working 6 days is normal but for many working seven days a week is connected to survival, let alone letting other family members not work and still survive.

We live in a great time where we are all considered rich.  There will always be richer, but we are rich and should act like it.  In this book and (possibly) accompanying DVD Andy Stanley discusses how Paul instructs Timothy to teach rich people to live.

…to be Rich in good deeds, and be generous and willing to Share   1Timothy 6:18

I really enjoyed this book.  I found it uplifting and convicting.  This really has changed the way I view our financial situation and our obligation to the world and to God.  I look forward to applying some of these principles to our budget and all areas of life.

I will say I have one gripe with this and it’s only with the DVD.  In some of the sessions he seems very wishy-washy on God and Jesus.  Its little comments like “if we ignore all other theology and only focus on generosity that we would attract the world.”  I agree that generosity is not as present in Christian life as it should be but I do think believing Jesus as your personal savior and surrendering your life to him is a little more important that being generous.  I don’t think that’s what he meant to imply but it kind of came off that way.
Note: I received a free copy of this book and DVD to read and review.  The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.