Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Book Review: Wrestling for my Life

Wrestling for my Life; the legend, the reality, and the faith of a WWE superstar by Shawn Michaels is a book about Shawn “The Heartbreak Kid” Michaels life and conversion to a strong Christian faith.  Michaels uses this book to discuss how becoming a Christian changed his life and purpose in and out of the wrestling ring, his family and his self worth.

I must say I know nothing about wrestling.  I know a very few names of the more famous wrestlers and I only recognized Michaels by the pictures inside as “maybe a wrestler Ive seen while flipping channels.”  But with all that I found this book really interesting and easy to read.  I enjoyed reading about how his faith drastically changed his life yet he was still able to use his gifts as a wrestler and his fame as a platform for his new faith. 

I also enjoyed how he stood up for the WWE and wresting in general.  He admits that there are some bad parts of wrestling but as a whole defends the organization as fun, entertaining, and make believe.  I like this about him.  I was one of those people that assumed wrestling was a bad company with horrible messages and images.  I enjoyed his insight and viewpoint on the organization.  I may have to try watching wrestling soon.

Note:  There are a few topics that he discusses that might not be appropriate for younger kids.  For instance he uses terms like “chasing women”, he discusses porn, and he discusses what he calls the “damn” instance (where he said the word damn after being saved in a WWE commercial). 

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

Monday, March 9, 2015

Book Review: The Plague of Unicorns

A plague of Unicorns by Jane Yolen is a fun youth novel about young boy James who is full of questions and wonder.  In the orchard of a abbey where the golden apples grow, the unicorns gather every season to eat the special golden apples not letting the monks get more than a few that stay on the top of the trees.  As the monks are exhausted from trying to stop the unicorns, James is sent to the abbey to be taught from the monks.  But how could a young boy change their dire situation.

I really enjoyed reading this book as an adult.   I can’t wait to see how my 8-year-old daughter likes it.   I am huge fan of Jane Yolens book for kids.  We have many of them in our kids library.

I am excited to have this book in our collection.  I think we will read and reread this book with our kids.  It is 185 pages long so it will be take multiple nights to read and be better for kids 7 and above that can stay with a longer story line.

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

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Book Review: Motivated your Child

Motivate your child by Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller is a parent’s guide for how to get kids to motivate themselves.  Their solution is to teach kids to not look at each situation and what they can get out of it (reward or lack of punishment) but to develop a world outlook on how their actions affect others and then even God’s kingdom. 

I really enjoyed this book.  It has a lot of applicable advice and suggestions on how to talk to your kids and how to get out of the routine of punishment and rewards.  I plan on having my husband reading this book and then us using these tactics to better help our children grow into well behaved, motivated adults.

I would recommend this book to any parent with kids.  Any age.  Any situation.  This book helps kids become aware of their part in the world.  It teaches them to think like an adult in their actions.  This book does have a faith based application in it which I also really enjoy. 

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

Monday, January 19, 2015

Book Review: Living Well, Spending Less

Living Well, Spending Less by Ruth Soukup is a wonderful book that lists 12 secrets of the good life.  In in she discusses 6 secrets that help you live better and 6 secrets about spending less.
I really enjoyed this book.  At first I picked it because one, I liked the title, and two; I liked the look of the cover.  After I opened it her personality and ability to weave personal stories with good common sense with scripture had me hooked.  Although I have done most things she suggests in the past, it makes me want to reevaluate my life and make better long term goals, work on a more available lifestyle for my family and friends, and spend less because things will not bring me happiness.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is overwhelmed with life, kids, cooking, cleaning, money, spending, time management, in other words life.
Ruth also runs a successful blog with the same name ( I was not familiar with this blog before but now I plan on being a daily follower.

 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

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Book Review: Keep it Shut

Keep It Shut; what to say, when to say it, and when to say nothing at all by Kathy Ehman is a book that using biblical examples about how, when, and what we should say (or not say).  Through stories and people in the bible, along with some personal stories, she weaves together a picture about the importance of our words and how they can hurt or heal, mend or tear apart, encourage or destroy so many things.  She uses examples of David, Joseph,   ____ to show biblical examples of using words correctly, using words incorrectly, and how silence used correctly is stronger than anything you could have said.

I enjoyed this book.  I found it easy to read and her style of writing very conversational.  I have learned a lot about this book and how to guard my words more closely.  I hope her words and verses quoted help tame my tongue and my heart.

I would recommend this book to all of my friends and family.  Words are something everyone needs to work on.  Such a small piece of the body has so much power.  But more importantly it connects to the heart and show it to everyone who hears.

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

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Book Review: It will be okay

It will be okay; Trusting God through fear and change by Lysa TerKeurst is the story of a seed that loves his safe home inside the dry barn and little fox who is scared of the forest and shadows.  When little fox finds a home in the barn with the seed they become friends.  But one day when the farmer takes the seed outside they don’t know what to do.  But the trust the farmer and are amazed by their futures.

I really loved this book.  I have read adult books by Lysa TerKeurst before and enjoyed them.   This children’s book is even better. It has a great message that is easily understood for children.  She has taken two complicated subjects to talk about with children and make them relatable.  After reading this book to my kids once it became a family staple. We read it all the time.

I am excited to have this book in my collection.  I can’t wait to see what Lysa will come up with next.

Side Note: The pictures are also beautiful. Very well drawn and whimsical.

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

Book Review: Discipleship

Discipleship: Living for Christ in the Daily Grind by J. Heinrich Arnold is a compilation of thoughts from the author. Heinrich Arnold spent most of his life in a community in Germany that lived by the Acts 2 and 4 community. In 1963 he was asked to become their pastor and preached for over 20 years until his death. He was known for always showing love and grace, always pointing his congregation to Christ, and always speaking truthfully, even if it was painful to hear.

This book is set up by topics with messages from the author, lists of scripture, and letters from community followers who had written him. From the original description provided by the publisher I was surprised by the book and its layout. But I have really enjoyed it so far. His views on many topics would be considered very conservative but re based on well rooted biblical principles. I enjoyed picking a topic and reading the scripture and verses with how they apply. His views on topics are directed to individuals and whole congregations.

  All and all I enjoy this book. Although I may read though some sections from page to page (is that what you call the middle of a book’s cover to cover?) but mostly it will be used as a reference book on specific topics. His book is meant to challenge and it will if you focus your mind and heart on the topics discussed in the book. Note: I was given a copy of this book to read and review. The opinions written above are my own an I was not compensated for a positive review.