The Coming Revolution – Dr. Richard G. Lee

With what is happening in the world today, the premise of this book is quite fitting. We are living in a time of monumental change.  Our freedoms are dwindling and the government is taking over in areas that were generally hands off in the past. The recent news coverage of wiki leaks and Associated Press scandal proves this point.  

I will say I was a little disappointed with the bias point of view in the book. With all of the problems in Washington today it’s clear that both sides, Democrat and Republican , each have their own share of issues.  This book was definitely leaning to the right with some of the opinions and views of the author. I personally think the book would have benefited from a completely neutral standpoint as to not offend either side.  I find it very interesting that there are many references to religion and how far away we are from the country the founding fathers envisioned while insisting we need to turn away from the socialistic path we are being taken on.  Was Jesus Christ not all for a socialist attitude?  Did he not say those who have, have a responsibility to give to those who don’t?  We cannot claim to be a religious party and not follow religion.

While this book would certainly be enjoyed by those who support the Republican party and their viewpoints, I believe anyone with an open mind can find some valuable information in this book. The author also goes into detail about the history of this country and what we stood for then and where we are now in comparison.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

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One Big Thing

One Big Thing

Discovering what you were born to do

By Phil Cooke
Published by Thomas Nelson

“What were you born to accomplish with your life? One Big Thing will help you discover what you were born to do and allow it to revolutionize your business, your ministry, and your life.”  This book has the reader ask themselves several  important questions to help you determine what you were born to do. “Stop being average at so many things, and become extraordinary at One Big Thing.”

While the book was interesting and did have some impact, I felt it dragged on quite a bit with repetition in the beginning.  I found myself just wanting to get through the early pages to reach the good stuff but I was a bit disappointed by the time I reached the end.  The author uses his writing experience in many of the different stories and examples along with many of his friends in Hollywood.  I found this more distracting than relevant since I am neither a writer or in film and would like to have seen more stories of the “everyday Joe”.  I do enjoy the subject matter very much and just finished reading a very similar book prior to this so I may have been comparing the two too much.

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The Blessing

Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance

By John Trent & Gary Smalley

Every human needs the gift of “the blessing”—the unconditional love and approval that comes from a healthy relationship with one’s parents.

The Blessing is a wonderful book and a must read for all parents.  Those of us who struggle with “the right way” to handle situations with our children will find this book very valuable.  The authors give many biblical examples of others being blessed and offer suggestions to the readers for being a blessing to others.  The authors discuss what happens when children struggle for the approval of their parents or if they have “missed the blessing”.  They explain that no matter what our circumstances were when we were children, as adults we can give those blessings to others.

The book is broken up into 3 sections – Why the blessing is so importanat, Understanding the blessing and When the blessing doesn’t happen.  The 5 elements of the blessing are: Meaningful touch, a spoken message, attaching high value, picturing a special future and an active commitment.  The Blessing shows us that saying our children, our friends, our family are blessings in our life is not enough….we must show them.  I gave this book a rating of 4 stars and would recommend it to anyone – parent or child.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  This book was received for free from the publisher but a positive review was not required.  The opinions expressed are my own.  This disclosure is in accordance with the United States Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Doing Virtuous Business

The Remarkable Success of Spiritual Enterprise

By Theodore Malloch
Published by Thomas Nelson

Doing Virtuous Business is a very well written book that I would recommend to anyone in business.  Malloch offers experienced views and some impressive examples of those businesses that are proven models.  It took me a while to get through the book but not because it wasn’t interesting or easy to read.  I found myself wanting to read certain chapters over and over again.  I found Malloch’s viewpoints on our responsiblilities as business owners made quite an impact on me.  I have never before read anything that connects our spiritual lives with our work lives like this book does.  I would not consider this to be a christian book but a spiritual one as some of the views would conflict with true christian living.  The book description states Malloch answers with the bold idea that the creation of wealth by virtuous means is the most important thing we can do for ourselves and for others and I had honestly never looked at it that way until now.  Obviously we all want to be ethical and moral in our business practices but we are talking about something much deeper in this book.  I give this book 4 stars and encourage anyone who in business to read it many times. 

Disclosure of Material Connection:  This book was received for free from the publisher but a positive review was not required.  The opinions expressed are my own.  This disclosure is in accordance with the United States Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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A Conversation with God for Women

If You Could Ask God Anything What Would It Be?

By Marcia Ford
Published by Thomas Nelson

 This book is compiled of 55 questions that women are most likely to ask with answers from “God”, “Jesus”, and other biblical persons.  Questions are posed such as “What can Bible women teach us?” and “What about women in ministry?” and answers based on scripture are provided in first-person responses from “God”, “Jesus”, and others.

While I liked the idea of the book and the questions that were asked, I was uncomfortable with the responses from the start.  Although Ford offers answers based on scripture, there was far too many personal views and opinions injected from the author as to what the answers “might” be.  I do enjoy reading others’ interpretations of scripture however I am very uncomfortable with writings being portrayed as God’s word when they are not taken directly from the word.  This book was disappointing to me mostly because I feel it could have been great if the author relied solely on the source for all answers.

The book seems to be geared toward the novice or beginner in bible studies, which is great, but I felt that it was lacking in more advanced teachings.

This is an easy read with thought-provoking questions however I would suggest looking to the bible for the clear answers to the questions posed.  I would not recommend this book strictly because of my uneasiness concerning the way it was written.

Disclosure:   I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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Couples Who Pray Review

Couples Who Pray is a book written by Squire Rushnell and Louise DuArt about a 40 day prayer challenge for couples.  The book has inspirational stories from celebrities and their spouses such as Dianna Ross, Denzel Washington, Scott Hamilton and others who have taken the challenge and the impact it has had on their relationship.  I found the book uplifting, very easy to read with some unexpected revelations concerning Christian marriages.  The well-known authors discuss the core values needed in a healthy relationship that may have gotten lost in today’s society.  It offers research from Universities on the power of prayer and many personal stories of overcoming trials through a personal and intimate relationship with God. 

 The authors promise that taking the 40 day challenge of 5 minutes a day will improve your marriage in areas of lovemaking, respect, communication and overall happiness.  In the back of the book is a questionnaire for both husband and wife along with instructions to complete it online.  The purpose of this questionnaire is to go back to your answers after the 40 days and compare the before and after.  According to the authors most of the couples who have taken the challenge have continued on with daily prayer after the 40 days.  My husband and I are looking forward to taking the challenge ourselves and will post our personal  results when our 40 days have been completed.  Overall I would recommend this book to any couple who is interested in improving their relationship with their partner and with God. 

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