If God is Good…

If you have turned on the TV or checked the news online today chances are you have heard about the shooting at a theater in Aurora.  Witnesses say a masked gunman, dressed in black, walked into the theater with a gas mask on, threw gas canisters into the theater and then opened fire on the crowd. (Hear two witnesses account of the tragedy).

Rather than wonder why God would allow such things to happen, read this to uplift your spirit and your faith in God in times like these:

Randy Alcorn, the author of the book If God is Good, also talks about his book here:

Quick Preview – Walls by Ryan Rush

Why Everybody’s Stuck (and nobody has to be)

Do you ever feel stuck in life?  Have you ever faced a problem that just feels impossible?  I know I have.  There are some problems that even God cannot fix…right??  Well maybe you are looking at things all wrong.  Maybe God can fix it, HAS fixed it and you are the problem.  You have erected a wall between you and God’s plan for you, blocking your way to greatness.  Or maybe you have been tricked into leaving up a wall from your past.  A wall created out of fear and hurt.  We all create these kinds of walls and most of the time we never take them down.  All of these walls present one simple problem, we can’t get past them.

What can we do to bring down these walls to have our own personal breakthrough?  That is what this book is all about.  It is not about the quick fix or the easy remedy or the 10 step approach to solving all your problems, but it does present a way to help.  Not without a little pain mind you. Continue reading “Quick Preview – Walls by Ryan Rush”

American On Purpose, by Craig Ferguson

The improbable adventures of an unlikely patriot

I have just finished listening to the first book on tape I have heard in a long while, Harry Potter probably being my last.  I don’t tend to care for books on tape as I lose interest too quickly and my attentions stray to other places.  When I heard my favorite talk show host Craig Ferguson had written an autobiography I was interested, and I don’t even like reading an autobiography.  I was determined to go down to the local library and get the book to read, but never got around to it.  It wasn’t long until I heard that Craig  had been nominated for a Grammy.  I was intrigued, as I didn’t understand how he could get a Grammy, but then I learned it was for his book.  Now I had to get it, but I decided to get the audiobook instead.  How could I pass up listening to a Grammy nominated book read by Craig Ferguson? Continue reading “American On Purpose, by Craig Ferguson”

The Day Metallica Came to Church

When you think of Metallica what do you think of?  Do you think of some heavy metal concert you went to with some of your friends or do you think of “the band that is going to hell”?  Have you ever heard of the houseplant song?  It is an old favorite of mine, written by the christian band Audio Adrenaline which I have been fortunate enough to see a few times.  The song they wrote goes a little like this:

Once I read a book
And this is what it said
If your music has a beat
Then you’re gonna wind up dead
It doesn’t really matter if it’s Christian or not
If it’s syncopated rhythm then your soul is gonna rot
And this book was called “Ha! Your Gonna Burn”
And in the second chapter I went on to learn Continue reading “The Day Metallica Came to Church”

Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado

Max Lucado delivers again in this stunning book that seeks to awaken a movement among christians that will rock this world.  What would happen if the events that took place in the book of acts took place just in our home towns?  In our back yards and on our porches?  What would happen if we christians cared for the world as Christ calls for us to do many times throughout the bible?  What if we gave a little to pay for a well in africa or to feed the hungry or clothe the naked? Continue reading “Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado”

Great Parents, Lousy Lovers by Dr. Gary Smalley and Ted Cunningham

This new book does seem to take the form of many similar self-help books on love in a relationship but in reality Great Parents, Lousy Lovers gives you a fresh take on how you should live your life towards your spouse.  It attempts to be new and fresh in many ways and I believe it succeeds in that goal quite well and it keeps this book rather interesting from beginning to end.

A parent in todays fast paced world can be a great parent and yet still have a healthy love life, which is very important in a happy marriage.  This is the philosophy that drives this book and it is this idea that is reinforced throughout.  The book gives great insight into a typical marriage today and how one is to balance being a good parent with being a great lover. Continue reading “Great Parents, Lousy Lovers by Dr. Gary Smalley and Ted Cunningham”

The Boy Who Changed The World by Andy Andrews

The Boy who changed the world is a new children’s book by Andy Andrews which tells the tale of Norman Borlaug.  This tale has been told in Andy’s book The Butterfly Effect as well but this time it has been further simplified for a child’s reading.  Also focusing on one story instead of a couple also helps simplify this book for kids.  Where this book gets its heart is its great illustrations and its interpretations of the major events of the story in such a way that a young child would understand.  This book is approximately a Juvenile reading level though an adult’s help in understanding the deeper concepts of the book would help a lot.  The main purpose of the book is to say to kids that because of something they do today they could change the world!

I would again recommend this book to anyone who has kids who are reading and would love to give them another great story.  Also it helps as an adult to read this with your kid as it is a gentle reminder to give yourself some perspective.

This book was provided to my by BookSneeze to review.  I was not required to give a positive review and anything I have said is purely my own opinion of this book.

Be sure to check out my review of Andy Andrews’ other book The Noticer.

The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews

The Butterfly Effect is a great new book from the mind of Andy Andrews.  Andy yet again writes of making a difference in the lives of those around you and how you can change your life for the better.  In this particular book he retells the story of a man who changed the history of the world with one brave choice.  A man who created his own butterfly effect.

Who are we to say that we won’t create our own butterfly effect upon those around us?  We may or may not see the impact we have on the lives of those around us but you can be guaranteed it will make a big difference further down the line.  Maybe you won’t be around to see it but it will happen.

This book is a great read, and though it is short it packs quite a lot into such a small package.  All you really need is a little perspective as Andy would say, and he is right.  This is a book I would recommend to anyone to put on their coffee table in their living room.  It is a perfect little bit of light reading for a cloudy day.

This book was provided to my by BookSneeze to review.  I was not required to give a positive review and anything I have said is purely my own opinion of this book.

Be sure to check out my review of Andy Andrews’ other book The Noticer.

Quick Preview: Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick

Sun Stand Still is a new book and small group study by Stephen Furtick and it looks to change the way we view and use faith.  To give us a renewed faith that is strong in Christ.  There are also videos by the author to use for small group discussion.

This new book pushes forward and looks to God as the source of all that is good.  It asks us to place everything in the arms of God as we ask him for physical and spiritual healing, ask for our every waking need.  There is a lot to be learned for many Christians today as many of us have little to no faith in God and what he will do for us.

I definitely recommend this book to those who are struggling in our faith, which is really all of us.  I’m sure the study will be highly beneficial for those looking for more.  So check it out for yourself when it comes out September 21st!

What in the World Is Going On? by Dr. David Jeremiah

What in the World Is Going On? is a highly interesting book written about the end time prophecies and is written rather well.  This book is probably one of the most simple and easiest to understand, which is often a major hurdle when reading about prophecy.  The book speaks of ten signs that you cannot ignore about future events.  These 10 signs present themselves as 10 chapters within this book as Dr. David Jeremiah focuses on each for a while. Continue reading “What in the World Is Going On? by Dr. David Jeremiah”

This Is Your Brain on Joy by Dr. Earl Henslin

What does our brain have to do with our happiness?  Does all that grey matter really govern over our ability to experience joy?  Of course it does, and Dr. Earl Henslin explains how it all works in This Is Your Brain on Joy.  What’s better is he manages to keep it simple for the everyday reader.  I have to admit that when I began reading this book I did not expect much, and I thought it would be a rather boring book.  I was very wrong.  In fact, as I was reading the first part of the book I was happily distracted by an amusing look into the author’s own life and family.  It was this and other points like it that kept me interested and reading.  You will be too! Continue reading “This Is Your Brain on Joy by Dr. Earl Henslin”

The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis

The Problem of Pain

The Problem of Pain by Christian Apologist and Author C.S. Lewis is an exploration of pain and how is raises so many theological and intellectual problems. It focuses on one question, but explores every aspect of the debate thoroughly. Why would an all-loving, all-knowing God allow people to experience pain and suffering? Reading this great book is not for the casual reader and you should expect to be intellectually challenged. The Problem of Pain is a very difficult read, but it brings up ideas and concepts that most writers ever attempt to bring up, but as long as you can get past all of the big words, the lessons to be learned are much bigger. Continue reading “The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis”

Tea With Hezbollah by Ted Dekker

Tea with Hezbollah

Tea with Hezbollah is a journey to find out whether it is possible to truly love one’s enemies. It is both awe-inspiring and downright terrifying at points, as the authors Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis embark on this highly unusual journey. This journey covered thousands of miles, and not a single mile of that was wasted. Continue reading “Tea With Hezbollah by Ted Dekker”