Thursday, July 28, 2011

Book Review: It's Not About Me by Max Lucado

It's not about me. It's not about you, either. What isn't? Life...and all the good things in it. It's about God.

This, in a nutshell, is what the book is all about. We were created (along with the rest of creation) to display God's glory. We were saved for the glory of God. And our purpose as believers is to bring God glory.

We're all born selfish. Wanting everything to work out our way and to please us. So it's a great reminder that life isn't about us. The world is truly not meant to revolve around us.

If we keep this in mind, I think Christian marriages would be stronger (think about how many marital problems spring up from selfishness/mecenteredness!)...Christian ministries would be more honoring to God...and our everyday lives would better reflect the glory of God.

There are two parts to It's Not About Me. Part 1: God-Pondering  Part 2: God-Promoting  The idea is that one naturally follows the other. When we take time to ponder the greatness of God, we will be more apt to declare the greatness of God. Max Lucado talks about how everything should be about God...our message, our salvation, our bodies, our struggles, and our successes.

There's a study guide in the back of the book with lots of questions if you wish to explore this subject further.

I recommend It's Not About Me by Max Lucado. The less we focus on ourselves and the more we focus on God...the better.

~I received this book free from Booksneeze/Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

My Summer Reading List

I've been wanting to post my summer reading list...and I think I should do it now before the summer is over :)!

Here it is (in the order I wrote them down in my notebook...yes, it's an actual list ;)):

Check! It's Not About Me by Max Lucado

Check! Every Single Woman's Battle by Shannon Ethridge

Check! A Kid's Guide to being a Winner by C. D. Shelton

(Those were for review so I read them first.)

Foreign to Familiar by Sarah A. Lanier (This was part of my acceptance package from OM! I'm looking foward to reading it.)

The Logos Story by Elaine Rhoton (Not part of my acceptance package but a book from OM nonetheless.)

Live Like a Jesus Freak by dc Talk

Me, Just Different by Stephanie Morrill

The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer

Out of the Comfort Zone by George Verwer

Five Tiny Fingers (The Story of Open Arms International)

Ten P's In A Pod by Arnold Pent III

Sowing Beside All Waters by Emma Leslie

The Skeptic's Guide to the Global AIDS Crisis by Dale Hanson Bourke

Aids Action by Dr. Patrick Dixon

Living The Cross Centered Life by C. J. Mahaney (Combines The Cross Centered Life and Christ our Mediator)

Columbine Courage by Ron Luce

Common Sense by Thomas Paine (To be totally honest, I probably won't get around to reading this. I glanced through it and it looked really slow :).)

Writing Because We Love To (Homeschoolers at Work) by Susannah Sheffer

*In Progress* If God Loves Me, Why Can't I Get My Locker Open? by Lorraine Peterson

The Hornet's Nest by Jimmy Carter

Everyday Heroes by Nancy Vittorini

I know I won't have time to read all of them (ok, probably not even half) since this month is packed (we're hosting a Chinese exchange student for 2 1/2 weeks plus my graduation/18th birthday party is later this month) and I leave for the Logos Hope next month!!! But some is better than none :).

What books are you reading/do you hope to read this summer?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Book Review: A Kid's Guide to Being a Winner

A Kid's Guide to Being a Winner by C. D. Shelton is a very easy-to-read book for 8-13 year olds to be a winner! I think kids younger than 8 could benefit from this book as well. It is simple yet practical. Here is a quote I like, "They (winners) understand life is a precious gift to be honored and not trashed." It is filled with illustrations (by Greg G. Gillespie). It covers 5 ways to be a winner. #1 Being Responsible, #2 Being Thoughtful, #3 Being Respectful, #4 Having Gratitude, and #5 A Positive Mental Attitude. I agree with the first four (although in the gratitude section, it says that our "greatest gift" is our health which I don't believe to be true. The greatest gift is eternal life for those who put their trust in Jesus). As for number five, I have nothing against optimism or thinking positively, per se. I am against the New Age movement and the Word of Faith movement which are unBiblical and have led many people astray. Just because you think positively about a situation does not mean it will work out how you hope or you will automatically achieve success. Besides my concern about that, it's a nice book which may help some kids improve their character.

~I received this book free from The Cadence Group in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Book Review: Every Single Woman's Battle by Shannon Ethridge

Disclaimer: This book contains mature subject matter.

Every Single Woman's Battle by Shannon Ethridge is a book about remaining pure mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. It asks questions and has spaces for you to fill in the answers; this allows you to personalize the book. It is a study guide for individuals and small groups. It explains how to start a study group of your own.

I like that Shannon encourages us to find our fulfillment in Christ. I also appreciate the part (though rather small) about modesty.

As for the rest, I don't know how much I can say on what's supposed to be a family friendly blog :). It's not that s*x is somehow inherently bad to talk's just not something kids need to be thinking about yet. It's supposed to be beautiful and wonderful inside marriage...after all, God created it! Unfortunately, in our society, it's treated cheap as something to be given away casually before marriage...hence the fact Every Single Woman's Battle was written. The subtitle is "Guarding Your Heart and Mind Against S*xual and Emotional Compromise".

Purity is very important. May we all guard our hearts, bodies, and minds, by the grace of God!

~I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers in exchange for my honest review.