Monday, November 20, 2017

Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines

Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff by [Gaines, Chip]

Here is the book summary:

The funny and talented Chip Gaines is well known to millions of people as a TV star, renovation expert, bestselling author, husband to Joanna, and father of 4 in Waco, Texas. But long before the world took notice, Chip was a serial entrepreneur who was always ready for the next challenge, even if it didn’t quite work out as planned. Whether it was buying a neighborhood laundromat or talking a bank into a loan for some equipment to start a lawn-mowing service, Chip always knew that the most important thing was to take that first step.

In Capital Gaines, we walk alongside him as he relives some of his craziest antics and the lessons learned along the way. His mentors taught him to never give up and his family showed him what it meant to always have a positive attitude despite your circumstances. Throw in a natural daredevil personality and a willingness to do (or eat!) just about anything, and you have the life and daily activity of Chip Gaines.

Capital Gaines is the perfect book for anyone looking to succeed not only in business but more importantly in life.

And now, my review:
With a little bit of adventure, a little bit of humor and a lot of genuine down to earth life lessons.  My word is "Scrappy".  If you read the book, then you'll discover what I mean.  Makes me wanna sit up and notice how much beauty there is in this world.  This book is pretty fast moving and I was thru it in just 3 days.  It held my attention because it grabbed my heart not just my head.  It drew me into a new way of thinking that says, "When you fail, you actually win."  You’ll want to grab a copy for yourself!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Gospel-Centered Mom by Brooke McGlothlin

Gospel-Centered Mom: The Freeing Truth About What Your Kids Really Need by [McGlothlin, Brooke]

Here’s the summary of the book:
It’s Time to Stop Trying to Be the Perfect Mom

You long to be the mom your kids need, but often you’re convinced you come up short. The label “not enough” seems to be stamped across everything you do—and yet parenting is the one thing you want most to get right.
What if the solution is simply to embrace the truth that you are not enough—but God is?
In Gospel-Centered Mom Brooke McGlothlin reveals how our entire approach to motherhood shifts when we stop chasing our vision of a perfect family and start full-out pursuing God. With refreshing candor, Brooke examines the daunting task of raising children in the light of God’s Word and challenges you to:

        · embrace your moment-by-moment need for Jesus
        · release the stress of believing everything is your responsibility
        · learn to fight for rather than against your child
        · believe that the story God is writing with your life is worth the sacrifice
        · practice the daily disciplines that lead to Gospel-centered parenting

As you learn to anchor your life in the Gospel, you’ll find increased freedom, purpose, and joy in motherhood. And you’ll discover that Jesus is more than capable of meeting every need, for your children and for you.
And now, my review:
This book talks about the Gospel and what is called the “me-gospel” which isn’t the gospel at all.  Instead it is what we think might be the gospel that we live out, but it’s all about ourselves instead of Christ and coming to Him and dying to ourselves.  My favorite part was when she talks about “enough” and the truth involved in our desperate need for Christ each and every day.  Learning to speak truth to our children and see our lives in service to Christ as we’re given the opportunity to raise some littles that He’s given us.  What a gift!  I recommend this book for those who are looking to walk out their days Gospel focused/driven.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter

An Inconvenient Beauty (Hawthorne House Book #4) by [Hunter, Kristi Ann]

Here is the book summary:
Griffith, Duke of Riverton, likes order, logic, and control, and he naturally applies this rational approach to his search for a bride. He's certain Miss Frederica St. Claire is the perfect wife for him, but while Frederica is strangely elusive, he can't seem to stop running into her stunningly beautiful cousin, Miss Isabella Breckenridge.

Isabella should be enjoying her society debut, but with her family in difficult circumstances, her uncle will only help them if she'll use her beauty to assist him in his political aims. Already uncomfortable with this agreement, the more she comes to know Griffith, the more she wishes to be free of her unfortunate obligation.

Will Griffith and Isabella be able to set aside their pride and face their fears in time to find their own happily-ever-after?

And now, my review:
I enjoyed this read while at a resort pool on vacation and everyone around me would ask what I was reading and would hear, I’m reading a great story about a Duke looking for a Duchess!  This was a great romance with twists and turns and even made up words, which I laughed out loud at J.  There was a trail of lies throughout and the underlining truth that lying will catch up with you eventually.  Another aspect of the book was the Duke thought love could be figured out logically and found that love didn’t play by that rule.  The way the author paints the dances, mansions, and the scenes was stunning.  When the characters were walking along in a park, I felt like I was right there looking at the trees with them.  I really enjoyed this read and recommend it to you!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Whispers of the Wind by Frances Devine

Whispers of the Wind: Also Includes Bonus Story of The Scent of Magnolia by [Devine, Frances]

Here is the book summary
Enjoy two historical romances from author Frances Devine set in Georgia at the Cecilia Quincy School for the Deaf. Abigail James is unprepared for the challenges of her new teaching job or the resistance of the staff to new techniques. Will Dr. Trent Quincy, the school’s owner, accept her ideas or resist the pull of his heart? Also includes the bonus sequel, The Scent of Magnolia, about a teacher who is determined not to fall for the father of her favorite pupil.

And now, my review:
This is a great book of life through the eyes of children with either no sight or no hearing in this historical fiction.  There are 2 stories here and both of them are great!  If I had to pick a favorite, although that’s difficult because they are both great, I’d have to say I think I liked the first one more than the second.  To see how things progressed in a time when new teaching methods were coming out to help with communication of the young ones was precious.  The love shown by those caring for the children was felt and in the first story, the doctor and Abigail were really fun to watch and see how it all played out.  A great read!!

I received a copy of this in exchange for my honest review.

Say to These Mountains by Elizabeth Turnbull

Say to These Mountains: A Biography of Faith and Ministry in Rural Haiti by [Turnbull, Elizabeth]

Here is the book summary:
Through the true story of Wallace Turnbull, one of Haiti’s pioneers in development and missions, Say To These Mountains takes readers on a journey where grace and beauty shine into even the tightest crevices of brokenness, poverty, and loss.

Over the course of 70 years, Wallace’s work changed countless lives and influenced national policy in both Haiti and the United States. For his contributions, he was decorated with the National Order of Honor and Merit, Haiti’s highest honor.

As told by Wallace’s granddaughter, this eloquent biography reveals the life of a complex man and his adopted country, painting a picture of hope and mercy vastly different from the often-grim stories shared about the island nation and her people.

“How many children, how many elderly, how many generations were touched—how many survived—because of the work the Pastor has done?” –President Michel Martelly of Haiti during the bestowing of the Order of Honor and Merit to Wallace Turnbull

And now, my review:
A love for Christ that compels to go and tell, this is the heritage of a family that for generations told the people of Haiti about Jesus Christ and the hope they can have in Him.  I found the author to be very transparent and forth-telling of her “real” family legacy.  As with every persons story, there are parts that are pleasant and parts that are not.  Once I got through the beginning part of this one… heartbreaking… it was easier to read.  I’m thankful to have read it and I recommend it to you.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

New Life in Christ by Steve Petit

New Life in Christ: A Study in Ephesians (Lifetouch Series ) by [Pettit , Steve ]

Here is the book summary:
New Life in Christ reveals the ultimate end of the broken division between Jew and Gentile: a changed life available to all who repent and believe. Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus to encourage believers of different backgrounds to walk united in the same spirit. A life dedicated to Christ demands change—away from the old life of sin and towards a new life in Christ. This journey through Ephesians 4 is full of practical application for believers of all backgrounds.

And now, my review:
When I picked this book up I was looking for a commentary for youth on the whole book of Ephesians but just because I misunderstood the books intent I still found it to be helpful in many ways as we study inductively through the book of Ephesians this fall.  I really enjoyed reading the background in this book on the church in Ephesus.  If you’re looking for information on the history of Ephesus and commentary on Chapter 4 you might want to check this book out.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Shaken by Tim Tebow

Shaken: Young Reader's Edition: Fighting to Stand Strong No Matter What Comes Your Way by [Tebow, Tim]

Here is the book summary:
Your identity is defined--not by changing circumstances--

but an unchanging God!

Whether you’re celebrating an incredible victory or facing life’s biggest disappointment, your response will reveal who you really are.
In this powerful book designed specifically for young Christians, Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow provides an intimate look into how he’s been able to face professional triumphs and defeats and still emerge with his faith and identity intact.
In Shaken: The Young Reader’s Edition, Tebow shares his insight for shaping an identity based not on your highs and lows, but on God. He examines the courageous lives of Biblical figures and the many inspirational people he’s met to show you how to:
Overcome your fears and accept God’s perfect, unconditional love
Transform your insecurities into opportunities for growth
Embrace your unique, God-given talents to make a difference in your world
With honesty that speaks directly to the heart, Tebow will inspire you to build a God-centered identity and begin today to live out your divine purpose!
And now, my review:
I really enjoyed this book.  I liked how it showed me that God will always love me and be there by my side.  That no matter what happens I’m never alone.  He also showed with his words that it doesn’t matter what other people think of you, only what God thinks of you.  Tim’s writing is very descriptive and pulls you in and impacts the way you think for the glory of God. 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.