Book Review: Sinner’s Creed- A Memoir

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The story behind the lead singer of Creed -Scott Stapp

A very real account of what a child of God goes through and overcomes. Scott’s memoir is full of revealing detail that some would never want to expose of their personal life. The situations he found himself in from childhood to adulthood are very relatable. From childhood to high school he included situations that many of would hoard and allow to fester in bad attitude and behavior with only the excuse of blaming their past to live on. His personal experience was full of failing moments, hard times and hard lessons. I appreciated his transparency. Actually, I had a hard time putting this book down because I felt as if I had someone waiting on me to finish a conversation. I was intrigued with his perseverance to move forward to realize who he was based on where he had come from and what he had experienced. Only the strongest individuals are able to conquer their past and push forth to the future. This intriguing book doesn’t just include his story it also entails family photos. His wife and children play a major part in his life as for many. He also included his CD and lyrics. This is a story of God’s impact on the life of one of His children working on overcoming this world by grace and through forgiveness. As I listened to the CD I had the pictures of his life running through my head because I could see what I had read and what he experienced in order to get to those lyrics. If only we could all put words to our experiences as he does. We would all be better for it I am sure.  I was excited to review this entire package. I enjoyed it all!

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This book was provided by the Tyndale Blog Network at no cost in exchange for an honest review.


Brainwashed?

I loved watching this bit. It makes total sense to me that a child would be seen as brainwashed and I would like to think that the world would be a better place if there was more of this going on…

Parents,

“Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it”

(Proverbs 22:6, NKJV).

Thank you http://www.collive.com/show_news.rtx?id=27292&alias=my-parents-brainwashed-me for posting this story!


Book Review: Raising Boys By Design

 

By: Gregory L. Jantz PhD and Michael Gurian with Ann McMurray

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This book carries wonderful insight about the way boys think.  As a mother of three girls and only one boy I never realized how different I needed to raise him. Being fair amongst my choices in raising him, I know now does not mean being equal among them all. According to Gregory L. Jantz PhD and Michael Gurian he needs a whole different type of upbringing than the way I raise my girls. I am seriously glad I received the insight because I did not know until I read this book the reason my son could not handle more than one task at a time or why when he was upset he would rather go to his room and think it out alone instead of working it out with someone.

Some of the great features about Raising Boys By Design are that the text contains a timeline for boys from birth to adulthood and their use of technology with do’s and don’ts for each age group, it contains advice about creating technology free rooms, Internet filters and cell phone use. All of the previous prefaced by the effects that “time on the screen” have on his developing brain.

The amount of information on developing boys is so immense that I felt there is too much to grasp in one sitting. Using this book as a reference and revisiting the information is helpful and will be a good idea in taking the information as needed after reading all the way through to get the basics. One particular favorite part of mine was “8 ways to help boys processing emotions.” It went through different tactics to help your boy express themselves safely in physical and verbal ways.

It made a big difference to approach my son in such different ways that appeal to his thought process. We knew what we wanted to have as an end result for his character development and moral standing; therefore this book came in very handy for imparting it in a way to make a better connection with him.

 

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this unbiased review.


Book Review: Fierce Women

By Kimberly Wagner

41aqeTc+uYL__SL500_OU01_SS130_The Power of a Soft Warrior is the subtitle of this book and it is right on. She gently challenges women to do what they can to create a peaceful atmosphere in their home and heart allowing the husband to focus on his walk with the Lord and lead his home without conflict or unnecessary emotional obstacles.  (If you are offended… you know it’s true..lol)

I felt a bit coddled and then again pushed forward at the same time. I always find it amazing when I feel like an author is “reading my mail” through a book. I want to be beautifully fierce, some people say I already am (fierce that is) but honing in on how to be righteously fierce, now that is a whole other story. Every day I read this book I had a nice chat with Kimberly and God joined us! She touches on so many topics that bring reality to your thoughts, hopes, dreams and disappointments, clarifying your mind and heart to not dwell on preoccupations that are stealing your time and distracting you from where you are supposed to be on the way to where you are going.  Pride, fear, loosening the grip of things we are holding on to, being appreciative, and working on those unfulfilled dreams are just hitting the surface of where she goes.

Kimberly Wagner if you read this, thank you for pursuing the righteous walk that will break down doors, bring walls crashing down, and free an innumerable amount of women!

 

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Moody Publishers, in lieu of giving my opinion in this book review.

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Book Review: Children’s ATLAS of God’s World

by Craig Froman

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BIG                BEAUTIFUL                 COLORFUL                  ORGANIZED                       INFORMATIONAL…

These are all words that describe this amazing text.

Just opening Children’s ATLAS of God’s World, I was already enthralled with the Introduction and Table of Contents! How many times can you say you have stopped to REALLY read the introduction? You will with this one! Vivid pictures unfolding the country’s culture, natural habitats, architecture, and more fill each page. I did think that some of the pins that locate historical landmarks may have been placed in the general area for some of the maps, possibly a little off, on only one or two points compared to more detailed maps, but the content on the pins and the information expressed were on target and beautifully illustrated in photographs and drawings.  On the corner of each page there is an entire globe with highlighted land area demonstrating where each country is located.  In another area of these pages are the “World Heritage Sites” listing important and interesting places to seek out on the map. I have always enjoyed the meaning of the flags as well and had fun discussing these with my students.  Overall, I have to say that the vast array of integrated subjects included in this book make it a wonderful resource for a parent or teacher.  I read about religion, culture, geography, literature, authors, sports, food, music and more. I enjoyed this book very much!

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Disclaimer: I received this book for free from New Leaf Publishing Group, in lieu of giving my own opinion in this book review.


Book Review: The 21 toughest questions ..

By Alex McFarland

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This is going to sound weird but I really like the feel of this book. Literally, I don’t know what kind of paper they used on the cover but it feels great. I am not a big eBook reader. I love the feel of the pages, cover, and a physical book in my hand. This book was especially comfortable. I don’t think I have ever mentioned the feel of a book in my reviews but there you go! The 21 toughest questions your kids will ask about Christianity and how to answer them confidently is a true help when it is hard to explain with wisdom filled answers. Alex McFarland put a wonderful resource together. As I began reading this book I decided to use it as a devotional for my children. I approached the 21 questions and supporting information as a mini-lesson.  You cannot read it to the child like a straight out devotional but rather plan the conversation out. Being an educator I appreciate the organized manner in which he lays out every topic, with key concepts, supporting scriptures and quotes, incorporated stories, common questions, and fill in the blank conversation starters to help get some interaction going instead of lecturing the questioning party.  He didn’t call the fill-in-the-blank section conversation starters but that is how I used them. He also includes in the” Key Concept” area a simple and quick “Hope-Filled Answer” that allows for a get-to-the-point answer when you need a quick one. This is not a one-time read type of book for parents; I believe it is a resource you can share with your child through all of their growing stages revisiting the answers as they grow in maturity.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Tyndale. All
opinions expressed are my own.