Thursday, March 31, 2016

Book Review: The Seven Laws of Love

The Seven Laws of Love by Dave Willis

Do everything with love. -1 Corinthians 16:14

My Review:

This book is organized into two main sections: Laws of Love and Love in Action. Part One - Laws of Love defines commitment, sacrifices, truth, fear, grace, healing and forever.  

Part Two - Love in Action identifies key strategies and techniques in dealing with love relationships: spouse, family, neighbor, friends, enemies, yourself and your creator. 

The afterword contains a summary of the Laws of Love and application tools for each law.

Overall, this is a readable book with stories, examples, discussion questions and biblical research to define love.

From the Editor: 

In our fast-paced, success-obsessed culture, we’re constantly tempted to chase after things that don’t matter. We’ve been conditioned to value possessions over people, status over relationships, and ourselves over God.

But the reality is this: God created love to be the centerpiece of our lives.
In The Seven Laws of Love, Dave Willis makes the case for a love revival and proves that in returning to a life of love we have no greater model than the one who is love himself.
In Dave’s humorous, touching, down-to-earth style, The Seven Laws of Love takes you on a journey through the ins and outs of everyday relationships—with your spouse, your children, your friends, and your coworkers—using practical, applicable examples and guiding principles that demonstrate what a life of love actually looks like.
The BookLook Bloggers book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Book Review: Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus

Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus written by Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk

In my opinion: 
Pressing Pause is a great daily devotion for those busy moms, struggling with the daily commitments of life. The layout is attractive and the font is a readable size. There is a section at the end of each reading with a space for reflection. 

Notes from the editor:

Whether you’re juggling a career, kids’ schedules, and church commitments or you’re covered in spit-up and anxious about what the next eighteen years might hold, you can carve out a few quiet moments to rejuvenate your spirit.

Pressing Pause offers you a calm way to start your day, to refresh yourself in Jesus and drink deeply of His presence so that you are ready to pour out love, time, and energy into the people who matter most to you.
These 100 encouraging devotions for moms will help you begin each day with Scripture, drawing on God’s power, ingesting His Word, and learning practical ways to love and serve more like His Son.
Just a few minutes each day can help you center your heart and mind on what God has for you as His beloved daughter. So resist the rush. Halt the hustle. Press pause and find some calm in the chaos.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Book Review: The Berenstain Bears Mother's Day Blessings

The Berenstain Bears Mother's Day Blessings

From the Editor: Mama Bear is the best mama in all of Bear Country and Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear know just what to do for her on Mother’s Day. In this newest title in the Berenstain Bears Living Lights, The Berenstain Bears Mother’s Day Blessings, join the Bear family and all of Bear Country as they spend Mother’s Day together remembering just why our mothers are so special to all of us!

My Opinion: This book is a great read for children ages 4-7. It discusses themes of commitment, sacrifice and the expression of love in different ways. Mother's are always finding ways to teach, provide and love their families - this book takes on a child friendly approach to the challenges our mothers face on a daily basis. 

The pages are filled with cute illustrations of Bear Country, that would be attractive to young children. It is a quick read - that basically shows how mom is a blessing.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Book Review: Jesus Called - He Wants His Church Back

Jesus Called: He Wants His Church Back

Ray Johnston takes an honest look at the worldly issues that have invaded the modern-church. He gives suggestions and strategies for getting back to the important things - Christ!

An excerpt:

In every decade we, as Americans, lost something important that we couldn’t afford to lose:
  • In the 1950s, we lost innocence.
  • In the 1960s, we lost respect for authority.
  • In the 1970s, we lost love.
  • In the 1980s, we lost values.
  • In the 1990s, we lost faith.
  • In the 2000s, we lost security.
  • In the 2010s, we lost hope in the future.
Johnston gives personal examples that focuses the readers back to Christ and his true example. He ends the book challenging the reader to give up on FEAR, DOUBT and INDECISION and return to GOD.