Monday, May 28, 2018

Book Review: Finding the Love of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation

In 'Finding the Love of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation, Elyse Fitzpatrick reveals how each section of the Bible--the Law, history, poetry, the epistles--points to God's eternal love and the good news of the redemption through his Son.

The above is the book's description given on the back of the book and does it not sound like such an interesting book?  It was the description that drew me into wanting to read this book but I quickly came to realize that it was not going to be what I had anticipated.

After reading the introduction where Jesus is referred to as my Bestie, I really did not think I could read any further.  I had not assumed that a book written on the Bible was going to necessarily be geared towards women, but this is what I found.  I felt highly uncomfortable with the author's creative license in dealing with the certain passages in the Scripture such as insinuating that one of the two on the road to Emmaus was Cleopas' wife.  On page 45, she incorrectly references Scripture by stating that "Jesus knocked Paul off his horse onto his knees and temporarily blinded him.'  The Scriptures make no mention of a horse.  It was things of this nature that caused me to question the credibility of this book.

By the time I reached Chapter five I was done with this book.  On p. 89 the author writes, 'You'll remember that Job's suffering began when Satan challenged God's goodness by alleging that the only reason Job served him was because God was his Sugar Daddy.'  This blatant irreverence made me unable to read any further.

I would not recommend this book to anyone.

 I received this book for free from Bethany House for this review.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

This Month's Resources

This year I have been following along with the Bible Studies on the First5 app.  I decided to take out the guess work of what I would be studying this year and commit myself to study alongside the books they chose.  

On Monday, I will begin the study of Return to Refuge: The study of Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.  This is a five-week study from May 7–June 16. I will be using their experience guide but it is not necessary.

I used this commentary in studying Prone to Wander: The study of Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah and Micah.  The site has both written commentary and sermon audios which were both insightful.

This time around, I purchased this commentary because I just prefer the feel of a book in my hands as opposed to an online resource.  I chose this commentary because it contained all the books I would be studying not because I am familiar with the author.  Hopefully, it will prove to be a valuable resource.  

This month I will attempt to read Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices by Thomas Brooks.  I have already begun reading it and it is  not a book one reads just to finish.  It is a book that you read with your Bible close at hand and gives you a lot to think on.  

I find listening to podcasts while cleaning a blessing and this one was very eye-opening. 

This song is such a great reminder that Jesus' Name is indeed Great!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Book Review: The Better Mom

Ruth Schwenk's 'The Better Mom: Growing in Grace between Perfection and the Mess' is our opportunity to see how God uses parenthood to shape you into who he wants you to become.

I admire the author's intent on writing this book.  The author provides a lot of personal experiences and Scripture to highlight her points.  I especially enjoyed her correlation with Jesus and His disciples with us discipling our children to send them out.  Overall, I thought the Biblical connections she made were very insightful.

However, this book just did not resonate with me.  The first nine chapters were difficult to get through.   The author's continual reference to momming seemed to have trivialized the call of motherhood to another hobby, something that we do in between the years our children are 1-18 while pursing other interests in making a difference in the world. Instead of viewing ourselves as whole in Christ, we tend to compartmentalize our lives and determine the influence that Jesus will have on each particular area.

As I read, I kept on thinking whether Christian moms around the world could read this book and glean from it.  Can other mothers across the world relate to our "struggles with laundry?"  Are we trivializing motherhood when our struggles are whether or not we are too tired to make a Target trip? These are the author's examples, not mine.

Overall, there are some good nuggets in this book but not enough to make me recommend it.

                       I received complimentary copy of this book from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Book Review: Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children

Jodie Berndt's Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children is a series 'with specific and powerful prayers for our grown-up kids, whether they are just leaving the nest, flying well on their own, or struggling to take off at all.'

At first, I was very excited to read this book since I have a 20 year-old of my own.  I thought the topics covered were a great mixture of the conventional and unconventional subjects facing adult children. While I did not assume that the prayers would necessarily be for Christians only, I did expect the prayers to be Biblically based.  Some of the prayer requests mentioned (child's spouse to be athletic) seemed to be very superficial.  There was not an emphasis on eternal matters like that the child's spouse should love Jesus with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.  When the author referred to adult children, I assumed she was talking about actual adults.  The behavior described (choosing a job based on medical coverage for pets) of these "adults" seemed very juvenile.

In concept, I think the idea of this book is a great one.  Parents can never have too many resources when praying for their children but this book misses the mark.  While reading, the parents seemed to be unsaved themselves(not minding their children drinking p. 255) and more concerned with their children living the American dream rather than truly being saved.  

I would not recommend this book.  If parents want a resource to help them with praying for the children, there is no better resource than the Bible itself.

                                 I received complimentary copy of this book from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.