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.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Book Review: Hinds' Feet on High Places

Hannah Hurnard's Hinds' Feet on Hight Places 'is a story of endurance, persistence, and reliance on God.  This book has inspired millions to become sure-footed in their faith--even when facing the rockiest terrain.'

The book is stunning which is what attracted me to read it aloud with my daughter.  The size of the book with its beautiful illustrations throughout make it an ideal read aloud.  We both thoroughly enjoyed reading this allegory.  The chapters are about six pages long so it does not become too overwhelming for a child to sit and process the information.  The illustrations are not only beautiful but helpful to keep the children on track on Much-Afraid's journey.

It provided a lot of material for discussion.  One of our most enjoyable parts was discussing the trials Much-Afraid faced as well as the tactics of Resentment, Self-Pity, Bitterness, and Pride.  We were able to draw many connections between the trials and the enemy's tactics along with the Shepherd's help to overcome the trials.  Although some of the concepts are a little more difficult for younger children to understand, it is a great opportunity to discuss them.

Overall, this will be a good read aloud with plenty of material for discussion.  I briefly looked up the author and it appears that she strayed from Christianity and seemed to have believed in universal reconciliation.  Even this point could serve as a discussion to have with our children about the susceptibility of straying if one does not remain in Christ.

I received a complimentary copy of above mentioned title from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Book Review: Transforming Grace

Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges ‘is a fountainhead of inspiration and renewal that will show you just how inexhaustible and generous God’s grace really is. 

I had heard and read reviews on Jerry Bridges’ work but had never read any of his books.  When this title became available, I was excited to learn for myself whether his works would be of edification and I was not disappointed. 

Bridges has an exceptional way of taking such a broad topic and making it manageable, understandable, and relatable.  The chapters are about twenty pages each and pack a lot of material.  The book comes with a very generous, well thought out discussion guide.

Bridges does a remarkable job of explaining in a simple manner such a profound topic.  Grace is not just part of the Christian life; it is the Christian life.  The section “A Parable of Grace” was extremely insightful.  I profoundly enjoyed the author’s use of Biblical text to teach on grace with a mixture of his relevant, personal experiences with grace.  Some authors seem to go in the opposite direction; discussing their personal experiences and sprinkling some Scripture references that may or may not coincide. 

Overall, this was an excellent read which I highly recommend to any and all Christians.  The topic of grace may seem elementary to some but it is foundational and must not only be revisited sporadically but daily.  Something I did notice about this specific copy was the thinness of the pages.  I had several highlights that bled through.  I was not sure if it was an issue with the quality of the highlighter or the paper itself. 

 I received a complimentary copy of above mentioned title from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Book Review: Praying for Girls

Teri Lynne Underwood's Praying for Girls: Asking Do for the Things They Need Most seeks to 'equip you to pay with more confidence and power' by featuring '200 Scripture-based prayers that cover key areas of every girl's life.'

Prayer can be an intimidating topic but the author provides a practical approach.  The book is not sequential so you can jump start your prayers based on the specific area you desire to begin.  The author does state that the last section contains the hardest prayers we will pray because they are the catalyst for all the other prayers.

The format of the chapters consist of a personal story to illustrate the topic and three sections--Prayers, Just for Moms, and Girl Talk.  The Prayer section contains many examples of prayers alongside Bible verses.  The Just for Moms sections deals with how the topic relates to mothers.  This section was especially significant because it honed in on the importance of mothers living out the Scripture in front of the daughters.  The author's vulnerability in sharing her struggles helps the reader to see the importance of a mother being ministered as well. The Girl Talk section gives many ideas for mothers to illustrate the subject whether through crafts, talks, or outings.  This section was very helpful in providing ideas for those of us who lack in the creativity department.  

Overall, this book is a useful tool for mothers seeking to jumpstart praying for their daughters.  It is a resource filled with the practical information for those who are seasoned in praying for their daughters as well as those just beginning.

       I received complimentary copy of this book from Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.

Book Review: The Wisdom of God

A. W. Tozer's The Wisdom of God seeks to 'change your decisions attitudes, and relationships, setting you on the path to becoming all God wants you to be.

Having never read any of Tozer's works, I was not sure what to expect.  Was it going to be dry and difficult or challenging and thought provocative?  It was definitely the latter.  Tozer's writing style made it quite easy to follow along as he tackled a deep subject matter--wisdom.

The first few chapters were a little hard to get into but I suppose he was setting a foundation for the topic.  Once you got past them, you were glad you pressed on.  Wisdom is so clearly explained and shown how to be practically applied in the Christian life.  It was portrayed as vitally necessary in the Christian walk for all believers as opposed to something only reserved for the elderly. Tozer's juxtaposition of worldly wisdom and godly wisdom left the reader with a clear understanding as to why the believer must seek the latter and abhor the former.  The warnings against the evil man and the strange woman remain a timely message.

Tozer's conversational style of writing with its cut to the chase manner made this not only an enjoyable read but a profound one.  There is much to consider during the reading and even more left for introspection afterwards.  I would highly recommend this book any one seeking to further understand godly wisdom for its personal application.

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