Monday, May 29, 2017

Book Review: The Good Book by Deron Spoo

The best and greatest book in the world is the Bible (God's Word)! It's definitely life-changing! For new Christians, it can be daunting to read and understand the Bible. Often they feel overwhelmed and don't know where they should start. The Good Book by Deron Spoo is an excellent book that gives readers 40 highlights from the Bible. Hopefully, it will encourage and motivate readers to read the rest of the Bible. Even for those who have read the Bible regularly for years, it offers fresh insights and fuels the passion and appreciation for God's love letter even more. The book is divided into 8 main sections: In the Beginning, God Is Good When Life Gets Messy, God Is Big, Tough Love; Troubled Times, Jesus Has Just Entered the Building, Jesus Won't Leave Us as We Are, Following Jesus, and God's Message for You. There are five chapters in each section. Though I am familiar with all 40 chapters (half from the Old Testament and half from the New Testament) that the author selected for this book, I enjoyed reading and learning from the book. These 40 chapters cover important (every Christian should know) themes in the Bible such as creation, faith, grace, salvation, suffering, spiritual growth, wisdom, obedience, integrity, worry, death, agape, Heaven, and more . Each chapter starts with Scriptures and ends with thought-provoking questions for reflection. It's theologically sound and easy to understand. The author often uses real life stories, historical facts, or scientific facts to demonstrate lessons/truths from the Bible. He shows how God's Word is valuable and applicable to our daily life. The Good Book will help new believers gain a solid foundation in God's truths. I highly recommend this book! May you know God more through His Word and make Him known to the world!

"God's presence is our greatest source of confidence and courage." (p. 109)
"Grace is God's decision to outlast our every attempt to avoid him, to outdistance our attempts to run from him, and to outwait our stubbornness in resisting him." (p. 210)
"Love is sacrificial in its protection, optimistic in its trust, positive in its hope, and unflinching in its resolve. Far beyond mere emotion, love is a decision to will and work for someone's best interests--always." (p.359)
"The best measure of spiritual maturity isn't one's spiritual gifts but one's spiritual fruit." (p. 366)

About the Author:

Deron Spoo is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Over the past 16 years, Spoo has guided the church as it transitions from being simply a downtown church to a regional church committed to urban ministry. Church members describe him as "down to earth" and "authentic." His television devotionals, "First Things First," reach 100,000 people each week. Spoo is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Paula, have three children.
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~I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. To read other reviews, visit here.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Book Review: The Joy of Letting Go by Vicki Caruana

As a mother of three who are 23 (about to graduate from college), 18 (working and deciding whether to go to college), and 15 (homeschooling), I have been experiencing both the joy and the anxiety of letting go. I want to help my children spread their wings and soar successfully in this wide world. Yet sometimes I don't want them to grow up too fast or too independent. This book aims to help ease the letting go process so that it will be not only effective but also enjoyable. Each of the 52 devotional readings begins with an insightful quote and ends with Thought Poke (including great questions for reflection), and a relevant Bible verse. Each devotional reading is short and concise. The author offers valuable lessons from her own personal experiences and practical advice. The Joy of Letting Go helps parents be prepared mentally and emotionally as they equip their children for independence and adjust themselves to changes. It's an easy, encouraging read!

"You know your children better than anyone else. You know what they can and can't handle. When deciding how and when to let go or to at lease loosen your grip, make sure your decision is based on what they can and can't handle and not on what you can and can't handle." (p.33)

About the author:
Dr. Vicki Caruana is the author of 20 books and the blog Apples & Chalkdust-named after her bestselling book that has touched the lives of a million educators around the world. Caruana is one of four parenting experts on "Starting Points," Focus on the Family's parenting DVD series. Formerly a public school teacher and a homeschooling mom, Vicki is now an assistant professor of education at Mount Saint Mary College in New York. She lives with her station wagon loving husband, Chip, in Newburgh, New York and has two grown sons in Colorado Springs.
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~I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. To read other reviews, visit here.