Thursday, February 22, 2018

Grinding to Success

In his latest book, Rise and Grind: Outperform, Outwork, and Outhustle Your Way To A More Successful and Rewarding Life, Daymond John has sought to write an inspirational book about how to succeed in life.

John explains the purpose of this book is to help the reader so that they could learn and understand the day to day rituals and habits of some of the more successful people in the world.

There are 8 chapters, totalling about 300 pages in this book.  John interviewed 16 people, such as talk show host Wendy Williams, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, musician Carlos Santana and Pastor Joel Osteen.  John asked each person to share what their daily habits and routines look like so the rest of the world can learn from them.

This is a good book, but not a great book.  At times, I felt like I was reading an infomercial as a great deal of time was spent on explaining who each individual was.  There were times the book did not have a good flow to it, and that made an easy book, more difficult to read.

What John is attempting to do is great, but I think there were better ways to accomplish his task.  I appreciated learning more about each person, including John, but was left wanting more.

Overall, I would say this is a good book, and worth reading.

I received this book from bloggingforbooks in exchange for an honest review.


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Monday, February 19, 2018

The Lord's Prayer

In his book, The Prayer that turns the World Upside Down, R. Albert Mohler, Jr., has written an excellent, easy to read, yet powerful book on the most familiar of Christian prayers . . . The Lord's Prayer.

While this book is easy to read and just under 170 pages, Mohler has filled this book with wonderful insights into The Lord's Prayer.  If read with an open mind, this book will challenge some of the basic beliefs we have had about the Lord's Prayer.

While there is some theology in the book, it is basic enough in that the reader should benefit from reading this book.  We are reminded that familiarity with something tends to cause us to lose its significance and that is true with the Lord's Prayer.  Mohler is an excellent author and this is an excellent addition to his writing.  I would highly recommend this book.

I received this book from booklookbloggers.com in exchange for an honest review.

Lessons from the Coach!

In the book, Always Fall Forward: Life lessons I'll never forget from "The Coach", Todd Gerelds has written a very personal devotional.  This book comes from the true story which was made into a film, called "Woodlawn."  The story focuses on his father, Tandy, a football coach.

There are 52 weekly devotions based on what Todd learned from the football field and from his father.  Each devotion has a unique title and is about 3-4 pages long, and ends  with ways the reader can attempt to go deeper in their relationship with God.  There are suggested scripture readings and questions to consider.

If you are a sports fan, especially a football fan, or even a coach who is looking for some inspirational stories to talk to your team about, then this book would be a great addition to your library.

Each devotion is easy to read and many of them can be challenging as well.

Overall, I would recommend this book.

I received this book from Tyndale Press in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, February 02, 2018

Maxwell on Leadership!

I have been a fan of John Maxwell for many years, and have read many of his books on leadership.  I already had the first edition of Developing the Leader Within You and was curious to see what changes would be made in Developing the Leader Within You 2.0.

Basically there are 2 chapters with different titles, along with different material which has been included in the book.  John has a very personal way of writing which helps draw the reader to his books.  They are understandable and very practical, which is one of the reasons I appreciate his books. 

There are 10 chapters in the book, with each chapter averaging about 20 pages.  The chapters are filled with practical advice, illustrations and some theory.  Each chapter contains Action Steps at the end of the chapter which is a great summary of the chapter.

Overall, this is an excellent book on leadership.  I would highly recommend this for those wanting to go deeper in their ability to lead others.

I received this book from booklookbloggers in exchange for an honest review.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Fighting for your Marriage

In their book, Enter the Ring: Fighting Together for a Gospel Saturated Marriage, D.A. and Erica Horton have written a very good book about marriage in which they share through their struggles in a very vulnerable and honest manner.  This is book would be great for people who are newly married; or married for under 10 years or so.

The Horton's share for their own marriage.  A marriage that has endured many difficulties, even prior to their marriage, as they almost did not get married.  They use a great deal of scripture verses to help the reader understand their intentions.

The Horton's explore the tension of two people becoming one and how spouses often fight over which “one of us” they become. They unpack topics such as
  • Seasons of suffering
  • Communication
  • Sexual and physical intimacy
  • The spiritual life of the home
  • Money
This book approaches the traditional topics of a marriage book with the brutal and life-giving honesty of two millennials who have fought together for their marriage.  All topics are addressed through the vulnerable lens of the authors’ own struggles and mistakes.

This is a no-holds-barred, real-world . . . marriage book.


Overall, I would highly recommend this book.

I received this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

The Power of Prayer



In his book, Make Your Voice Heard in heaven: How to Pray with Power, former Senate Chaplain, Barry Black has written a very succinct and powerful book on prayer.  This book arose from his powerful keynote message at the 2017 National Prayer Breakfast, which led to many cheers and a standing ovation.

He explains that in order to make ourselves heard in a way that really changes things, we must start by calling upon God ― the one who holds the ultimate power.

As followers of Jesus, we need to realize that when we come together to pray, we invite the very real presence of Almighty God into our midst.  When our prayers are heard in heaven, our need for guidance, strength, healing, mercy, grace, and wisdom will be met by a holy God.

In this book, Chaplain Black shows how to pray prayers that God will hear and that release God’s power and blessing in our lives.  There are 15 chapters outlining in very practical terms ways we are to pray.

Chaplain Black shows us through the use of Scripture, personal stories, and practical insights, how our prayers can
  • unleash God’s power
  • increase your partnership with God’s will
  • deepen your intimacy with God
  • strengthen your desire to live a God-pleasing life
  • help you avoid missing God’s blessings . . . and more
This is an easy to read, yet a slowly read book because of all the deep insight Chaplain Black brings into our lives.

I received this book from Tyndale Press in exchange for an honest review.

Everyday worship!

The Air I Breathe: Worship as a way of life, by Louie Giglio is not the typical book about worship.  He is not telling us how to worship when we enter a church building on Sundays.  He wants the reader to understand that worship “is the essence of what makes us truly human.”  This is an easy to read, fast paced, yet a book filled with deep implications about the way we live our lives.  This book should challenge each reader.

I’ve read other material and watched videos of Louis.  He is filled with passion and enthusiasm for Christ.  It’s evident in the pages of this book.

He explains that true freedom comes when worship flows through us as naturally as the air we breathe, when the words and actions in our lives resonate with our Creator so deeply that every inhalation is full of meaning.  When we understand the holiness of the God who knows the stars by name — and His overwhelming love for each one of us — how can we offer anything less?

Giglio passionately explains what it means to truly live a life of worship, offering insight and guidance for finding our personal path towards connecting with the God of the Universe.  We were created to worship and God is the One who is worthy of our worship.

The book also includes a set of questions for small groups and a list of Scriptures used.  There is also an excerpt from another book by Giglio.  This book is highly recommended for those who desire to move beyond the superficial and gain a greater intimacy with God in their daily relationship with Him.  The book has 11 chapters totally 113 pages.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

A Memoir of Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels is one of my all time favorite performers.  I've seen him in concert multiple times and appreciate his music and life.  The book, Never Look at the Empty Seats: A Memoir of Charlie Daniels is a must read for his fans.

His music always tells a story, each song tells you something about his life or his thoughts and dreams.  The book is very similar.  As Daniels shares stories about his childhood through his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.  You would have expected it, but it was a crowning accomplishment in his life.

This book will help the reader to better understand who this icon of southern rock / country music is.  He tells story after story about life and those who were deeply involved in his life.

His stories are funny, they are sad, they are honest and raw as he shares his successes and his failures.  Overall, this is an easy to read and fun, and enlightening book for fans of CDB!

I was provided this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Being Open to the Spirit

In his newest book, Scot McKnight takes a look at the Holy Spirit.  His books is entitled Open to the Spirit: God in Us, God with Us, God Transforming Us.  McKnight seeks to answer some of the basic questions even Christ followers have regarding the Holy Spirit, such as Who is the Holy Spirit?  What is the purpose of the Holy Spirit?  Should we pray to the Holy Spirit?  How do we relate to the Holy Spirit?  And more questions are answered in this book.

Most people are confused about the role of the Spirit, especially as it relates to the Trinity and McKnight attempts to help the reader gain a better understanding.


This book is well written, filled with a number of examples and illustrations which will help the reader better understand the mysterious Holy Spirit.  This is not a deep theological book.  But it is one that seeks to take someone who already has a basic knowledge and help them to go deeper in their understanding of the Holy Spirit.


The call is for the Christian to be open to the Holy Spirit so they could better grow in their relationship with Christ, and with the Spirit.  I sense that McKnight's goal was to help the reader gain a better understanding of the Holy Spirit, thus the reason this is not as theological or academic.  I appreciated this approach.


Overall, I would recommend this book to those wanting to gain wisdom and understanding of the Holy Spirit.


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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

A Life Beyond Amazing!

In his newest book, A Life Beyond Amazing: 9 Decisions That Will Transform Your Life Today, Dr. David Jeremiah, has written an outstanding book about how to live life according to the Fruits of the Spirit.

This book has the potential to be life changing.  As Jeremiah correctly points out early in the book, living life according to these 9 Fruits of the Spirit is a decision which we make.  They are difficult decisions to live according to each fruit of the spirit, but the potential when we do is a "life beyond amazing."

The chapters are ~ 
A life of Love
A life of Peace
A life of Joy
A life of Endurance
A life of Compassion
A life of Generosity
A life of Integrity
A life of Humility
A life of Self-Discipline

While I look at some of the headers for the fruits of the Spirit differently than Jeremiah, he is still touching on the same topics, just using different words.  For example, generosity is also goodness; endurance is patience . . . and so on.

Dr. Jeremiah gives a number of practical examples and illustrations to help the reader better understand and then apply these fruits into their lives.

Overall, this is an excellent book and one which should be read and discussed!!

Grinding to Success

In his latest book, Rise and Grind: Outperform, Outwork, and Outhustle Your Way To A More Successful and Rewarding Life , Daymond John has...