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Book Review | For the Love by Jen Hatmaker

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for the loveFor the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker is fun to read! The book is crafted from the perspective of “turning 40” and a reflection through Jen’s Christian life as a wife and mom. The humor is witty and entertaining! Book chapters include:

  • Run Your Race
  • Surviving School
  • Marriage Fun
  • Difficult People
  • Dear Christians, Stop Being Crappy

While the book is funny, Jen’s overall objective is “..to help lead  tribe that does more healing and less hurting.” Her raw testimony is sprinkled with jaw-dropping wisdom you don’t want to miss!

The popular writer, blogger, and television personality reveals with humor and style how Jesus’ extravagant grace is the key to dealing with life’s biggest challenge: people.

The majority of our joys, struggles, thrills, and heartbreaks relate to people, beginning first with ourselves and then the people we came from, married, birthed, live by, live for, go to church with, don’t like, don’t understand, fear, struggle with, compare ourselves to, and judge. People are the best and worst thing about the human life.

Jen Hatmaker knows this all too well, and so she reveals how to practice kindness, grace, truthfulness, vision, and love to ourselves and those around us. By doing this, For the Love leads our generation to reimagine Jesus’ grace as a way of life, and it does it in a funny yet profound manner that Christian readers will love. Along the way, Hatmaker shows readers how to reclaim their prophetic voices and become Good News again to a hurting, polarized world.

 

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” LifeVerse Books is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com

Your Legacy The Greatest Gift | Book Review

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your legacy the greatest giftI’m a fan of Dr. James Dobson books and many have been useful tools for parenting, marriage and relationships. “Your Legacy: The Greatest Gift” is quite different than the other books. The first four chapters are an autobiography of the Dobson genealogy from 1800 to the present. The next chapters are storytelling moments of Dobson family history, along with stories of people Dobson has met through his ministry work. Often while reading the book I felt the book itself was Dobson’s legacy to his children and future generations, rather than written for a wider audience. I gleaned from the examples and stories as much as I could apply to my own family legacy: I reminisced about praying grandparents, raising my children with a Christian foundation, and ministering to the prodigal with tough love.

Topics in the book include:

  • Dr. Dobson’s personal story of his own spiritual legacy
  • Strategies for the spiritual training of children
  • Help for parents of prodigals
  • Hope for reaching unsaved parents
  • Principles for building a love relationship with your children
  • Testimonies from parents who got it right
  • Stories you can read to your children for leaving your legacy
  • Steps you can take to lead your child to Christ

Other than the chapter on prodigals, the most applicable information I found was in the Appendix: Strategies For Leaving Your Legacy. This useful list includes ideas on weaving a legacy through your own family tree.

 

My Amazon Review 2/5

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review of Real Church in a Social Network World

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real-churchReal Church in a Social Network World: From Facebook to Face-to-Face Faith  by Leonard Sweet is a misleading title. After reading the entire eBook I expected more content about social media, Facebook or Twitter.  The claim of the book is that our culture is relationship-oriented, evidenced through the rise of social media. However there was not much content on the impact of Christianity via Facebook or Twitter. Sweet does a good job defining “real church” in  relationship with others, yet he misses the opportunity to create an impact through social media. He fails to mention the widespread online communities making an impact globally in the name of Jesus. He also fails to demonstrate how these online communities connect and remain in fellowship: praying for one another, witnessing and reaching all corners of the earth. He weaves the basic human need to connect and communicate with the ministry of the church. The book has the potential to educate and enlighten Christians on the impact of social media for both the unchurched and churched people…however these topics were minimized in relation to the basic theology study. I was disappointed in both the title and the content of the book, though I have enjoyed other books by the Leonard Sweet.

My Amazon Rating 2/5