Thursday, February 9, 2012

100 Book Challenge Blog #1

Today I completed my 7th book, Sun Stand Still. I got this book this summer at LGCC and started reading it but really didnt get much out of it because I honestly didnt really want to at the time. However today it did not matter if I wanted to or not. To make it short, the book was really good. 

It showed alot about how weak my faith really is, I now see that I need to trust God more in everything and not down play the dreams that he is giving me. May we all have some audacity in our faith and not be weak. Matthew 17:20 says, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." But who really thinks that they can do that. I know I really did not. 

I also found that something that I really need to work on is to just simply not limit God. I mean this book got its name from Joshua 10:12 when Joshua asks God to stop the sun. When we limit God we than have a faith that should be classified as less than ordinary, when we give God the limitless faith that he demands we will be extraordinary. and the things that we can attempt and accomplish would be called audatious and unbelievable.

So my challenge to my self and everyone that is still reading is this.  Let us all live a life that requires us to take limits off what God can do in our live and live bigger than we have ever thought possible in our lives.
(disclaimer: I know that I did not write this completely grammatically correct so you dont need to comment about that.)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Why God Wont Go Away

Alister McGrath's latest book Why God Won't Go Away provides a brief but comprehensive look at the movement known as New Atheism and its leading figures: Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and Sam Harris. According to McGrath, not only does New Atheism assert that there is no God, but it blames religion for the violence, oppression, and social divisions in the world, claiming that religion is at fault for events like 9/11. Those who profess a belief in God are looked upon as "ignorant" and "lacking reason" and are "worthy of contempt." Rationality and science are the authorities New Atheism relies upon to support and justify these claims, but, as McGrath points out, there are limitations to both that New Atheism fails to acknowledge or address. Ironically, in their zeal to eliminate religion, this contemporary movement has metamorphosed into a fundamentalist group not so unlike those it has set out to destroy. After delineating and debunking each of New Atheism's tenets and revealing serious flaws in its logic, McGrath asserts that the movement's future is fading fast as God simply won't go.

Before reading this book, I had never heard of New Atheism or any of its figureheads, and my knowledge of atheism itself was very limited. That is part of the reason I chose to read this book. As a Christian parent, I believe I have a responsibility to stay informed about any potential threats to my faith in order to defend it at all costs. McGrath's book provides a wealth of information that will help the Christian defend his or her faith against atheists, "New" and old. As a former atheist-turned-Christian, McGrath himself knows the arguments on both sides of the table and presents his thoroughly researched evidence in a clear, concise manner with a witty writing style that renders the somewhat dry subject matter more palatable. Why God Won't Go Away is a must-read for all Christians who intend to defend their faith in God to those who refuse to see Him.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. 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."

Single or not; all men can learn from this book

Every Single Man’s Battle is designed as an accompanying guide to Every Mans Battle, and generally is geared toward a study or small group. The book deals with the deep underlying causes of sexual integrity issues with single men and the authors are extremely vulnerable with respect to telling their own stories and struggles. I am single, and I have read Every Man's Battle, and I found a lot of encouraging reminders, tips and tricks.

Overall, this book could be extremely valuable in a group setting, or with single men that are trying to live a pure life as we should. I think it serves as a great "jumping off point" for discussion in a small group setting or a place to start with an accountability partner so that they will know where you are coming from and where you want to be.

The content of this book is good, as is everything else that has come from these authors.  The authors do not sugar coat anything. They are honest about their lives and what has happened in their past and how they got to where they are now.  To be straight up honest with everybody I believe that every single male 15+ should read this book because it will open their eyes to the lies that Satan doesn’t want them to know are lies.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Joltin Life

This book starts well, but doesn't keep up the intensity.  Big on broad concepts, light on detailed instructions. Could be just the inspiration you need to seek out the next steps.

Jolt! is a book about changing your life.  The author offers 25 "Jolts" to your system that are aimed to shake you out of your comfort zone, pull you out of the rut you've fallen into, and set you on the path towards your dream life.

At least, that's the idea.

The author is very inspirational, but despite promising to be different than the mass of self-help books out there by not just offering feel-good motivational speech, but actual nitty-gritty how-tos - the book ends up being mostly just that.  A pep talk before the big game as opposed to the actual game plan.

If you are looking for motivation and inspiration, this may be the book for you.  If you are looking for a life coach style plan for change - you won't find that here.

I received this book from booksneeze for free to review.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Rad Together

Radical together was one of the best books I have read in a long time.

In his book Radical Together David Platt shares that Christians need to stop claiming to be a Christian and start being a Christian, in a much less blunt way of saying it, and shows us where he gets this information from in scripture. Along with this he gives the motivation to do this as well. The last two years I have been a program called Masters Commission and in this program we are encouraged to do everything that is shared in this book, so being obedient to the authorities placed over me I have done it. After reading this book the motivation to do the things told to me is much greater because of Radical Together and the impact it has made on my life. I now reach out to the people around me with a since of purpose and because I want to now, not just because I have to for the program that I am in. Even if you think that this book is for those that are leading the church you should check out this book because it is a great read for any level of Christian. And this book will help bring you to a completely new level in your walk with God.

I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. 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.”