Browse Month: February 2018

Review – The Last Arrow by Erwin Raphael McManus

Book description

When you come to the end of your days, you will not measure your life based on success and failures. All of those will eventually blur together into a single memory called “life.”

What will give you solace is a life with nothing left undone. One that’s been lived with relentless ambition, a heart on fire, and with no regrets.

On the other hand, what will haunt you until your final breath is who you could have been but never became and what you could have done but never did.

The Last Arrow is your roadmap to a life that defies odds and alters destinies. Discover the attributes of those who break the gravitational pull of mediocrity as cultural pioneer and thought leader Erwin McManus examines the characteristics of individuals who risked everything for a life they could only imagine. Imagine living the life you were convinced was only a dream.

We all begin this life with a quiver full of arrows.

Now the choice is yours. Will you cling to your arrows or risk them all, opting to live until you have nothing left to give?

Time is short. Pick up The Last Arrow and begin the greatest quest of your life.

Review

Having read a lot of good comments about McManus’ last book, I wanted to read this one for myself, so I didn’t hesitate when it became available on of the review program I’m part of.

The Last Arrow is about moving on from our past, from the things trying to hold us back and start living. But living according to the plan God has for us.

It’s an inspirational reading that will shake you and make you to start living a meaningful life.

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I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

Review – Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Book description

Where are you guys? Text me back. That’s the last message Carver Briggs will ever send his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. He never thought that it would lead to their death.

Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, a powerful judge is pressuring the district attorney to open up a criminal investigation.

Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli’s girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake’s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a “goodbye day” together to share their memories and say a proper farewell.

Soon the other families are asking for their own goodbye day with Carver—but he’s unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace with their losses, or will these goodbye days bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown or—even worse—prison?

Review

Goodbye days is a novel that starts slow with a story that gets weirder through the first chapters. A circle of friends that through an accident becomes just one of them.

This is a slow paced story, Zentner wants you to get the feeling that you’re there, and there’s not only enough descriptions about surroundings to make you feel that, but also the emotional environment that encapsulates the inner thoughts of the protagonist.

Conclusion

Not a story for everyone. If you like contemporary novels, then Goodbye Days is for you.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

Review – Searching the Scriptures by Charles R. Swindoll

Book description

Are you getting the spiritual nourishment you need?

Optimal health requires optimal nutrition. The same is true spiritually speaking. Without sufficient and regular biblical nutrition, our inner lives begin to suffer the consequences. We become shallow and selfish, more demanding and less gentle, and quick to react impatiently, rashly, and angrily. These are telltale signs of inner malnutrition.

In Searching the Scriptures, respected Bible teacher Chuck Swindoll shows us how to dig deep into Scripture and uncover its profound truths for our lives. He outlines the principles of Bible study that will help you understand God’s Word, apply it, and communicate it clearly to those around you. Too many people try to go it alone, without a guide, for this life and the next. Chuck explains how we can fix our own spiritual meals, then invites us to feast on nourishing truths we can discover in God’s Word.

Review

Charles R. Swindoll is a respected teacher and Searching the Scriptures gives us another reason to listen to someone like Him. This book, according to Swindoll is the result of his love and interest in the Scriptures and the way he’s been developing an understanding of the truths inside them.

The first chapters start with a practical introduction about the Bible, its books, and some comments about why is important to have a clear picture of the Bible in order to share and present a defense of the Word of God.

Using words and concepts from the food and cooking world, Swindoll takes us though recipes and a walk through the kitchen to put into practice what we’ve learned in each chapter. There are exercises at the end of each lesson to give us the opportunity to read, meditate and apply our new understanding on different passages.

There’s a study method, or recipe, given by the author and that can be useful for everyone during our study time:

  1. Observation
  2. Interpretation
  3. Correlation
  4. Application

Conclusion

Searching the Scriptures can give a new or better understanding to those who want to dig deeper into God’s Word. Swindoll’s life is not only an example, but an evidence that his writings really do work.

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I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Review – The Book of Mistakes by Skip Prichard

Book description

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to catch all the breaks and win over and over again? What do the super successful know? What is standing between you and your wildest dreams?

The Book of Mistakes will take you on an inspiring journey, following an ancient manuscript with powerful lessons that will transform your life. You’ll meet David, a young man who with each passing day is more disheartened and stressed. Despite a decent job, apartment, and friends, he just feels hollow . . . until one day he meets a mysterious young woman and everything starts to change.

In this self-help tale wrapped in fiction, you’ll learn the nine mistakes that prevent many from achieving their goals. You’ll learn how to overcome these hurdles and reinvent your life.

This success parable is packed with wisdom that will help you discover and follow your personal purpose, push beyond your perceived capabilities, and achieve more than you ever dreamed possible. You’ll find yourself returning again and again to a deceptively simple story that teaches actionable insights and enduring truths.

Review

This is my second time reading a book like this one. The Book of Mistakes is a non-fiction book, but at the same time it presents the content in the form of a fictional story. It’s not a secret that many leaders are taking advantage of storytelling as a tool for communicating his experience and ideas, and Prichard’s latest book is an excellent example of how effective this method can be.

Instead on relying on just exposition, The Book of Mistakes introduce to us the life of David, and average employee in the middle of a crisis. During David’s journey we meet different characters with the mission to reveal 9 ancient mistakes; a wisdom that has been passed through generations from Keepers to Teachers. These characters are not some mysterious gurus or odd-looking misfits, but “real” people that have thrived in their life mission. We have a Doctor, an Artist, a Trainer, etc.

Each chapter dedicated to the 9 mistakes closes with a page that serves as a reminder of the mistake, which gives an opportunity to review the principles without the extra text.

Conclusion

I’d recommend The Book of Mistakes to everyone. It’s not only to people in high positions on leadership or successful entrepreneurs, but it definitely can take you to be one. You can pre-order your book on Amazon, it’ll be available on Febreaury 6th.

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I received this book from Hachette Book Group in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Review – The Essential Guide to Healing by Bill Johnson and Randy Clark

Book description

The Bible is full of accounts of miraculous healing. And God is moving as amazingly today as he was back then. Thousands are being healed all over the world–and his children are part of it. For the first time, premier renewal leaders Bill Johnson and Randy Clark team up to equip Christians to minister healing. Grounded from start to finish in Scripture, Johnson and Clark lay out the rich theological and historical foundation for healing in the church today.
Full of inspiring stories, this book offers practical, proven, step-by-step guidance to ministering healing, including how to — understand the authority of the believer in healing — create an atmosphere of faith — receive words of knowledge — implement the five-step model of healing prayer The ministry of healing is not reserved for a select few. God’s miraculous healing is part of the Good News–and every believer can become a conduit for his healing power.

First impressions

I’ve read a couple of books by Bill Johnson and it’s worth to say that he’s a great teacher. This is my second time reading Randy Clark and I think I just discovered another great teacher to follow.

Review

I bought this book a year ago, and after reading two chapters I dropped it and it stayed on my bookshelf for an entire year, until I knew I had to finish it someday. I’m not sure why I left this unfinished but I’m grateful I re-discovered it.

The book opens with testimonies from both authors and how were their experiences on healing in their personal lives and ministries. After this introduction Randy takes a couple of chapters to not only explain the importance and relevance of healing today but also to give a theology on healing for those who are a bit skeptical about the gifts of the Spirit being active and available today.

The middle of the book belongs to Johnson, who shares personal experiences about healing and the personal attitude as believers that we should have if we want to experience and get hold of the supernatural in our lives and churches. When reading Johnson’s part I felt challenged to look and ask for more and I thinks this is the intention, to don’t settle for less than the “normal” in the Spirit.

Finally, Randy takes the reins again to share a 5 step “model” (he says he doesn’t like that word) of prayer for healing, giving practical insight about the authority and power we have as believers.

Conclusion

I recommend this book to everyone. There’s no really a “type” of reader for this book, If you are a Christian, then you need to read this book. It’s practical, inspiring and a contains deep truths to be lived by every believer.

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