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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Reseña – El poder del potencial de Ed Cole

Descripción del libro

Ed Cole nos revela secretos de los problemas diarios, que no permiten a las personas alcanzar su máximo potencial. ¡Ahora estas situaciones lo impulsarán hacia su mayor éxito! Este mensaje directo y desafiante incluye estas leyes secretas que le ayudarán a:

  • Fortalecer sus atributos positivos
  • Levantarse por encima de la injusticia y la crítica
  • Cambiar la tensión por la paz mental
  • Resolver los conflictos mentales y la culpabilidad
  • Convertir la ansiedad en motivación
  • Recobrar su visión, y renovar sus sueños
  • Abrir las puertas hacia un futuro exitoso

¡Descubra estos principios brillantes para que pueda cumplir su destino!

Primeras impresiones

Había escuchado de Ed Cole (Edwin Louis Cole) por algunos de sus libros, pero no fue hasta hace poco que me decidí a darle la oportunidad a sus enseñanzas y darme cuenta por experiencia propia si eran o no buenas e interesantes.

Reseña

El poder del potencial es un libro bastante corto y digerible. El autor usa la conocida historia de José para ilustrar y darle vida a sus enseñanzas, que están enfocadas en el potencial que todo asunto y circunstancia tiene en la vida y que depende de nosotros aprovecharlo y darle el enfoque correcto para sacar el mejor provecho.

Los héroes son hombres en quienes el valor se ha hecho visible. Los héroes son hombres ordinarios que actúan en un momento del tiempo, sobre una necesidad mayor que ellos mismos. p.25

Algo que caracteriza a Cole es la manera tan sencilla de compartir verdades profundas con palabras sencillas. Es fácil notar que todo lo que comparte lo dice en base a experiencia y sabiduría ganada a través de los años. Es como si estuvieras leyendo un libro con proverbios bastante útiles para la vida que además tienen un fundamento Bíblico.

Conclusión

El poder del potencial es un libro accesible para todo lector. Aunque Ed Cole es conocido como el autor más leído mundialmente en el tema de hombres, este es un libro que puede ser leído por hombres y mujeres por igual.

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Bible review – CSB Disciple’s Study Bible

Bible description

The CSB Disciple’s Study Bible guides an individual’s journey in following Jesus, by featuring discipleship themed study notes, as well as tools and resources that equip Christians to disciple others. Included is the Foundations 260 Reading Plan, featuring 260 concise daily readings with commentary from Pastor Robby Gallaty and ample page space to engage the text and journal via the H.E.A.R journaling method (Highlight-Explain-Apply-Respond). With additional articles on discipleship from the team at Replicate Ministries, The Disciple’s Study Bible will help foster engagement and practical application of God’s Word in the life of a disciple on a daily basis.

Features include:

  • Introduction to The CSB Disciple’s Study Bible and Foundations 260 (F260) Reading Plan by Pastor Robby Gallaty
  • Discipleship themed study notes
  • F260 Reading Plan with commentary and H.E.A.R journaling space
  • Discipleship articles from the team at Replicate Ministries
  • Book introductions featuring timelines, outlines, and contribution to the Bible
  • Center-column cross-references
  • Topical subheadings
  • Two-column text
  • Concordance
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Presentation Section
  • Full-color maps

The CSB Disciple’s Study Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.

Review

There are some Bibles that are great for reading, others for journaling, but I found this one to be great for Bible study and application.
Pastor Robby Gallaty presents this Bible focused on discipleship, there are interesting study notes as with many other Study Bibles that cover half the pages, but this one also adds a practical reading plan and a guide for personal meditation on the Word. It takes you step by step to hear and apply God’s Word to your life.
This is a hardcover Bible, which may not be the best to handle, but it is resistant and it ensures a larger life time and the smyth-swen binding makes big Bibles like this one readable without damaging the pages or the spine.

Conclusion

This is a great Bible for personal use or to give as a gift, I’m pretty sure anyone that receive this Bible as a present will love it as it will help him in his relationship with God through His Word.
I received this book from B&H Publishing Group in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Bible Review – ESV ILLUMINATED BIBLE

Description

The ESV Illuminated Bible places the full ESV text alongside over 500 elegantly hand-lettered gold ink illustrations by renowned artist Dana Tanamachi. Printed on thick cream-colored paper, the Bible’s single-column text setting and wide margins provide generous space for additional notes, prayers, and designs—inviting readers to creatively engage with and reflect on the beauty of God’s Word.

  • 9-point, Lexicon
  • Black letter text
  • 2-color printing
  • 64 full-page, custom book opener illustrations
  • 50 full-page verse illustrations
  • 250+ hand-lettered margin verses
  • 100+ other illustrations throughout
  • Illustrated by Dana Tanamachi, whose work has been featured by Google, The Wall Street Journal, Random House, USPS, and Target
  • Thick, cream-colored paper
  • Wide margins
  • Single-column, paragraph format
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Packaging: Permanent Slipcase

First impresions

I heard about Bible illumination on a TV show, and how monks were in charge of copying and illuminating (illustrating) the Word, adding works of art that have survived through time. This new Bible has the same idea behind and it greatly executed.

Review

This Bible is a beautiful and amazing hardcover Bible that comes with a slipcase with the same golden decoration that the Bible cover. It feels resistant and because of the smyth-sewn binding you can be sure it will last many readings.

Each book is presented with amazing and unique illustrations that represent the theme of each book or a prominent passage from them.

Because this is also a journaling Bible, there’s enough room next to the text to write or to give a chance to your inner artist to create something, although you may not want to do it because of the epic feeling of keeping this just for reading.

Conclusion

This Bible will be a great addition to those who like to collect beautiful Bible editions, but it may also be for those who want to read God’s Word and feel inspired by the amazing artwork.

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

Review – CSB Reader’s Bible, Gray Cloth Over Board

Bible description

The CSB Reader’s Bible provides the perfect opportunity to read the Bible in its original and simplified form, uninterrupted by verse and chapter references. This unique Bible reading experience invites the reader to encounter God’s Word as a grand narrative and have a fresh experience with the Bible.

Features include:

  • Single-column reader’s text
    Simplified page design
    9.75-point type
    Ribbon marker
    Smyth-sewn binding

The CSB Reader’s Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.

First impressions

I’ve reviewed a couple of Bibles before, most of them being study Bibles, but this is my first time reviewing a reader’s Bible. But definitely what first caught my attention was not only the format, but the beautiful look and design of the exterior.

Review

This is a hardback Bible a cloth over board edition, which means the cover you see in the pictures is a rough grey fabric over a rigid board, that manages to feel safe and strong in your hands. The blue decoration on the front and the text on the spine is a type of plastic text glued over the fabric, it’s not ink printed over the fabric.

On the inside the CSB Reader’s Bible keeps its awesomeness. There are at least three factors that make your Bible reading easier. The first one is the color of the paper, which is super white and makes a perfect contrast against the font color. The second one is the font size, which is 9.75. And the third one is the single column feature of this edition, it feels great to have a view that is not filled with references, or more text. The spacing feels comfortable for the eyes.

Conclusion

Finally, this Bible comes with a beautiful slipcase covered with the same fabric as the Bible, making it perfect to display in your bookshelves. Make no mistake, because of the single column feature of this Bible, it makes the overall size a little bigger than the average size, but it doesn’t mean it’s a huge Bible. Actually, this can become a personal reading Bible and a perfect option for a gift.

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I received this book from B&H Publishing 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 Father Effect by John Finch

Book description

Based on the feature film of the same name, THE FATHER EFFECT is a must-read for the millions of men and women who have lost their fathers through divorce, death, or disinterest.

John Finch always struggled after his father committed suicide when he was eleven, but it wasn’t until he was raising his own three daughters that he truly understood their futures relied on his coming to terms with his difficult past. To move forward, he needed to forgive both his father for choosing to leave, and himself for not being the best father he could be.

This journey led to THE FATHER EFFECT, a book containing practical help for anyone, man or woman, with a deep father wound from losing a dad through divorce, death, or disinterest. Through positive lessons on forgiveness and approachable advice on how to change your legacy as a parent, partner, and person, THE FATHER EFFECT is the ultimate healing tool for anyone who has suffered the absence of a dad.

First impressions

I picked this book with the hope to find useful information about this particular topic and see if I was missing something as a fatherless myself, and then share the information with those in need. After all the book cover says it offers hope and healing from a dad’s absence and that sounds pretty straight, right? Well, I was wrong.

Review

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing bad with the book content in itself, but it’s easy to see when you’re reading it that this is a very personal book, a very personal journey, John’s journey. The book starts with a letter written by John’s father, his last letter to his family. From there, John recounts his story through a difficult life without a father and how much time it took to him to realize something was wrong with the way he was living as a result of his father absence.

John’s testimony is powerful and without a doubt many will feel identified with his struggles, because they’re actually real and they have consequences, and many will benefit from the path and decisions John took to do something positive with his life. But there’s comes a point where the personal story keeps on growing and what just started as a simple testimony evolves into John’s detailed recording of his past life to his present reality where he’s married and a father of three daughters, and this is exactly the when the focus of the book shifts from hope and healing from a dad’s absence to practical advices from a father to your marriage and children.

There’s something John says about lacking fathers the that becomes quite the reality of the book: You can give what you don’t have. Because this is a personal journey, John only speaks from his point of view and cannot give more than what actually worked for him, for a married man with three daughters. I’m saying all this without bad intentions, but as a fatherless myself I didn’t feel this book was for me. Most of the information I found useful were long quotes by John Eldredge scattered through the book.

And just to confirm how personal this book was, the book finishes with a letter, this time by John to his father.

Conclusion

This book is for you if you are looking for an inspiring story ABOUT someone finding hope in difficult circumstances but if you’re looking for a more detailed book on HOW you can find hope and healing you need to look somewhere else.

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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 – Paper Bag Christmas by Kevin Alan Milne

Book description

When Molar Alan and his older brother, Aaron, fill out their Christmas wish lists front and back, the Santa at the mall informs the boys they won’t be getting anything they asked for. Instead, he says, they will receive everything they never wanted. This isn’t your garden-variety Santa, he’s Dr. Chris Ringle, a pediatric oncologist, and he enlists the brothers as Santa’s elves at the children’s ward for the holidays.

Each boy is charged with a very special assignment. Aaron will befriend Madhu, a fast-talking boy on an organ transplant list who, though not Christian, has an insatiable curiosity and wants to learn all about the holiday. Madhu is determined to be a wise man in the hospital pageant, despite the objections to his interpretation of the role.

Molar’s task is considerably harder, as he attempts to help a lonely little girl named Katrina. Katrina’s surgery has left her scarred, and she has shut herself away from everyone. But it is through her that the true spirit of Christmas will touch the lives of all those around her in a way none of them would have foreseen.

First impresions

I rarely read Christmas books, but this year I thought It’d be a good idea to start a tradition so I picked this one hoping for the best and fortunately I did the right choice with Paper Bag Christmas.

Review

I wasn’t sure I’d like the story considering that the main setting is a hospital, but as the story started to develop it made more sense. From the very beginning the story feels very real: a typical family in a mall for Christmas and the traditional letter from the children to Santa expecting the very best gifts available… for children.

The transition from the traditional to the not so typical is smooth and the introduction of the new setting and characters is great. Dr. Ringle and the rest of the staff and children from the hospital are very likable with distinct personalities, even those who are a little bit grumpy (a.k.a Katrina).

The story is filled with love, hope, and faith, interwoven in a way that results so pleasing to the reader. There’s a message of great value in the words and actions of the children that is useful for both kids and adult alike.

Conclusion

You must be ready to grab some tissues at the end of the story. This is a short book with an amazing story that can be read alone or aloud with the rest of the family. This edition is a beautiful re-release with an updated cover illustration and dust jacket.

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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.