It is so hard for me to believe that Amber is actually a preschooler now. Although her age group has been referred to as that since she turned 3, its still hard for me to believe she’s not still just my rolly polly little baby! […]
Month: September 2011
It seems like every time you turn around there is another book out about Christian dating…or er…not dating. In a market that seems flooded with this kind of book it makes you stop and wonder if there is really a need for another book like […]
Of all the people I know, I probably have some of the most diverse music tastes. I love many different genres and artists, and am always willing to give anyone a try. I really enjoyed listening to Ginny Owens “Get in I’m Driving” cd. Ginny is one of those artists who kind of needs their very own genre, because her style is so unique! In some of her songs she has a very cool and funky coffee house jazz type of feeling, while some of her softer songs were reminiscent of artists like Norah Jones. Her softer songs are definitely my favorites and two on the cd made the 5 star rating in my iTunes–I love them! The only thing about the cd I didn’t really care for is that it is not overtly Christian and most of the lyrics allude to God but are based about or around Him. For many people this will probably be a good thing, and I have no problem with it as long as it’s more marketed as a Cd by a Christian, and not so much a Christian CD, since there is definitely a big difference 🙂 I would highly recommend this cd, especially if you enjoy unique artists with a fresh twist to their style!
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I always cringe when it comes to writing reviews that are unfavorable. Though most of the time (as you can see) I receive products and books that I’m thrilled with, every once in awhile you end up with a product that just doesn’t work for you. I’m afraid that The Faith of Leap ended up being such a book for me. Because I am dedicated with providing you all with my completely honest opinion, I am posting the following review.
When I received the book I thought that from the title, description, and cover art that I was about to read a book along the lines of Radical. A book that explored the need for the church to move out of their safety zone and into a passionate following of Christ. And truly, I think that this indeed was the authors attempt. For me personally, however, it just fell flat though.
The book was a drastic contrast of one minute using pop culture references (Lord of the Rings, Narnia, Defiance) and then diving into deep theological type debates and using words like existentialism and eschatology. Add into this their own self coined phrases like “liminality” and “communitas” and you have a recipe for a headache and what I can only term as “brain whiplash”–the occurrence of being yanked back and forth between college text terminology and references to the movie you watched last night.
Another thing I disliked was the extensive use of quotes and lack of actual Bible verses. While quotes are great, in a book that is supposed to be focused on theology I was hoping for more depth and actual Bible use. The fact that they were focusing on a anthropologists views of an African tribe and how we should pattern the church after that, instead of perhaps using more extensively the dynamic of Jesus calling and taking the disciples away, was very odd to me.
Like I said–I feel that at the core the authors and I believe and think the same thing. The church does, indeed, need to be more serving, less self centered, more bonded towards our goal of Christ and less nitpicky about every little stupid thing. In my mind this book does nothing to help it get there.
All that said–I will mention that it has almost a 5 star rating on Amazon. It looks like people who enjoy reading complicated and deep books for pleasure, along with fans of the authors previous work, will enjoy this book. As I’ve mentioned before, just because I couldn’t get through something doesn’t mean that you might not love it! Since that is the case I’ve decided to proceed with the giveaway for this book.
Smack Dab in the Middle of God’s Love is a book that is as fun, light, and fluffy as the sopapillas that it talks about so much. Focusing on God’s love and how we can show His love through our actions, the book is well […]
I’ve been so fortunate that every place my hubby has been stationed in the Coast Guard is a place that is considered a “vacation destination”. As newlyweds we lived near Washington, D.C.; then came the Crystal Coast in North Carolina, and our latest “long term vacation” is our home near Boston, MA. I didn’t get to see much of the touristy parts of the city we live so close to until my family came out last fall. It was so much fun playing tourist and getting to check out all the amazing things just a few minutes away from where I’d been living. Although I was able to put together a good list of things to do and see from friends and the internet, having the Boston Tourism Essentials Ebook would have been a big help! It basically gives you a run down of all the biggest highlights that you’ll want to hit–the Freedom Trail, Fenway Park, The Boston Gardens and Commons, and a list of the museums. I did appreciate the info she includes on navigating the T (we got a little lost our first time on it, got off at the wrong station to try to find our car, it was a bit of a mess!) I will be using the information on some of the more adult museums (aka not the Children’s/Science museum which we’ve already done) and hope to visit one during hubby and I’s special date when he returns from deployment 😀
The coolest part about this ebook is that you can get your copy for *free*! Yepp, you read that right! All you have to do is sign up for the Boston Tourism Made Easy – Boston Event Guide Newsletter
I hope that this will help you as you plan your trip to visit this *beautiful* and fun city I now call home!
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