Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Fearless : The undaunted courage and ultimate sacrifice of navy SEAL team six operator Adam Brown is an amazing story of a true American hero. I was amazingly, pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this book. Adam's story is truly that of how God can turn something bad into something amazing! Adam struggled with drugs after high school and was headed for destruction, until he found God and his calling in the military. I was truly captivated with his life story, and could not believe that a man who had so many personal struggles could achieve the level of greatness in the SEAL program, which is highly selective and specialized. I loved reading about the details surrounding the SEAL program, and how Adam excelled, despite many curve balls in his life. The ending was obviously difficult and sad to read, but truly this man lived an amazing, extra-ordinary life, and made a difference in others's lives as well. I could not put this book down, and I think it would appeal to anyone interested in a good redemptive story centered around the SEAL program and the US Military. I highly recommend this book. 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".
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Choose Joy because happiness isn't enough, is a very good book designed to show the Christian how to practically find joy when there is so much strife in the world we live in. The author defines joy as, "The settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be all right, and the determined choice to praise God in all things." Using this as the basis of her book, the author shows the reader (through Biblical scriptural truths) that the Christian can choose to have joy amidst pain and suffering. I enjoyed how the author painted a picture of our lives akin to railroad tracks, with suffering and happiness running parallel to each other throughout our life experiences. This book brings to light that Jesus was full of joy, even though most Christians do not focus on this topic. The author also shows the reader that it is important to take care of yourself, which may seem selfish, but is in fact necessary to have joy. I have used quotes from this book in the last few weeks to encourage others, and especially Kay's definition of joy, and it has been well received. The book itself is not a page-turner, but it is good for ministry and may be helpful for those struggling with depression. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 :"GuidesConcerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.