Sunday, May 27, 2012
As Silver Refined, Learning to Embrace Life's Disappointments by Kay Arthur is probably one of the best books she has written. I have many of Kay's book's, and honestly they are ALL amazingly well-written, but I really love this book! Kay speaks to the reader about disappointments, things that we had hoped for that did not materialize, and the sovereignty of God. Kay Arthur teaches the reader that our disappointments are truly "His appointments" and that we have to trust in the creator of the universe that He has a plan and a purpose for our lives and that although sometimes we don't understand it or like it, He truly is in control. Kay uses a lot of Biblical truths throughout this book to back up each point that she makes, and the chapters are each amazing to read as a whole, or to easily jump to if you need to be ministered to or are ministering to someone else. I personally just encouraged a dear friend who is having a marriage crisis by jumping to chapter eight, "Peace amid the Pain" and was able to pull the message and the scriptures out of this chapter for my friend to have the promises of God to hold to during her trial. Other chapters are equally useful such as "When you feel you're a failure" and "Always in Triumph". I read the e-book version and also received this is softcover format, which has an amazing study guide in the back for a small group, or individual study. If I could give this book more than five stars, I would. This is really a MUST read! 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.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
I Blame Eve, Freedom from Perfectionism, Control Issues, and the Tendency to Listen to Talking Snakes is a very fun, informative, and entertaining read! The author, Susanna Foth Aughtmon is incredibly relatable, I honestly felt like we were sisters after I read the book! I love her writing style, it is humorous, engaging, and oh so true! She is not preachy, she is funny and witty and I honestly wish we were friends after I now feel like I know her. This book is so great, as you can see from some of the titles of the chapters, "I feel really sad there is pain in childbirth" and another one, "I don't like waiting" the book is extremely relatable in the topics and conversations that come up in society (and within ourselves). The author talks about how we all have the "Eden gene" and we all wish everything was glorious and beautiful and PERFECT, but the reality is that we live in a fallen world (because of Eve) and we are not in heaven, yet! The author uses scripture perfectly in this book to show you truth, and she does it in an entertaining way! The book helps the reader to understand that even though Eve made a grave mistake and we live in a fallen world with an Enemy (Satan - the snake) that comes along and tries to deceive us and steal away all the God has for us, we (live Eve) ultimately have a choice to live, let go of expectations and fears and lies, and let God take control of our life and let Him take control. I LOVED this book (I know I say this a lot, but I have received a lot of good books lately!) - and I really recommend that you read this, and buy it for your best girlfriend (or your wife), she will love you for it! 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 :"GuidesConcerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.