MyBookLook: When Parenting Isn’t Perfect by Jim Daly

“Parents love their children, but they also really want them to succeed. And if the kids do something the parents think will lead to success, the beam of love beams stronger. And if they do something the parents think will not lead to success, the beam of love is withdrawn.”

No parent needs to be told that parenting isn’t about perfection. Or that they will never be a perfect parent. Somewhere inside we all know that. The problem is that we don’t KNOW it.

We give that reality lip service, but still believe even deeper inside of ourselves that we can be perfect. We can make these little kids we are responsible the most obedient, most courteous, most successful, most excellent children that have ever walked the face of the earth. And then we do everything in our power to make that happen.

Is that right? Is it fair? These aren’t questions parents think about. The idea of perfect, or at the very least, better than the rest, is too enticing for anyone to question it. But there is one question that must not be ignored. One question that followers of Jesus need to take seriously if they are going to be, or already are, parents.

Is demanding perfection from your children consistent with the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Continue reading “MyBookLook: When Parenting Isn’t Perfect by Jim Daly”

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MyBookLook: Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins

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“What we forget is that the story of the Starving Artist is a myth. And like all myths, it may be a powerful story, one we can orient our entire lives around. But in the end, it is still just a story.”

How could something like this be a myth? All artists starve. They suffer for their art. Without that suffering and pain, what are they putting into their work…right?

While this may have been the perception of artists for centuries, the idea that real artists need to starve just isn’t true. Not even in the beginning, not even during the Renaissance when art was making huge strides in the world. The truth is that Real Artists Don’t Starve, and Jeff Goins is going to show us why this is not a myth, and how we can be artists with full bellies. Continue reading “MyBookLook: Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins”

MyBookLook: The Separatists By Lis Wiehl

Erica Sparks is on top of her game. Her regular television show is working like a well oiled machine, and she has her sights set on something more. Something bigger. Something more investigative than the Erica Sparks Effect is.

But with her bold vision comes the trouble. Her marriage to Greg is suddenly on shaky ground. Her daughter is acting more and more out of character. And the separation movement that is gaining traction in North Dakota seems to be followed with mysterious deaths. Even some crossing the border into Canada.

Can Erica help get to the bottom of these deaths? Will she be able to balance a career with marriage? Can she escape the cycle of substance abuse that her daughter might be falling into? Will this radical movement trigger a new Civil War in the United States? Continue reading “MyBookLook: The Separatists By Lis Wiehl”

MyBookLook: The Red Letter Words Of Jesus by Jack Countryman

Of all the words written in Scripture, none hold the same power or authority as those written in red. Those red letter words would be the words of Jesus Christ.

Over the centuries, Christians have read and marvelled at the wonderful words of Jesus. The peace they bring, the authority they bestow, the reality and paradigm shift that they demand have never been duplicated. No other wise or holy person’s words have had such an effect on the world as Jesus have. Even though these words were spoken over 2000 years ago, they still speak with great power.

The Red Letter Words Of Jesus are worth reflecting on regularly. And that is just what Jack Countryman’s latest book is here to help you do.

Having handpicked over 100 different passages from the Gospels, Countryman invites us to reflect on what Jesus said, and what it means for followers of Christ. And not just once, but every day. While Jesus may not be on the earth right now, His Word still remains, and it is still sharper than any two-edged sword. Let Christ speak through his words, and Jack Countryman’s own reflections in The Red Letter Words of Jesus.

First, I have to say that this book is beautiful. The great red leather binding takes the whole book to a new level. With ornamental, pressed binding, it feels like The Red Letter Words Of Jesus should be a book that is left on the shelf and admired from a far. It looks that good. But obviously, what Countryman written and what Jesus has said should not be left on the shelf. This book needs to be read.

Jack Countryman’s reflections on the words of Jesus are great but elementary. There isn’t room on a single page to dive deep into the powerful truths of Jesus’ red letter words. There is little exegesis or deep digging into why Jesus said these things. But that isn’t what this book is for. While I might lean towards a heavier book right now, the truth is that we all need a simple reminder at times. “Jesus is the Bread of Life” doesn’t need to be dissected anymore than “He is what we need to live, and live well.” Even that simple truth has the power to change your life, whether you are more eager for exegesis type books or not.

The simple but powerful truth that Jack Countryman shares regarding The Red Letter Words Of Jesus is the kind of devotional that we need more of: looking to our Savior, the words He spoke, and how they affect us on the simplest of levels.

The Red Letter Words Of Jesus is a beautiful book. Bound in a striking red leather, artistic renderings of Christ’s words, and Countryman’s quick reminders: this is wonderful devotional on some of the most powerful words in Scripture. If you are looking for a simple but powerful reminder of what Jesus has said, Countryman’s Red Letter Words is just right for you.

I give The Red Letter Words Of Jesus a 4 out of 5-star rating.


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MyBookLook: Goliath MUST Fall by Louie Giglio

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You are closer than you think to a life that’s not diminished any longer. A life of true freedom. A life that fully radiates God’s glory.”

There are some problems that will not leave. Some obstacles rear their ugly heads over and over again. It doesn’t matter what we do, what we change, what we pray; they are always there. You can call them stumbling blocks. You can call them whatever small, cutesy name you want, but the reality is anything but. These problems, they are giants. Demoralising, life-stomping giants standing in the way of you and the life that you want.

To hope and say “one day, my giant will be slain” is to still leave you in the clutches of fear and despair. To say that “my giant was defeated in the past” sets us up feeling like the giant wasn’t really dead, or perhaps we somehow, accidentally, resurrected it. To speak of the giant’s demise in the past or future leaves us with strange and conflicting ideas. Because the truth is, the giant is dead. He must fall down. It can and will stay down. Continue reading “MyBookLook: Goliath MUST Fall by Louie Giglio”

MyBookLook: Launch Your Dream by Dale Partridge

“…if you don’t chase your dreams, someone will hire you to build theirs.”

It’s the dream of many people to be their own boss. To be able to call the shots, to be in charge of their own company, their own future; it’s something that a large percentage of the population wants. But so few can actually say that is what their lives are like. More and more people remain living in their fantasy, longing for the day when they will be able to stop living with their heads in the clouds, and actually see their dreams as reality. What they need to do is to start. But how? How do you Launch Your Dream? Dale Partridge is here to help.

In a 30-day, step by step book, this Wall Street bestselling author shares everything you would need to know to go from dreaming about your business to living your business. From passion to profession, Partridge takes expert and practised advice, and encourages and equips the dreams to move on from their day jobs and into their dream jobs. Discussing the things that you need to know, like branding, “whyology”, how to relearn customer service, and so many valuable entrepreneurial skills, Launch Your Dream will speak to you no matter what kind of business you want to start. Continue reading “MyBookLook: Launch Your Dream by Dale Partridge”

MyBookLook: The Dawn of Christianity by Robert J. Hutchinson

“What did Jesus do and say, in as little as one year and a maximum of three years, that could possibly have had such an impact? How did the community he somehow gathered together so quickly – made up of semiliterate fishermen, prostitutes, tax collectors, wealthy widows, day labourers, and even Roman soldiers – give birth to the spiritual revolution that became Christianity?”

What makes Christianity so special? What sets it apart from any other religion? These are important questions. But if you dig a little deeper, there are more interesting, more disturbing questions.

How did a movement that changed the world start, when the founder only worked for a maximum of three years? What did this Jesus do to have such an impact that has lasted for thousands of years? What did his followers do to spread this movement from a small Middle Eastern country to almost every corner of the globe? These are the types of questions that The Dawn of Christianity is interested in answering, and in a way that will truly set this book apart. Continue reading “MyBookLook: The Dawn of Christianity by Robert J. Hutchinson”