MyBookLook: Boundaries (Updated and Expanded) by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

“Seven AM, the usual morning line-up, Start on the chores and sweep till the floor’s all clean, Polish and wax, do laundry and mop and shine up, Sweep again, and by then, it’s like seven fifteen” – When Will My Life Begin, from Disney’s Tangled

It’s a cute song, but for many people, the Disney song describes their life to a tea.

There is always another thing to do. Someone needs help with that. Everyone is asking for your help. The To-Do list never gets any shorter. The chaos, the frustration, the endless go, go, go that wears on your soul day after day. Most of us want to throw our hands and hair up in the air in exhaustion and exasperation just like Rapunzel does at the end of the song.

There is no handsome prince to fix everything. A CGI Zachary Levi is not coming to save you, CGI Mandy Moore. But that doesn’t mean that you are stuck.

What you need are Boundaries, not walls; clear markers as to what is yours to deal with, and what is not. Continue reading “MyBookLook: Boundaries (Updated and Expanded) by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend”


MyBookLook: Redeeming The Feminine Soul by Julie Roys

“…our maleness and femaleness extends deep into our souls and is bound up in symbol. A woman with a compassionate and loving mother, for example, is likely to symbolize the feminine in her heart in a very positive way, and as a result embrace and embody femininity in a healthy and integrated fashion. But a woman with a cold, manipulative, or passive mother may have a distorted symbol of the feminine, and as a result reject part of herself and suffer from any number of emotional, sexual, and/or physiological problems.”

Feminism, femininity, the feminist movement; these words and those like it have been tainted and marked by a history of good and bad ideas and actions. Whether the motives for such things were good or not, we may not know, but they are very much impacting today’s world. And not for the better. Continue reading “MyBookLook: Redeeming The Feminine Soul by Julie Roys”

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 And if they do something the parents think will not lead to success, the beam of love is withdrawn.”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”

MyBookLook: Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins


“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


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”