Monday, February 12, 2018

Book Review ~ Your God Is Too Glorious: Finding God In The Most Unexpected Places by Chad Bird

Your God Is Too Glorious: Finding God In The Most Unexpected Places by Chad Bird is a combination of Biblical and personal stories that illustrate and remind us that God is more often found in the humble and the lowly witness than sitting on the royal throne.

So often we get caught up in our daily grind and we seem to forget that God is right there next to us, plugging along with us, keeping us company and helping us with the day-to-day business of our very livelihood. Chad reminds us that God isn't waiting to shower us with blessings when we do well, get something right, or have a major epiphany. Instead, God is covered in the dirt and grime of our daily affairs, helping us get through all the little things to get from one day to the next.

Relating stories that he's encountered throughout his own journey, Chad shows us how to find God in the lowest and seemingly Godforsaken places, as well as through the hearts and actions of the unnamed saints of this world.

For anyone who's grown weary of the perfect church and the image of an ideal Christian, or for those who feel covered in the grime of daily life, Your God Is Too Glorious is a refreshing reminder that God doesn't just sit around waiting for us to get clean enough to be His witnesses - instead, He gets down in the mud and dirt with us and helps us to keep our heads above water. 4/5 stars.

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Baker Books for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ About The Author ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
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Chad Bird has served as a pastor in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, as assistant professor of Hebrew and exegetical theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and as a guest lecturer at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Novosibirsk, Siberia. He is the author of The Infant Priest, Christ Alone, and Night Driving.
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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Book Review ~ When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner

When God Made You is a children's book (ages 3-8, according to the back cover) written by Matthew Paul Turner and illustrated by David Catrow. Through colorful and creative pictures paired with extravagant rhyming verse, When God Made You tells children that not only are they created exactly how God wanted them to be, but they also have a life set out before them to fulfill His destiny for that creation.

When God Made You reminds children that God knew them before they were even born and that God gave them the gifts, talents, and dreams that they'll hold so dear in this life.

While I enjoyed the colorful art portrayed in this story, the rhyme felt somewhat drawn out and left me unsure of an ideal audience for this book. There are a lot of big - and seldom used - words and expressions that might be challenging for younger readers to understand, while the repetition of some phrases may make I somewhat monotonous for older readers. The overall length might also take too long to hold the attention of younger readers.

I'm giving this book 3/5 stars. I'd recommend this book to kids that mostly focus on the pictures, younger audiences that enjoy reading just a couple random pages at a time, or older audiences that like larger concepts but still enjoy picture books.

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Blogging For Books, for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ About The Author and Illustrator ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
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Matthew Paul Turner is the author of sixteen books. He lives with his wife, Jessica, (TheMomCreative.com, author of The Fringe Hours) and their three children in Nashville, Tennessee.
David Catrow is an editorial cartoonist whose vibrant illustrations have appeared in more than seventy children's books, including several New York Times bestsellers, such as I Ain't Gonna Paint No More and I Like Myself. David lives in Ohio with his wife, Deborah.
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Monday, January 29, 2018

Book Review ~ Worn Out By Obedience: Recovering From Spiritual Fatigue by Ron Moore

Worn Out By Obedience: Recovering From Spiritual Fatigue by Ron Moore is primarily focused toward church leaders and members who have hit a burn out from trying to juggle too many things for too long - without fully relying on God to take the load and let them relax.

Ron likens this burn out to David entering Ziklag and explains that many of us have willingly ventured into Ziklag, at one point or another, by deciding that somehow our dreams and our activities can bring us happiness and fulfillment without the need of God being in charge.

Most of the book is personal testimonies combined with clips of David's story, showing us what this trip to Ziklag often looks and feels like - and how we can break free of it and return to God's path for our lives. Each chapter concludes with reflection questions to help you discover if you have ventured in Ziklag at some point, and how you can redeem your walk with God.

While I found this book to be a sobering look at the dangers and pitfalls of following your own path and creating a distance between yourself and God, I had a hard time relating to it. Having spent years away from God and only recently returning to His loving embrace, I expected this book to be more personal to me - but it just didn't quite get there. 3/5 stars.

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Moody Publishers for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ About The Author ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
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Ron Moore serves as senior pastor of The Bible Chapel, a multisite church with 4,000 people meeting at campuses throughout the Pittsburgh area. Before joining Back to the Bible, Ron's teaching was heard each weekday on a national program called The Journey. Ron has a master of theology and a doctor of ministry degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, as well as a master's degree in education from Texas A&M. He has written several books, including Journey Through the Bible, Journey Through the Psalms, Journey Through the Gospels, and Ignite. He and his wife, Lori, have been married since 1980 and have four adult children.
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