Tuesday, November 13, 2012

All Pro Dad by Mark Merrill - Book Review

   All Pro Dad by Mark Merrill, Seven Essentials to be a Hero to Your Kids.  A great book that I would recommend any dad to read.  It's full of great insights, inspiring thoughts and plenty of examples of lessons that were learned the hard way.
   Mr. Merrill often quotes examples from well-known men such as Tony Dungy, Dan Cathy, J.C. Penney, Michael W. Smith and a whole lot of others.  The book covers topics such as being a role model, being a good husband, quality time verse quantity times spent with you children, knowing the message and values that you are going to teach your kids, overcoming obstacles from your past, just to name a few.
   A neat feature of the book is Huddle Up and Ask Your Children which appears at the end of every chapter.  It offers questions such as How can we make God first in our family?  What is the most painful thing that has ever happened to you and what did you learn from it?  Do I act the same way no matter who I'm with?  When I'm wrong about something, do I apologize?
   This book is very thought provoking and presents a challenge.  I think Mark Merrill describes is well in his introduction:

 "During my twenty-one-year quest of being a dad, I've experienced the joy of standing on mountaintops and the pain of crawling through valleys...Fatherhood is full of fun, excitement, and adventure, but difficulty and pain in raising children may unexpectedly leap across our trail like a wild beast attacking us and our kids.  When they do, we need to slay them, push them off our path, and press on.  Our job as dads is to stay the course and to persevere when trouble comes our way, even during the darkest and most difficult hours of our children's lives."  

   This is the challenge that every dad faces.  Mark Merrill does a great job in this book of presenting ways to stand up to that challenge and win.
   I did receive this book from booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest review of this book.

God Bless,

Marcus

Thursday, November 1, 2012

American Patriots by Rick Santorum

   Amazing stories.  Unbelievable acts of patriotism.  Dedication to their country.  These are just a few phrases to describe the stories that you will find in American Patriots by Rick Santorum.  The people that are highlighted in the pages of this great historical book are people who were no different than us.  They weren't people with amazing powers or abilities.  They were simple, everyday people who loved America.  And they were people who loved this country enough to put their reputation and life on the line to fight for freedom and liberty.
   Mr. Santorum does an amazing job digging into the lives of people that most of us have never heard of.  There are a few famous names such as Nathan Hale and John Weatherspoon, but for the most part, these are people whose stories have long been forgotten until now.
    There are three sections to this book, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.  In those sections, Rick Santorum tells the stories of the brave men and women who made those things possible for all Americans today.  He weaves into the stories the proof that this country was founded on the principles of God's Word.                Overall, I give this book the highest rating available.  It easily could be required reading in history classes, but it also could be one of those books that just simply reignites the flames of patriotism in the common man.
   I did receive this book free of charge from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review.  I encourage everyone to read the stories in this book and understand that our great country is great because people risked everything for freedom.

God Bless,

Marcus