Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Coming Home For Christmas - DVD Review

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    Have you ever watched a Christmas movie with a predictable ending? I'm sure you probably have. Unfortunately, I have to start off by admitting that this movie was very predictable. So if you are looking for something out of the ordinary, then this isn't for you. That being said, THIS WAS A GREAT MOVIE! It is refreshing to see great family movies like this being produced.
    The message was great. It basically was about a broken family who find love and forgiveness. It was entertaining. Funny. Witty. And overall, just a great Christmas story to sit back and enjoy.
   As far as the content, it was profanity free. There were no uses of God's name in vain. I was a little unhappy with the "spa" scene of a girl wrapped in a towel, and also of some of the very short dresses. And while I don't like seeing that anytime, I must admit it was even more annoying to see the wearing very short dresses while outside digging in the snow.
   Overall, it was a good movie. My family enjoyed it basically because it was clean, entertaining, and free from a lot of those "tear-jerking" moments that tend to be a part of the Christmas movie genre. I do appreciate Flyby Promotions for the opportunity to review this movie. While there were a few negatives, overall, it was a great movie.




God Bless,
Marcus




Monday, October 28, 2013

The Kingdom Agenda - book review

   Tony Evans is a unique speaker who has a crazy way of delivering hard hitting truth.  I start off this review of his book, The Kingdom Agenda - Life Under God, by saying I do not endorse everything he says or writes.  My philosophy is to "chew on the meat & spit out the bones."  There are some books that are full of a lot of bones.  This book is not one of them. 
   This is full of good meat.  Life under God is a must for the Christian.  And yet in too many churches, the attitude is that you can live like "you" want to instead of how God wants you to.  Tony Evans has written a masterpiece.  He starts off the book talking about The Theology of the Kingdom.  I cannot say that I agree with all of the his theology, but there is some really good stuff in here. 
   He talks about treating God like a jack-in-the-box.  When you need Him, you turn the handle until He pops out, and then when you're done with Him, you shove Him back in the box and close the lid until you need Him again. 
   He continues on about One Life Under God, One Family Under God, One Church Under God, & One Nation Under God.  In my years of being a pastor, I've read a lot of material on the home and family.  There is none better than Tony Evans, and this book covers so much of that. 
  He talks about how God's plan in Ephesians 5 is for the husband to be under God.  And then with the husband as the leader of the home, the wife is to be under the husband.  The children are to be under the parents. 
   He talks about problems in the church.   Leadership in the church. Problems in our country.  He talks about the enemy that is fighting God's Kingdom.  He talks about the Almighty God that is in control.  It's an amazing book that is so full of great preaching material for pastors, good teaching material, and just awesome reading for every Christian.
   I end this review with a few quotes from the book:
"We want God to bless our agenda rather than our fulfilling His agenda."
"A kingdom also needs regulations, guidelines that govern the relationship between the ruler and the subjects.  These are necessary so that the subjects will know whether they are doing what the ruler wants done."
"God is the absolute Ruler of His domain...Everything God rules, He runs..."
"Man's method's have never accomplished God's goals."
"Far too many Christians want to mix a little bit of God with a lot of the world."
"If America is going to rebuild its communities morally, socially, and spiritually, it will have to begin by rebuilding the foundations of families."
"Too many husbands and wives look like they were married by the secretary of war rather than the justice of the peace."
"If we want a better world composed of better countries, inhabited by better states, made up of better counties, composed of better cities, inhabited by better neighborhoods, illuminated by better churches, made up of better families, we need to become better people.  It all starts with personal responsibility - living all of life under God."

I received this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review. 

God Bless,

Marcus

Audrey Bunny - Awesome Book for Kids

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   Audrey Bunny is a stuffed animal who is looking at the world from out of a barrel full of stuffed animals waiting for someone to purchase them and take them home.  The author, Angie Smith, does an amazing job of creating a story that is not only interesting, but connects with kids. 
   Audrey Bunny has an imperfection that she tries so hard to hide.  And she is so worried that because of her imperfection, no one wants her.  She feels unlovable.  Throughout this story, you will find yourself realizing that you are Audrey Bunny.  You are not perfect, but that while you were still a sinner, Christ loved you enough to die for you.  He chose you, despite your imperfections. 
   I would highly recommend this book to parents of young children.  It's a great story that relates to kids and adults alike.  Everyone needs to know that they are loved.  The last page of this book instills that into the mind of the children who hear this story.  "Your hands made me and formed me." - Psalm 119:73
   This book is well written and has amazing depth.  I give it a 5 out of 5.  My kids absolutely loved it.  When I finished, they were asking if it had another chapter. You know it's good when a 6 & 9 year old ask for more. 

God Bless,

Marcus

Monday, September 16, 2013

Bash & the Pirate Pig - Book Review

 Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned below for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally use and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR; Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." 
Bash & the Pirate Pig!  I must admit, the name of the book is what first caught my attention.  Maybe it's just because anything that has the word "pirate" in it.  What I found is a book that isn't about pirates, but about a normal kid and his very energetic cousin.
    Beamer is sent to spend the summer with his cousin Bash.  What takes place that summer is one adventure after another.  You will find that Bash has a nose for getting into trouble.  Not necessarily bad, he just has a knack for causing chaos. (i.e. Amelia Bedelia)  He also has a very unique way of introducing his cousin Beamer to Jesus. 
   This book is a fun book.  My kids love it.  It's absolutely hilarious.  Some folks might be uncomfortable with this book simply because it has some different language.  Not bad, just a little blunt.  For instance, they call each other "idiot," tell a few gross jokes(i.e. greasy, grimy gopher guts), and kind of argue back and forth.  In my opinion, this is not a bad thing, so I have no problem with it.  I just understand that there might be some families who would find this uncomfortable.
   Overall, this is a fun book for the family.  Written by Burton W. Cole, it is
multiple adventure's that are injected with spiritual emphasis.  I give this a 5 out of 5 based on the creative writing, the humor, and plain out fun found in this book. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Caleb & Cassie Discover God's Wonderful Design

   Amazing!  My kids love this devotional that is designed for the whole family.  It is filled with fun and interesting stories, great discussions starters, and catechism.  I must admit that I have been extremely impressed with the design, layout, and content of the book.
   This is a fun way for the kids to learn Who created them, and why they are created.  Each story is centered around a day in the life of Caleb and Cassie's family.  Every story starts off with a Bible verse of the day.  Susan & Richie Hunt  have done an amazing job of creating a family devotional that not only entertains, but teaches kids important life lessons, scripture, and the basics of the Christian faith.
   I received this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review, and I must say that out of all of the books I've reviewed, this is the best.  It's been more than a simple book review.  It has sincerely been an amazing blessing to our family.  I highly recommend this to every family who is looking for a way to make daily family devotions creative.  It's worked for us, it'll work for you.

Definitely a 5 out of 5 stars.

God Bless,

Marcus

Sherlock Holmes And the Needle's Eye - Book Review

 Sherlock Holmes And the Needle's Eye is a very unique book.  I must admit that I've never been a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, but I chose to review this book because it peaked my curiosity.  The summary of the book is that Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. John Watson, travel back in time to solve several mysteries of the Bible.  Some of the mysteries they explore are:
   Why did Ahithophel hang himself?
   Is Zechariah the son of Berechiah or Jehoiada in Matthew 23?
   Why did David take five stones against Goliath?
   Why did the Lord have the walls of Jericho collaspe?
   Why did Jesus delay in coming to Lazarus?
   This was not my favorite book.  It was written in the old English form that so many Sherlock Holmes fans love. To me, it was hard to read and follow.  It seemed to skip around a lot.  I found myself lost and bored.  The good thing about the book is that each chapter actually made for a great Bible study.  The Bible lessons in the stories were awesome.  As a pastor, I found things I had never seen before.  Things like Arithophel being the grandfather of Bathsheba.  Bathsheba's husband and father were in the list of David's 30 mighty men.  David has her husband murdered so that he can marry her.  Arithophel is one of David's closest counselors, but after the murder of his granddaughters husband, he seems to have waited for the time when he could get back at David.  I won't give the rest of it away, but Len Bailey did an amazing job of research for this book.
   Overall, I give this book a 2 out of 5 stars.  As far as reading goes, it simply didn't interest me at all.  As far as Bible study content, it was amazing.

   I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

God Bless,

Marcus

Alone Yet Not Alone - Book Review


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   Alone Yet Not Alone is the story of a family who move from Germany to the mountains of Central Pennsylvania.  At that point in time, Central Pennsylvania was nothing more than a wilderness.  Neighbors were few and far between.  Life was hard, but good until trouble with the Indians occur.  The girls of the Leininger family are kidnapped during what it called The Penn's Creek Massacre.
   The author of the book, Tracy Leininger Craven, did a great job writing this true story.  I think what makes it even more effective is to know that the author is a descendant of the family in this story.  The story  has a Little House on the Prairie feel to it.  It's an exciting, scary(to my 9 year old), and fascinating(to my 6 year old) look at something that really happened just outside of Sealinsgrove, Pa.
   I would recommend this book to any family.  It's well written and great history.   The emphasis is on family, faith in God, and the sacrifice it took to make America the country it is. In the next few months, a movie based on the book, is scheduled to come out.  So check it out.  It's a really great book, and I'm sure the movie will be awesome!

God Bless,

Marcus

Monday, August 5, 2013

www.iamsecond.com - website review

   I am Second.  The words bring about a lot of thoughts about what that means.  When you watch the video's that are presented on the site www.iamsecond.com, you will come to understand that "I am second" is a verbal acknowledgment that God is #1 in my life.  The stories on this site deal with various issues such as abuse, death, abortion, anger, disappointment, divorce, etc.
   I watched a video of Josh Canales.  He was a college baseball player who hit a line drive in batting practice that hit a teammate in the back of the head, killing him.  He tells of the moments at the hospital, waiting to hear if his friend would live or die.  He describes the moment he first saw the parents of his friend and their attitude of forgiveness.  He continues to talk about feeling God's call on his heart to follow in his father's footsteps to be a pastor.  Ultimately, he left baseball in order to be a pastor.
   The link to this video is http://www.iamsecond.com/seconds/josh-canales/.  I hope that you will go there and watch the stories of people just like you and me, and that you will be inspired by their path to understanding that God is #1.

God Bless,

Marcus

Sunday, June 30, 2013

These Are The Days Of Elijah by R.T. Kendall - book review

     Elijah is one of the most interesting characters in the Bible.  He is inspiring, enlightening, and downright human.  I think that sometimes we look at men like Elijah as if they were superheroes.  We kind of put them on this level above our own level of life.  We don't see ourselves being able to accomplish what great men like that accomplished.  We feel like we can't live at that kind of spiritual level.
     R.T. Kendall does a great job showing the humanity of Elijah.  Starting in the introduction, he points out that Elijah was nothing more than a normal human being like anyone of us. He put it pretty good in the introduction:
 "What strikes me most about Elijah is that he was both extraordinary and ordinary.  He was spectacular - stating boldly, for example, that it would not rain until he gave the word; and there was not a drop of rain for three and a half years.  Yet James noted that Elijah was a man 'just like us' because he was so very, very human...Elijah took himself too serious; he felt he was the only prophet around worth a grain of salt and fancied he was a cut above all before him....If God could use a man as human as Elijah was, there is hope for all of us!" 
      This book goes through Elijah's preparations, disappointments, high times, low times, risks, rewards, and ultimately, his being taken to Heaven in a whirlwind.  Elijah's life was full of ups and downs.  He made mistakes.  He had problems.  God had to teach him lessons.  And yet in the end, God was able to use Elijah in amazing ways.
      I think the author of this book does a great job in bringing out the most important fact that God can use any of us just as He did Elijah.  We all hold that potential.  Overall, this is a good book on the life of Elijah.  I wouldn't say that it's the easiest to read, it's well written and researched.  So I give it a 3 out of 5.
     I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

God Bless,

Marcus

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Revealing Jesus( A 365-Day Devotional) by Darlene Zschech

   I have enjoyed reviewing Revealing Jesus by Darlene Zschech.  It is a nicely designed, easy to read devotional that covers a complete year.  I must admit from the start that I have never been one to read a lot of devotionals.  I tend to use them for inspiration for Wednesday night service at church, but I actually found this one to be a really well written devotional.
   You will find traditional devotions in pages of this book, but one of the things that I think really impressed me is that scattered throughout are devotionals that contain nothing but the words to a song.  The Solid Rock, Amazing Grace, and Great is Thy Faithfulness are just a few.
   The devotionals are encouraging, enlightening, and always based upon a scripture verse of the day.  They are topical, but tend to follow a well thought out pattern.  As I read through the book, I found that instead of just jumping from one scripture to the next, the author would spend a whole week or even a month on one passage of scripture.
   Overall, I would give this a 5 out of 5.  It is a great devotional for anyone.  I don't think that it's very deep or hard to read in areas of theology.  It's just good, basic devotionals that will uplift the Christian and enlighten the sinner.
   I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchanged for my review.   It is easily available to buy on most online book retailers.  Read it and enjoy it!

God Bless,

Marcus

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Christian Parenting Handbook - reviewed by Mandy

Raising kids is a huge responsibility.  Raising them to serve and love God in a fallen world is an even bigger job.    The Christian Parenting Handbook, written by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN,  is a great resource to have to help parents along in the journey of raising kids for Christ.  This book's chapters were 50  heart-based strategies for all the stages of your child's life.  This is definitely a book to read with a highlighter or journal to be able to read the high points over and over.
 The author's goal was to share the importance of more than just behavior modification, but rather addressing the heart of the issue of the incorrect behavior.   The author states that "Biblical parenting is a commitment."  I couldn't agree more.  Some days the job gets tough and we all need the reminder of the importance of what were doing and of the goals that we have set.
One of the chapters that stood out to me was a good example of how the author help us to see how an behavior problem should be addressed as a heart issue to help the child learn a spiritual truth. It is a  reminder for parents not to give in to manipulation.  We've all seen examples of children who are told "no", but in the end the parents end up giving in to the child anyway.  Children aren't dumb and they know what buttons to push to get their way.  "Being able to accept no as an answer is a spiritual skill all people need to learn.  A lot of temptation is out there, and children need to learn to say no to themselves in order to stay within appropriate boundaries."
The authors are quick to note that every child is unique and what works for one may not work for another.  All parents need to seek God and pray for wisdom, grace, and strength to raise children for Him!
I enjoyed reading this book and marked several pages for great quotes and things to think about!

*This book was given to me by booksneeze.com in exchange for my review.*



Friday, May 10, 2013

Can't Wait Willow - reviewed by Mandy




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"...sometimes you need to learn to say no to little things that are good to end up with a big thing that is truly great!"

That is the lesson that Willow learns in this well - written, beautifully illustrated children's book.  My two children, 9 and 6, could easily relate to the tough choices that Willow has to make.  What child can resist the playful melodies of an ice cream truck? :-)  My children quickly picked up on the lesson that the author was pointing out.

The author, Christy Ziglar, niece to motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, shares a quick note to parents at the front of the book, giving suggestions on how to reinforce the lesson taught in the book.  There is also a website with coloring pages, family ideas, etc... using the characters from the book.

Monday, May 6, 2013

American Phoenix - Book Review

   American Phoenix by Jane Hampton Cook is the story of John Quincy & Louisa Adams during the War of 1812.  It revolves around the "exile" that John Quincy received because of his outspoken political views.  It seems that John Quincy had spoken out in support of Thomas Jefferson's Embargo Act.  Because of this, he had been forced to resign his U.S. Senate seat in 1808.  And as a result, we was appointed by President James Madison as the Minister Plenipotentiary to the Court of St. Petersburg, Russia.  It was basically exile to a place far away from Washington, D.C.
   The book is extremely well researched.  The must have spent an amazing amount of time putting this book together.  The historical facts represented in the 450 pages of American Phoenix are massive and many are not to be found in normal history books.
   To give an honest review of this book, which I always do, I must share what I didn't like.  Unfortunately, I did not find the reading very exciting or interesting.  I am a history buff.  I love it.  I like to learn about the lives of the Founders of the best nation in the world.  But when I first picked up this book to read, I immediately found myself disappointed.  I guess I was expecting it to read like a novel rather than a history book.
   This is meant to be no offense to the author.  I will keep this book because it is a great book.  It's just not one that you can pick up and read for easy reading.  My opinion is that the story seemed to get lost in the sidetracks of the book.  And while some of them were interesting, the story took too long to develop.
   Overall, I give this book a 2 out of 5.  I love a book that is true to history, and this one is.  I also love a book that is easy to read, no matter what the subject, and this one is not.  I am glad I have this book.  I would recommend it to those who are interested in the almost unknown story of John Quincy Adams and his wife Louisa.  For those looking for a history book to read as a form of relaxing, this is not the book.
   I would like to thank   www.booksneeze.com for allowing me to review this book.  I would also like to thank the author for her diligent research.  It really is good to know that there are still folks out there who are interested in the people who found and died to create the United States of America.

God Bless,

Marcus

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Unique Review - Magazine Subscription!


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The great people at FlyBy Promotions gave us this great opportunity to get a free magazine subscription in exchange for reviewing the magazines.com website.

The site was easy to use and the savings were huge, especially the Mother's Day deals going on right now!  Unbelievable savings - I saw as much 88% and 90 % off !  They have a huge selection with helpful search options to help you find the perfect magazine.  You could search by occasion (wedding , graduation, housewarming, etc...), personality ( hobbies, etc...) or by recipients (teens, men, etc...).

The only drawback for me is that when you click to order the magazines, it tells you that in purchasing the subscription you are also signing up for automatic renewals where they will just charge your card when it's time to renew. However, you can opt out of automatic renewal by call the 1 800 number for customer service after you place your order.  My preference would be that they would send you an email reminding you that it's time to renew and ask if you would like to do the renewal.  But, on the other hand, I do know that it would be handy for those who would like uninterrupted enjoyment of their favorite magazine without the hassle of remembering to renew.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Ring the Bell - Movie Review by Marcus

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services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. 
Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe 
will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal 
Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements  
and Testimonials in Advertising."

  Awesome!  Moving!  Entertaining!  Inspiring!  All of those are words that I would use to describe the movie - Ring the Bell.   In the first few scenes of the movie, I was beginning to think that this was going to be just another cheesy movie about a guy who has to find his true meaning in life.  To be honest, I really  wasn't pulled into the story immediately.  Needless to say, my first impressions were way off.  This is not just another movie.  This isn't just another cheesy story line.  This movie pulled tears from my eyes, put joy in my heart, and inspired me with the wonderful message that living for Jesus is the greatest life anyone can choose.  

The story revolves around a sports agent whose goal in life is to be the best and make lots of money.  He is addicted to his job.  But in a small town baseball star, he finds the true meaning of life.  I love the message of story that simply said giving your life to Jesus is the most important thing that you can do.  Serving Him is far greater than all the money and fame that the world can offer.  I commend the writers and producers for bringing that message to life in this film.  This movie is clean, wholesome family entertainment that has the potential to change lives that receives the highest rating I can give it!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Hey God, I've Got Some Guy Named Jonah...The Whale Tells His Side of the Story - Children's Book Review by Marcus

   As you can see from the title, this book is different.  In fact, it's unlike any Bible story book I have ever read.  The book is written by Troy Schmidt, a guy who no doubt has a good imagination.  I read this to my 9 year old and later to my 6 year old, and they both loved it.
   The book is written in a very unique style.  It's kind of a mixture between cartoon and comic book.  One of the things that really impressed me was that the story has lines that are funny to kids.  I've seen a lot of kid's media that tries to be funny, and they are, to grown-ups.  But this book actually is cleverly written on a kids level.
   The story of Jonah is brought from the whale's point of view.  As a preacher, I dig for preaching material all the time.  I've never thought of the story of Jonah quite like this.
   For example, the whale tells of how God led him to spit Jonah out on dry land.  I seriously never considered the miracle of a giant fish swimming all the way up to the shore and then vomiting Jonah out.  But Jonah 2:10 says just that.  But why didn't the fish get sick and throw up 10 miles out in the sea?  This book very uniquely brings out the fact that God was not just working in Jonah's life, but that the Creator was also guiding the fish.
   The back of the book contains a discussion area for parents to help their child compare their life to that of Jonah's.  It's a great lesson in obedience, forgiveness and knowing that God hears us when we call on Him.  The pictures are colorful.  The writing is great.  The message is awesome.  I highly recommend this book to every parent.  It is one of the greatest Bible stories written in such an amazing way that really makes sense to kids and grown-ups alike.
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services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. 
Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe 
will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal 
Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements 
and Testimonials in Advertising."

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

DVD Review - This Is Our Time

   This Is Our Time!  Now what do we do with it?  That is the question asked through out this movie in one form or another.  A group of college graduates who ask - What is God calling me to do?  What does He have planned for my life?
   I remember in my life when I came to this same crossroad.  The point where the world was ahead of me, and somewhere out there, God had a place just for me.  It's scary when you're young and ambitious.  It can be intimidating.  This story centers around collage graduates who are searching for their place in the world.  I would venture to say that this story is more than for just young people.  This is a film for people of all ages who sometimes wonder if God can and wants to use them.
  The movie is the story of a young man and woman who get married straight out of college.  They move to India to work as missionaries.  This is what I think is the really cool part of the story.  The characters and story-line is fictional, but the mission organization, Embrace A Village, is very real.  They care for people with leprosy and their families.  Many of those people and their children are seen in throughout the movie.
  The story  always follows a young lady who joins a large financial organization in order to climb the corporate ladder: a young man, Ryder, who wants to make a splash in the social media world: and Ethan, the one who seemingly can't find his calling.  He at times questions whether God can really use him.
  This is a very good Christian movie.  It is high quality, clean and portrays a very important spiritual message. So watch it and enjoy!  The release date is April 16, 2013.  To purchase, please visit:www.christiancinema.com

  

"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or 
services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. 
Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe 
will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal 
Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements 
and Testimonials in Advertising." 

God Bless,

Marcus

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Book Review by Marcus - The King is Coming - Erwin Lutzer

  The King is Coming!  That statement by itself is enough to make any Christian excited.  As a Christian, we are looking for the day when the King comes to take us home to Heaven.  Erwin Lutzer is the Pastor of Moody Church in Chicago.  He did a great job in writing this book.  It's encouraging to read a well thought out book on the 2nd Coming of Christ.
   I will say that there are a few theological differences that I have with Rev. Lutzer, but in reality, they are small.  I understand that those little things could be confusing to a new Christian, but for the sake of this review,  I will just say that there were a few places in the book where the author seemed to twist and bend a few scriptures to fit his theological viewpoint.  But overall, the book was awesome.
   I will highly recommend this to anyone interested in doing some research on the 2nd Coming of Jesus.  I know that we, as humans, aren't able to fully understand all that will take place in the "End" times, but this book is as good a work on that topic as any other I've read.  Rev. Lutzer does a great job in breaking down different part of the Bible to help the reader understand what might take place.    And overall, he does a great job in drawing the reader into an anticipation of the day when Jesus does return to take His bride home to Heaven.
   I received this book from www.moodypublishers.com in exchange for my review.  I thank them for this very encouraging and fascinating read.  I hope that if you buy this, you'll be as encouraged by it as I was.

God Bless,

Marcus

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Book Review - What I Wish I knew at 18 by Dennis Trittin

   What I Wish I Knew at 18 by Dennis Trittin was a book I wasn't really sure about until I started reading.  It turned out to be a really good book about very practical things that teenagers will face in their life.  He talks about everything from relationships and sex to spiritual life, adversity, finances and character.
  The book was loaded with awesome quotes from people who have experienced both good and bad in life. One quote that really stood out was in the chapter on character.  In talking about integrity  he quoted a former boss who said, "If you're wondering whether or not to do something, ask how you would feel if it became tomorrow's headline in the New York Times."
   This book is very practical and very good.  I would highly recommend it to any teenager.

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God Bless,

Marcus

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Gaither Homecoming Bible -reviewed by Mandy


 The Gaither Homecoming Bible uses the New King James Version.  It includes devotionals written by many well-known Southern Gospel artists.  Each devotional includes a picture of the artist which helps those who may not be as familiar with the different names.  The contributors include Ronnie Booth, Kim Collingsworth, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Rodney Griffin, Mark Lowry and many others.  This Bible also features the stories behind the writing of some familiar hymns and gospel songs, and also the stories behind many of the songs that the Gaither’s themselves wrote.  There are also quotes, inspirational writings and poems interspersed throughout the Bible text.  The text print is comfortably easy to read and there are pleasantly colored landscape, sunset/sunrise picture borders on many pages. There are also footnotes included for ease of understanding certain verses or for clarifications of text translation.  This Bible also includes pages in the front for family tree entries.  The back pages of the Bible include a special 60 day reading plan through the Bible.


I was excited to receive my copy of this Bible and wasn’t disappointed.  I enjoyed reading the devotionals.  Many artists shared personal stories that illustrated heartfelt truths.  The quotes and articles placed throughout the text were very thought provoking.  This is a great Bible for any Southern Gospel music lover, especially those who collect the Gaither Homecoming Series DVDs.

*I received a copy of this Bible from Booksneeze.com in return for my review.*

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Conviction to Lead - Book Review by Marcus

 


   As a pastor, I like reading books on leadership.  I'm not one of those guys who sees myself as a great leader, but just an ordinary guy.  This book seems to be for the former.  Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of awesome material in the pages of this book, but they tend to be aimed at a extra-ordinary audience.
   Albert Mohler is no doubt a very good and intelligent man.  He is a leader.  But for some reason, I felt that this book was a little hard to read.  It's not the content that I had an issue with.  It was very informing, but it just felt like I was reading a textbook.  I guess I was just expecting easy to understand principles of leadership without the academic feel to it.
   I would not give this book a bad rating because it is an excellent book.  I just give it a 3 out of 5 star rating based on the ease of reading.  Mr. Mohler has presented a well researched book on the issues facing leaders of our day.  It's a good book, just not as easy to read as I would like.
   I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

God Bless,

Marcus