Sunday, January 25, 2015

Team US by Ashleigh Slater

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    Team us!  That's what marriage is all about.  I think the problems with this world is that too many marriages are built around selfish mindsets.  Men and women who live in the same house, but live separate lives.  That's why the divorce rate is so high.  Marriage is a team effort.  From the very beginning, God's design was for a husband and wife to be one.  Two people living one life, not two people living two lives occupying the same house.  That's the issue this book addresses. 
   I'm a husband, father, and pastor, so this book was very much of interest for me on many different levels.  It's a good book full of great ideas.  My biggest criticism would simply be that it seems more suited for women than men.  I like the way it's written, meaning that it's like a conversation rather than a lector.  But it's more like a conversation that the ladies of the house would have.  We guys tend to be a little more rough and in need of excitement.  None of that here.
   That being said, it's a great book.  Guys would do well to read it.  It's not as exciting as a book on the Song of Solomon, but it's good.  Ladies will love it, but it will take a little more effort for the guys.  All that being said, Team us is really about teamwork in marriage.  Ashleigh Slater does a good job of telling about the frustrations and issues that she and her husband have faced in their marriage and how they dealt with those issues.  There's nothing groundbreaking here, just helpful.  So read it, learn from it, and enjoy being a part of the most awesome team on earth - Team us! 

God Bless,

Marcus
  

The Patmos Deception by Davis Bunn

  
    I have always been a Davis Bunn fan, so this review is a little difficult for me.  Unfortunately, I just didn't find this book interesting.  I love a good story.  I love to sit down and enjoy a good adventure.  After reading many Davis Bunn books in the past, I was very excited for the chance to review The Patmos Deception.  The end result was a book that I struggled through and a book that I actually didn't finish reading.
   The basis for the story is great.  An adventure through modern day Greece searching for long lost treasures.  The story itself was actually well written and interesting.  The problem I had with the book, and the reason I didn't finish the book was because I got absolutely bored and bogged down by the details. 
   I am a fan of old westerns, but of the older western authors that I just don't read is Max Brand.  His stories are good.  They are curse free and sex free, which is the only kind I read.  But I just don't read them because they tend to take so long to get through the story.  You kind of get lost in the details.  Unfortunately, The Patmos Deception falls into that category. 
    It's not a reflection on Davis Bunn.  He is still one of my favorites.  The plot of the book was good.  The characters were intriguing, but I just didn't find this book all that interesting.  Someone who loves lots of details and classroom like reading mixed with a little bit of excitement would love this book.  As for me, I simply just got lost in the details.   I did receive this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. 

God Bless,

Marcus

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Life Under God - 365 Daily Devotional by Tony Evans

   If you've read my reviews before, then you know that I'm a huge Tony Evans fan.  Do I agree with everything he says?  No.  Are there some theological differences in his books and preaching that I don't care for?  Yes.  But as one of my collage professors once said, "Chew on the meat and spit out the bones."  Usually, when you pick up a Tony Evans book or listen to one of his sermons, there is a lot of meat to chew on.  This 365 Daily Devotional is no different.  It's good.
    The theme is based on his series The Kingdom Agenda.  It covers topics ranging from Satan, race, marriage, parenting, and the list goes on.  The daily devotionals begin with a scripture that goes along with the daily topic.  The devotional itself is not long, usually four to five paragraphs.  This followed by a series of questions to ask yourself.  Things that will challenge your thinking and help you apply the devotional to your own life.  Each devotional ends with a prayer.
   Overall, I highly recommend this to anyone.  It's a quick read.  Easy to understand.  Yet it's full of challenging thoughts to help you as you grow in Christ.  The cover itself is leather and looks great on any shelf or table.  I would like to thank Moody Publishing for the opportunity to review this devotional.  I did receive it free of charge in exchange for my honest review. 

God Bless,

Marcus