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Latest read: Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado

Friday, 10 September 2010 4 comments

Non-Fiction: Christianity. Hardback from Thomas Nelson. Published 2010. 240 pages. Free review copy from Booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest review of the book. And, here it is:

Many years ago our oldest son was battling cancer at Wilford Hall Medical Center on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Somehow word reached a couple who were members at the church where Max Lucado preaches and they came to visit us, bringing me my first glimpse of his work. Because of their kindness, and because I enjoyed the book, I have continued to read many of the works that Lucado has published through the years.

When I first saw the title I was reminded of the “Million Miles” book I recently read by Donald Miller, and in many ways the message is the same. But I think it’s such a great lesson that the more people discuss it, the better. Lucado’s books seem to all follow the same pattern, and this one is no exception. It’s a quick read, but still has some excellent reminders of what is really important. Lucado is donating all of his royalties from the book to World Vision, which is a great example of practicing what he’s preaching in this book.

Publisher’s Summary:

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These are difficult days in our world’s history. 1.75 billion people are desperately poor, natural disasters are gouging entire nations, and economic uncertainty still reigns across the globe. But you and I have been given an opportunity to make a big difference. What if we did? What if we rocked the world with hope? Infiltrated all corners with God’s love and life? We are created by a great God to do great works. He invites us to outlive our lives, not just in heaven, but here on earth. Let’s live our lives in such a way that the world will be glad we did.

WWW Wednesdays — 14 July 10

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 Leave a comment

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What did you recently finish reading?

* What are you currently reading?

* What do you think you’ll read next?

While painting our bathroom last week I finished listening to Boneshaker by Cherie Priest.

After that, to keep the boredom level down as I continued to paint, I downloaded Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson. It’s slow moving, but not in a bad way. It’s set in the UK and I am enjoying recognizing places and British ideas. I also started on my new Booksneeze review book: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently by John C. Maxwell. I am feeling compelled to take lots of notes as I go along, so I am not getting through it very quickly. It’s a very interesting book.

At this point in time I don’t have any plans for a next read. I’m always interested in suggestions, so feel free to leave a comment about a book (or books) you’ve enjoyed.

WWW Wednesdays

Wednesday, 7 July 2010 1 comment

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What did you recently finish reading?

* What are you currently reading?

* What do you think you’ll read next?

For the last of our motorcycle trip, I downloaded and listened to Tripwire by Lee Child. It’s the third Jack Reacher novel. As with any novel of it’s kind, it had a lot of stereotypical characters and plot-lines, but the story was engaging and made for good riding listening.

Yesterday I started listening to Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. I’m really enjoying it so far.

I got a new book from Booksneeze that is on my next read list. It’s by John C. Maxwell and is titled Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently.

How about you? What are your three W’s?

Embracing Your Second Calling by Dale Hanson Bourke

Wednesday, 26 May 2010 Leave a comment

Non-Fiction: Christianity. Paperback from Thomas Nelson. Published in 2009. 240 pages. Free review copy from Booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest review of the book. And, here it is:

When faced with a book written for women, I always have to battle with a fair bit of reader’s apprehension. Many such books have such a banal focus that I end up wanting to throw them across the room in frustration. As a consequence, my usual practice is to avoid them like the plague. Yet because the topic at hand seemed pertinent to me, I swallowed my usual misgivings and dove in. As I began to read I was thrilled by the first chapter, but my spirits fell by the second chapter: all of a sudden we were talking about letting God know we don’t like not being sexy anymore and being told we look worse because we are older. Not only do I disagree that older means we look worse and aren’t appealing anymore, I began to fear we were headed down the path to “superficial land”. Thankfully I persevered and blessedly, Hanson did not continue to dwell on appearance but moved on to some very sound advice on ways to consciously consider what you will do with the rest of your life. I liked the “reflect” and “act” insets in each chapter and think the book would make an excellent small group study.

So, besides wishing that the author had reminded us of a more biblical rather than society led approach to physical aging, I found this to be a very thought provoking book, full of excellent reminders re-evaluate what is important as you continue to journey through life.

Publisher’s Summary:

A woman’s guide to the second half of life.

Do you ever wonder if the best of life is in the past? Are you longing for more passion and purpose in the second half of your life? Take a deep breath and prepare for a great adventure as Dale Hanson Bourke resoundingly affirms that midlife is a time for reflection but also a time for action. In Embracing Your Second Calling, she challenges women to respond to God’s call specifically for this season of life and offers practical ideas for finding new meaning.

Bourke’s vulnerability and story-driven approach offers essential principles and specific suggestions as well as interactive elements including:

— Questions for reflection and going deeper
— Ideas on how to become more involved
— Prayers for wisdom and commitment
— Action steps for moving forward

For women searching for God’s purpose and passion in middle age and beyond this book offers an inspirational road map to meaning and adventure.