Book Review: Winning the Heart of Your Child

winning the heartWinning the Heart of Your Child: 9 Keys to Building a Positive Lifelong Relationship With Your Kids by Mike Berry is an insightful, hopeful, and convicting book on the sensitive topic of parenting. The author does a fabulous job of laying out both principles and practices that help shape parenting based upon the central principles: Understanding Your Influence, Shift Your Perspective on Your Role as a Parent, and Fight For What Matters Most.

Though much of the content of the book is focused on parents with kids above the age of two and still living in the house, the author also lays out thoughts and principles for parents with children under two and outside of the home. The author keeps emphasizing to those who may think they have messed up being a parent that it is not too late. But the author also does a great job of emphasizing and giving examples that show that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all set of practices that works for every child – even in the same household.

If you currently have kids, are expecting a child, or are planning on having children (biologically or through adoption/fostering) this book is for you.

Disclosure: I received this book free from BakerBooks through the Baker Books Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Book Review: Ready or Knot?

ready or knotReady or Knot? 12 Conversations Every Couple Needs to Have Before Marriage by Scott Kedersha is a superb book that would enhance any premarital counseling program. The content and the subjects covered are worthy of being discussed and implemented by couples looking to get married. Those leading premarital counseling, no matter what system they may use, would also greatly benefit from using the content of Ready or Knot? to supplement what they are currently doing.

Another great asset of the book is that though it is focused on premarital couples, couples who have been married for any length of time could also benefit from the contents. Whether as a refresher or as an enhancer to their marriage, Ready or Knot? is worth a read.

Disclosure: I received this book free from BakerBooks through the Baker Books Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Book Review: Marriage That Works

marriage worksMarriage That Works: God’s Way of Becoming Spiritual Soul Mates, Best Friends, and Passionate Lovers by Chip Ingram lays out a solid biblical view of marriage in its potential, beauty, and struggles. The author does an excellent job of presenting a clear view of marriage from Scripture without attempting to cater to the more politically correct culture of today but also attempting rather well at not trying to come across as insensitive to the concerns of those who have experienced the mishandling of the Bible in the realm of marriage.

Disclosure: I received this book free from BakerBooks through the Baker Books Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Book Review: Scrappy Church

scrappy churchScrappy Church: God’s Not Done Yet by Thom Rainer is a book with a great concept designed to encourage church leaders and members of small churches that seem to be plateaued or in a slow decline. The book gives nice examples of churches that have turned things around as well as emphasizing that the mindset of the church leadership team is crucial for the process.

Unfortunately, the book doesn’t do the best of jobs in presenting the keys to breaking through the mental barrier of getting already stretched thin members to do four times as much (the book’s prescription) outreach. The premise is that of churches that meet in buildings (versus mobile churches) who have a lot of extra activities and committees that center around the facility of internal secondary or tertiary church events. For such churches the advice in the book would work well; but for mobile and lean-operating churches the advice is found wanting and frustrating (as is all the focus on glamorous church appearances for first impressions).

So, if you are part of a church in an established facility, this book could be very helpful. But if you are part of a mobile church and especially a mobile church that operates under a “simple church” approach you will find the book rather frustrating at times.

Disclosure: I received this book free from B& H Publishing Group through the B&H/Lifeway Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Book Review: If…What If?

if what ifIf…What If? Quirky Questions and Daily Devotions to Feed Your Family and Your Faith by Tony Myles and Daniel Myles is a nice devotional book that provides theological content in a format that is easy to understand and grasp for a young reader. The book’s content leads the reader through some great thoughts and great (and fun) discussions that help drive home the point of the devotion while hitting creative real life situations and dreams. The questions also make for great general discussions with the family, too, for every day conversations.

Disclosure: I received this book free from B& H Publishing Group through the B&H/Lifeway Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.