Book Review: When Your Kid is Hurting

kid hurtingWhen Your Kid is Hurting: Helping Your Child through the Tough Days by Dr. Kevin Leman is a good resource for parents who are seeking help with their kids who are struggling with life situations – external and internal. The book gives overall good principles for parents so that they will be neither enablers nor distant parents but present parents.

The downside of the book is that the author doesn’t always come across very empathetic towards parents – especially for those parents who are struggling in caring for a child who may be depressed (which is where someone with his credentials should know they ought to be very empathetic).

It is also unfortunate that the author implicitly blames God for Cain’s murdering of Abel (due to some bad theology on the part of the author) when trying to make a point, rather than choosing a more appropriate and theologically accurate passage for the point the author was trying to make.

Despite the author’s lack of empathy at times and poor theology at times, the book would still make a decent resource for parents with children going through tough times.

Disclosure: I received this book free from Revell Books 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.

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Book Review: Mighty Reader Workbook Grade 1

mighty readerMighty Reader Workbook (Grade 1): 1st Grade Reading and Skills Practice with Favorite Bible Stories by Heidi Cooley is an excellent workbook that is student and parent friendly. The book is not only colorful and well laid out, it uses those aspects to enhance the learning and skills acquisition process.

In addition to helping students learn the reading and comprehension skills (and teaching parents how to teach those skills effectively, too), the workbook also incorporates Scripture as the reading text. As a result, the child becomes more familiar with God’s Word and picks up tools that allow them to understand and digest the Bible on their own (creating much more literate Christians down the road).

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: When God’s Ways Make No Sense

51y5kX5f+ML._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_When God’s Ways Make No Sense by Dr. Larry Crabb take the reader through the pains and struggles of life while wrestling with God’s hand in life’s agonies. The author writes not just from an academic position but also from a position of personal struggles, desert times spiritually, and his own questions.

Overall, the book takes a dive into dealing with disappointment or confusion with God in the midst of life’s hurts and seemingly purposelessly painful events. It is a good book for those who want to walk through these issues step-by-step. Unfortunately, at times the author is overly black-and-white (like in the case of Jonah) or harsh (like in the critique of some hymns without pointing to the background story of them that actually are praises in the midst of pain in the writer’s life).

Despite the drawbacks of the book at times, the chapters that really stand out as gems are Chapter 6 – Trembling: The Gateway to Trust, Chapter 9 – Counterfeit Christianity for Christians: Claiming a Promise God Never Made, and Chapter 15 – Enjoying Our Sovereign God: The Whole of History is Nothing More than the Story of God’s Activity.

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: Adamant

adamantAdamant: Finding Truth in a Universe of Opinions by Lisa Bevere gives the hint with its title that the book will fall into the world of apologetics but the contents of the book land it in the realm of almost devotional material about the wonders of Jesus Christ.

Despite the bit of a bait and switch between the title and the chapters, Bevere does a good job of laying out various characteristics of the Person of Truth – Jesus, and how He is the one one whom we can rest our faith and trust.

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: I’d Rather Be Reading

readingI started and finished reading I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel while on the bike at the gym. I don’t have nearly as much gray hair as one might assume as an occasional gym stationary bike user – it is simply one of the best locations to attempt to whittle down the stacks of non-nightstand books.

The small book by was easy to pick up, start reading, and not put down until the final page. Bogel captures the heart of an avid reader in both the love of literature and the quirks that come with loving and disliking certain genres or titles that one isn’t supposed to love/dislike.

The danger behind I’d Rather Be Reading is that so many books are alluded to in the pages that the reader may start to add to their already overwhelmed online wish list (or even worse…buy all those books on impulse.

Overall, the book is wonderful and whimsical and worthy of 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: Praying God’s Promises

promisesPraying God’s Promises: The Life-Changing Power of Praying the Scriptures by Linda Evans Shepherd lays out the thesis that if God has made promises in the Bible we can lay hold of them through prayer. Throughout the book the author gives examples in her life and in the lives of others of the impact of praying God’s promises in the Bible.

Thankfully, the author does not present this practice as bulletproof and a certainty of getting what you pray for, leaving room for God’s sovereign choice to not answer a prayer as we hope it will be answered (though at times it seems the author comes dangerously close to this kind of assertion). Rather, the author confronts the readers with our tendencies to not pray very much, pray canned prayers, pray without persistence, and not pray according to God’s heart as laid out in the Bible.

Shepherd gives chapter upon chapter of various topics of prayer, Scripture references, and sample prayers to help the reader on their journey into praying God’s promises. These operate as a good hand-holding exercise for the reader until they can develop their own style of praying God’s Word.

Disclosure: I received this book free from Revell 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.