Friday, September 17, 2010

Your Money God's Way: Overcoming the 7 Money Myths that Keep Christians Broke
Amie Streater

[Before I launch into the review, I gotta say that using a "Buy ONE get ONE free" Blizzard coupon from DairyQueen as a bookmark really propels and motivates you to finish a non-fiction book!  Think of it as a reward to yourself when get done!  I try to read fiction and non-fiction alternatively, and sometimes I need a little push.  Anyone want to come with me for a Blizzard???]

Your Money puts to the test Christians' often counterfeit convictions about spending money.  Unfortunately, Christians are not exempt from the staggering statistics of bankruptcy and debt that currently bear down on American families across our nation.  This book helps to dig up the doo-doo in our thought lives that lead us to spending ways that keep us poor.

Though the book didn't address my personal counterfeit conviction: guilt about spending money, it did a good job addressing over-spending and getting out of debt.  I am often so inspired by good money books! sent me this book complimentary on the condition that I write a review for it on my blog!  I say, yes please!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Last Child
John Hart

It took me about three late nights to devour this suspenseful book--but I don't recommend reading it before bed:  it's kinda scary!

A family torn apart by a missing child suddenly becomes entangled in a deeper plot when another child goes missing.  Dun dun duuun . . .

This book had some language and the subject matter (child abductions) can get a little heavy.  It's a big time page turner (but that could also be because I got the large print edition. :)  I'm a huge fan of large print . . . . John Hart keeps things moving right along with deft symbolism and engaging action.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

How to Be Your Own Selfish Pig:  And Other Ways You've Been Brainwashed
Susan Schaeffer Macaulay 

I remember seeing this glaring, obnoxious title on Daddy's bookshelves for as long as I can remember.  Now I have my own copy, and figured it was about time to read it!  Susan Schaeffer Macaulay--Francis Schaeffer's daughter--calmly and rationally explains Christian apologetics with a potato peeler in hand and soup simmering on the stove.  Without compromising truth, she brings huge life issues down to earth, explaining controversial topics with wisdom and perspective.

Macaulay documents the stories and journeys of real-life people--from those who cut themselves, to those who have had abortions, to others who just can't believe in God.  The underlining premise is that beliefs eventually change the way you live your life--and that the world can only really make sense if you believe in one creating, sustaining God.