From Monk to Money Manager, Book Review

From Monk to Money Manger, By Doug Lynam

Build a better financial future for yourself and the world. Former monk turned financial advisor, Doug Lynam, shares the rules of money management that will change your approach to earning, saving, and investing.
From Monk to Money Manager is an entertaining and self-deprecating journey through Lynam’s relationship with the almighty dollar—his childhood in a rich family, the long-haired hippie days running away from materialism, time in the Marine Corps looking for selfless service, and his twenty years in the monastery under a vow of poverty that led to his current profession as a financial advisor. In this unique look at wealth from a spiritual perspective, Lynam shares his belief that God doesn’t expect us to live in poverty. The truth is, we need financial peace so we can help others. When money becomes a part of our spiritual practice, used in love and service, it can bring us closer to our highest spiritual ideals.
With humor and humility, Lynam uses stories told through the lens of his own money mistakes, and those of counseling clients, to understand how our attitudes about money hold us back. He also provides clear, step-by-step guidance on how to grow a little bit wealthy. His insights include how to build a compassionate relationship to our finances; some of the good, bad, and ugly truths about money; and the tricks to unlocking financial freedom.

My Thoughts: When I was offered this book to review I was very excited. I've always been interested in finance books and this one seemed like it would have a lot to offer. I love the perspective that Dough Lynam puts out about having wealth is different than many Christian books. His book isn't just motivational though and offers practical tips.

I'm Possible, Book Review

I'm Possible by Jeremy Cowart 

Internationally known photographer and philanthropist Jeremy Cowart uses snapshots of his own story to inspire readers with the message that all things are possible when we actively engage our God-given purpose to change the world.
Recognized as “the most influential photographer on the Internet,” Jeremy Cowart is known as a photographer, hotelier, fund-raiser, teacher, artist, world uniter, lover of life, and man of adventure. What fans don’t always know is that Jeremy started out as a failure.
Growing up, Jeremy’s life was defined by the words I can’t do it. Thankfully, Jeremy’s parents reprogrammed his mind with a single sentence: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.That simple truth propelled Jeremy to achieve greatness in many forms, including
  • running photo shoots with A-list clients, such as Sting, the Kardashians, President Obama, the Pope, and many more,
  • launching the Help-Portrait movement to invest dignity and value in people from underserved communities and who were victims of tragedy, and
  • launching the Purpose Hotel as a for-profit hotel chain designed to fuel the work of not-for-profit organizations.
I’m Possible is an extension of Jeremy’s belief that greatness must serve a greater purpose. It’s a book that will inspire readers with the message that all things are possible when we actively engage our God-given purpose to change the world.

My Thoughts: Before reading this book I hadn't heard of Jeremy Cowart, which might seem a bit strange but the book intrigued me. I love that this is a motivational book without going overboard and it really feels like a guide forward.. I love the message that all things are possible. A great book for people looking to push through their doubts. 

Jesus Calling, Book Review

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

Uniquely inspired treasures from heaven for every day of the year by missionary Sarah Young.
Jesus Calling is a devotional filled with uniquely inspired treasures from heaven for every day of the year.  After many years of writing in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to listen to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever she believed He was saying to her.  It was awkward at first, but gradually her journaling changed from monologue to dialogue.  She knew her writings were not inspired as Scripture is, but journaling helped her grow closer to God.  Others were blessed as she shared her writings, until people all over the world were using her messages.  They are written from Jesus' point of view, thus the title Jesus Calling.  It is Sarah's fervent prayer that our Savior may bless readers with His presence and His peace in ever deeper measure.

My Thoughts: When this book came in (sent by the publisher for a review) I could believe how beautiful it was. The book has an artistic hard cover an the page edges are a vivid blue. Of course this didn't speak to what was inside the book, but it instantly made me think Jesus Calling would be a perfect gift. But about the book itself... It's inspirational, there's scripture at the bottom of the page and a very helpful index. Everything is in first person and really eye opening to think about. 

Delivered, Book Review

Delivered by Beth Moore

Based on her bestselling book, Get Out of That Pit, Beth Moore delivers a stirring message of sheer hope, utter deliverance, and glorious freedom of God.
God is in the deliverance business.  He longs for you to be free, to know the love and presence that are better than life—and the power of His Word that defies all darkness.  In Delivered, Beth Moore shares her own journey out of the pit and the way the poetic expressions of Psalm 40 rewarded her with a new song for her soul—given by her Savior and offered to you here in this soul-stirring book.  You also can be free from the worst life has to offer and learn to take Christ’s mighty arm when he reaches into the depths, and says in a way you can finally hear, Need a hand?

My Thoughts: First of all I have to start by saying that I did receive this book so that I could review it, but that doesn't change my opinion in any way. When I received this book, I was surprised by it's small size, although I did appreciate that it is a hardback. For such a small book though, there's a lot of information. Beth Moore really opens up and offers her life experiences on the pages. 

The Governess of Penwythe Hall (The Cornwall Novels) Book Review

The Governess of Penwythe Hall (The Cornwall Novels) By Sarah E. Ladd

Blamed for her husband’s death, Cordelia Greythorne fled Cornwall and accepted a governess position to begin a new life. Years later her employer’s unexpected death and his last request for her to watch over his five children force her to reevaluate. She can’t abandon the children now that they’ve lost both parents, but their new guardian lives at the timeworn Penwythe Hall . . . back on the Cornish coast she’s tried desperately to forget.
Jac Twethewey is determined to revive Penwythe Hall’s once-flourishing apple orchards, and he’ll stop at nothing to see his struggling estate profitable again. He hasn’t heard from his brother in years, so when his nieces, nephews, and their governess arrive unannounced, he battles both grief at his brother’s death and bewilderment over this sudden responsibility. Jac’s priorities shift as the children take up residence in the ancient halls, but their secretive governess—and the mystery shrouding her past—proves to be a disruption to his carefully laid plans.
Rich with family secrets, lingering danger, and the captivating allure of new love, this first book in the Cornwall series introduces us to the Twethewey family and their search for peace, justice, and love on the Cornish coast.
My Thoughts: I have to start with saying that while this book was given to me so that I could review it, that doesn't change my opinion of it at all. This is a slow paced, calm book, with a slow burning romance, perfect for relaxing. It's sweet and wholesome, which I really like for younger (teen) readers and it really pulled me in. While it isn't the most exciting romance novel, I really enjoyed reading it.