Boundaries for Your Soul, Book Review

Boundaries for Your Soul by Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller

You can turn your shame to joy, your anger to advocacy, and your inner critic into your biggest champion. Do your emotions control you or do you control your emotions? Many people let guilt, anger, or self-criticism dominate their lives and negatively affect their relationships. Boundaries for Your Soul shows you how to calm the chaos within. This groundbreaking approach will help you:
  • know what to do when you feel overwhelmed,
  • understand your guilt, anxiety, sadness, and fear,
  • welcome God into the troubling parts of your soul,
  • and move from doubt and conflict to confidence and peace.
Boundaries for Your Soul includes relatable anecdotes, helpful exercises, an engaging quiz, and opportunities for personal reflection. Gathering the wisdom from the authors' twenty-five years of combined advanced education, biblical studies, and clinical practice, this book will set you on a journey to become the loving, authentic, joyful person you were created to be. 

My Thoughts:First of all I want to start by saying that I was given the book to review from the publisher, but that it does not effect my review in any way. Boundaries for Your Soul does an excellent job of sharing  the stories of the authors as well as the stories of their clients in an inevitable non intrusive way. This book isn't like other self help books. It's enlightening, understanding and very well written. And of course really deals with issues of anxiety. 

Fawkes, Book Review

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes 

Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father's plot to assassinate the king of England.

Silent wars leave the most carnage.The wars that are never declared but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th-century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.

But what if death finds him first?

Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did it. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn't do something soon, he'll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot--claiming it will put an end to the plague--Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.

No matter Thomas's choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there's no turning back.

My Thoughts: *This book was sent to me by the publisher but this doesn't affect my opinion in any way. It been a little while since I've been able to sit down and read a good book, but I knew I had to take the time and read Fawkes because I've heard so many good things about it. I absolutely loved everything about tit from the first page (and actually the cover) where the story was set up and the vividly described setting. The whole book was full of twists and turns and it was a fun read. 

I Can't Believe You Just Said That! Book Review

I Can't Believe You Just Said That! By Ginger Hubbard

Biblical Wisdom for Taming Your Child's Tongue 

The bestselling author of Don’t Make Me Count to Three! lays out a simple, Bible-based plan that shows parents how to help their kids tame their tongues and walk in the transforming power of Christ.
Are you ever embarrassed or shocked by what comes out of your child’s mouth? Do you raise your voice, threaten, and coerce, but find yourself frustrated because nothing seems to work?  
In I Can’t Believe You Just Said That!, Ginger Hubbard provides a practical, three-step plan to reach beyond the behaviors of tongue-related struggles—such as lying, tattling, and whining—to address your child’s heart. After all, as Matthew 12:34 tells us, “the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”
By moving past the idea that parenting is about rigid rule-setting or behavior management, we can set aside ineffective practices such as scolding, ignoring the offense, or merely administering punishment. Instead, we start to see that our children’s outbursts are prime opportunities for the ultimate goal of all parenting: to guide them to the redemptive work of Jesus and his transformational power.

My Thoughts: When I first started reading this book I was immediately impressed that it wasn't looking to just treat the specific bad behavior that the child would be having at the time, but instead look deeper. There's so much here about helping the parents become better with a biblical purpose and is a great long term resource. 

Dangerous Good, Book Review

Dangerous Good by Kenny Luck

It’s time to wake the sleeping giant in our world, in our communities, in our churches, and in our homes.

There’s a revolution brewing, a sleeping giant coming out of a long slumber. For years men have been sitting to the side, minding their own business, nursing their own wounds. But that time is reaching its end. Our wounds must surely be tended to, and our business must surely be minded. We are meant for greater things than these, and the world can no longer indulge our slumber. Justice demands a response to these troubling times. Righteousness demands a champion to counter a climate of moral relativism. God made us men; it’s time to act like it.

Good men are in high demand but low supply. That reality is creating suffering and injustice at every level of society in every community worldwide. Dangerous Good calls on the millennial generation of men who follow Jesus worldwide to confront that by deciding, individually and as a group, to be dangerous with goodness like Jesus. Here is the next revolution of masculinity the world is waiting for.

My Thoughts: I received this book from the publisher so I could review it, but this doesn't effect my review in any way. It seems like everyone has a problem with the millennial generation, and while I don't disagree that there are problems I think often times these things are overstated. I was glad that Kenny Luck took a soft approach and really wrote a guide book on how to be a better man. It's encouraging, and thought provoking. 

Unbridled Faith, Book Review

Unbridled Faith by Cara Whitney

Explore the timeless wisdom of God's Word through this beautiful horse devotional.
Horses nuzzle their way into our hearts and have a way of teaching us a lot about ourselves, about life, and even about God. Just ask horse enthusiast Cara Whitney, wife of comedian and actor Dan Whitney (aka Larry the Cable Guy).
Through years spent working with these majestic animals—Cara Whitney has learned countless spiritual lessons that have brought her closer to God.
In 100 heartfelt devotions with stunning photography, you'll
  • Learn about being flexible in your faith from a gangly legged colt.
  • Discover the secret to overcoming temptation through a horse's "sneak and eat" game.
  • From a pony with a sweet tooth, find out why we should be glad God doesn’t answer yes to all of our prayers.
  • Be reminded that you are priceless to God from a one-eyed quarter horse named Roanie.  
Unbridled Faith is the perfect daily devotional for horse lovers.

My Thoughts: I received this book in exchange for review, but this doesn't effect the review. When this book first arrived I was immediately impressed with the cover. It has beautiful cover art (both front and back) and a very solid hardback and binding. Inside it has a satin bookmark and even more beautiful photos of horses on the inside. The devotionals themselves are short, sweet and well written. 
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