Friday, February 10, 2012

Great ideas for helping someone who is dealing with an illness

Caring For A Loved One With Cancer is written by cancer survivor June Hunt. This book was written for all of us who know someone that is dealing with cancer.

Most of the fifty ways to help someone going through cancer are very practical and can be done by anyone close to the cancer sufferer. Each of the main chapters discusses one of the ways you can reach out and help. The specific ideas are all easy to do and can greatly help someone who is not feeling well. Running errands, keeping a gift/helper journal for them, writing a chart with all of their scheduled medication, and even going to appointments with them and taking notes. All of those are great ideas and just a few of the many the author lists in this practical yet helpful book.

The book also contains ways to help children understand what is happening to their loved one. It also lists things that are and are not helpful when personally dealing with cancer. Although this book was written for all who know someone with cancer, I really felt it was more geared for woman who have girlfriends who are fighting the disease. The author writes in a loving and open manner. All the information presented is helpful and worth reading if you are close to someone who is dealing with cancer or really any debilitating illness.

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.

I have this book 5/5 stars.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Two reviews of books I have recently read

Love Like God, Embracing Unconditional Love was written by Caroline A. Shearer. The book is filled with lessons on unconditional love. The author has taken the time to gather stories by numerous people and present them in this book.

Some of the writers are authors, some are names you will recognize but most are just average people you would talk to everyday. Each person writes about an incident in their life where they gained an understanding of what unconditional love is. Loving another person the way the Lord loves us is what unconditional love is about.

The author ends each story with a note. This note is her thoughts on the story. She also adds an affirmation to reiterate the principle of unconditional love. One affirmation found on page 138 states "Love is always stronger than my fears."

I found each person view of unconditional love and how it changed their lives very interesting. This book kept my attention and I enjoyed the different viewpoints. The authors’ notes really brought all the different stores together and the book would not have been as good without her notes.

I gave this book 4/5 stars only because some of the writers were hard to understand and their stories did not flow well.

What’s Good About Feeling Bad? A great question and a perfect title for this book written by John C. Thomas and Gary Habermas. You will put this book down with a better understanding of suffering and how the Lord wants us to learn and grow as we walk through each painful situation we encounter.

Helping you understand the purpose of suffering is really the main purpose of this book. Breaking it down into sections the authors describe what the Lord desires for us to learn. Most important we need to learn to trust that He is doing it all for our good.

Everything that is written in the book is helpful. I did think it got rather wordy sometimes. Meaning some of what is written is repeated again and again, not in the same words but still the same principles. Overall a good book for someone who is suffering through a hard experience and wants to better understand why the Lord allows bad things to happen.

I gave this book 4/5 stars.

I would like to thank and the publishers for the copies of these books I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

My review of a good parenting book

Wise Parenting: Guidelines from the Book of Proverbs, written by the trio of authors Paul Wegner, Catherine Wegner and Kimberlee Herman, is not just another parenting book. Using the book of Proverbs they present guidelines for disciplining our children. I know that not everyone is going to agree with everything that is written in this book. However, the authors do not write in a condescending manner and you will walk away from the book feeling like a friend has given you some parenting advice to consider.

Taking the entire book of Proverbs the authors show you can learn how to discipline in a loving and teachable manner. There are steps to take when a child disobeys. Making sure they understand what they have done wrong is essential. You have to remember that parenting is not just one day a year but every day until they leave your home and start their own.

The best way to teach your children is to model the desired behavior yourself. Our children are with us all the time and observe everything we do, from what we are eating to what language we use. Being sure to live the way we expect them to will help when we have to discipline their disobedience. The most important thing to remember is always express your unconditional love. All children need to know how much they are loved even if you are not pleased with their behavior.

I liked the honest and kind manner this book was written in. I thought the questions posed at the end of each section were well thought out and helpful. Overall it is a great parenting book.

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.

I gave this book 5/5 stars.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Great book for any working Christian

Made to Matter, written by Randy Kilgore, is a weekly devotional. The subtitle is Devotions for Working Christians and really describes what this book is all about.

I found the chapters to be short but filled with helpful information to use while working as a Christian in a non-Christian work environment. Using examples of people who have made a difference the author show us what it means to matter for Christ. We have to study Christ’s life and how he worked with people to see how we are supposed to work with others. Christ was always observant of those around him especially the lonely or those in need of help. How much do we look around to see those hurting around us and reach out to them in love or concern?

My favorite chapter was filled with questions. The questions all pertained to how you act on the job. Do you gossip, do you want to be there and even if the job you have is the right one for you? This chapter is a must read for everyone not sure of how to act or respond to others a work.

There is a section at the end of the book with relevant scripture references to help when your days are not going well. Whether you feel cheated or just need help in holding your tongue when someone speaks unkindly to you. These would be great to have posted in your work area to remind yourself how to act so others can see Christ in you! I found this book to be filled with helpful information and useful for any working Christian!

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.

I gave this book 5/5 stars.

Monday, February 6, 2012

An Easy To Understand Book

If You Want A Harvest, You Have to Be Willing to Cultivate the Soil, written by Dr. T. Darnell Saunders, is filled with encouraging Biblical principles. The title may be a long one but the book is short and very easy to read.

There were so many parts of this book that I liked that it was hard to pick one to highlight. The author is very good at making hard to understand or apply Biblical principles easy for all of us to learn and apply to our lives. He explains how we are one being with three distinct parts. He simplifies this by using examples that are relevant and really help you understand how you were made. Teaching about putting Christ as the center of you life and not your own fleshly desires was one of the best chapters.

Throughout the book he goes back to and reiterates the principle found in his title. If you really want to grow spiritually you have to be willing to endure the trials the Lord sends to help you grow. I think this would be great for someone who is a new Christian as the examples and writing make this book easy to understand.

I gave this book 5/5 stars.

I would like to thank and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.