Monday, April 19, 2010

You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be-Max Lucado

According to Lucado "God gave you a zone in which you were made to dwell. He tailored the curves of your life to fit an empty space in his jigsaw puzzle. A sweet spot, if you will. And life makes sweet sense when you find your spot. But what pills do you order, class do you take, or infomercial do you watch? None of the above. Simply quarry...Your Uniqueness."

'You can be everything God wants you to Be' is a short (127 page) hardcover book encouraging you to discover your "sweet spot". Perfect for the graduate, or those feeling stressed and stuck in an unfulfilling career. Lucado urges you to look for your uniqueness. God created each of us with a purpose in mind, when He gives you an assignment, He also gives you the skills to achieve that assignment.

Each chapter is a short, easy read, with lots of examples of real life and bible characters fulfilling or in search of their purpose. Lucado gives lots of encouragement in looking for the you-niqueness in you but not alot of detail is given in the specifics of how to find and develop those traits and make it work for you.

If you are feeling discouraged and unfulfilled this is the book for you to get you on track and looking for the details of your life that will elevate it and create a purpose and joy for you and fullfill a purpose and joy for the one who created you.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, April 8, 2010

How should a Christian Live?-the Word of Promise Next Generation Devotional

How Should a Christian Live? is a devotional and journal from The Word of Promise next generation. Geared toward the preteen and teen crowd this devotional guide includes twelve sessions based on 1 Corinthians through Philemon. Each session begins with listening to the included cd of that portion of scripture usually around 5-6 chapters narrated by popular teen stars such as Emily Osment, Cody Linley, Corbin Bleu and more. Then the session includes Get It, Grab It, Hold It, Live It, and Give It activities to dig in to the Word, along with define it and quizes and games to keep the teens engaged in the learning activities. Then at the end of each session are blank journaling pages for the participants to write what they've learned and taken away from each lesson.

I loved the devotional guide each session was short enough to keep most teens interest but had plenty of background and pertinent info to really understand the scripture being studied. The define it portions had words such as sovereign, sanctified, salvation and idol with definitions in an easy to understand language perfect for teens or those new in their faith. Then the games and quizes reinforced the scripture and made the learning fun and easy to remember. I was suprised to see so much room for journaling, most devotional guides are lacking in that area, having inadequate space to record your thoughts and insights, but not so in this guide there is plenty of room for writing all you want to remember or have learned.

The scripture cd's would be very appealing to the younger crowd with the recognizable voices of teen favorites. The version selected was easy to understand with music and background sounds that were soothing but not distracting. It made you feel like you were sitting and listening to Paul transcribe his letters.

I think this would be perfect to use for a homeschool devotional time or in a teen group setting. It is easy to do without being too simplistic.

I recieved this copy to review free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their reviewers program. All opinions expressed here are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.