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Review: Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

My wife and I recently discovered the Trim Healthy Mama (THM) way of eating recently and I was excited to get my hands on this book to help us on our journey.  The cookbook serves as a companion to their other book “The Trim Healthy Mama Plan.”  That said, the cookbook really does not give any information regarding the plan.  It jumps right into a list of uncommon ingredients that they call for in a majority of recipes and then right into the recipes themselves.  There are a ton of recipes and we have tried several.  All in All this book is OK, but was a bit of a letdown for me.

For one thing, you need to read the entire recipe and the color commentary offered by the authors before trying to cook anything.  There are often extra ingredients not listed or hints to make the food turn out better.  There are not many recipes that you can make from “normal” foods from the grocery store.  I’m not saying the food is not good, but be prepared to look online for some items if you do not have specialty grocers nearby.

I had read the previous version of THM and knew the plan pretty well and this cookbook is a huge improvement to the layout of the old one.  I do recommend upgrading if you are familiar with the plan.  Otherwise start with the Plan book first.

I received this book from “Blogging For Books” for my review.

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A Radical Idea – Book Review

I received a copy of A Radical Idea from Waterbrook Multnomah Publisher for review.  This book is also by David Platt and in my opinion serves as a great appetizer to the other Radical books.  In only a few pages, Platt inspires you to be the person God created you and saved you to be.  Much of this book seems to be sections of both Radical and Radical Together arranged with some new content to wet your appetite for the other books.

I have friends that I have begged to read these books, but they don’t like to read.  A Radical Idea is the perfect size that it can be read in one sitting and someone can’t help but want to read the others and begin changing their life.  I would recommend these books to churches and others that want to get people thinking and cannot afford to buy multiple copies of the full books.

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Book review: The Beauty Book

This a review of The Beauty Book by Nancy Rue.

I wanted to read this book as a Dad who has a little girl not too far away from this stuff.  To be honest,  spent most of the time reading this hoping it wasn’t true and would not happen to my daughter.  However, I know that is absurd and that she will eventually grow up (against my wishes).  Along with much talking with her mother, I believe that I will encourage her to read this book.  Nancy Rue gives advice that I think most Christian parents would agree with. I especially like that she constantly tells girls to make these questions a matter of prayer and to talk to their parents and honor their answers.

It is possible that the format of the book would seem silly to a young girl, but what do I know as a stuffy old Dad?  The book does seem to make the assumption that all girls as extremely self-conscious and are being teased to some extent at school.  While i am sure that is true in far too many cases, it seemed as though the author jumped from “what people say doesn’t matter” to “how to hide parts about you others tease” a few times.  The case is clearly made, though, that God made us and we are uniquely His and we need to all be OK with that.

I will probably have my wife read this one and I am sure she will “get it” better than me.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Radical Together – Book Review

I was given a free copy of “Radical Together” by David Platt for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.  Here is that review:

I read Platt’s first book, Radical, a few months ago.  The content still has me reeling a bit, so I was quite hesitant to get another slap in the head.  However, this time was a bit different.  Radical Together is written not so much to individuals, but instead to the church.  Platt is urging (begging) the church to wake up and do the things it is supposed to be doing.  As a leader in my church, I was able to completely relate to much of what He said and was very challenged by it.

I know Platt has taken a lot of heat for things that he says in this book, but there is little or no content that is not backed by scripture.  Most people that freak out over this book are mostly reacting to the conviction they are under.  I will say that Platt’s church is at a different level than many others, but he points this out and also says that his church is by no means a standard to go by.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is any level of leader in a church.  You do not have to have read Radical for this book to make sense.  I will say that when you get this book you need to be prepared for a good head knocking as you read, but hopefully it will spur you one to lead a church that does what Jesus called it to do.

Book Review “The Final Summit”

I had the opportunity to read The Final Summit by Andy Andrews before in order to give a review.  Here it goes.

To give a quick recap, David Ponder from The Traveler’s Gift & The Noticer is back for one last adventure.  He is summoned by Gabriel to a council to find the answer to a question to save all of Humanity from Destruction.  I won’t tell you how the council ends, but I am sure that you can guess.

The story is quite engaging, much like anything else Andrews has written.  He is quite talented and takes the time to research and have actual historical data mixed into his fictional tales. Other than the quality of the story, there is not much more good to say about this book.

I have personally met Andy Andrews and had the privilege to hear him speak twice in my church.  With this experience, I know that Andy claims to be a Christian and he has written this book under what I thought was a Christian Publisher.  However, the entire point of the story of this book is entirely contrary to Scripture and anything that h should believe as a Christian.  I will say that the supposed “fix” for humanity is not bad advice, but anyone that claims to follow Jesus should should know that the one thing everyone on earth needs to do to be saved is to Trust Jesus.  I am very disappointed that Andy wrote this book.  Also with the visit of a Biblical Character to the story, you would think that he could get that story correct.

What a waste of a great story and the effort of getting accurate details for some obscure historical people to end with a very humanist, self-actualization moral to the story.  Don’t waste your time with this one.  If I had not felt obligated to finish the book before writing the review, I would not have.  Worse is I was hoping to give this to my Mother-in-law for her birthday and now I have to buy her a present.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: Soulprint

I was given a free copy of “SoulPrint” by Mark Batterson for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.  Here is that review:

In a world full of books about how to have a better, more fulfilling life, Soulprint is finally a bit different.  Mark Batterson lays out how to have a better life, but does so by using Scripture and calling us to live the life God has for us to find true fulfillment.  There is more here than reminding us that God, “knows the plans He has for you,” but he takes the life of David to show how even when we stumble, God still has a “best” for us.

Though initially I was not excited about another “christian self-help” book SoulPrint was not just another book.  I was challenged throughout the book, to not just accept things but to view life through a biblical lens and find how God was crafting me for His glory and purpose.  I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is not quite perfect yet.  It will not simply make you happy or feel better about yourself, but will help you evaluate your life through a new set of glasses.

Book Review: Radical

I was given a free copy of “Radical” by David Platt for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.  Here is that review:

First off, I will say that this was a VERY hard book to read and took me quite a while to get through.  I would recommend that you do not read it yourself.  Why?  because David Platt uses the Bible to expose how we as the normal American Christian fall very short of actually living the life that Jesus calls us to.  Even though he writes with the intention of encouraging us to change and get on a correct path, I had to take breaks between chapters to go through feelings of guilt and embarrassment at being such a slob of a believer.

Everything said in the book is based on Scripture and Platt does a great job of teaching the Bible and not going off in crazy directions with one or two verses.  If more of us wold live according to the words in this book (which ironically would be quite similar to living like the Bible tells us to) the world would not be able to handle the outpouring of God’s Spirit to change the lives of men and women.

Hopefully, you are a better person than me and can read this book without the guilt, but with a drive to fully embrace the Gospel as a lifestyle and live like Jesus.