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You are God’s Masterpiece

Posted by Emma on July 19, 2013 | Filed under: Books,Christianity

“If you’re in Christ, it doesn’t matter how you feel about yourself. Even if you think, ‘I’m not that good,’ or ‘I’m not that talented,’ you need to understand this: You’ve been made new. You’ve been remade. You are God’s masterpiece.” Craig Groeschel.

You are God’s masterpiece. In his book Altar Ego, Craig Groeschel reveals that truth and challenges you to walk in the identity you have in Christ. This book is split into three sections. The first helps you see who you are in Christ and how to walk in that truth. The second focuses on living out character qualities that Christians should have, and the third address the boldness we can have because we are a new person in Christ.

As I read Altar Ego, I was really challenge to change my mindset and how I think about myself. To think of myself according to what Jesus says and not what I’ve grown up thinking and the world around me says. Craig Grosechel says that “God gave you that new name, and you will grow into it.” He makes the point that we should focus on what we are becoming, not what we were or are. When we realize the fulness of who we are in Christ, we can live with boldness. That is the other part of the book that really challenged me, to live with boldness, act with boldness, and pray with boldness.

Altar Ego is a good challenge and reminder to every Christian. It is definitely worth reading with an open heart. As you read it, let God speak through the words to draw you closer to Himself and show you who He intends for you to be.

 

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.”

Review of Christmas Stories by Max Lucado

Posted by Emma on April 3, 2013 | Filed under: Books

_140_245_Book.748.coverWho says Christmas stories have to be just for Christmas? This delightful collection of Christmas Stories by Max Lucado is a great read for all year long. There are stories in this collection for all ages and also inspiring pieces that really make you think about the true meaning of Christmas. Max Lucado’s imaginative view of how different people and angels might have view the Nativity really help bring it to life.

I greatly enjoyed reading the stories in this book. They helped me to have a deeper understanding of what it meant for Jesus to come to earth as a baby and how much He gave up for me. They also reminded me that everything about Christmas should be about Jesus and that He still does miracles today. We just need to be open to accepting them. That is one of the lessons in the first story in the book, The Christmas Candle, which was probably my favorite story. I would definitely recommend this book as a great family read during the Christmas season to help your focus be in the right place. A few of the stories recount what the angels might have thought or done, while these can be insightful in seeing the story from a different light I would use caution when reading them to a young child, since you do not want the child to think they are truth like the Bible is true. However, most the stories in this book would be great for a child and help them understand that Christmas is about more than gifts, trees, lights, and Santa. I also would not limit the reading of this book to December. I think it would be great to read a story from it every month to remind yourself of how much Jesus gave up to come to earth as a baby. No sacrifice we can make is could match what He sacrificed coming to earth. That is the message I was really left with after reading this wonderful collection of Christmas stories.

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.”

Inspirational All The Way

Posted by Emma on January 17, 2013 | Filed under: Books

Rudy_my_Story.cover“The moral of the Rudy story is that anyone with a dream can make that dream a reality–as long as they’re willing to put in the hard work and heart it takes to get there.” Daniel Rudy Ruettiger

That is the truth about the Rudy story. In his autobiography, Rudy My Story, Daniel Ruettiger shares the story behind the film Rudy, he discusses the making of the movie and his life after the movie. From beginning to end, the book is full of inspiration. It inspires you to go live your dream, do whatever it takes, overcome every obstacle, and succeed. That is just what Rudy did. He is an ordinary guy, all of us can relate to him. But he had perseverance and drive. In this book, He shares how any of us can do what he did if we have some perseverance and look to God. He also shares about the mistakes he made along they way. Rudy is a real guy with real struggles just like us.

The story of Rudy is captivating, I could hardly put the book down. It fires you up and makes you want to go out there and accomplish your dreams. Many times while reading it, I found myself thinking about my own dreams and ways that I could accomplish them. I have made mistakes regarding them in the past but as he says, “The difference between those who reach their dreams and those who don’t may just be a willingness to look at those mistakes and at all life’s obstacles from a new perspective.” Perseverance and a new perspective will carry me to my dream and I am going to keep Rudy My Story next to me for inspiration along the way.

 

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.”

Great Day Every Day by Max Lucado

Posted by Emma on April 18, 2012 | Filed under: Books,Christianity,Perspective

Some days are just amazing. Others are dismal failures. Wouldn’t it be nice to have great days every day of the week? In this book, Max Lucado explores concepts and ideas that can help us have a great day every day. Every day should have the chance to be great. Oftentimes what the day ends up being is base on our perspective. Max Lucado starts where we should start everyday, focused on God, His love, and forgiveness. From there, he goes on to talk about leaving our days in God’s hands and trusting Him with the events that happen. Finally, he talks about accepting what God has for us and making it great.

This book really showed me how your perspective effects the events in your life. It was also a very good reminder about surrendering our days to God and living with joy in what He gives us. As we focus on God and looking for what He has for us each day, the petty problems start disappearing and we see the love God shows to us. Perhaps the most challenging thing for me was to give every day a chance. Each day is a new day, without the mistakes of the previous day. Let that day live itself out and when something wrong happens, do not let it get you down. Stand up, smile and move on.

Great Day Every Day is definitely a good book to read. If you apply the principles in it, you will have a better day, draw closer to God, and be filled with joy.

You have talent? So what?

Posted by Emma on November 3, 2011 | Filed under: Books

Everyone has talent, at least we like to think so. But if everyone has talent then why do only a few people really make it? In his book Beyond Talent, John C. Maxwell presents thirteen basic principles that can help anyone take their talent and do something with it.

These principles are easy, anyone can live by them. They are also the key to developing your talent and going somewhere with it.

I have always liked to think that I had talent, but never seemed to be exceptional at anything. In Beyond Talent John Maxwell teaches that yes everyone does have talent, only a few may be exceptional, but you have talent. He tells us how you can go far with your talent, even if you are not exceptional. This book opened up my eyes to ways that I could make my talent count for something. John Maxwell showed me that it is better to become, as he puts it, a talent-plus person with average talent, than to be exceptionally talented but not have the character it takes to really succeed.

I would recommend this book to anyone who really wants to do something worthwhile in their lives. Internalizing these concepts and making them part of your life will help you go far. You have the talent. John C. Maxwell can teach you how to make that talent count.

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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.”

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