Thursday, October 18, 2012

Unstoppable by Nick Vujicic

This is a great inspirational read. I like how Nick uses his abilities to help inspire others to faith. His testimony is quite touching and I love the fact that he has come to a place of being very thankful that God made him the way He did. The main theme of this book is "faith in action".  It's used everywhere. What a great theme to have, sounds quite familiar to another book - James. He gives many excellent examples of people who have different degrees of pain and trials in their lives and how they have overcome through faith in Christ. It doesn't mean their pain or their trials go away, they just now have hope and a purpose. This is a very practical book that gives practical answers to sometimes difficult questions. He really reaches out to the reader to do something, like putting your faith into action. It's a no excuses book. We all have talents and abilities that God has given us, we are called to use them. Very good read.

I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my review.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Men of Sunday by Curtis Eichelberger

I love football so was intrigued to read how faith plays out in the NFL.  It's easy to read, has really good examples, and wasn't quite what I expected.  I admit I thought I'd read how Christianity made these guys great football players.  Definitely wasn't that.  It really focused on how coaches and players dealt with faith within the football environment.  It was broken down by chapters that dealt with various subjects and used faith examples within the chapter to illustrate.  I thought the stories were touching and not every story was about someone who was a born-again believer.  It was also interesting to read about some players that I didn't realize were Christians.  Definitely a good read!

I received this book free from in exchange for my review.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Sinner's Creed by Scott Stapp

I really enjoyed Scott Stapp's memoir. It was definitely revealing and from the heart. I was impressed with his writing. You can tell he is a poet and and his heart is in the writing. The environment he grew up in was quite terrible and its no wonder he was confused with who he was and who God really was. Having a father who beats you and puts himself in a position of him and God being one and the same would definitely cause some confusion in one's life. Scott sure has a firm knowledge of the Bible. He kept trying to reconcile the God He knew from the Bible and the God that was displayed through his step-father and Christian's he knew. I love that his song writing reflects his knowledge of the Scripture. I do find it interesting that their band took so much heat for being called a "Christian" band just because of some of his lyrics. It's so clear to me that his lyrics were filled with brokenness and searching. He is very candid about his struggles with addiction, depression and not being the Christian he knew he should be. This is a great read for anyone who has struggled with depression or feeling like you have to be perfect in order to please God. After reading this book, I had to get my old Creed music out! I'm glad to know the band is back!

I received this book free from Tyndale publisher in exchange for my review.