Saturday, January 14, 2017

Book Review: Nothing to Prove

As I read this book, I kept my eye out for a quote to share. Unfortunately, I ended up wanting to quote most of the book, so here I have a book review without a quote.

The first part of the book is called "Our desert of striving," and author Jennie Allen talks about how we continually strive to be "enough." The sad truth though is that we CANNOT achieve the things we pursue. We are not enough, nor can we be.

This would be a hopeless situation, but for God... The second part of the book is called "God's streams of enoughness." Here are the chapter titles for this section:

No Longer Thirsty
No Longer Lonely
No Longer Tired
No Longer Passive
No Longer Afraid
No Longer Ashamed
No Longer Empty

/This book is an excellent read for anyone who is tired of the endless cycle of trying and failing, trying and failing. Our modern Christianity keeps telling us to WORK HARDER and if you're a good enough Christian God will give you the strength to "arrive." But there's a better way.

We don't have to try harder, We don't have to work to be enough. Christ is already enough for all that we need, and that's such a refreshing message for any season of our lives.

To learn more about the author, click HERE.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Book Review: Where Does Love Hide?

"Where does love hide? Behind the door until... I unpack groceries. Do whatever you can to help. Deuteronomy 22:3" 

Your children go through different rooms of the house, to the yard and to the park to discover where love hides in this colorful lift a flap book. My children modeled the book for me, some of them more enthusiastically than the others. 

I'm conflicted about this book. It's definitely bright and colorful, with pretty illustrations. I love the art! And the flaps are fun to lift to see what's underneath them. And the messages are good, with scripture references included. However, I found it to be a bit confusing. What do they mean by "Where does love hide"? The author tries to explain difficult concepts simply, but I'm not sure the question "where does love hide" explains the concepts very well. A child might think that love is hiding behind the door until I unpack groceries... then what, where does the love go when I unpack groceries? Is it gone? The wording is just confusing to me. But overall it's a fun book with a good message. 

To learn more about the author, click HERE

I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers for this review.