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When God Made Light

When God Made Light, written Matthew Paul Turner and illustrated by David Catrow, is in the same appealing format as When God Made You by the same authors. This book contains delightful illustrations coupled with lyrical verse revealing that God made light that… Continue Reading →

How healing works

How Healing Works: Get Well and Stay Well Using Your Hidden Power to Heal by Wayne Jonas M.D. challenges the efficacy of our current health care system by advocating a holistic approach to healing. Dr. Jonas is a family physician, an… Continue Reading →

Open to the Spirit

Open to the Spirit by Scot McKnight chronicles his journey from the anti-charismatic movement to the importance of the Holy Spirit in living the Christian life. He presents the theological and personal struggles he encountered as he became open to the… Continue Reading →

Counterclockwise

Over the holidays I read Counterclockwise by Ellen Langer. Her study reveals how our beliefs and expectations have a profound impact on our emotional and physical health. As we grow older, our physical limitations are often determined by the way we think… Continue Reading →

The Satisfied Soul

The Satisfied Soul: Showing the Supremacy of God in All of Life by John Piper is a clarion call to put God first in all areas of your life. This book is comprised of 120 random meditations revealing the supremacy… Continue Reading →

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles explores the secrets of the world’s Blue Zones. A Blue Zone is an anthropological concept that describes the characteristic lifestyles of the world’s longest… Continue Reading →

The Unmerciful Thief

The Unmerciful Thief by Mary Causey is a powerful story as Mary chronicles the story of her son’s battle with addiction. This book views addiction through the eyes of a loving parent. Mary shares the heartache of a parent who… Continue Reading →

How to Think

How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds by Alan Jacobs challenges us to consider our thoughts as he reveals some of the habits we’ve acquired that lead to misunderstandings. He presents Susan Harding’s essay “Representing Fundamentalism:… Continue Reading →

Never Settle For Normal

Never Settle For Normal: The Proven Path to Significance and Happiness by Jonathan Parnell challenges the reader not to settle for a normal life but to experience a life of significance and happiness. I liked the emphasis of the book; however,… Continue Reading →

The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story

The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story by Marie Kondo and illustrated by Yuko Uramoto is a graphic depiction of Kondo’s principles of how to get clutter under control. The story presents the fictional story of Chiaki, a young woman who struggles… Continue Reading →

Whisper

Mark Batterson’s book, Whisper, gives practical advice on how to hear the voice of God. He illustrates the importance  and necessity of hearing from God. We often invest time treating the symptoms while we’re ignoring the cause. Batterson asserts the… Continue Reading →

Where is your true home?

This past week I watched as my good friend slowly left this life to enter the presence of Jesus. It’s never easy as we say good-by to a dear friend. I read these comforting words of Jesus as He spoke… Continue Reading →

Eat, Move, Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes

Eat, Move, Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes by Tom Rath reveals what he learned after he received devastating news as a teenager. Here is his story, At age 16, I was playing basketball with friends when I… Continue Reading →

Positive Discipline Tools for Teachers

Positive Discipline Tools for Teachers by Jane Nelsen and Kelly Gfroerer provides teachers the resources for effective classroom management. Their approach is based on the teachings of Rudolph Dreikurs who was influenced by the psychology of Alfred Adler. The five criteria they… Continue Reading →

How we love

How We Love: Discover Your Love Style, Enhance Your Marriage by Milan and Kay Yerkovich applies attachment theory to the relational problems that married couples may experience. The authors move past the presenting problems and explore the root causes of those symptoms…. Continue Reading →

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