Archive for April, 2010

If I Could Ask God Anything by Kathryn Slattery

April 20, 2010

I read this book for Booksneeze. 

The subtitle of this book is “Awesome Bible Answers for Curious Kids”.  But I think adults without a lot of Bible knowledge would also benefit from this book.  The author covers multiple questions under 11 topics.  The topics of greatest importance, I feel, are God, Jesus,  Holy Spirit, The Bible, Christianity, Prayer, The Church. But she also includes Christian seasons and holidays and explains how each holiday got started. Two great topics are Being a Christian Here and Now and Being a Christian forever and ever.

I think the author did a great job answering the questions. Each question is answered in one page. I think one question needed to be explained in fuller detail.  “Why did Jesus have to die?” She explained who killed Jesus and why but didn’t really explain that He gave His life freely and His death was apart of God’s plan for our salvation. But she did answer this in other questions.

Some of her other questions she answered were,” What do I have to do to get God to love me?”  ” Did Jesus live on earth before or after Dinosaurs?”  & “What is the second coming of Christ?”

People that are well versed in the Bible might find how the different holidays were started interesting reading.

I think the author did a great job writing this book. She answered just about every question you can think of.  Her answers are easy to understand. I would highly recommend this book.

Essentials For Life by Marcia Ford

April 1, 2010

I read this book for BookSneeze.  The subtitle for this book is “Your Back -to-Basics Guide to What Matter Most.” I think it would especially make a great gift to a new christian.  But I feel we could all benefit by being reminded what the “basics” are and to see if our lives line up.

This book is divided into 50 short chapters such as “Learn to Forgive”, “Believe What the Bible Says”, “Clarify What Faith Is” &” Pursue a Life of Holiness”.  Each chapter has wonderful insight and scripture to back it up.  It also has some quotes from great christian leaders.  At the end of each chapter it has a great summary page with applications to apply to your life.  I read this book through in a couple of days but I am going to go back and meditate on a chapter at a time.  I think this is what the author intented for this book. It would make a great daily devotional.

I think the last chapter was the most encouraging to me. The title is,”Live Intentionally” and I quote, ” Scottish theologian Carl Bard once made this observation: ‘ Though no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending.’  “You can do that – you really can.  Start from now. Start living with purpose. Start living in the present – intentionally. And make a brand- new ending for yourself.”

I think this is a great book. There were only a couple of small things that I disagreed with but nothing major. I would highly recommend this book.