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15 11, 2012

Review: Declutter Now! by Sherry & Lindon Gerais

By | November 15th, 2012|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , |3 Comments

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Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

If you have something in common with the hoarders on television, but desperately want to change your life, you have come to the right place.

I am a hoarder…

Authors of Declutter Now!, Sherry and Lindon Gerais, are a couple who realized that their lives were tainted by clutter. And whose isn’t? The idea for the book came when the Gareis’ thought of how to declutter their lives and fulfill God’s plan and calling at the same time. If followed, their advice will set the readers on the right path spiritually and help them get their houses clean at the same time. Of course, admitting that one has a problem is half the battle.

Declutter Now! begins with explaining how much freedom decluttering will give us in our daily lives. Each relevant chapter begins with a biblical quote,

30 10, 2012

Review: Practicing the Presence of Jesus by Wally Armstrong

By | October 30th, 2012|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , |2 Comments

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Reviewed by Darin Godby

Practicing the Presence of Jesus is a very practical book that many believers will find helpful in their journey of faith. Author Wally Armstrong tells of how he spent most of his Christian life trying to always achieve or become the person that he felt God and/or others would want him to become. While he practiced and worked tirelessly on his golf game, constantly improving his abilities there, he didn’t understand that a relationship with Jesus must be something that is developed on a personal level, not just by following a set of rules and regulations.

One day things took a change for the better when he saw Jesus on the golf course. Now you will have to read the book to better understand this, but one nugget of insight is that Wally began to see Jesus as

22 10, 2012

Blog Tour: What Must I Do To Be Saved? by James R. Anderson

By | October 22nd, 2012|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , |2 Comments

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Please welcome James R. Anderson, author of What Must I Do To Be Saved?, who is touring the blogosphere with Pump Up Your Book!

Reviewed by Darin Godby

Author James R. Anderson does a wonderful job of answering the question that is also the title of his book: “What Must I Do To Be SAVED?”. He uses scriptures from the New Testament, from Matthew to Revelation, to answer this question. He gives very detailed answers and does not leave a stone unturned.

What Must I Do To Be Saved? can be used as a casual read or, if the reader is so inclined, for a more detailed study into this question. This would also make for a good textbook in a Bible College or Seminary to help the students use scripture to interpret the question for themselves. Many times we

12 09, 2012

Blog Tour & Contest: Women in High Def by Diane Markins

By | September 12th, 2012|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , |12 Comments

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Please welcome Diane Markins who is touring the blogosphere with her book, Women in High Def

Read more about the book here and don’t forget to check out the “Going Boldly” contest below!

Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Women in High Def is a guide for anyone interested in developing a relationship with God through high definition living strategies and techniques. People often feel that they are not living their lives to the fullest and look for easy fixes for the problem; this book outlines ways to make one’s life more purposeful right now.

Women in High Def is broken down into chapters describing better ways to develop a healthy lifestyle, revel in humor, find “me time,” encourage friendships and supernatural intimacy, develop love and respect in relationships, and learn how to be a better you. The way to happiness is through finding

9 09, 2012

Review: Soul Detox by Craig Groeschel

By | September 9th, 2012|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , |2 Comments

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Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

We all lie to ourselves in little and big ways each and every day. Whether we are in full-fledged denial about how things really are or we want to hide from the truth just a tiny bit to feel better for now – Craig Groeschel makes the persuasive argument that we have to stop these practices today. By relating his wisdom and life advice on how to become better people overall and for Christians, suggestions for finding God’s grace in our lives, Soul Detox offers a guiding path away from hopelessness.

A friend once told me that you have to always be careful about how you talk to yourself – and I think this author would agree. It may be difficult to impossible to push away negative ideas and other people (who exhibit toxic attitudes) from our lives. But

23 08, 2012

Review: Who Is This Man? by John Ortberg

By | August 23rd, 2012|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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Reviewed by Darin Godby

John Ortberg does it again by writing a very rewarding and uplifting book. In Who Is This Man? John deals with who Jesus truly was as well as many of the events that surrounded His life. I feel that a very important statement found in the book was: “If someone’s legacy will outlast their life, it usually becomes apparent when they die.” Christians everywhere as well as many other faiths will declare that Jesus certainly has a legacy that has only grown with time. Jesus dealt with many of the issues that others wanted to avoid such as: marriage, divorce, women, slavery, loving one’s enemies, hypocrisy and so much more.

Who Is This Man? provides an opportunity for believers to search within their lives and see if what they believe is because of what Jesus declared and why

10 08, 2012

Review: My Big Bottom Blessing by Teasi Cannon

By | August 10th, 2012|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , |2 Comments

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Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

All women have one aspect of their bodies which they’d be happy to magically fix or have fixed for them. For Teasi Cannon, it is her derriere. She uses her faith in God, love of her family and her knowledge of her purpose in life to find self-acceptance and live a happier life. She believes that God will meet our needs, and if we allow this healing of our spirit, our lives will become meaningful and we can love ourselves and others in a genuine way.

So what does all of this have to do with our tushies (“tush” for people from the Midwest, “bum” for people living in New England, or “rear end” for everyone else)? My Big Bottom Blessing offers quizzes, guidelines, references and Biblical Scriptures to show us how to change our ways to be

20 07, 2012

Review: Love Works by Joel Manby

By | July 20th, 2012|Categories: Business & Investing, Christian Living, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Joel Manby is the president of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation (HFE), and the author of Love Works. He uncovered a new trend that companies can focus on today to make a more positive work environment for the employees. This new approach promotes love in the workplace along with Christianity and Christian values. The book discusses what a person can do to give organizational leaders an edge with the seven timeless principles developed by Manby which promote effective leadership.

Manby experienced an epiphany after taping a reality television show called Undercover Boss with CBS. In the program, Manby pretended to work as a new prospective employee among the real employees of his company. He learned how people’s attitudes about their jobs at his company affected their productivity and the attitudes of others.

By going undercover at his own company

7 04, 2012

Review: The Secret Life of a Fool by Andrew Palau

By | April 7th, 2012|Categories: Christian Living, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

The Secret Life of a Fool by Andrew Palau is a mix between a memoir and Christian living teaching. It may also be referred to as his testimony, or the story of what God has done in his life to bring him closer to the Lord and to help him to reach out towards others.

The experiences that Palau shares are not too different from what many face: being introduced to drugs and alcohol in high school, partying through much of college, and battling through his expectations for himself and disappointments in so many of his past and present decisions while climbing the corporate ladder.

The great difference between Andrew Palau and the rest of us who have gone through such experiences is the fact that not only was he raised in a strong Christian home, but he is

20 12, 2011

Review: Stories Behind the Greatest Hits of Christmas by Ace Collins

By | December 20th, 2011|Categories: Arts & Literature, Christian Living, Entertainment, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , |2 Comments

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Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

I am a huge fan of Ace Collins books! He has quite a few focusing on Christmas, and specifically the stories behind some of our favorite aspects of this wonderful Holiday season. His most recent book, Stories Behind the Greatest Hits of Christmas, lists off America’s favorite Christmas songs (think Casey Kasem’s countdown, for those of us who are old enough to remember, focusing on Christmas music), the story behind what made that song a “hit,” as well as the story behind how the song was originally created.

Stories Behind the Greatest Hits of Christmas is similar to Ace Collins’ Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas (which I gave as a Christmas gift to a music loving friend a few years ago), however, it gives a bit more focus to how those songs came to weave