12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke

12-ways-your-phone-is-changing-you-ggynui1aSince the introduction of the smartphone the temptation of distraction is now in the hand of each person. No longer does one need to go to a theater, amusement park, sports arena, or even outside. All types of entertainments await with the simple tap of an app. With all these lures seemingly ever present a question is asked of Christianity: does the smartphone make us better Christians?

Tony Reinke has written a timely, relevant book on the smartphone and its affect on the attention span of its users. As a smartphone user to other smartphone users, Reinke seeks to show that the device in the hands is simply a tool. Whether this tool is used for good or harm is entirely up to the user.

I appreciated the viewpoints in this book in that Reinke is not saying the smartphone is evil but rather an instrument that can be used of God. Reinke uses both the positives and negatives to show that a proper understanding of the smartphone is needed to better one’s spiritual development. Once this is one, a person can develop a system on how to use the mobile device for the glory of God.

*I received a complimentary of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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The Potential Principle by Mark Sanborn

233_380_book-2354-coverIs there something that beats the best? There is…that which is better.

In his newest book, The Potential Principle, Mark Sanborn gives potent advice on how to get better at who you are, what you do, and the legacy you want to leave. By giving examples of successful people, Sanborn shows his readers that everyone can get better if they only take the time to do so.

He then shows how to get better at something. Whether it is reviewing what one has done to learn or surrounding one’s self with people better than they are, Sanborn lays out a proven path that those who practice it will see themselves getting better and better.

Having been an avid fan of Mark Sanborn for some time I really appreciated the practicality of this book and the ease of understanding the material. While this book will find itself in the business section it is more than that and I encourage everyone to take a look at this book. I believe it will be well worth it.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

 

The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn

TreasureGiving is not something that comes easily to a lot of people. Marketing in the United States seems to scream at us to accumulate as much as possible. Forget the welfare of another: you are on this planet for yourself. Jesus would say otherwise.

In his book, The Treasure Principle, Randy Alcorn gives ample evidence that giving is something that God not only wants but He also commands. It is in giving that we begin to see our selfish wants peel away and diminish. By letting go of our possessions we find joy in helping others and understand more of God’s character.

This book may be little in size but it is large in its message. I wish that more people would read this book and begin to give. The world needs it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

 

#Truth by Josh McDowell

truthJosh McDowell is a favorite author of mine.  I recall reading Right From Wrong and Truth Slayers through my high school years. When I became a youth pastor I used McDowell’s books to help me teach high schoolers in a way that related to them.

McDowell has taken his love of truth and youth and combined them into a devotional to strengthen his readers to know the truth. With devotions on truths for: the existence of God, God’s Word, God becoming human, and more, McDowell’s book will be a great resource for daily assurance that truth exists and it is to be found in God.

“I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.”

Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins

225_350_book-2292-coverThere is this understanding that most artists can’t make it in the real world. A few may make it big but most will scrap and claw to just survive. So goes this thought…until now. 

Jeff Goins, in his new book Real Artists Don’t Starve, blows away this false understanding that most artists will starve. They need to live in the real world and lose their creative bent. How many artists did not pursue a passion because they believed the lie that they could not survive? 

Jeff Goins uses example after example of artists who buck this false narrative of starving artists. For example, he uses the artist Michelangelo who, when research was done, was found out to have significant wealth. Yet many believed that he was poor throughout his life and some have even used him as an example of a struggling artist. 

Goins takes time to show how an artist can be successful and not fall prey to being eaten by lies and negativity. He quotes authors, tells stories, and gives anecdotal insight to give his readers the belief that they can make it as creative people. 

The information presented here is not new material. It is Goins writing style that present this information in an upbeat and constructive way that drives home the realization that creativity does not equate to scarcity. 

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray

SurrenderRarely do I come across a book that has such value that it impacts from the first few pages of reading. Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray is one of those books. The depth and richness of the challenges set forth by Murray are of such caliber that every Christian should read this book and could you benefit from making it a yearly habit.

Murray sets forth the premise that Christians are living life without the power and grace of God because they are not fully surrendered to him; absolutely surrendered is the term he borrows.

Starting with the example of King Ahab in I Kings 20, with particular attention to verse four, Murray shows the heart of absolute surrender. King Ahab is being attacked and his response to the demands of the invaders is “All that I have and all that I own are yours” (my paraphrase).

Murray challenges Christian to take this approach in their relationship with Jesus Christ. From this challenge, Murray then gives examples of the benefits and blessings of being absolutely surrendered to Christ and calls all Christians to seek such a life.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.