Enter the Ring by D.A. & Elicia Horton

978-1-63146-695-3Enter the Ring is a different book on marriage than some that I read in the past. This book approaches marriage as a fight in two ways: one in which the fight to be right commences and one in which couples should fight for their marriage. Being a married man I found this book a nice read to see that couples will have disagreements but to work out the differences because the marriage is worth it.

This book should be a recommended read for those who are about to marry or have been married recently. The information is real and raw and it will prove valuable to those who have the idea that marriage is 100% bliss and struggling is for those who are not “in love.”

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

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50 Life Lessons for Grads by Janet Holm McHenry

970460This little book would be a nice gift for graduates to use as a devotional or thought-provoking read. The 50 lessons are life lessons that are simple to learn but take a lifetime to master. Some of the topics speak on: money, relationships, faith, family, and destiny. While small in size, the lessons contained inside are larger than life.

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

KJV Minister’s Bible from Thomas Nelson

225_350_book-2529-coverThis Bible is designed for ministers in that it has the full edition of the Minister’s Manual from Thomas Nelson. This Manual has liturgical prayers, guides, and aids for ministers to use for various ministry activities. The Manual is placed between the two Testaments with a thumb index for ease of finding the Manual section.

Outside of this specialty, the Bible is a nicely bound KJV Bible with nice maps, a one-year Bible reading plan, and 30 Days with Jesus sheet. The maps are nicely colored and the reading plans are in an easy to read font.

Thus, this Bible would be a nice Bible to use for ministers who perform visitations of all types and for those who perform various ceremonies when called.

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

Being a Christian by Dr. Jason K. Allen

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Many people have an idea of what a Christian should be. There is a standard of what a Christian should do and not do. However, does this line up with what the Bible teaches? Also, should a Christian’s faith affect all areas of life?

In his book, Being a Christian: How Jesus Redeems All of Life, Dr. Jason K. Allen points out that Jesus came to redeem all areas of life for His glory. Areas such as family, work, church, time, money, and others. Rather than believe that Jesus came to solely give eternal life, Dr. Allen shows that Jesus came to give abundant life in all its facets.

The area that I really enjoyed was the area of the mind. Dr. Allen points out that there has been a shift towards the emotional aspects of Christianity but that the mind should not be ignored. Rather the mind should draw one closer to Christ in the heart which is an emotional response.

I really appreciated this as I often struggle to show emotion but am an avid reader and learner. I recognized the need to take it one step further and let me mind become redeemed and connect with my heart in my relationship with Jesus.

While the material in this book is not new, per se, the style of Dr. Allen has a connectivity that others may not have. Thus, this book should be a great resource for all those who use it and perhaps use it often.

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

Boundaries Updated and Expanded by Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend

225_350_book-2408-coverI remember reading Boundaries some time ago and wanted to know how much has changed in this new edition. The original was amazing and, being written 25 years ago, would still hope up in today’s word. Yet, things have changed and new mediums are being used. It is here that I want to focus and review the information presented for the digital age.

The digital age has brought about some challenges to the idea of boundaries. Prior to smartphones, the office work stayed at the office. Since the smartphone, work emails, calendars, and conversations can continue after someone leaves the office. This can create an environment where work never truly leaves someone.

In addition, technology has invaded our personal lives to the point that some feel stress and anxiety if a smartphone has been lost, even if a for a few minutes. I can even recall a time when I was stopped at a traffic light and noticed a car with four passengers looking down at their phones instead of engaging in conversation with each other.

Drs. Cloud and Townsend point out that intentional removal of these devices is needed to connect with someone in a non-digital manner. For this reason alone I recommend this book with the rest of the material being equally beneficial. Too much of time is being invaded and actions must be taken to claim a life back from the digital bog that threatens to drown a soul.

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

Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 By John Maxwell

225_350_book-2479-coverI am a dedicated reader of John Maxwell’s book. I try to get my hands on as much of his material as I can. So, when the opportunity to review his latest book arose, Developing the Leader Within You 2.0, I was excited. Plus, it was an update of a book that has had an impact on my life. I could not wait.

I was surprised to see how much of this book was Maxwell simply using material from other books that he has written in the last decade or so. If you have read anything from Maxwell during that time period then most of what is in this book will be a retelling of that material. While I am not disappointed, I was a bit let down as I was hoping for some new material.

That said, this book is a compiling of works Maxwell has written in the last 10 years and for those who are not familiar with Maxwell’s leadership knowledge this book is a great place to begin. For those who are familiar, it is a bit of the same old, same old.

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

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.