Real Change by Andrew Nicholls and Helen Thorne; Edited by David Powlison

real-change-thumbnail__61359.1544123494Changing one’s behaviors and attitudes is not easy. Add to this commands in the Bible to not be angry, think of godly things, love your neighbor, etc. could make a person feel bogged down and dejected.

Realizing that change takes effort Real Change was printed to help foster conversations to grow individuals and change them for God. While this book reads more like a discussion guide it is nonetheless a great resource in small groups to discuss how to change Biblically.

It is not long but the content is rich and should provide plenty of discussion material throughout its usage.

*I received a review copy and my opinions are my own.


The Bullying Breakthrough by Jonathan McKee

9781683226888__21707.1541444590Bullying has become a new, hot topic for the American society. Too many have suffered at the hands of someone else all in the name of fun or, sadly, intent to injure. In his book, The Bullying Breakthrough, Jonathan McKee uses his own life as the foundation on how to address bullying and how to nurture those who have been bullied.

Starting with his own life and his being bullied, McKee develops his book on how to comfort those who have been bullied, signs to identify those who are being bullied, and how to combat the uprise in cyberbullying.

It is the information on cyberbullying that is quite helpful as cyberbullying attacks the emotional and psyche of a person. In addition, our smartphones allow connectivity almost without end and this allows for cyberbullying to take place anytime of day, at any location, and potentially anyone. McKee does well to arm those who are taking a stand against cyberbullying without completely detaching from the electronic devices altogether.

While it is sad that such things happen, this book will be an excellent guide for those for whom cyberbullying has attacked.

*I received a review copy of this book and am under no obligation to give a positive review.

Mastering Adulthood by Dr. Lara Fielding

This bookMastering-Adulthood-Cover is a training guide of sorts targeting the millennials on how to interact with life and the responsibilities of adulthood. I must admit that it saddens me that such a book need to be written as I would hope that there would already have been training on how to handle life and the adventures life brings.

It is a testament to our society that guidance and mentorship are lacking so that a generation has no resources on how to handle difficult situations outside of whining and complaining. Thus, while this book is a nice resource and is written with a younger generation in mind it is also a scathing rebuke to the previous generation of failure to bestow wisdom on how to live life.

*I received a review copy in exchange for my honest review.

The Brave Art of Motherhood by Rachel Marie Martin

motherhoodPerhaps the greatest role the world has ever seen is a mother. While it is often overlooked, or not appreciated as much as it should be, motherhood requires tenacity and strength to raise the next generation.

Rachel Marie Martin knows this well and her book The Brave Art of Motherhood encourages mothers to stand strong when the days are hard and to enjoy the moments when the days are miraculous.

I have a unique perspective on this as I am a father but my current situation as student also means that I am a stay-at-home father. This role has made me appreciate all the tasks, but also those special moments, that a mother experiences in the raising of children. I found this book to really open my eyes on how a mother struggles to keep her mind but also share it to her children. Mothers really are a special group of people and I wish more would see them for the wondrous benefit they are.

*I received a review copy of this book and was not under any obligation to post a positive review.

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.

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.