Monday, April 18, 2011

Max on Life - Max Lucado

Max On Life
Max on Life – by Max Lucado

Unlike the gift books or ‘topic’ books Max has written concerning mostly one subject, this book deals with numerous subjects.

Max Lucado has taken some of the questions he has been asked in his thirty year ministry as husband, father, author and pastor and compiled them in this book. The book has 7 chapters dealing with life from the first chapter on ‘Hope’, to the last chapter ‘Hereafter’.  The 171 questions he answers in this book are from all walks of life, some he has written about in other of his books, some are addressed for the first time here.  Though the questions might be difficult ones, Max has kept the answers concise, not much more than one page to a question.

I appreciate the Topical Index and the Scripture Index in the back of the book which direct the reader to the item of choice. If i was wanting to become an author, the addition at the end of the book ‘The Write Stuff’ would be invaluable as a source of information.

Those who have enjoyed Max Lucado’s past publications will want to add this one to their library. His answers are timeless...and may help you to answer your own questions or those asked of you.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publisher through Booksneeze for the purpose of reviewing it. A positive evaluation was not required. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Final Summit - Andy Andrews

To be perfectly honest with my review, i would have to admit that i would never have picked Andy Andrews’ book “The Final Summit” off of the shelf, even if i had seen it there.  It looks like a motivational book, and that is what it is listed as on the back – Self-help, motivational, general. Not my type of book at all. And it is a motivational book. I believe it is actually a sequel to “The Travelers’ Gift”, but it is can easily be read on it’s own.

Having said that, i must admit, as well, that i will be looking for more of Andrews’ books. 

The story starts off with the concern of a few of David Ponder’s ‘friends’, and quickly aroused my curiosity.  It goes on to describe in vivid detail the summit and its attendees.  I checked a few times to see if i was reading a motivational book because it reads like a thriller! According to Andrews  in the author’s  note the background on the historical figures is totally correct, which does add to the book

Suspense, intrigue, inspiration, and enlightenment are all woven into a delightful story that will have far reaching effects.  I would recommend this to anyone over the age of 18.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Life Without Limits - Nick Vujicic

 Born withou arms or legs, Nick Vujicic overcame his disability to live an independent, rich fulfilling life, becoming a model for anyone seeking true happiness. Now an internationally successful motivational speaker, Nick spreads his central messag: the most important goal for anyone is to find their life's purpose despite whatever difficulties or seemingly impossible odds stand in their way.

My Review.

I found this book to be well written and the topics clear. Reading Nick's story should inspire us all to do more than we are doing. I really thought that by bringing in his experiences - both personal and those of others enriched his writing and put more emphasis on it.

From 'If You Can't Get a Miracle, Be One'  (the first chapter after the introduction to Nick), to 'Make Giving Your Mission' (chapter 12) the main theme of the book seemed to me to be that with God all things are possible to those that believe. However, Nick has experienced being at the bottom, has been bullied, and found his way to a life of faith. No matter the circumstances, Nick points the way to living a 'ridiculously good life'.

At the end of the book, Nick has also included a resources section which is very helpful if you want to take advantage of those. A very motivational book.

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Unsinkable - by Abby Sunderland and Lynn Vincent

The Unsinkable is an incredible story of 16-year old Abby Sunderland’s journey by boat from California. It is almost inconceivable to think that a 16 year old in today’s world would have the dream, stamina and courage to try to sail around the world by herself! Though her critics were numerous, and her supporters few she forged ahead.  The years she spent growing up with her family on a boat cruising the Mexican coast was definitely the training ground for the adventure.

I appreciated the way the book is written...from Abby’s point of view, a narrator and the rescuers.  The use of three different icons to show the change in speaker or location is a great way to keep track of whose viewpoint it is, and this is noted in the author’s note at the beginning of the story. I am not accustomed or acquainted with boats or sailors or the ocean, but the way the story unfolded was realistic and easy to follow. Not only does this show the courage of Abby, but of her parents, brother and those involved in the journey.

Unsinkable seems to be a good title, and both ‘Wild Eyes’ (the boat) and Abby appear to be unsinkable.

I think this book will interest the teenage reader as well as adults. I highly recommend this book to all my friends and family!

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