Friday, January 18, 2013

A Review of Kingdom Man by Dr. Tony Evans

"Kingdom Man" is an essential tool that every man needs in his tool box. This book will help guide any man on the road to fulfilling his calling and purpose for life. The three parts of this book (formation, foundation, and function of a kingdom man) are biblically rooted and accurately applied to life. In a day and age when so many men are roaming around life aimlessly, this book helps plant their feet on a firm foundation. In "Kingdom Man," every man will undoubtedly discover what God requires of him, why God requires it, and how aligning himself with God is a win-win situation for all of humanity.

Dr. Evans unapologetically states that men not being kingdom men is the source of the problems plaguing our families, churches, communities, nation, and world at large. The nice thing about this book is Dr. Evans doesn't just say we have a problem, but explains the solutions to the problem and gives advice on go about resolving the problem. This book has been written very well, to the point where it can be read by men on many different levels. One of the major draw backs to this book is the plethora of sports illustrations, especially football. I know Dr. Evans loves football, but not all men do. The illustrations are good and purposeful since they get the points across. But overuse of them will initially confuse the reader into thinking maybe this book is not for them and just for men who either play football or love it. This point seems to be further emphasized by the book endorsements found on the book jacket and inside the book. But if one can hold on for the ride and overlook this flaw, they will be in for a great read. And the good news is part three of the book is the best part of the book and is mostly absent of any sports illustrations.

I highly recommend this book for personal growth, discipleship, men's ministry, small groups, and even as a guide for preaching on passages of Scripture dealing with manhood or the role of husbands. I personally think this book is a resource every pastor should share with men aspiring to pastor, fathers to share with their sons, and older men to share with younger men. Dr. Evans offers some great biblical insights and principles in "Kingdom Man," that if followed and pursued can only bring about great things for the family, church, community, nation, world, and the kingdom of God.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Review of Surviving Your Serengeti by Stefan Swanepoel

Surviving Your Serengeti is a simple book; which is good. It is an easy read, simple words, and easy concepts; all in all an easy read. This book chronicles a fictitious American couple in the midst of numerous, but not uncommon, life struggles and transitions; and their life-changing trip to the Serengeti in Africa. Their three day journey proves eye-opening as they meet an unexpected old friend who is now one with the Serengeti. This friend, Zachariah, leads this couple through the Serengeti step by step while introducing them to seven amazing animals which all possess different life skills which all can glean from. This book while interesting in concept is a bit contrived, and has no natural flow to it, fiction or not. It reads a bit like an over-scripted play with bad actors. If you are interested in knowing some cool facts about some native African animals and also enjoy a cool looking book jacket, this book is a good bet. But other than that I say,  "pass". 

To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, April 11, 2011

A Review of Max Lucado's Hermie & Friends

     This video proves that bugs have a lot more to do than invade picnics, houses, and bite unsuspecting children. The little bugs in this collection of dvd's deal with bickering, fighting, naughty behavior, and lack of praying. On the out set, I must say that the video is quality, has vibrant colors, and cute voices. However, the content is not very good. It seems like the lessons are a bit forced, and not natural to the story line. Also, I know it is trying to prove a point, but I really don't want to show my children bickering on a regular basis. They thus far don't have that problem, and I don't want it modeled to them constantly. All that to say is, I don't quite know what is missing with so many of these Christian dvd's today. I guess everyone can't be veggie tales. All in all I would not say don't borrow it from a friend to see if it is for you, but I would say, don't buy it quite yet.
A Bug Collection DVD Vol 3

To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, February 21, 2011

A Review of Paws and Tales: God Cares for You

Ever wonder what those furry forest animals do when us humans aren't looking. Well, pop some popcorn, and put it Paws and Tales: God Cares for You.  And that is just what we did (my 3 year-old and I). I must say, I have never heard of or seen Paws and Tales, so I came to the table, or couch rather, with no expectations. At first glance I must say the animation is a bit distracting, in that the characters do not move very life-like, it is quite robotic. But, I said who cares and continued to watch with an open mind. The dvd has two main episodes and then songs in between. The songs were nice and catchy, but I felt like I needed to watch the dvd again. As I watched a 2nd time I realized the story was a bit choppy and seemed to just throw God in instead of the principles being weaved seamlessly through it. But at the end of the day what really matters is my child's reaction and receptivity to it. My 3 year old seemed to enjoy the fact that there was something new to watch, but soon the novelty wore off and he never requested the dvd again. He is only 3, so the fact that he did not seem to glean much from the video may be due to age. I  honestly would not recommend the dvd. It is not bad but it is not good. To discover more about paws and tales take a trip to

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To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this dvd to review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Friday, February 11, 2011

A Review of Love & Respect

The greatest team that ever was created, existed, and victorious can't be found playing on ESPN. It can be in your very own house. This team can be your marriage. Unfortunately, so many people, including Christians will never know this joy. In the Book "Love & Respect" by Dr. Eggerichs, we are introudced to the playbook of married life. This book will not save your marriage, but does give you access to the many tools God has given to us, in order to bless each other in marriage. Know that you must come to this book with an open heart to receive all that is said here. And also know that not every page will fit your exact feeling or perceptions, and that is ok. We are not generic and cannot all be pegged into one book. But this book offers valuable insight into the way God wants our marriage to honor Him. And truly that is was marriage is about. Showing this dead world, the beautiful picture He has in store for them, if they would believe and repent. Go get this book, and enjoy the rewards of implementing this new knowledge.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Review of Precious Moments Storybook Bible

There comes a time in every parents' life, when they begin to think seriously about what influences they allow into their children's brains. From friends to tv to books. It is quite an overwhelming crossroads, but take heart, you can exhale and allow your child to completely devour this book. Precious Moments Storybook Bible is such a breath of fresh air in its accuracy, clarity, and attention to key principles. It is also gender neutral, not only, as most may think only appealing to little girls. Although my 3 year cannot read yet. He requests this book over and over in the day even outside of our morning bible time. Although the pictures of Jesus are not historically accurate. It does have an array of different color children, which is nice. I must say, you and your little one will be missing out if this is not in the regular rotation of bible time.

To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Review of The Treasure of God's Word

Hmmm.. how do I put this? This book is a good  book if, and only if you allow your expectations to fly away with the wind once you get past page 4. However there is additional information about the King James translation sprinkled about, but not much.  First let me start by saying, this is a gorgeous book. It is a deep burgundy hardback leather bound book with embossing on the cover. It also is dawned with beautiful type that is a deep gold. Each page is slick, but not the cheap slick, but the nice slick. The kind of page you stare at a minute or so before you even let your eyes digest the text before you. This is indeed a beautiful book. However, It is a book that in 3 pages or so, gives a brief, and I mean brief history of the King James Translation of the bible, and then goes on for 160 pages or so with short chapters that are only scripture references packed together under different subject titles. It this a bad thing? No. But it is an unexpected thing. If you are looking for an in depth celebratory book about the King James translation, this book is not it. But if you are looking for a book that is splendid in its beauty, a great gift, and a good topical reference or lose bible study guide, this is the book for you. All in all I say buy this book, it is good eye candy, and the bible deserves some beauty added to its words. So go ahead, and digest this book. You will not regret it.

To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. The opinions expressed here are my own.