A CAST, is much better with an Autograph, from Mickey Mouse by Jim Fields on EyeEm

A CAST, is much better with an Autograph, from Mickey Mouse by Jim Fields on EyeEm

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A Review of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

Nabeel Qureshi penned Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus to chronicle his life as a Muslim and his conversion to Christianity. In so doing he gave us a great key to better understanding Islam as well as a call to evaluate our own religious beliefs.

Mr. Qureshi spends the first several chapters chronicling his childhood and his parents’ efforts to raise an upstanding, committed Muslim son. This material isn’t all that exciting but important, and he keeps these chapters short and lively. He provides perspectives into Islam I had not expected, ways in in which his religious upbringing mirrors my own.

For me personally that’s one of the greatest contributions of this book: putting a human face to Islam. Not from someone half a world away fighting on behalf of some sect I only know about from the news but from a guy who had trouble fitting in as he grew up here in America with similar challenges to successfully living his faith. And Mr. Qureshi also describes accounts of challenging Christians, nominal and committed alike, in attempts to show the superiority of Islam over Christianity, and I hope this challenges every reader to know why he or she believes as they do.

I recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand Islam and/or Christianity better, how they are similar, and how they differ. I pray you don’t come away the same.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Spring Tree Blooms at Hartwell by Jim Fields on EyeEm

Spring Tree Blooms at Hartwell by Jim Fields on EyeEm

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Book Review: Love & Respect in the Family

Love and Respect Ministries says this about Dr. Emerson Eggerichs’ Love & Respect in the Family: “Psychological studies affirm what the Bible has always said: children need the love that God tells us to give them (Titus 2:4). And parents desire the respect that Scripture plainly says is our due (Exodus 20:12). Love & Respect in the Family gives practical guidance to help break the Crazy Cycle of family conflict and replace it with a healthy, energizing rhythm. Based on what the Bible says to parents on parenting, this book focuses on achieving healthy family dynamics.”

I highly recommend this book! While I acknowledge my own personal bias I believe this book could be an excellent tool for families of all ages and stages; I see the value of Dr. Eggerichs analysis and recommendations as much in my relationship with my own often-headstrong preteen daughter as I do with my grandma and her children and grandchildren.

I can honestly say about this book the best thing, in my opinion, anyone can say about any book: it changed me for the better. While Dr. Eggerichs isn’t always 100% spot on (the constant clips of Bible verses sometimes feel stretched) I believe readers who open their minds and hearts to his message will be able to better reflect God’s love and plan in their families. If you find you don’t need this book at all—even for encouragement—I’d love to read your book on families.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Happy last chemo to you! Happy last chemo to you! Happy last chemo, dear Christine! Happy last CHEMO  to you! at Oncology Hematology Care by Jim Fields on EyeEm

Happy last chemo to you! Happy last chemo to you! Happy last chemo, dear Christine! Happy last CHEMO to you! at Oncology Hematology Care by Jim Fields on EyeEm

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Our Christmas Tree is finally up! I love that most of our Christmas Ornaments have a story to tell. at Hartwell by Jim Fields on EyeEm

Our Christmas Tree is finally up! I love that most of our Christmas Ornaments have a story to tell. at Hartwell by Jim Fields on EyeEm

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A Review of N. D. Wilson’s Death by Living

N. D. Wilson wrote Death by Living to remind each of us that to truly live we must recognize that we are dying. The subtitle is “Life is meant to be spent,” and the tagline describes this as a “poetic portrait of faith, futility, and the joy of this mortal life.” (Poetic indeed.)

The crux of his message comes buried in Chapter 2: “If you think it, live it. If you don’t live it, you don’t really think it. You are not what you think (or what you think you think). You are not what you say you are. You are what you do.” Talk is cheap, and actions speak louder than words.

I struggled to get through this book: I prefer books to be linear and organized, and Mr. Wilson seems to prefer the exact opposite. I enjoyed some of his phrasing as he recalled the tales of his grandparents, and for me his choice of stories seemed to match his intended goal. (He wrote in Chapter 2 that “stories are soul food” and nourish us as much as the physical food we eat.) But in the end I was left confused and had to struggle to make sense of the work as a whole. Were I to edit a digest of this I could easily reduce the book to a fraction of its size and still communicate his message.

If you’re interested in spending time indulging in a poetic, very non-linear book encouraging you to make the most of your life, this is the book for you. Otherwise, skip this book for something better. After all life is too short to waste on rambling, incoherent treatises.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Jameson, a faithful friend Doggy Love Cincinnati Cancer Sucks at Hartwell by Jim Fields on EyeEm

Jameson, a faithful friend Doggy Love Cincinnati Cancer Sucks at Hartwell by Jim Fields on EyeEm

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Jim’s Fields of Observation turned 5 today! Where has the time gone?

Jim’s Fields of Observation turned 5 today! Where has the time gone?

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Moonlight in Cincinnati at Hartwell by Jim Fields on EyeEm

Moonlight in Cincinnati at Hartwell by Jim Fields on EyeEm

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