Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Counselor by A.W. Tozer REVIEW



The Counselor by A.W. Tozer is a book about the Holy Spirit. Tozer talks about the need for the Holy Spirit in our lives, the role in our lives, and how to be filled with the Spirit. He also explains what it really means to know Jesus, not just know about Him, and how so many churches today are lacking the presence of the Holy Spirit. Tozer passed away in 1963, so obviously this was written quite a while ago, though the content remains true.

I didn't really like this book, and I think that had to do mostly with the fact that this is an old book. It was pretty dry, not at all personal, and definitely read like it was old; the style is very outdated. When reading books on Biblical study, I really enjoy when the author is humorous and uses everyday situations to explain what they are saying. This book didn't have that feel at all. Instead of a friendly voice, I felt like someone was lecturing me, which I did not enjoy. Also, all of the Bible verses were in KJV, which is probably the worst person for communicating more difficult concepts to a wide variety of audiences. I thought that this actually came across as rather condescending or pretentious.

I also found that Tozer constantly repeated himself. In a paragraph or section, he would state the same point over and over again with different wording. I actually struggled to write a short summary at the beginning of this review because he pretty much just said the same few things over and over again. Finally, Tozer often discussed concepts, events, or theories without ever explaining them, which made it more difficult to keep up. He did make some really great points here and there, but overall it just didn't hold up.

Overall, I didn't enjoy reading this book. I selected it to review because I wanted to learn more about the Holy Spirit, as I feel that it's the part of the Trinity that can be the most complex to understand and isn't discussed as often, but I didn't get that at all. I had a really hard time paying attention as I read, and I won't be reading it again or lending it out.

I gave the book 2/5 stars, and I would only recommend it to someone who is going to school to study the topic. Otherwise, I would go with a different book on the subject.

xx
Heidi

*I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Seven Laws of Love by Dave Willis: Book Review



Hello everyone! I just finished reading the book The Seven Laws of Love: Essential Principles for Building Stronger Relationships by Dave Willis, and I would like to share my thoughts on it. This book is all about the things necessary for love in any kind of relationship, whether that is a romantic relationship, a friendship, and just every day interactions as well.

I actually really enjoyed this book, though I wasn't sure if the subject matter would really interest me. I thought I'm a pretty nice and loving person, so I wasn't sure what I would get out of a book about how to love. However, I found this book to be extremely helpful and informative. In addition to my normal note taking when I review books, I also made tons of notes and did some journaling for my personal benefit as well.

The author, Dave Willis, states in the book that if we were to get one thing out of the book, he would want it to be that God loves us, and I think that he expressed that extremely well. In addition to explaining what healthy and functioning relationships need, Willis also explained and gave evidence to how much God loves us. 

Willis is also extremely funny, friendly, and easy to listen to. Pastors who write instructional books such as these can sometimes come across as holier-than-thou, and they don't seem very human or relatable. They don't express having made mistakes, and their advice is often not taken. However, Willis was extremely funny in explaining his various mistakes, mishaps, and shortcomings, all the while relating those incidents to Biblical lessons. All of the stories provided wonderful and creative analogies that made understanding easy. He actually made me full on laugh out loud a few times. 

The book itself was a normal sized paperback that fits comfortably in your hands. The quality was very good, and BONUS the pages were super soft. The cover is simple but it stands out with the red and the black. I really like it.

The only thing that I didn't like about this book was in one section in which Willis described roles of husbands and roles of wives. This short section just seemed sexist to me, though I am sure he did not mean it that way. There was so much of husbands should do this, wives should do this, and so on, if a relationship is going to go the distance. While many things are in fact necessary for a healthy relationship, they work both ways, and Willis did not express it in that way. I may be only noting this because of personal experiences with people misinterpreting Biblical roles with unhealthy consequences, but I really wish that he had included that all of those roles for supporting and giving respect and so on must come from both the husband and the wife toward the other.

Overall, I enjoyed the book and gave it 4 stars out of 5. It is a book that I'd recommend for anyone who wants to learn about the subject of love as expressed in the Bible with real world applications.

xx
Heidi

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.