Monday, December 19, 2016

Falling Free by Shannan Martin REVIEW

Shannan Martin and her family lived in this amazing farm house out in the country. It was idyllic and rustic, and pretty much perfect for that farm girl lifestyle she always wanted. However, after a few pretty big changes in her life, she and her husband felt like God was pushing them out of their rural home and into the city. In this falling from their snug place of security, they found freedom. 

Now, they make less money, they have less space, and their lives are extremely hectic, but they are happier than ever. You know how God says to love your neighbor? Well it seems that is made a lot easier when you have lots of neighbors really close by. This book talks so much about generosity, and what it really means to be truly generous. It's the difference between caring about and caring for. She reminds us that God's "more" often looks like less.

I really loved reading this book. Shannan Martin is absolutely hilarious, first of all. I was honestly laughing out loud so much while reading. Her tone is just so funny and friendly, which makes reading so much more fun. Also, I'm more likely to get something out of a book when the author writes like they're talking to a friend, rather than lecturing me. 

Most importantly, one of the things that I take into consideration in a non-fiction book, particularly a book about spiritual growth, is whether or not it has made an impact on me. Am I thinking about the book days later? Do I think back to the book when making decisions or actions? The answer here is YES. I cannot stop thinking about the way I treat others. I'm a nice person, and I think I'm generous, but now I am seeing all kinds of ways in which I haven't been, and ways in which I could be. 

I gave this book 4/5 stars, and I definitely recommend it to everyone!!! I think the message is so important, and the book itself is so enjoyable.


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

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

After 50 Years of Ministry by Bob Russell REVIEW

After 50 Years of Ministry: 7 Things I'd Do Differently & 7 Things I'd Do the Same is a book by former pastor Bob Russell for those going into ministry. He explains 7 things he would do differently if given a second chance, and 7 things he would do the same. This is a guide for future pastors, some advice for when they enter the ministry of a church. 

Each chapter is a tip or piece of advice, with explanations and examples. Some of this advice includes living with less fear, paying less attention to criticism, and to stop comparing yourself to others. 

I am not planning on going into ministry at all, so I am definitely not the target audience for this book, but I really did enjoy it. Bob Russell writes with such a friendly voice, and much of his advice can be used by anyone in their lives. 

I definitely recommend this book to anyone in or entering a life of ministry. I think it will be very helpful to you, and it's always nice to get advice from someone who has gone though everything that you will be going through. 

Also, even if you're not going into ministry, I'd recommend the book to you, too. The advice he gives is still applicable and very important. 

Overall, I have this 4/5 stars.


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