Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Book Review: Constantly Craving.

Constantly craving by Marilyn Meberg are always craving something more. Some times we realize it and sometimes we don’t.

Example: At age 5, Marilyn’s next-door neighbor (same age) was sure she would rather live in Marilyn’s house because she was an only child and the house would be quiet. Marilyn believed living at the neighbor’s house would be better because she had siblings. After switching for one night they realized they were happy with what they were used to.

She does some interesting comparison (I believe she is a psychologist) about how we want or crave things because they make us happy and fulfilled.

For instance a big topic of conversation is friendship and your spouse. She believes the common phrase “You marry your parents” is true. She goes on to dissect how our upbringing molds us into picking a spouse like our parents.

I have so say I can see her point and I agree. But I also kind of disagree. She is very specific on we pick traits in our spouse because those traits can be found in our parents and she doesn’t elaborate on how sometimes we pick traits in our spouse because they were absent in our parents.

(FYI. Mom and Dad if you are reading this, I am not talking specifically about you, us, me, and our relationship; just in general. I love you both.)

This topic of fulfilling past absences does come out later in friendships but not spouses.

I have to agree with other reviewers of this book. The first four or so chapters of this book are really good and then the book kind of falls away. It sort of seems like a lot of little tangents put together.

In general I did like the book. I think she has some very interesting points especially about how being content is about your relationship with Jesus and not the world around you. If Paul can be content in jail just before being executed, I can content in my car during a traffic jam.

Note: I did receive a copy of this book free from www.booksneeze.com to review. The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Book Review: Our Favorite Sins

Our favorite Sins by Todd Hunter is a self-help type book where he teaches you to look at the sins your heart desires. Weather sex, money, love, pride, food, drink, anxiety, etc it all shows where our heart and out focus is.

Todd helps you understand how to control these desires and refocus our hearts to its number one desire is to be like Christ.

I really enjoyed this book. I have foudn this book very interesting. Its something that I have been thinking about a lot sinse starting to read this book with everything I do. It truely makes you evaluated why you do something - for you and your earthly desires or for God and your desire to be closer to him.
Todd does a great job with breaking it down into doable steps and saying many times that there is no such thing as perfection. His real life, non-pious look about the topic makes it seem doable from the smallest vices to the big desires that plague you.

One of my favorite quotes from the books is (and I am paraphrasing) temptations do not make desires in your heart but desires allow for temptations to be present. So if food is not a sinful desire for your then going to a buffet is not a temptation.

I do recommend this book to people who are struggling with the big temptations and people who want to learn how to have a heart desire Christ more.

Note: I was given a copy of this book for free from www.booksneeze.com to read adn review. The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sally's Book List for 2012

Here is my book list for 2012. Right now I am doing well completing it. I am reading a lot of other books that don't fall under any of these categories. I want to keep track of them too on a separate list.

Book suggestions are greatly appreciated. It doesnt have to fill a category. It can just be a great book you think I would enjoy.

Sally’s 2012 Book List

1) 12 books from Booksneeze.com
1. This Thing of Ours - reviewed in January
2. First Date - reviewed in January
3. Heart of Ice - reviewed in January
4. Sound like Fire - reviewed in February

2) The Bible in a year
January – In Exodus, on schedule

3) Kisses from Kate

4) 3 Spiritual / uplifting Books
1. The Cross Centered Life

5) 3 Self help / Organization Books
1. Organized Simplicity by Tsh O. - completed in January
2. Life Management - completed in February

6) 3 Budget and/or Business Books

Other books I've read in 2012
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Ancient Alien Encounter ("proving" the first chapter of Ezekiel is actually a the first recorded alien encounter on earth)
1 book in the JD Robb "In Death" series

P.S. Its so amazing how much you can read with 1) a device that travels easy, and 2) turning off the TV and putting down the magazines.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Book Review: A sound Like Fire

A sound Like Fire by K D Veron is a story of the revelation. The story is mostly told by Dax, a politician who helps the New World Order start and then realized the truth behind the new government with his brother (a preacher) is disappears with all of the other Christians on earth. Dax and his Wife Sally flee for their life and freedom from the evil government forcing people to worship Lucifer . The book does an amazing job showing how things occurring today could be the start of the prophecy of the second coming. He using real political and world crisis as examples of the world cracking before Satan takes if over. The deception of the Antichrist to the masses is chilling and so believable. It makes me as a reader almost hyper observant to what is going on in today's politics, economics, etc.

This book was an amazing adaptation/interpretation of what the revelation will be like. I really enjoyed it. From all of the destruction and awful things that occurred I did take a lot of hope out of it. The Christian Church was not destroyed while on earth on persecuted. And that God always looked out for those who were left and then came to him. Although they did have to endure an awful physical life while still on Earth God loved them and was taking care of them.

The one thing I didn't love about the book was his use of real people in today's world and certain businesses and organization. Although he changed one letter in a name it was very obvious who he did not like. It just seemed kind of petty and immature to do it.

All in all, this is a great book. It was easy to read and in my opinion much better than the left behind series.

Note: I was given a copy of this book to review from www.booksneeze.com. The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.