Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Book Review: The Daniel Cure

The Daniel Cure; the Daniel Fast way to vibrant health by Susan Gregory and Richard J. Bloomer is a comprehensive look at the Daniel Fast.  Through this book you understand the ins and outs of the Fast/Diet/Lifestyle along with how your faith is intertwined with success.

This book includes multiple chapters outlining how, when, why to use the diet.  It also includes over 50 recipes and a 21 day devotion to do when you first start your journey.

This book is well laid out of thought through.  The authors have done a wonderful job writing so the information is easily understood. They also do a great job at anticipating the questions of the reader and answering them.    I also enjoy the small success stories thrown in the chapters to help encourage the reader.

I hope to implement this diet at some point.  I have started small for now.  Because I am expecting baby #3 now, I am worried about what effects the toxins released from my body would do to her.  I plan on implementing the full 21 day fast after I have completed nursing in a year.  Until then I will implement as much as I can (and my doctor recommends).  In general, I believe, everyone could do better at eating more fruits and veggies and less processed empty calorie foods that are so readily available.

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

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Book Review: God, Mankind, and Eternity

God, Mankind, and Eternity is described by the publisher as "a spiritual perspective on the creation of the universe and the life of humankind in that universe. It addresses the philosophical who, why, what, and where of humankind’s purpose and the scriptural view for the morality of human beings. It emphasizes our spiritual relationship with God, God’s love for humankind throughout the ages, and our redemption from the curse of sin."

I will first say that I believe most church goers have a strong opinion on how they believe creation occurred.  Whether a day age theory, literal day, poetic form, evolutionary creationist, etc., most people have an opinion.  A strong opinions.

There are a few minor points that I disagree with the Author on the theory of creation but that aside, his picture of creation, especially of man's creation, is beautiful. 

The Author, Oscar L Avant,  walks through history discussing Adam and Eve, the fall, Babel, Abram, Moses, Jesus, life after Jesus, and the final days  discussing the relationship between God and man in the physical and spiritual realm. 

I will say this book took me a few pages to get into.  But once I did, it became a really easy read.  I think it took me ~20 pages to get this writing rhythm and method.  He kind of jumps around on semi related subjects (aka chasing a rabbit) and then tries to bring it all together.  Considering my pastor is a expert rabbit chaser, I was able to follow along pretty well.

I would recommend this book to any believer who wants another great walk through our history and how we got to where we are today.  His discussion of the spiritual realm throughout all this is something that is not discussed in most churches on a regular basis and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Note: I did receive a copy of this book to read and review from the publishing company for free.  The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Book Review: The total Money Makeover

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness, Classic edition is another great book written by Dave Ramsey.

This book I would say is supplemental to Dave's book Financial Peace.  I this book there are a lot of testimonials, Myth and Truth Discussions, and a general outlook to this steps to financial independence.  This book is just enough information without being overwhelming.

I really enjoyed this book.  This book is an easy read.  It reads more like listening to his show than a financial book.  His enthusiasm and encouragement resonates on every page.

Although Hubby and I have never gone through the traditional steps laid out by Dave Ramsey, we have always followed the guidelines.  Thankfully we have never been overwhelmed by debt and are very good about only buying what we can afford.  But this book  excites me to try better. To pay off the mortgage and really plan for the future we want.  I cant wait to share this book with Hubby and get him excited about our future financial independence and dreams.

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

Book Review: God's "Weigh" to Your Ideal Health

God's "Weigh" to Your Ideal Health by Michael Scott Lowery is a book just as the title describes.  Mr. Lowery uses biblical truth to talk the reader through why and how God wishes us to be at our ideal weight so we can better serve him

My first thought when I started reading this was "Why is he so obsessed with a number.  With the weight.  Not ideal health?" In my mind your body being healthy is much more important than something you read on a scale.  But then I realized he used weight 1) because it made a puny title and 2) because that's what were obsessed with.  The remaining book is about ideal health under the guise of the number.

In general the author makes a lot of good points although sometimes he can be a bit extreme.  For instance anytime he talks about unholy non-God food he uses donuts as the example.  Although I understand that donuts are not healthy I do not think that are the epitome of all that is wrong with this world. 

I  really enjoyed this discussion on first you must learn guidance on picking an orange or a donut.  But I wish he would have discussed further that it can go so much deeper when looking at food and determining if it was raised/produced/etc. in a way that is glorifying God.  This is something my husband and I have been striving for the last few years.  In my opinion God did not want animals suffering in large crowded pins, being sick, forced to eat food they were not intended to and injected with steroids, hormones, etc. so that we can eat dinner for less than $1.00/lb.  God created these creatures, fields, plants, etc. to glorify him.  Man was given the task of tending this not dominating over it and destroying it to suit out purpose.

I also really liked how he kept going back to "don't trust me.  Read your bible and find the truth."  He was very good at always referencing verses in the bible but emphasizing how the reader needed to be engaged in the bible daily so that they could find all the truths, on this subject and everything else, in the Word.

I will say this book has really opened my eyes to a lot of the foods that we eat and don't think about.  I am very glad I read this book and cant wait to dig deeper into the bible to solidify my opinions on a lot of this topics.

Random side note:  There were a few things in the way the author wrote this book that personally annoyed me.  The main culprit was whenever he would talk about "God's way" in the book he always used "God's Weigh."  Minor annoyance but stop referencing the title and use the correct word! 

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