Thursday, July 16, 2015

Book Review: Blueprint for life

The Blueprint for Life;  How to align your passions, gifts, and calling with eternity in mind by Michael Kendrick is a book to help the reader exam their lives and find the passions and talents in the lives and them apply them to their daily lives and ministry.

So many people assume the use of their talents in ministry is limited to pastors, choir directors, and other people who work for the church.  How could a businessman, a scientist, a garbage man use their job as a ministry?  The author does an amazing job walking the reader through the book, searching their lives to find out what they are passionate for and then applying that passion for Christ. 

Michael Kendrick is a successful businessman who loves stock markets, number crunching, and making a deal.  After retiring at an early age and getting bored really fast he realized that God had made him unique with these passions and talents and they he could apply them to his Christian walk.  He went back to business and started applying these gifts to helping people and showing Jesus in everything that they do.

I think before reading this book I was on the cusp of this idea.  I am a scientist and I love showing people how amazing God is for creating science.  I see my husband use is passion and gift of carpentry to help out so many people in our community and abroad.  But these are special occasional things.  How do we apply it to our every day?  And that is where this book comes in.

I really enjoyed this book.  I found it hard to put down and every easy to read.  I am excited to reread this book and pass it on to my friends and family.  I hope that they all apply his applications to their lives as I am starting to do the same in mine.

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

Book Review: Giant Killers

Giant Killers; Overcoming obstacles and seizing opportunity by Steve Lawson uses the story of David and Goliath to guide the reader through a discussion on how we should look at, evaluate, and handle obstacles in our lives.  By using the different involved (David, Saul, Israelites, Goliath, etc.) he can show the different ways of handling a situation and their outcome, both good and bad.

I really enjoyed this book. I wasn’t expecting such a well written and throughout book.  The author did an amazing job leading the reader through the story with the eyes of the different characters.  From those characters strengths and/or flaws we saw how they handled the situation and made decisions.  Ultimately the book leads the reader to understand how faith and conviction helped David be able to tackle the most formidable foe.

I am excited to have this book in my library.  I plan on reading it again as well as giving it to friends and family.  I am excited to use this application in my life and future projects.

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