Daddy Dates

Daddy Dates
Four Daughters, One Clueless Dad, and His Quest to Win Their Hearts: The Road Map for Any Dad to Raise a Strong and Confident Daughter

By Greg Wright
Published by Thomas Nelson

Awesome ideas.  In his captivating and humorous style, author and speaker Greg Wright gets straight to the heart of what a daughter, or any woman for that matter, really needs from the man in her life.  Raising his own four daughters, on “daddy dates”, Wright speaks from experience.  He shows other dads (and teaches moms a few things too) not only the reasons why “daddy dates” are essential to raising emotional healthy girls, but provides numerous examples of the “how to’s”.
He writes with candid honesty of how and why he started with the idea of dating his daughters.  His directness in addressing specific areas of his daughters’ lives to get to know them better is refreshing.

As a mom, I found the book one hundred percent on target.  What daughter doesn’t need to feel super special?  Knowing that her daddy treasures her enough to go way above and beyond in listening to her, knowing her likes and dislikes, and just plain wanting to spend time with her not only helps to solidify her self-confidence, but shows her what she should expect from any man wanting to be involved in her life.

I read this book in ebook format, but would love to obtain a hardcopy to pass on to my husband, and possibly my daughter too.  There is so much insight to be gained from the perspectives presented here.  I highly recommend Daddy Dates to every dad, mom, and even spouses.

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Put Your Dream to the Test

Put Your Dream to the Test
10 Questions to Help You See It and Seize It

By John Maxwell
Published by Thomas Nelson

Encouraging, practical … worth the read.

Do you have a dream to accomlish something bigger than you think you can handle?  In Put Your Dream To The Test, author and speaker John C. Maxwell lays out ten questions to “test” that dream.

This book will help anyone who has ever thought they wanted to accomplish something bigger than themselves but needs encouragement, clearer direction, and just a little boost to get started. The ten questions, one per chapter, are supported by stories of people who have begun the journey to succeed in accomplishing their dream.  These examples illustrate how their dream passed the test to answer yes to that chapters specific “dream test question.”

The ten questions that outline the book include:
1. The Ownership Question: Is my dream really my dream?
2. The Clarity Question: Do I clearly see my dream?
3. The Reality Question: Am I depending on factors within my control to achieve my dream?
4. The Passion Question: Does my dream compel me to follow it?
5. The Pathway Question: Do I have a strategy to reach my dream?
6. The People Question: Have I included the people I need to realize my dream?
7. The Cost Question: Am I willing to pay the price for my dream?
8. The Tenacity Question: Am I moving closer to my dream?
9. The Fulfillment Question: Does working toward my dream bring satisfaction?
10. The Significance Question: Does my dream benefit others?

These are not easy questions.  The answers will not necessarily be developed quickly, but if you are willing to do the hard work of analyzing your dream based on these ten questions, your dream will have a better chance of succeeding.

I found this book highly inspirational and would recommend reading for anyone who might be wrestling with the validity of a great idea.
For anyone who wants to succeed in accomplishing their dream, this book is a must read.

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Nick of Time

Nick of Time
By Tim Downs
Published by Thomas Nelson
 
Forensic entomologist Nick Polchak, also known as the Bug Man, is just a few days away from marrying Alena, when he ends up following a cold case that leads him away from his fiancé and jeopardizes their wedding plans altogether.  Alena soon sets off to look for Nick, as they both re-examine their reasons for marriage.

Combining an intriguingly suspenseful plot while simultaneously illustrating characteristics of a godly, biblical courtship and marriage is a work to be applauded.  I was very impressed with the sound direction the philosophical elements took in the discussions of marriage and “advice” between friends. 
The twists and turns throughout the book kept me captivated. The twist at the end I never saw coming – great job Downs.

Nick of Time is the first book I have read by author Tim downs. Not knowing what to expect, I was very pleasantly surprised. Suspense and thrillers are not usually my first choice in a read, but I not only heartily recommend Nick of Time, but am now interested in reading other works by Downs, particularly those in the Bug Man series.

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Beyond Talent

Beyond Talent
Become Someone Who Gets Extraordinary Results
By John Maxwell
Published by Thomas Nelson

According to John C. Maxwell, in his book Beyond Talent, talent alone is not enough to determine a person’s success. To be successful, one must go above and beyond in effort to develop, improve and use one’s talent to become what Maxwell calls a talent-plus person. Maxwell presents, in detail, a total of thirteen choices a person can make to utilize, or add to, their talent to become the talent-plus person.

These thirteen choices, corresponding to thirteen chapters, include:

1. Belief lifts my talent.
2. Passion energizes my talent.
3. Initiative activates my talent.
4. Focus directs my talent.
5. Preparation positions my talent.
6. Practice sharpens my talent.
7. Perseverance sustains my talent.
8. Courage tests my talent.
9. Teachability expands my talent.
10. Character protects my talent.
11. Relationships influence my talent.
12. Responsibility strengthens my talent.
13. Teamwork multiplies my talent.

In each chapter, the choice is described in detail and examples are given to illustrate to the reader how the choices are made and put into practice to complete one’s talent.

Maxwell keeps his readers involved with just the right amount of detail to gain understanding, an abundance of quotes and relevant stories to provide motivation, but without an overabundance of words to lose interest.

This being my first of Maxwell’s books to read, but knowing his exceptional reputation, I was expecting a great educational and motivational read.  I was not disappointed.  I would recommend Beyond Talent to anyone seeking advice on leadership.

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Lead. Serve. Love.

Lead. Serve. Love.
100 Three-Word Ways to Live Like Jesus
By Gregory Lang
Pub by Thomas Nelson

As cute and lovely on the inside as it is on the outside.

In Lead. Serve. Love., author Gregory Lang has complied an excellent list of “100 Three-Word Ways to Live Like Christ.”  Each of the one hundred chapters presents, and briefly discusses, a unique three-word phrase that encourages the reader to not only live more Christ-like, but to to dig into God’s Word for themselves for their ultimate encouragement. Lang introduces each three-word phrase, followed by a brief explanation with practical suggestions, and supported by relevant Biblical scripture references. This sweet little book can serve not only as a short devotional, but also a topical reference, and an uplifting encouragement in daily living.

In his introduction at the beginning of the book, Lang encourages the reader not to stop at simply reading the chapters in his book, but to open up his/her own personal Bible and study the relevant Scripture passages for themselves. The implied intent is to assist in bringing the reader into a closer relationship with the God of the Bible, and a clearer understanding of what it means to live more Christ-like.

Though I reviewed an ebook version of Lead. Serve. Love., I would love to have a hard copy in my library for reference, as well as it’s downright cuteness.

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Max On Life

Max On Life: Answers and Inspiration for Today’s Questions
By Max Lucado
Pub by Thomas Nelson

A collection of responses, based on Biblical truths, to a collection of questions Lucado has received through the years.  Each of the 172 questions, though addressed individually, is grouped into one of seven categories.  Each category is self-descriptively titled, and comprises a separate chapter:   
Hope – God, Grace and “Why am I here?”
Hurt – Conflicts, Calamaties, and “Why me?”
Help – Prayer, Scripture, and “Why church?”
Him/Her – Sex, Romance, and “Any chance of a second chance?”
Home – Diapers, Disagreements, and “Any hope for prodigals?”
Haves/Have-Nots – Work, Money, and “Where’s the lifeline?”
Hereafter – Cemeteries, Heaven, Hell, and “Who goes where?”

A topical index and a scripture index follow at the back of the book. Both are extremely helpful for using this book as a handy reference tool.

Though some questions seemed somewhat repetitive, Lucado’s responses differed enough to provide a slightly different angle within each answer. As I continued to read through the questions and responses, I began to realize what a helpful reference this book could be. I was happy to find the topical index at the back.

I would recommend this book to anyone whether struggling with their own questions or seeking to help another.

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The Final Summit


The Final Summit
By Andy Andrews
Pub by Thomas Nelson

In The Final Summit, author and speaker Andy Andrews continues the story of David Ponder, who was first introduced to readers through Andrews’ earlier book “The Traveler’s Gift”. The Final Summit picks up with an elder Ponder who has recently lost his wife, Ellen. Ponder is visited by the archangel Gabriel, who informs Ponder of the need to travel to a gathering (The Summit) of all “travelers” in order to answer a pivotal question which will determine the direction of mankind.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Andrews earlier books, especially “The Traveler’s Gift.” So my expectations of The Final Summit may have been set just a a smidgen high. As with “The Traveler’s Gift”, Andrews leaves the reader with many good quotes and an inspiring read, however, I felt The Final Summit was a little weak in presentation, and a much too high in drama. As the group of travelers, who are all historically influential people, seek to find the answer to Gabriel’s question, the stage is certainly set for high drama. Though after wading through the build-up of the search and a few incorrect answers, the resulting “final answer” is a bit disappointing.

The Final Summit appears to me to be written with an underlying Christian message, but without the direct statements that would reveal the truth of the Christian faith to the reader. This seeming dancing around the issue, skirting the complete truth, bothers me … a whole bunch. For this reason alone I would have reservations recommending this book. I kept thinking, just take a stand! There were so many places in the book that seemed to be leading up to presenting the wisdom and truth of Jesus’ teachings, but then stopped short. I found myself feeling like it was almost there, as if there was a hint at the truth, but possibly a stronger fear of finishing the idea and taking a defined stand to present the gospel of the Christian Faith. It left me hanging, wondering what exact message was really intended.

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God’s Promises for the American Patriot

God’s Promises for the American Patriot
By Richard Lee, Jack Countryman
Pub by Thomas Nelson

God’s Promises for the American Patriot, by Richard Lee and Jack Countryman, is a reminder that not only was America founded upon, but is infused with, Christian principles. Chapter after chapter presents examples of Christian leadership in the founding of our country, as well as it’s continuance throughout it’s history.

Lee and Countryman have provided a look at how great an impact the Word of God has had on America as a nation. The view is provided through the lens of a compilation of histories of individual leaders, along with impacting ideas, documents, people groups, organizations, and even physical structures. The individual leaders include presidents and politicians, scientists, patriots, colonists, Supreme Court justice, business men and women, scholars, a hymn writer and a philanthropist.  All of whom  have contributed to the shaping and development of America.

Each historical reference describes how each person or circumstance mirrors the importance of our nation as a whole following the God of the Bible in the success and longevity of America as a nation.  This central theme, of giving reverence and credit to God as the force behind America’s beginnings, development and achievements, flows consistently throughout the book.  The inclusion of relevant Biblical Scripture verses, capping off most chapters, make for a wonderful educational devotional book focusing on American patriotism.

I expected this read to be just another devotional book.  I was wrong.  It is so very much more.  The historical education provided through each concise chapter is a welcome read. I enjoyed not only the entertaining history lessons, but the tidbits of information gleaned from all the research that must have gone into the writing of this book.  All revealing a central faith in God, the God of the Bible, upon Whom our country is built.

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How To Be God’s Little Princess

How To Be God’s Little Princess:
Royal Tips of Manners and Etiquette for Girls
By Sheila Walsh
Pub by Thomas Nelson

Wonderful little guidebook for “God’s Little Princesses.”

In How To Be God’s Little Princess, Sheila Walsh compiles practical suggestions and discussions on princess-worthy topics such as wardrobe, jewelry and accessories, hair, poise, manners, friendship, dining, parties, time management, attitude, and (my personal favorite) inner beauty. Each topic is initially presented with a related Bible verse and presented in such a way that would make the “Proverbs 31 Woman” proud. Walsh provides practical and biblical advice packaged in cute “girly” format that will appeal to young girls of any age. Walsh’s practicality extends to include instructions to make necklaces, bracelets, tie-died t-shirts, party invitations, party favors, checklists and recipes. The time management tips are a great resource applicable for godly women of any age.  I know I found a few tips here to implement myself.

Personally, I (and my daughter) adore Sheila Walsh and especially her “Gigi: God’s Little Princess” books and DVD’s. It can become difficult to continue a series while keeping the initial attraction of the original theme (or book). In the line of “God’s Little Princess”, this one does not disappoint.  How To Be God’s Little Princess compliments the “God’s Little Princess” series exceptionally well. Little girls who have become endeared to the Gigi series (my daughter included), will be thrilled with this guidebook and the practical hands-on “how-to’s” of living daily life as Royalty, God’s way.

I would be quick to recommend this book as a great gift-book, a mother-daughter resource, or simply a fun read.

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Unleashed

Unleashed
Release the Untamed Faith Within
By Erwin McManus
Pub by Thomas Nelson

Great read …  not only motivating to move to God’s call, but stirring encouragement for the called.

In Unleashed, Erwin McManus presents the idea that believers in Christ are called to live a life of unbridled passion for the cause of Christ.  That cause manifests itself uniquely different in the life of every believer.  But one common theme is that we are to follow Christ with abandonment to our comfortable lives.  Through the dialogue of real life examples, McManus illustrates what this “barbarian way”, as he has become known to call this life of passion, can look like.

I unreservedly recommend this quick read to anyone struggling with questions regarding living the Christian life.  It not only motivated me to persist in my journey as a true believer and follower of Christ, but also confirmed the call to action in my own life on behalf of my Savior, Jesus Christ. McManus implies that God does not call believers to a “civilized” life of safety.  Many biblical examples are of lives filled with pain, suffering and sacrifice.  Through these examples and more, God shows us the best path – His path.  Living a life inside God’s will is not necessarily the “safe” path, but it is an abundantly good path, filled with life to the fullest.

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