Saturday, March 16, 2013

Review: A Dream So Big: Our Unlikely Journey to End the Tears of Hunger by Steve Peifer with Gregg Lewis

Review: A Dream So Big: Our Unlikely Journey to End the Tears of Hunger
Steve Peifer with Gregg Lewis

I needed this book.  Most of us need this book if the truth be told.  Did I like this book, yes, but no.  It speaks to a place that has been suppressed for a long, long time.  So to start off with, if you want to remain unchanged and blissfully ignorant do not read this book.  But, if you know that it's time to wake up and smell the coffee, read this book.

It is the true story of a comfortable middle class family that through a series of events ends up in Kenya as house parents at a school for missionary children.  You will laugh and you will cry throughout this well written memoir (my word) of their experiences in Africa.  You will live through their experiences what it means to be engaged in caring for the hungry, the poor, the widows and orphans and each other too.  A fabulous read and one that challenges the comfortable status quo. I appreciated the honesty and openness I found here.

It also introduced me to an agency that I had not known of before.  And to be honest I fully expected more about that than this book contains.  A happy disappointment I might add.  It does give some links if you are interested in becoming involved in some way with them. 

As if I need to say it, I do recommend this book.  Read it and see what comes next for you.  You will be changed.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for this review.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Review: gods at war by Kyle Idleman

Review: gods at war
Kyle Idleman

Any who have experienced this author's previous study will not be disappointed by this one.  It is well written, wonderfully equipped with illustrations, and timely.  So what else can I say about this?

For starters, anyone who has been in church for any length of time will probably have heard some of what this study contains before, but the nice thing is not quite the way Idleman presents it.  It retains its freshness.  His quote, "idolatry isn't an issue---it is the issue" reframes the entire emphasis for me.  And, it never hurts to check to see where you are personally with this. 

What didn't I like? Not much.  I was surprised at the abrupt ending, but with some thought even that works.  I do wish I had access to the video series that goes with this to see how that is done.  His previous work was top notch in that department and I would expect this one to be as well.  This book does not have discussion questions like many others, but does end each chapter with some discussion for thought that could serve just as well for those wanting to do a book study rather than a video driven study.

I do recommend this book and think that perhaps it would make a good addition to an older youth or young adults selection for study, but more so as the video study.

This book was provided to me for this review via BookSneeze.