Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Review: Yawning at Tigers: You Can’t Tame God So Stop Trying by Drew Dyck



Review: Yawning at Tigers: You Can’t Tame God So Stop Trying
Drew Dyck
Nelson Books
2014

OK.  I admit I chose this book because of the title.  I had to find out how this author would pull off mixing tigers, yawning, and God.  I am here to say that he succeeded and succeeded well.  Part 1: Tiger Territory and Part 2: Divine Embrace work together to balance our perspectives of God.  I really thought my own balance was fine, but discovered it needed a bit of tweaking.  And that is what this book is about and does.  Gently and without needing a dictionary. 

The discussion guide is one of the best I’ve seen lately.  It is light enough to work for a group, but deep enough to provide some place to start serious considerations.  Well done there, and combined with the reading a book can change perspectives or rebalance them for nearly anyone.  Mature believer or the new believer.

I obviously recommend this book to you.  

This book was provided by the publisher in return for a review.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Review: Beautiful on the Mountain by Jeannie Light



Review: Beautiful on the Mountain
Jeannie Light
Tyndale Momentum
2014

Looking for some encouragement?  This little book might be that boost you need.  The author tells her reluctant (at first) involvement with a little inactive church in Graves Mill, Virginia, that the folks who had been members wanted to see re-opened.  It was indeed an odd pair, but makes for an interesting read.  As life unfolds for the author she grows to accept her role in the work that is the subject of this book.  Little by little the community and the author work to make the dream of re-opening the church happen.  It’s not always sweet and nice, but it does portray the realities of working with people.

Besides the story itself and all the folks mentioned, there’s a sense of satisfaction in watching the author’s growth as she works toward the goal that she recognizes as one set for her by God.  She does not omit the times of disappointment, sorrow, struggles, and even missteps.  There’s all sort of good wisdom found in those times.

The writing is not the smooth, polished style some of us have come to expect, and it is uneven in places.  Maybe that’s because life can be uneven? Maybe so.

I do recommend this book and found it to be uplifting.

This book was provided by the publisher in return for a review.