Saturday, July 8, 2017

Review: Trade Up: How to Move from Just Making Money to Making a Difference by Dean Niewolny



Review: Trade Up: How to Move from Just Making Money to Making a Difference
Dean Niewolny
Baker Books
2017

Who is Dean Niewolny and what is Halftime Institute?  Without spoiling the book for you, Niewolny is the guy that discovered there is more to life than money and did something about it.  Halftime Institute is an organization that helped him do that.  And now he heads it up.  So, he’s not talking theory in this book.  He lived it.  
Cover ArtLike most projects a good plan helps achieve a good outcome.  Trade Up describes that plan along with some advice related to some of the challenges a person can encounter shifting from just making money to making a difference.  It’s about discovery, strengths, and passions, gifting, and the journey itself.  It is not just sell all your possessions and go live among the downtrodden of some remote place you didn’t know existed.  That could be the outcome, but for most it is more like tweaking and adjusting.  And that doesn’t necessarily mean no pain.  It’s also about long term changes and not quick fixes.  The Institute exists to help you make it happen.  In several places along the way in this book the reader finds the advice to not go it alone.  Support and mentoring keep you sane and on track.  

If you have any little desire to move to making a difference and want to explore the idea, this is the book to read.  One other point, I think the book could be helpful, even if you are not in the upper echelon of financial means.  Initially I found that intimidating, until I realized that more modest money makers can face the same impasse of making money versus making a difference.

I received this book form the publishers in exchange for a review.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Review: WOW! The Good News in Four Words by Dandi Daley Mackall



Review: WOW! The Good News in Four Words
Dandi Daley Mackall
Tyndale House Publishers
2017

This is one of several books that attempts to explain the gospel to children.  It’s not as easy as it sounds since us grownups have made it pretty complicated, in some respects.  I had heard someone say that they found it quite difficult to explain things especially around Easter time, so I decided to give this book a look.
Wow!: The Good News in Four WordsIt is meant to be read to children.  That’s a plus right there.  It isn’t something you place in front of them and walk away.  That meets the first criterium in my opinion.  Parental involvement.  The size of the book works for sharing it with someone.  Nice big pages, colorful illustrations done by Annabel Tempest, and print that fills the space left for it nicely. 
The story is told in rhyme and mostly simple terms.  There are some words like grace or Savior that might trip up a young child, but with mom or dad there to help her understand I think it’ll be OK.  The child is encouraged to participate whenever the word Wow!, Uh-oh, Yes!, or Ahh  appears.  There’s the four words from the title.  Good choices, I think.
This seems like an entry point book for helping your child understand the gospel. And fear not, if the dust cover gets torn, the cover itself also has the art work.  Nice touch, I think.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.








Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Review: As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God Eugene H. Peterson



Review: As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God
Eugene H. Peterson
Waterbrook
2017

As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God  -     By: Eugene H. PetersonI am enjoying this book so much already that I decided to go ahead a write a few lines about it.  Eugene Peterson is hardly a new name to many people, but for me, we are just getting acquainted.  And I’ve found that this book is a treasure, maybe even a classic.  Time will decide that.  I hope the parishioners he served over the years will find it so.

This is a compilation of his sermons arranged in seven sets of seven centered around seven key figures of the Bible from Moses to John of Patmos.  The lives and times of those individuals will also take the reader through the timeline of the Bible and a lot if its text.  His sermons are not long or tedious.  Nor is this a book that you plow through and set aside.  Instead, he gives the reader food for thought that requires time to digest properly.  That time is not wasted either, in my opinion.

Eloquent, thoughtful, timeless.   
  
I received this book from the publisher in return for a review.