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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Treasure Principle - Randy Alcorn

Unlock the secret of joyful giving. I must admit first that Randy Alcorn is one of my favorite authors. So, I have read most of his non-fiction work and enjoyed all of his previous books. This one is no exception. Randy is founder of Eternal Perspective Ministries and is unashamedly pro life. His whole idea of life is to build treasures in heaven and always keep in mind an eternal perspective. The Treasure Principle is updated and revised from a previous edition, but is still timeless. Included is a new preface and added chapter among other features. Also included are 31 radical, liberating, questions to ask God about your giving. In the first chapter he lays out his on going theme - You can't take it with you, but you can send it on ahead. That is an eternal perspective.
I have received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Only Negotiating Guide You'll Ever Need - Peter B. Stark & Jane Flaherty

101 ways to win every time in any situation. This is a revised and updated version that was originally published in 2002  under the tile - Everyone Negotiates, 101 Winning tactics. Recommendations from Brian Tracy, Harvey McCay, and Jack Canfield are on the back cover of the book.
This book claims quite a feat, claiming to be the only book you will need on a subject, but it does contain many great tips and, more importantly, real scenarios to demonstrate. The first point they make is that everyone negotiates, whether they realize it or not.
Pat 1 deals with the skillful negotiator, defining negotiation, possible outcomes, and a negotiation assessment to test your skills. Also in the first part area chapters on on-verbal behavior and buildnig trust, two very important subjects that are sometimes overlooked.
I enjoyed this book, having read a lot of these tactics before, probably from the previous edition, and found many ideas that can be used in everyday life. I would recommend this book to any one that needs to negotiate, and that would be just about everyone. Published by Crown Business, www.crownbusiness.com.
I have been sent a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

How Music Works - David Byrne

Many people know David Byrne as the founding member of Talking Heads. This book reveals another side of him, intelligent and and well crafted history of music and technology. It will appeal to the musician in that he goes into detail of how he made some of his recordings, finances and technical parts. It will also appeal to the non-musician in revealing what music is all about. Very enjoyable and well researched, it is a fresh volume in so many other books about "rock stars" lifestyle and tell all books. Not what you would expect from someone who had some of the 80's biggest hits, and who's music is still popular now.
Of particular interest to me was his growing up and how he experimented with musical sounds and recording. It may be the first time some readers have heard the names and stories he mentions in this book.
All in all a very enjoyable read for the musician or non-musician. Anyone who wants to know how music works.
I have received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Make Yourself at Home - Kay Swatkowski

Discovering the heart of the church. This book is about the church. Actually, about what the church should be. The author. along with her husband, Raymond have more than 50 years of ministry experience, and this book is full of stories of churches they have encountered all over the world.
A book like this could only be written by people with this much ministry experience with people in different cultures.I enjoyed this book in may ways, and was glad to hear of so many Christians that take the scripture seriously to bear each other's burdens and care for each other. There is also a lot of scripture references, which is also a good thing. It is a very readable book and also has a bringing it home section at the end of every chapter, questions that can be used in individual or group study.
With quotes by C.S. Lewis, Francis Schaeffer and Henri Nouwen to round out the narrative, all in all a very enjoyable book, If you want to know what the church could be and should be doing, then read this book.
Published by Discovery House from Our daily bread ministries.

Words from the hill - Stu Garrard

An invitation to the unexpected. The Words on the Hill meaning the sermon on the mount, more specifically, the beatitudes. The author is Stu Garrard, best known for being the guitarist in the popular group Delirious? This book is based on the Beatitudes, and is autobiographical to the point of telling stories that have happened to him, people he has met and their stories, and life along the way. He has seen God's grace and forgiveness all around the world. He does his best to remain relevant by mentioning U2 and Amy Grant along the way also. Most enlightening to me was the author's desire to fit into the American culture after moving here from England, and trying to fit in.
The Beatitudes project is the name of the project and the album by some of the most popular Christian music performers, including Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant. In fact he recounts the story of writing a song with Amy Grant in the book. The website is thebeatitudeproject.com and there you will find links to the organizations mentioned in the book, so the reader could contact them and get involved. I like that there is a call to action on the reader's part to get involved.
Am interesting take on the beatitudes, with chapters titled Poor in spirit, Mourn, Pure in heart, and peacemakers. Each chapter from the Words on the Hill.
This book is published by Navpress.
I have received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a review.