Wednesday, March 14, 2018

BFB review: start where you are

This is such a beautiful journal. The cover is brilliant, the motivating inserts are adorable. This would make the perfect Christmas present for the journal nerd in your life! Even if you're like me and have a..erm...SLIGHT notebook and journal addiction, this will make a wonderful addition to your collection

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

BFB Review: Rewordable

·    Carefully crafted to make it easy to form longer, more common words
·    Intuitive and fun for 2-8 players of all skill levels (ages 8 and up)
·    Includes 120 cards, 16 tokens, and nifty fold-out rules and poster
·    Variable deck with a fresh linguistic experience every game

Every letter counts in a game of Rewordable. Each of the 120 cards has been selected for optimal word crafting. Build a new word and be rewarded. Or add to other players’ words to steal their points. Create the largest lexicon of words by the end of the game to become the Rewordable champion.

·    120 cards with one-, two-, and three-letter sequences, selected through linguistic research, computational analysis, and extensive playtesting
·    16 tokens add different goals, strategies, and rewards to every game
·    Nifty fold-out rules with easy to follow how-to-play diagrams  
The Kickstarter-funded, uniquely fragmented word game

My Review:

Let me tell you. I love this game as:

-A linguist
-A writer
-A reader
-A mother
-A sister to two nerds who are better with numbers than words, so I can finally win something TAKE THAT I DON'T NEED MONOPOLY

But really, this is an excellent game that is not only fun for people who love words and language, but maybe for the kid who is having trouble with spelling. The whole way this game works is that it is easier to make words with the different colored cards, and it can help a kid change their way of thinking. Reading problems? you can split words into cards and get it. Spelling issues? A few rounds of this, honey, that won't be a problem for too long. 

9/10 not an actual book but I am glad to have it in my life.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

BFB Review: Sinners in the hands of a Loving God

Does God's Wrath Define Christianity? Or Does God's Love? 
In his famous sermon -Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, - Puritan revivalist Jonathan Edwards shaped predominating American theology with a vision of God as angry, violent, and retributive. Three centuries later, Brian Zahnd was both mesmerized and terrified by Edwards's wrathful God. Haunted by fear that crippled his relationship with God, Zahnd spent years praying for a divine experience of hell. 
What Zahnd experienced instead was the Father's love--revealed perfectly through Jesus Christ--for all prodigal sons and daughters. 
In Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, Zahnd asks important questions like Is seeing God primarily as wrathful towards sinners true or biblical? Is fearing God a normal, expected behavior? And where might the natural implications of this theological framework lead us? 
Thoughtfully wrestling with subjects like Old Testament genocide, the crucifixion of Jesus, eternal punishment in hell, and the final judgment in Revelation, Zanhd maintains that the summit of divine revelation for sinners is not God is wrath, but God is love.

My Review:

We all know the Angry God trope: Humans were literal pieces of trash, and God sent a flood so he could start the whole game over.

In elementary school (before we learned not to discuss religion or politics) we would have a lot of discussions about this. The Korean Christians and the Catholic Christians stood by the idea that "just because God promised never to flood again, doesn't mean he won't burn the planet to the ground if we get out of hand." The Christians Not Otherwise specified tended to debate "Okay, but we got out of hand again and instead of burning the planet God sent Jesus."

Zahnd goes through this book describing his transition from team #BurnThePlanet to team #InfiniteSecondChances (Or, you know, his thesis statement) and the bulk of this book is why he changed teams. The references and well written arguments all lead to his conclusion that Jesus is Life itself embodied by love. (Or if you want to romanticize it, the Lamb of Revelation)

Overall, a well thought out book on God's love and why the Fire and Brimstone trope doesn't necessarily work anymore. Points off for the cover, though. Just doesn't do it for me.

Notice of material connection: I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest review

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tyndale review: WOW! The gospel in four words

For anyone looking for a fresh way to present the gospel to young children, Wow! The Good News in Four Words is a perfect resource. This whimsical and fun book outlines the gospel in a simple and memorable way (for both adults and kids!), using fun words to highlight the story. The book will present Creation/Genesis (Wow!), The Fall (Uh-oh . . .), Redemption/Jesus' Life and Sacrifice (Yes!), Restoration/The New Heaven (Aaahhhh), ending with one last Wow because we get to go out and tell the Good News! 

Durability: The dust jacket did not last long. But the pictures did engage my daughter and keep her from ripping the pages.

Story: Simple enough, though so simple you would think it would be a board book for a younger audience than a 3 year old.

Giftability: Fantastic gift for religious families.

Overall: 4 of 5. Could have been more challenging.

MP Newsroom review: Design your day

Days shouldnt live themselves. Heres a guide to making the most of each one.  

In Design Your Day, productivity guru Claire Diaz-Ortiz introduces the Do Less Method, a productivity and goal-setting model that will help you do more in less time and succeed more often.

When it comes to productivity, hard work is half of the battle. The first half—the crucial half—is planning well, and that’s what Claire helps you do, from start to finish.

From the big-picture to minutia, Claire walks you through every step of setting and achieving smart goals. She gives tips for brainstorming goals, choosing the best ones, and adjusting them to make them realistic. Then she helps you put key strategies in place to reach them, day-by-day, year-by-year.

Whether you want to finish a house project, lose weight, or write a book, Design Your Day—by someone who read 150 books as a first-year mom—is an all-in-one guide to crossing off your to-do list. When you take back your time and strategically use it, you will win more often and enjoy life along the way.

My Review:

I once read that if you read 5 non fiction books--quality books, mind you, academic ones--on any one subject, you would be an expert in that subject. Claire Diaz-Ortiz is certainy calling herslf a productivity guru, and claims to have read 150 books (were they all on productivity? we don't know) in one year while taking care of a new child.

Let's be fair. This is a pretty good resource to have in a library, or to give to someone who doesn't have pinterest. But these are also not original ideas. This book is not groundbreaking, or even particualrly motivating. The cover is nice, and it's nice to pick this off of a shelf instead of having to sort through pinterest boards. I just don't see this adorable little book swimming in a tank full of actual productivity sharks, who study human behavior for a living.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Goodreads Giveaway - Jesus: The life and Ministry

Reflections on Christ, from a beloved spiritual writer
A. W. Tozer was a man of remarkable knowledge, an avid reader of Christian writers and philosophers from throughout the ages. But he meditated on the Bible. He was, like John Wesley, “a man of one Book and a student of many.”
Combine this with his poignant writing style and you have works like this onehigh thoughts of God brought low, yet no less moving. 
Jesus: The Life and Ministry of God the Son features selections from Tozer’s writings on the God-man, Jesus Christ. It follows the chronology of Christ's earthly life and explores classic themes of Christology, helping readers better comprehend and appreciate Jesus’ person and work.
When you set out to study Christ, you want to behold His splendor the best you can. That’s why writers like A. W. Tozer are excellent guides: they love the Lord, know Him well, and yet have a way with the written word. They're able to lay the weight of glory on the human heart as few can.

Read Jesus and appreciate anew the Savior of the world and the power of the written word to glorify His name.

My review:

As many of these books I read, you would think I just join a theology class already. On that line of thinking, if I wanted to be preached to I would go to church. If you're writing a book, you need to be aware that you are at once reaching many people and one person. I want to learn about Christianity and God, not be called 'bretheren'.

Between the preaching, there were some interesting ideas, not the least among them the meaning of 'in the beginning'.

There's a lot of hemming and hawing and "Well answer my question and I'll answer yours" but let's be fair, it's a tough subject to tackle for chapter one.

Ultimately, this book is not my cup of tea. But the cover certainly is--I'm a sucker for a god cover.

I received this book free through a Goodreads Giveaway.