Saturday, January 14, 2012

Everything Romance

Everything Romance by Todd Hafer is a cute book of romantic quotes, poems, stories, trivia, and even recipes!  This gift book is beautifully designed throughout and contains all kinds of little snippets to consider about all things love.  That being said, this is not the kind of book to sit down and read from cover to cover. Just in time for Valentine's Day, this book can be left out to pick up and read a little here and there.  That's kind of how it is with romance, isn't it?  You just need a little inspiration to get you started.


5 out of 5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book from the Blogging for books program through Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

What A Son Needs From His Dad


So you may already be skeptical reading a mom's review of a book for a dad, but hear me out.  Seeing the cover of What a Son Needs From His Dad: How a Man Prepares His Sons for Life by Michael A O'Donnell really made me interested in what this author had to say.  But I must admit I was pretty disappointed.


The book is lacking something from the very beginning.  Don't get me wrong.  The author includes chapters on all the essentials, but the writing style is dull.  Instead of sharing his own unique perspective on the topic, I felt like I was reading a school report full of extended quotes from various authors.


I also had one major point of contention with the author in his chapter addressing what he called "the bird and te bees."  He holds to the same view of masturbation as James Dobson and believes we can tell our sons it is OK to do this.  His belief that it is possible for boys and men to masturbate without the aid of any sinful images is a position I find difficult to hold.  The problem is the same for much of his counsel to fathers in this book -- he really doesn't feel the need to use Scripture to support his opinions. 


I feel a father could probably read this book and glean some useful information.  But if the father in your life is anything like my husband (with a stack of "must-read" books already) consider finding a book which tells him how to be a good dad rather just listing all the things a good dad should be doing.

I give this book 1 out 5 stars.  I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, & Life Together by Mark and Grace Driscoll

Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, & Life Together by Mark and Grace Driscoll could probably be better called "Sex: and a few other thoughts about marriage" since the vast majority of the content is in regard to some aspect of the sexual relationship within marriage.  The authors have discovered in their ministry that a lot of Christian couples have many unanswered questions in regard to this matter.  Is it any wonder in our increasingly sexualized culture that young people especially have a myriad of conerns?  The nature of the topic, along with all the accompanying sexual deviances, make this an intense book, but well worth the read.

Pastor Mark and Grace really lay themselves open to criticism by being very forthright about their past in an attempt to a help to others.  They spend a lot of time explaining their past failures and the abuse Grace had unfortunately been subjected to in her past.  But finding actual help and healing in those particular areas fall outside the realm of this book.  Other topics briefly covered in this book are the idea of being best friends with your spouse and prioritizing your life in a way that truly honors God.  Most of the lessons in this book stem from their mistakes.  In other words, it is sort of a we did this and were miserable, so don't you do it mentality. 

For ministry leaders who would recommend this book to others I have a few things to keep in mind.  First, it is sexually graphic and could be overwhelming to some people.  Second, be aware that Pastor Mark takes Randy Alcorn's view on the birth control pill, which I still believe is a controversial position.  Also, Pastor Mark writes of having "dreams" and hearing God speak to him (audibly).  Lastly for those brothers and sisters in Christ to whom we may minister who have struggled with alcoholism, I will mention that he has several references to alcohol in this book as being a normal part of the Christian life.

I still give this book a solid 5 out of 5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review.