Friday, May 6, 2011

Plain Wisdom review...

The authors of this book seem to be quite an “odd couple”. Miriam Flaud is a member of the Old Order Amish, a culture very different from that of Cindy Woodsmall. Despite their vast differences, these two women have become close friends who, in “Plain Wisdom”, share with us their wisdom and insight as wives and mothers. We learn about their daily lives, their traditions, challenges they face, and their relationships with God. As a bonus, interspersed among the stories are Amish family recipes shared by Miriam. Though we see how strikingly different our two cultures can be, we also realize that there are many things that we have in common. The value we place on our families and our God are ties that bind us all.

Reading this book made me feel as though the three of us were sitting at the kitchen table, Miriam and Cindy relating their experiences over a cup of coffee. It was truly a pleasure to read. I highly recommend it.

I received this book free for review from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Max on Life: a review...

As any pastor would, Max Lucado has received hundreds of questions over the years. “How can I forgive him for what he did?” “Why do bad things happen to Christians?” “What does God say about (fill in the blank)?” Many of them are difficult to answer; many have answers difficult to hear. Lucado’s book Max on Life is a compilation of many of these questions that Lucado has been asked over the years, some of them questions he’s struggled with himself. There are questions and answers addressing just about every facet of the Christian life: marriage, finances, God’s grace, sin, and Scripture, just to name a few. He provides clear, direct, Biblically-based answers without being "preachy". By the same token, his answers are not overly-simple or “pat”. He writes as he talks, in a compassionate, wise style that seeks to guide and encourage, not to judge. It is an easy-to-read book. It is set up in a question and answer format, divided into topical sections: Hope, Hurt, Help, Him/Her, Home, Haves/Have-Nots, and Hearafter. Although some of the questions may not relate to every reader, there is something for everyone. And I’ll bet that if the topics don’t relate to you now, they probably will someday!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it.

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