Book Review

Love — Reflecting on Making Jesus First & Living Second

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Reflecting on Week 7, Day 3: Love from Doug Bender’s new book, Live Second: 365 Ways to Make Jesus First {buy it here:  Live Second and bonus! If you buy before December 15, author Doug Bender is offering an amazing bonus which you can find here.}

Check out: Mark 12:28 – 34

I chose this topic to kick off my posts because when I think of living second, I think of loving God first.  And I also think of loving others before myself.

When I was younger I used to think of love as being this amazing feeling, you have it all the time.  Everything is happy.  Everyone is happy.  Life is good.  Love will make it all better.

Then, I got older.

Life happened.  I realized that life is not always happy.  That love sometimes doesn’t last.

But love can last.  Even through the icky stuff…

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Book Review

Book Review: Crazy Love by Francis Chan

Book Review:  Crazy Love by Francis Chan

Basic Info…

Title: Crazy Love

Author: Francis Chan

Publisher:  David C. Cook

ISBN-10:  1434768511

ISBN-13: 978-1434768513

Website:  Crazy Love Book

My thoughts….

I love how easy to read this book was.  It was well written, soundly based in Scripture, but it still remained easy to read. For me, when a book has a lot of theology and Bible verses and explanation of those verses using history and Greek/Hebrew translations, it’s not something I pick up when I only have a few minutes.  Don’t get me wrong, I think those books are extremely important.  But Francis Chan easily conveyed significant verses with real life examples and made this book life changing and powerful.

I am a huge fan of listening to Francis Chan preach, but this was the first book of his that I have read and I can’t wait to get his others.  I love the website that goes a long with the book.  It’s impossible not to get enthusiastic about giving and loving when you hear him speak or read his writing.  It comes across as authentic because it is.  He isn’t telling us anything he doesn’t live out in his life.  That makes him even more powerful at sending a message.

I found one of the best parts of the book is that Chan isn’t trying to tell you exactly what this is going to look like in your life.  He gives you the steps to get there.  And he gives awesome real life examples of what that looks like in other people’s lives.  It’s inspiring.  And it inspired me to really seek God and get creative.

I also love Chan’s take on “God’s calling” on our lives.  It’s a bit nontraditional, but I think it is so completely true.  We often wait to hear this divine call on our lives from God rather than going out and getting our hands dirty and really living for Him.

I could not recommend this book more.  And I can’t wait to read and watch some of the material that goes along with it.  It’s incredible.

 

Book Review

Book Review: Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis

Basic Info…

Title: Kisses From Katie

Author: Katie Davis

Publisher: Howard Books

ISBN-10: 1451612095

ISBN-13: 978-1451612095

My thoughts….

Probably the best book I have read in years.  I literally could not put it down.  My conversations have been littered with…Katie Davis said…and in the Kisses From Katie book…and so on.  When I was thinking about what I would write about the book, I picked up it and again….could not put it down.  I could re-read it again and again, learning and growing each time.

After finishing the book and through reading Katie’s blog, she really writes honestly and transparently.  It leaves you feeling like you are her friend.  Like she is writing to you, to tell you about this amazing adventure.

I already had a soft spot in my heart for Uganda and their people, but this book really took that to a whole other level.  I long to be in Uganda and serving the people.  The overwhelming theme of the book is love.  Loving people, loving God.

Katie talks about saying yes.  Saying yes to what is in front of you and just being available.  For such a young woman, just out of high school, her bravery and dedication was pretty incredible.  She definitely did not give up when things got hard or challenging.  She pushed through the bad days, relying completely on God.  She didn’t have family or friends nearby, she didn’t pack up and head home.  She just dug in and relied on God even more.  Her faith was refreshing, her resolve inspiring.  She definitely made me look at life with a different perspective.  A part of my heart lives in Africa, in Uganda, and someday I hope that I have the privilege of visiting Katie Davis and Amazima Ministries.  That has officially been added to my Bucket List.

If you want to be challenged, if you want to fall in love with people half a world away, if you want to be moved in a way that is unexplainable…read this book.  It literally changed my life.