Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Purpose Driven Life

I was so excited to receive "The Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren. This particular edition is the expanded edition, which updates the original version with interactive tools to help you get the most out of the book - for example, each day's reading includes a QR code that you can scan if you have a smartphone, and it links you to further lectures and information that correlate with the message of the day.

"The Purpose Driven Life" is a devotional style book, with one chapter to read every day. The book aims to help us understand our God given purpose in this life. Many people strive to be successful in their careers, finances, family life, and even in their spiritual life, but it is easy to overlook the fact that God has created each and every one of us for a specific God given purpose, as well. Rick Warren does a great job in putting this into perspective, and posing questions to help us find God's purpose for our lives.

What I liked about this book was that each day of the reading made me feel like I really was learning, and growing in my understanding of what God wants for my life - how I can better serve his kingdom. Rick Warren uses Bible verses to explain what God created us for, and how we can achieve his purpose. The chapters were only a few pages per day, so it was easy to pick up before bed and read that day's message.

I think this book was absolutely wonderful, and a perfect reminder that there is so much more we need to accomplish in our lives than getting that promotion, or making more money. I would highly recommend this book to any adult - it's really a very thought provoking book. I enjoyed it.

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received this book for free from's blogging for books program in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Walking on Water When You Feel Like You're Drowning

Tommy Nelson and Steve Leavitt have paired up to pen a book on dealing with anxiety and depression from a Christian perspective. "Walking on Water When You Feel Like You're Drowning: Finding Hope in Life's Darkest Moments" shares personal stories and triumphs of Tommy Nelson as he faced severe anxiety and depression. This book offers a lot of valuable wisdom to those who might also be facing these problems, or those who have a family member or friend going through depression or anxiety as well. The book takes a practical approach to explaining anxiety and depression, where it comes from, and how to deal with it. The book offers helpful information to questions those struggling may have, such as whether or not to take medication, and how they can change their mindset to help them in their troubles.

I thought this book was well written, and clearly comes from someone who knows first hand what a battle anxiety and depression can be, and how overwhelming it can feel to face. I thought this book offered sound advice for those who are dealing with anxiety or depression, and really broke these problems down and offered real advice that can be used in healing.

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.