Thursday, March 20, 2014

Lunch menu not right for me

REVIEW: If I Had Lunch with C.S. Lewis: Exploring the Ideas of C.S. Lewis on the Meaning of Life by Alister McGrath

I wanted it to like this book more than I did.  It is not a difficult read, but it is not easy either.

Each chapter focuses on an imaginary lunch with Lewis and tries to flesh out what he might say on certain topics such as friendship, the Christian life, and pain.

I would have preferred the book to read more like a personal conversation between me (the reader) and Lewis, but it felt more research based from McGrath. For some readers, this might be appealing. But I was hoping for more of a personal, laid-back, intimate, and easy reading experience with Lewis as if I was truly sitting down with him for a cup of coffee at lunch. Unfortunately, that wasn’t on the menu.

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*Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for my unbiased review.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

I “love” this book!

REVIEW: I Like Giving by Brad Formsma

I just don’t “like” this book, I love it!

I Like Giving is a treasure trove of amazing testimonies that encourage, motivate, and inspire readers toward generosity.

As a pastor, this is a book I am excited to have on my bookshelf.  I plan to put it to good use by sharing many of the giving stories with my congregation. My hope is that it will then create a ripple of giving to impact my congregation, community, and beyond. 

As Christians, generosity is in our DNA. We were made to give. This book helps us do what we were innately made to do by giving readers practical and creative ideas on ways to give that makes an impact not only on the receiver, but also the giver.

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*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this unbiased review.