Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Influencers

We are all a product of the multiple influencing souls that have intersected our lives. Probably most have never thought of this, but there is a list that could be compiled of people that have molded you into the person you are today. James Stuart Bell has compiled From the Library of A.W. Tozer, Selections From Writers Who Influenced His Spiritual Journey, a collection of writings from some of the greatest authors and thinkers in history dating from Augustine of Hippo to Pastor G. Campbell Morgan.

A.W. Tozer was a prolific writer, authoring over 40 works during his lifetime. One of these is now regardled as a Christian classic – The Pursuit of God. Bell provides a short biography of Tozer's life, his conversion when he stopped to listen to a street preacher in Akron, Ohio on his way home from work, his pastorate, and influence on what is now the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination. Having never attended college, he was mentored by the woman who would eventually become his mother-in-law. She encouraged him to study the Bible and pray daily, and read good books. Five years later, he was called of God to become a pastor. The voices contained in the pages of this book are those who influenced this great man of God. It is divided into eight chapters, each containing brief writings from authors who influenced Tozer in that particular subject area. Should you be unfamiliar with the author's writings, Author Biographies provides additional knowledge for the reader. Bell also provides the original source for each of the writings should the reader desire to read the work in its entirety. Finally, each author is indexed to provide the reader a quick reference if needed. No matter where you are in your spiritual walk, this book could certainly be a help to you, either as a daily devotional, or as a go to study reference. It's 200 excerpts will inspire your walk with the Lord and deepen your faith.

Disclaimer – I received this book from Bethany House Pulblishers in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Paws & Tales The Good Shephard

Whether it is Marsha, Gooz, Ned, or CJ, your children and grandchildren will pick out a favorite character and fall in love with the general concept of Paws & Tales! In the DVD, God Cares For You, there are two episodes that will bring smiles to the entire family. In addition, there are games and music videos making this DVD even more valuable to your family.
Inspired by the ministry of Chuck Swindoll, founder of Insight for Living, Paws & Tales is “committed to communicating biblical truth and applying it to real life.” The beautiful part of this ministry is that the “kids will be captivated by the adventure, caught up in the laughter, and carried away in the fun…and the whole time they’ll be on their way to understanding solid Bible theology.”

I watched these videos with my three grandchildren, and let me tell you, they were fascinated. The animation is top notch, as is the writing. There is no “in your face” theology, however, very subtly, the concept of Christ’s love is revealed with each passing scene. Perhaps the greatest endorsement is hearing them ask, “Is that all?”

You can watch the first part of one of these videos on the Paws & Tales YouTube channel by clicking
Lots more information is available at or at

I am holding a giveaway for a free copy of this DVD, so here are some rules and how to enter....

1. Become a follower for one entry into the drawing or if you are already a follower let me know that in the comments section.

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5. This giveaway is open until Saturday February 26, 2011 at midnight. After that the comments section will be closed and I will put all the names in a hat and let my grandchildren children draw a name from it. We will post the winner on Sunday afternoon and the winner will have 24 hours to contact me or I will have the children draw another name.

Simple Right!

I am so excited to be hosting this giveaway and feel that the product will speak for itself.


**I was given a free copy of this DVD in exchange for my honest opinion. I was also given a free product award certificate to giveaway to one lucky reader with no strings attached other than the ways to gain entry. No other compensation was given. This is in conjunction with the guidelines set forth by Tyndale House Publishing**

****Participating bloggers/Website Employees and their families are not eligible to win this prize.****

Thursday, February 17, 2011

One of the Good Guys

PUJOLS: More Than The Game by Scott Lamb and Tim Ellsworth

Albert Pujols was born in Santo Domingo, the capitol city of the Dominican Republic. Because of his birthplace, he grew up loving the game of baseball, as did all the other kids of that nation. We think of baseball as a national pastime. To the citizens of the Dominican Republic baseball represents an obsessive compulsion.

From the day he first tried out for the Fort Osage Senior High School baseball team until the present, Pujols' bat has spoken volumes for him. He was the first player in history to bat .300 with 30 home runs and 100 runs batted in for ten consecutive seasons
As of 2010 he has hit 408 home runs. As a player in both The World Series and nine All Star games, Pujols’ star is certainly burning very brightly.

The excellence he has displayed in his playing career is matched only by the excellence of character one can see in his personal life. Albert is a devout Christian – a seriously faithful follower of Christ and he takes seriously his obligation to witness to the world about his faith. Albert uses his position as first baseman to discuss life after death with the opposing players. Imagine you land safely at first base and all of a sudden, the first baseman asks you, “Do you know where you’ll go when you die?” Talk about taking you out of your rhythm. Albert doesn’t do this for any type of psychological advantage – he rather is fulfilling his obligation to Christ to be a witness for Him.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a few hours to strengthen their faith. The book would also be a great gift to sports fans, and could be instrumental in introducing a non believer to the world of faith.

Booksneeze supplied me with a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Jails and Nursing Homes

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Here's the way it should be:

Let's put the seniors in jail and the criminals in nursing homes.

This would correct two things in one motion:

Seniors would have access to showers, hobbies and walks.

They would receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical
Treatment, wheel chairs, etc.

They would receive money instead of having to pay it out.

They would have constant video monitoring, so they would be helped instantly... If they fell or needed assistance.

Bedding would be washed twice a week and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them.

A guard would check on them every 20 minutes.

All meals and snacks would be brought to them.

They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.
They would have access to a library, weight/fitness room, spiritual counseling, a pool and education...and free admission to in-house concerts by nationally recognized entertainment artists.

Simple clothing - ie. Shoes, slippers, pj's - and legal aid would be free, upon request.

There would be private, secure rooms provided for all with an outdoor exercise yard complete with gardens.

Each senior would have a P.C., T.V., phone and radio in their room at no cost.

They would receive daily phone calls.

There would be a board of directors to hear any complaints and the ACLU would fight for their rights and protection.

The guards would have a code of conduct to be strictly adhered to, with attorneys available, at no charge to protect the seniors and their families from abuse or neglect.

As for the criminals:

They would receive cold food.

They would be left alone and unsupervised.

They would receive showers once a week.

They would live in tiny rooms, for which they would have to pay $5,000 per month.

They would have no hope of ever getting out.

"Sounds like justice to me!"
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Your Faith and the American Dream

'CoverCover via Amazon In Radical, David Platt looks at how Christianity in America has become far too comfortable. He suggests that Americans have become more interested in pursuing the "American dream" than in fulfilling their obligations to Christ. ." Platt, the pastor of four-thousand member The Church of Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama, pulls no punches, and somehow manages to disturb without offending.

Radical is the no-excuse, no-holds-barred work of a pastor who is fed up with what Christianity has become in America. In his passionate way, David Platt shares his burden about a Christian religion that has strayed far from what it is supposed to be. His book teaches and convicts readers. His goal is to help Christians see what they're missing out on by holding back in their faith. He says, for example,

If Jesus is who he said he is, and if his promises are as rewarding as the Bible claims they are, then we may discover that satisfaction in our lives and success in the church are not found in what our culture deems most important but in radical abandonment to Jesus.

If people are dying and going to hell without ever even knowing there is a gospel, then we clearly have no time to waste our lives on an American dream.

Why would we ever want to settle for Christianity according to our ability or settle for church according to our resources?

After eight compelling chapters filled with writing like the above, Radical concludes with The Radical Experiment, a clarion call to "One year to a life lived upside down," in which the reader is urged to commit to:

Pray for the entire world
Read through the entire Word
Sacrifice your money for a specific purpose
Spend your time in another context
Commit your life to multiplying community

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

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