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The title of the book Simplify caught my attention.  Knowing Bill Hybels’ writing and speaking from previous experiences, I was curious to see what the practices are that he advocates to simplify life. I’ve often encountered in my own life, and in the lives of others, an ongoing sense that we’re just juggling life waiting for something to drop and life to fall apart.  Being pulled in multiple directions we realize we’re not as flexible as we thought and are left wondering how can I simplify life to make it easier!…

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I had the opportunity to read John Ortberg’s book Soul Keeping.   I’m not entirely sure why the title caught my eye, whether it was the author, the title, or perhaps God saying ‘read this’… my guess is a combination of both.  In the book Ortberg invites us into his journey and relationships so we can explore the nature of our soul, how to care for it, and the value it has in our discipleship.   Ortberg begins by expanding on what the soul is, a reflection which made me aware…

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It always seems to me there is an endless supply of parenting books available.   Being the father of four girls, Be the Dad She Needs You to Be grabbed my attention from the many other titles I know are available.   In his book Dr. Kevin Leman  lays out his position on how important fathers are in the lives of daughters.   The topics he discusses range from understanding birth order, how girls relate compared to guys, discipline ideas, to sexuality, right through the teenage years.  Dr. Leman reminds us that we…

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Every so often I find a book compelling enough I just can’t wait to finish reading it.  Nabeel’s reflections and memories of growing up in the Islamic faith and culture, while eventually encountering Christianity, are a compelling read.   His book exposes us to a deeper understanding of Islamic faith, the diversity of belief within the Islamic faith as well as the culture.   As Nabeel shares, we see a genuine love for his family and for his faith during his growing up years.  Nabeel systematically works through the encounters that he…

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When  I was given the chance to read How High Will You Climb? by John Maxwell  I approached it with mixed emotions.  Normally I’m a fan of Maxwell’s leadership work, but the subtitle of the book is Determine Your Success by Cultivating the Right Attitude gave me some hesitation.  I’m glad the hesitation didn’t stop me as I found the book a valuable and good read. The book begins by walking us through becoming aware of our attitude and the importance of it.  From there Maxwell explores the things that…

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I know there are a number of historical people who I’d love to have lunch with.   On that list would be C.S. Lewis, the author of one of my favourite story series – the Chronicles of Narnia.  When I heard about Alister McGrath’s book “If I Had lunch with C.S. Lewis” I was intrigued. McGrath’s writing stands on it’s own, so his writing on Lewis definitely intrigued me. What I found was a book that is part biography, part philosophical, part reflection. This mish mash might seem strange to…

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This past year my blog has been focussed on our Bible reading challenge and hasn’t included too many other posts, let alone book reviews.  However Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of Saving Casper by Jim Henderson and Matt Casper.  The context for this book is important as it follows up Jim and Casper go to Church by the same authors.   Matt Casper is an atheist who went to churches with Jim Henderson and they shared their experiences from a christian and atheist perspective.  The question that followed was…

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