Friday, February 17, 2012

When Work and Family Collide

Andy Stanley always impresses me. He is a man who knows how to put into words how to apply Scripture. This book is no different. I like Stanley as a speaker AND an author, which is a great accomplishment.

This short yet powerful book causes the reader to evaluate how they've been spending time. "In effect, you pledge your allegiance to the person or thing that receives your time" (76).

"Whereas work is task focused, the family is relationship focused.... In one environment we find our worth through accomplishment. In the other we find our value simply by who our relatives are" (22).

I recommend this book, especially to businessmen who think that work is their entire life. One day they will come home and not recognize the people in the own house. It is time to make some changes in order to save your family.

I reviewed this book for Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers Blogging for Books. I received this book for free in exchange for a review of the book.

Friday, February 10, 2012

January books

I read five books in January.
Besides Dug Down Deep:

Jonathan Livingston Seagull -- I got this book from Lucy. It was a quick, easy read and a good story.

Working the Angles by Eugene Peterson -- this was in my stack of books to read for the year. I got it from a friend in KY. I really appreciated the effort to check in on people in ministry. Just because we are seen as "professional Christians" does not always mean we are very good at reading Scripture and praying. It also helped me remember the importance of REST/SABBATH!

The Giver by Lois Lowry -- my BFF from HS said she read this book in HS. I did not, so I read it and LOVED IT! Apparently it's similar to the Hunger Games series, which I did not like my first time trying to read (only got 20-40 pages into it... I'll try again with book + cd).

Waking the Dead by John Eldredge -- also recommended by a friend. It helped me remember the importance of taking care of your heart, knowing that as a Christian, your heart is GOOD. I always like Eldredge and the way he ties things together.

I also had a book on my list that I decided to donate to the library instead. It was The Girl Who Could Fly. My mom got it free in the mail, but I just feel like giving it away instead. And if I ever have the desire to read it, I know which library to go to. haha...