Month: August 2015

Book Review: “War Room” by Chris Fabry

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I was so excited to read this novelization by Chris Fabry. I decided to read it after seeing a trailer for the movie. This book did not disappoint! It introduces us to Tony and Elizabeth Jordan, a couple who seem to have it all, but don’t. Tony is an almost absentee father who is annoyed by his wife and turns to dishonesty and flirtation with another woman. Elizabeth is resentful of her husband and lets her irritation with him affect her and her marriage. This dynamic changes when Elizabeth meets a client named Miss Clara, an elderly widow who starts to impart wisdom to Elizabeth. What Elizabeth thinks will be her next real estate sale may also be the answer to saving her failing marriage. Miss Clara teaches Elizabeth how to use prayer to change the course of her family’s legacy…from one of certain divorce to a thriving, loving family.

I absolutely loved this book! It was an easy read. I found myself carving out extra time to read it to find out what happens next. Wouldn’t the world be so much better if everyone had a Miss Clara to point them to prayer as an answer to life’s problems? I loved that prayer was the central thought woven through every storyline. It was wonderful to see how much each character developed though the book through their commitment to improving their prayer life. It encouraged me to evaluate my prayer life and make a plan to improve it. Now, I can’t wait to take my family to see the movie! Check out more information on the movie at War Room Movie

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

Book Review: “What Color Is Your Parachute? for Teens”, Third Edition by Carol Christen

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This book is the third edition of the popular series What Color is Your Parachute?, written specifically for teens. The book is divided into three parts:
1) Discover Your Dream Job: And Plot to Get It
2) On the Way to Your Future: Help if You Don’t Know Where to Go
3) Land Your Dream Job: Create Your Ideal Life…and More
Each section contains discovery exercises to help the student to think through the larger idea that the author is presenting. The step-by-step approach of the book offers a no-nonsense plan to achieve their goals. By using an easy-to-read graphic called My Parachute, the teen can assess their skills, interest, skills, likes, and dislikes. Tips and inspirational quotes are peppered throughout the text. I also enjoyed how the book guides them on how to make the most of their high school and college experiences to further their career goals.

I was interested in this book for my children to help them organize their thoughts about their long-range goals and dreams. They enjoyed dreaming as they explored the book. The book made them sit down and think about just where they want to be long-term and how to get there. It was so wonderful to see them think through all the possibilities that are out there for them. In fact, one of my children thought of an entirely new career path that combined two of his most loved interests. He was excited at the prospect of being able to do two things that make him so happy at the same time. I’m not sure he would have thought of it so early in life if this book hadn’t challenged him to think such things through. It’s a good book for tweens and teens who are interested in guiding themselves towards a career that makes them happy.

I received this book for free from BloggingforBook.org’s Blogger Program in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.