Month: November 2015

Book Review and Giveaway: “This Means War” by Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick with Troy Schmidt


This Means War is a self-described strategic prayer journal. It is targeted to preteen and teen boys. The authors do an excellent job appealing to their audience. The use of camo, the soldier theme, and short sections are engaging to this age group. I found it particularly interesting that they used the Twitter format to make a point about their prayer life in one section. I love the relevancy of the examples they use. There are plenty of spaces and opportunities for interaction through the book’s directed questions that relate to that chapter’s lesson.

The book teaches the reader about prayer life and how to improve it. The subject matter spans a lot of areas of the boy’s life, including family, church, school, etc. There is a clear presentation of the Gospel included. It also provides a breakdown of the Lord’s Prayer. The book concludes with the last sections devoted to common questions posed about prayer.

Being a huge fan of the movie War Room, I got this book for my son. I don’t think he’s been this excited about a book in a long time. His eyes lit up just from seeing the camo paint-slattered cover. He quickly flipped through the pages and declared it to be “Awesome!” He has since carried it to church and school to show it to his friends. Needless to say, he loves it!

This would a great journal for all boys. I highly recommend it based on the content and excitement it stirred in my son about such an important subject.

I received this book for free from B&H Publishing in exchange for an honest review as part of their Lifeway Bloggers Program. I was not obligated to write a positive review.

I’ve got some great news for you! The publisher has graciously provided me with an extra copy to give away here. In order to be entered into the drawing, comment on this post or subscribe using the box to the right of this post for two entries into the drawing (current subscribers will be entered already). I will hold the random drawing on Wednesday, November 18th. The winner will be contacted via email. You’ll have 24 hours to contact me, or I’ll draw another name.

UPDATE: The giveaway closed last night, and I’d like to congratulate Denise on winning the book. I’d love to thank those who so kindly commented and those who subscribed. It was great to see the interest from this giveaway, and I hope to do another in the future.

Book Review: “You First – Journal Your Way to Your Best Life” by Lea Michele


You First is a journal that leads the reader in a journey of exploration of the following four aspects of their lives: you, ambition, relationships, and happiness. The book poses open-ended questions in each section that are thought-provoking and are intended to probe the thoughts and feelings surrounding the subcategories of each of the aforementioned aspects. Those subcategories are:

You – roots, fitness, diet and nutrition
Ambition – goals, role models, mind-expanding challenges
Relationships – friendships, romantic relationships, colleagues
Happiness – hobbies, charity and giving back, gratitude

As you can see, the book covers a lot of material. It has a beautiful purple color scheme. Particular emphasis is placed on writing goals and dreams down so as to be intentional about reaching them.

Overall, it is a nice journal. There are certain sections which don’t apply to me. However, I agree with with the author most definitely that the ability to reach goals can be directly related to one’s ability to articulate what the goal actually is and how it can be attained, at least in part. If you’re looking for direction on the areas the book covers, this could be a useful book.

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