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To Be Perfectly Honest

I had never heard of Phil Callaway prior to this book review. To be perfectly honest, I could not resist the pun, I thought he looked a lot like Larry David and was not sure what I was in for when I signed up for the book. Am I ever so glad that I did, because this was hilarious.

Callaway’s premise for the book (which is more like a journal or diary) was what he calls a “truth dare”. The challenge was to “…tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth for an entire year.” Think about that for a moment; to tell the truth and be completely honest with everyone. How would you do for one day? Imagine taking the challenge for an entire year. I feel I am a person that always tells the truth, but to be perfectly honest (sorry could not resist the temptation again) this would be a challenge.

With that being said, if you have ever wanted to read something that is a filled with laughs generated from everyday life, then this would be a fun read. It is not a long book and reads quickly and easily. You do not have to take any challenges while reading this book, but you might be inspired to increase truth and honesty in your personal life.

Click to Read Chapter One of the book for a preview. I think you’ll enjoy it, too. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

All Pro Dad

Are you the type of dad that understands and loves sports? If you are this dad and want a guide to being a good dad, then Mark Merrill’s All Pro Dad is the book for you.

Merrill takes concepts of fatherhood and principles of “just being a good dad” that each man with children need to be aware of, and communicates them in a method that reads like a playbook for any professional sports team. All Pro Dad has a huge sports theme and has lots of quotes from “professional” dads like Tony Dungy, Jeb Bush, JB Brown, and Truett Cathy. It is an easy read that takes something very hard and makes it manageable with a few tips and a lot of prayer.

Merrill’s foundation is built upon two principles he calls Fatherhood Fundamentals. These are: love and leadership. His thoughts are that men that want to be the best dads that they can be will focus on these two fundamentals. This is done through his list of 7M’s. You’ll have to read the book to learn more about what these are.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book.

  • “We weren’t designed to love inanimate objects. Objects are not capable of receiving or giving love; only people are.”
  • “…love is all about–investing with no expectation of return.”
  • “Your leadership of your family will grow in direct proportion to the love that you show your family.”
  • “Patience is choosing to control your emotions rather than letting your emotions control you.”
  • “We want to believe the myth that all we need is quality time with our kids. But, our kids need quantity time.”

Would I recommend this book? Sure, it’s an easy read that gives great advice. Any dad would benefit from it. This is a book review for BookSneeze.com. I was not paid for this review.

Our Favorite Sins

This is a book review for Booksneeze.com. I was not paid for this review.

Todd Hunter’s book Our Favorite Sins had me from the very beginning. Something I usually do not comment one, but feel I should give kuddos to this time, is the graphic designer for the book cover.  I like the subliminal message of the apple (symbol of temptation from the Garden of Eden) being slowly eaten as you move through the title of the book. Great job designer!

Now, on to the book. The whole time I was reading this book I kept hearing over and over in my head the scripture, “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24 NKJV). Not only because Hunter used the scripture in the beginning of the book, but because I felt it was a constant reminder of the sinful nature we have as humans. Hunter did a great job explaining how that beating temptation requires struggle because it always involves sorting out rightly ordered desires for good and godly things from our disordered desires for wrong things (p. 3). See, Hunter breaks out the good stuff even on page 3. A few other favorite quotes from the beginning to help wet your appetites and maybe cause you to be tempted to read are:

  • Not all temptations are sexual.
  • It is sad and bizarre that we indulge our flesh even for a moment, after which we’re sure to feel guilty and ashamed.
  • Sin makes you stupid. (One of my favorites!)
  • Sin always brings struggle. But rather than struggling against the Spirit and our conscience, we need to strive with them, recruiting them as all-purpose foot soldiers in the fight against sin and temptation.
  • Temptation is always produced by desire. Samson desired something so much that he tossed aside his desire to live in obedient partnership with God. Delilah had something he wanted so badly that his desire for her caused his desire for God and God’s purpose to fade into the background. (Ouch! I never want anything to cause God to fade to the background.)
  • Americans don’t know what to do about temptation. Five out of ten don’t know what to do with the extra change given to them by the cashier.
  • Christians struggle with challenges today that are unique to our culture and decade. Eve never coveted Adam’s smartphone. But, temptation was there. Culture changes and so does the species of temptation. Fifty years ago a book on temptation would never mention Facebook or Twitter.
  • Sin from temptation is like a major earthquake under water. We think we can hide it, but it causes a tsunami of destruction.
  • I can be tempted only when a desire I already have within me matches something that comes to my attention.
Wow! Right? I hope this has sparked something that would make you want to consider temptation and the role it plays in our life. Hunter goes on to discuss specific types of temptation for the remainder of the first half of the book and then the second half of the book he begins to deal with practical things that don’t work and do work in relation to overcoming temptation. Check out the Modern and Futile  chapter; it’s an interesting read that will provoke you to prayer.

Our Favorite Sins

Man Alive

I have been reading Patrick Morley’s books for well over ten years now. The first one I read was The Man in the Mirror. When I read that book it changed my life. I had not been a part of any type of men’s ministry at church before. What I knew about men’s ministry was what most men know: barbeques, construction, softball, and ushering. The book helped teach me things about myself and becoming a man.

Well, Man Alive has been a book that was able to repeat this for me. Morley took years of ministering to men and combined them into a very easy, yet convicting, book to read. I would recommend this book to all men, men’s ministry leaders, pastors, sons, uncles, fathers, and the list goes on and on.

Man Alive

Morley talks about seven primal needs each man has within their soul. He mentions needs like “to feel like you don’t have to do life alone” and “to break free from the destructive behaviors that keep dragging you down.” The one that struck a major chord in my life (this time around), was the need “to understand how your life has a purpose, that your life is not random.” Could it be because I am in my early 30s and have two kids with one on the way? Maybe. I don’t really know. But, I do know that Morley’s discussion of purpose and discipleship has resonated with my soul. Each year at my church we have a pastoral vision designed to direct the year. This year’s vision is Excellence. One of the sub-points focuses on discipleship. Call this random chance or call this predestined and God ordained. It doesn’t matter to me. This book has ministered to me (and my Facebook & Twitter friends who have been getting the free “snippets”) in such a way that I will forever be transformed into a man like I was not before. A man with purpose, loved, and in communion with God like never before. An old man transformed into a new man. Paul says it well in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” Did the book do it alone? Not at all, but I would have to say it assisted in the transformation. Truly transformed into a new man…a Man Alive!

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

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