Monday, August 27, 2012

Breaking Free from Fear

By: Kay Arthur


Breaking Free from Fear is a six-week Bible study that covers many aspects of fear.  Topics include fear of the Lord, man, the future, “what ifs” and death.  Each week begins with an introduction paragraph and an observation section where the leader instructs the group to mark-up passages with crosses, triangles, underlines, etc.  The studies include scriptures, discussion questions and a summary.  The format may work for many groups as it is designed to take forty minutes and there is no homework.  The study is meant to be completed with the group.  However, if someone wanted to do a more in depth study they could certainly do so.  The scriptures are printed on the sides of the pages which will save some time looking up scriptures.

I thought this was a good Bible study as it addressed many fears that so many of us battle each day.  I also liked the format of the weekly studies.  I personally do not care for the marking up of the passages but that does not impact the study material.  I would recommend this for a group or even individual study.  Please see below for links to additional resources regarding this book.

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

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Fully Alive

By: Ken Davis

Ken Davis is a best-selling author and a motivational speaker.  He also hosts a radio show called “Lighten Up!” which is heard in the United States and around the world.  Not being familiar with Ken, I was not sure what to expect when I chose to review this book.  The summary sounded interesting but I was hoping it was not a motivational book without any substance.  I was pleasantly surprised as I read through this book.  In my opinion, Ken does a wonderful job connecting with his readers.   While a lot of the information in this book is nothing new it was presented well.  I felt that Ken was relatable enough that his message could be heard.  He talks about many trials he has had to face and, while it was not easy, he has overcome many obstacles.  One of his obstacles was his weight.  He saw a picture of himself with his granddaughter and it was a wake-up call for him.  Ken decided to sign up for a triathlon as he knew this would encourage him to begin his journey to health.  He talks a lot about his journey to health and I found his journey to be quite inspirational.  He is truly an example of someone who has not allowed his age to dictate what he can or cannot do.  He also has chosen not to allow obstacles to get in the way of his goal.  He always found a way to press on. 

I highly recommend this book as I found it very encouraging.  Along with Ken’s stories, I also enjoyed the pictures that Ken decided to share with his readers.  He even included his “defining moment” picture, which I mentioned above, of him and his granddaughter.  I challenge you to read this book and see if it sparks a change in your own life.

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