Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Power Of A Half Hour by Tommy Barnett

Time is important. There is so much you can do with time. In this case we look at the change a half hour can do. In a half hour you  can change your life path. You could change your character. You can establish or ruin a relationship. That half hour is important.
 Time as well as life is a gift. All of us are given the same amount of time. Once it is past we can’t bring it back.  We can’t grasp it and bottle it. All we can do is decide to use or not use it. The power packed in small amounts of time is ours.
 Barnett presents us with 30 action packed power principles.  At the end of his presentation he has a personal power action plan we can use in small groups or individually.
 I found this book to be thought provoking. It makes one consider just what he is doing with the time given to him and how he can make an impact in the world around him. Barnett even includes family time in the discussion A person doesn’t need large lumps. The small periods will do.
This book will be on sale December  17. I was sent a copy free from WaterBrook Publication to review. I was not required to give a positive review and any viewpoints expressed are mine and not those of the publisher.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Inferno by Dan Brown

           It has been on the best sellers list for a few weeks and is no longer there. I decided  to see what it was that was so attractive about it. I had read his earlier work The Da Vinci Code   which was a stretch but also a good read.
            In this book Brown tells a fast paced ever moving tense tale. It is plot driven not character driven. He seems to be a one theme writer.
            Once again Professor Robert Langdon is involved. In The Da Vinci Code the main  clue was a panting of the Mona Lisa. Here Brown uses the poem The Inferno by Dante Alighieri as the focal point.
            The story moves disjointedly from scene to scene. The use of flashbacks slows the story and is not very well executed. The plot is thin but for people who like action it may not be noticed.   Unbelief has to be suspended too far.  The ending is unsatisfactory.
            Brown is a formula writer and I think he has reduplicated what little fame he got with The Da Vinci Code. .  He will not be remembered years after he dies. But then how many writers really survive?
I would suggest that a person check it out of the library and save their money. That is if they want to read it. There must be people out there who do or else he wouldn’t have been on the best sellers list for a while.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

C. S. Lewis: A life by Alister McGrath

         He is still popular even though he thought he would fade from importance. C. S. Lewis (1898 to 1963) an Irish man whom people now consider a British gentleman, was a scholar who aso was able to connect with the common man. He probably never wanted the fame he got.
       McGrath writes a more complete biography of C. S. Lewis. The other biographers of  Lewis had known him. McGrath had only the diaries and writings to depend upon. He does a good job.
      Lewis  was not a theologian in the sense of an ordained clergy. He was just an ordinary man living life. He was a prolific writer and seemed to enjoy scholarship.
     He soon sensed that good literary techniques could better express the deeper truth he was discovering. From 1898 to 1930 he was a atheist. He became a Christian in 1930, McGrath explores that fact well, not a Christian of any denomination or affiliation.
     During the sixties Lewis was almost forgotten but Americans became interested in his works, especially Mere Christianity, that his writings became read again.
     His Narnia Tales have been made into movies, at least the first three..
.   A time line is included at the end of the book.
    This is a welcome addition to the other biographies of Lewis.

Friday, November 15, 2013

The Prodigal by Brennan Manning and Greg Garrett

           This book is a fictional story. But the message of forgiveness and a second chance is still up to date.
            “You know, Jack,” his father said, “whatever you’ve done, it can be forgiven.”
            “No,” Jack said. “I don’t think so.”
            “Well,” his father said with that old gruffness in his voice again, “ you’re the pastor. But I hope to God you’re wrong.”
            This uses the motif of the prodigal son thus the name. Jack is the pastor of a large self built church. He is known as the People’s Pastor. But he is caught in sexual sin and refuses to confess. He loses his church and his wife and his respect. No one wants to associate with him.
            But his father comes to get him and take him home. Once home he has to reestablish himself and find who he is. He is able to reinvent and restore his self respect.
            I enjoyed this book even through it was in places a bit simplistic. But the writer had only so many pages he could use. Even with those limitations he was able to tell a good story.
            Manning did not see the finished book. But his co-author Garrett was able to complete the project.
            I recommend this book for those who enjoy a good redemptive story.
            I received a copy of this book free as a member of the blog review team of BookSneeze. The views expressed are those of the author and not of the publisher.