Monday, February 23, 2009

The Echo Within Book Blog Tour

The Echo Within is a profoundly affecting, honest look at the myriad ways we are drawn into our life's best work.

Written out of his own lifelong search for and response to the calling voice of God, Robert Benson recounts his discovery of the meaning of vocation, work, and purpose through the ups and downs inherent in family life, professional choice, and spiritual experience. With clarity and insight, and in the elegant prose for which he is known, he gently invites and encourages readers to find such deep truths for their lives as well. In particular, he illuminates the way for readers to explore:

  • Ways to sense the Holy in our pursuits, both in the pursuits of themselves and within themselves
  • How to fall into our vocation and chart a course toward it as the same time
  • How to love the work we do, and the pro9cess of doing it

For anyone beginning a new career or sensing a needed change in their life or wresttling with a transition suddenly thrust upon them, Robert Benson delivers wisdom, humor, and heart in what he's learned about listening for The Echo Within and how it can help us discover our calling.

Author Bio:
Robert Benson has written more than a dozen books about the discovery of the sacred in the midst of our ordinary lives, including Between the Dreaming and the Coming True, Home By Another Way, and Digging In. His work has been critically acclaimed in a wide range of publications from The New York Times and USA Today to Spirituality & Health and The Benedictine Review. He is an alumnus of The Upper Room's Academy for Spiritual Formation and was recently named a Living Spiritual Teacher by H lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Cruel and Usual Punishment: Nonie Darwish

The sympathy and genuine love that Ms. Darwish possesses for her people of origin, drives her to expose how they have been shackled by a 7th century religious zealotry which may ultimately lead to their own demise and that of the entire civilized world. Ms. Darwish, with much scholarly research, applies the yeoman's work to expose Islam as a skewed ideology which advocates pedophilia , slavery, subjugation of women, murder of homosexuals, and mayhem upon all infidels; fear, loathing and hate are sown and cultivated in the Koran, Hadith and Sharia, containing over 35,200 calls for death, decapitation, murder, and perpetrating fear and chaos upon non-Muslims.

The intolerable supremacist nature of Islam must be universally acknowledged both in the Muslim world as well as the Western world. No one will be safe until there is a total revolution calling for the absolute reformation of Islam. It is imperative for the victims who live under the ummah of Islam (women, children, dhimmis, homosexuals, and slaves) as well as the entire world and until such time there can be no conceivable way to transcend the violence that pursues the destruction of all beliefs outside of Islam.

Review by: Randy Settenbrino[ reviewer]

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

For Couples Only ... But

I have had the opportunity to review a really interesting boxed set of two books called "For Couples Only Box Set". What a great gift to give you and your significant other, spouse, or are we right for each other person of interest. Whether you're dating or have been married for fifty years, get ready to know each other in a whole new way--woohoo what an adventure!

Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn: Since their debut, these revolutionary guides have sold well over a million copies, been translated into fifteen languages, and sparked much fascinating water-cooler conversation around the country. Now in this new boxed set, you will find fascinating tid-bits about the other man or woman in your life. If you have that question, why doesn't he/she .... this is for you.

Each volume is based on input from more than a thousand members of the opposite sex--including an unprecedented nationwide survey and hundreds of personal interviews. This innovative approach yields candid and surprising answers about everything you don't "get" about your significant other--even what that person deeply wishes you knew. It also produces simple but groundbreaking awareness of how you can best love and support the one who is most important to you.

Get ready--the adventure is just beginning to a new view of relationships!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I Do Again

With their professional success and adorable twin daughters, Jess and Cheryl Scruggs looked like the perfect couple. But their polished facade concealed a widening chasm between two people unable to connect on an intimate, soul-deep level.

Like so many couples, one or both look for emotional fulfillment that leads to an affair and, finally divorce. For most couples that's the end and it is the children who really suffer in the end. But this honest and thought provoking book brings us to another possibility. After seven years, Jeff and Cheryl found themselves at the altar looking at each other with a renewed love and appreciation for their lives.

I Do Again details the fascinating real-life story of a couple whose relationship seemed shattered beyond hope until a spiritual awakening let them to reconsider their definitions of what marriage would or should look like. The fairy-tale definition was gone, the truth of what it takes for two people to blend into one and retain their individuality. Can that happen? Yes, and it takes work.

This is a riveting journey of the power of prayer and redemption, this remarkable book offers nenewed hope for even the most troubled marriages and reveals why the rewards of restoration are well worth the wait. If you know someone who is going through these challenges, or even yourself, this is definitely worth a thorough read.

Author Bio:
Cheryl and Jeff Scruggs are the founders of Hope Matters Marriage Ministries, and for the past several years they have shared their incredible story of a marriage restored with audiences across the mation. Jeff is an account manager with OshKosh B'Gosh and Cheryl has served as director of the Frisco, Texas, office of the Center for Christian Counseling. They live in Dallas, Texas with their two collge-age daughters.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Love As A Way of Life

What a great week this is going to be, a blog book tour about LOVE. Isn't that a subject almost everybody in the world likes to discuss? There will be several books reviewed this week, so don't miss a day and enjoy these great books. Our first one is by well-known author Gary Chapman [The Five Love Languages] and Elisa Stanford. I was so surprised how much I enjoyed this book.

In this short "90-day adventure that makes love a daily habit". I opened it and couldn't put it down, reading it all the way through. But now taking it as a daily reading to change some of my own love habits. Its an awesome book to read by yourself, with a spouse, or someone you really are about. Getting good habits in love, is truly an investment in the lives of other people.

Chapman breaks down this devotional into nine sections, which centers around seven biblical principles. One that got my attention is about getting respect. That's one of the biggest hindrances to relationships I deal with in counseling with people. They simply don't feel respected in their homes, on their jobs, in their churches. The question then becomes do we want love, are we able to be a person of love.

To become a person who consistently loves others, you first need to be a loving person. In this companion devotional to Love as a Way of Life, you'll find inspiration for letting love guide the way you respond to others in every situation. Can you imagine what life in general would become if we could each take 90-days to change our love habits?

Dr. Gary Chapman is the author of twenty-six books, including the New York Times bestseller The Five Love Languages, with more than 4 million copies in print. His daily radio program, A Love Language Minute, is broadcast on more than 100 stations nationwide. Dr. Chapman, a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Wheaton College , Wake-Forest University , and Southwestern Seminary, serves on a church staff in North Carolina .

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

This Is Your Brain On Joy

The first thing I liked about "This Is Your Brain On Joy" is the cover. The colors and title give hope for great inspiration inside and the reader is not disappointed. Many of the Christian television shows have had physicians and specialists on their programs speaking about how to improve the brain, how to heal the brain, but I must say they turned me off by weird concoctions to eat and drink, even though I was interested in improving brain power as we grow older or after disease and accidents.

Instead, Dr. Henslin and Dr. Amen bring a delightful infusion of understanding into the brain's functioning on all levels, they supply the necessary elements of what to eat, how to alter moods and the most common of ailments that the brain processes.

Such topics as "Panic Attacks, Agoraphobia, and Good Old Southern Cooking", Stomping on the ANTs", "Cinematherapy and Support Village", have to do with a development of a healthy brain. Easy to understand do's and don't's are included, so the gues work is taken out. Or maybe you've had problems with "Sticks and Stones and Harmful Words", don't miss that chapter. It may help you help your children grow into healthy thinkers in a collapsing moral value system.

"Using the Brain System Checklist, Dr. Henslin explains what happens to the 5 Mood Centers in the brain when any one of hose areas are out of balance. This is great news, especially for those tortured by the fear that something is fundamentally wrong with them when the problem actually lies between their ears."

Joy is a trait in our life that can move mountains of problems into stepping-stones of success.
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