Monday, May 28, 2012

Living Beyond Your Feelings

Living Beyond Your Feelings
By Joyce Meyer
About the book:
The average person has 70,000 thoughts every day, and many of those thoughts trigger a corresponding emotion. No wonder so many of us often feel like we're controlled by our emotions. Our lives would be much improved is we controlled them.

In LIVING BEYOND YOUR FEELINGS, Joyce Meyer examines the gamut of feelings that human beings experience. She discusses the way that the brain processes and stores memories and thoughts, and then - emotion by emotion - she explains how we can manage our reactions to those
emotions. By doing that, she gives the reader a toolbox for managing the way we react to the onslaught of feelings that can wreak havoc on our lives.

In this book, Meyer blends the wisdom of the Bible with the latest psychological research and discusses: the 4 personality types and their influence on one's outlook, the impact of stress on physical and emotional health, the power of memories, the influence of words on emotions, anger & resentment, sadness, loss & grief, fear, guilt & regret, the power of replacing reactions with pro-actions, and the benefits of happiness.

My thoughts:
Joyce Meyer strongly believes in not letting our emotions control us, as you can see since she's written books like "Battlefield of the Mind" and "Power Thoughts". This book is no different.
There isn't anything groundbreaking in the book, it's all pretty self explanatory and something most people know but how much time do we put into actually focusing our thoughts for success? This book aims at showing you how. She does an execellant job in desrcibing the root of our emotions and guiding us to Scripture in order to deal with emotions.
Joyce Meyer has a simple and straight forward style that makes it easy to grasp and feel like you can learn to not let your emotions control you.

*received this book free for review from Hachette Book Group*
Favorite Quote:
"If we wait to see how we feel before we know if we can enjoy our day, then we are giving our feelings control over us"

Rating: 4 carats

Monday, May 21, 2012

Through My Eyes

Through My Eyes
By Tim Tebow with Nathan Whitaker
About the Book:
In this young reader’s edition of his New York Times bestselling book Through My Eyes, NFL quarterback and college football star Tim Tebow gives readers seven and up the behind-the-scenes details of his life both on and off the field, sharing how his Christian faith, family values, and relentless will to succeed have molded him into the person and the athlete he is today.
My Thoughts:
This is the young readers version of "Through My Eyes" and it is just that, for kids. It's a very good book for kids, though. We are taken on the journey from before Tim was born till he started planning in the NFL.

It's positive, uplifting, and shows that you can be very successful while holding on to and living out strong Christian convictions.

*I received this book free for review from Zondervan publishers*
Favorite Quote:
" Jeremiah 29:11-For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Rating: 4 carats

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sunrise on the Battery

Sunrise on the Battery
By Beth Webb Hart
Now that she’s arrived at the ultimate address, can Mary Lynn’s view of the harbor – and success – satisfy the deeper longings of her heart?
After decades of carefully working their way up the social ladder, Mary Lynn and Jackson Scoville are living their dream: a life of luxury and ease in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina. Jackson made a small fortune selling low country real estate, so now the couple is determined to provide for their three daughters the life they both longed for as kids.
But lately the long-forgotten God of Mary Lynn’s childhood has been trying
to get her attention in ways so unusual that she can no longer deny His presence. When she prays for Jackson to open his heart to God, something radical happens. Jackson has a dramatic conversion that leads to street witnessing, giving away money, and inviting less-than-reputable people into their home.
Starring out into the harbor, Mary Lynn ponders whether or not she is willing to give up her life of luxury to join Jackson in his new-found faith. What would it look like to go “all out” for God…to allow Him to lead their family regardless of the cost? Just when Mary Lynn felt she had all the desires of her heart – she finds herself being called into a much bigger story of true faith and love.

My Thoughts:
"Sunrise on The Battery" is a very thought-provoking book. Mary Lynn has every material thing she could ever want. She joins a Bible study, has a change of heart, and begins praying for the same in her husband, Jackson.

As the story unfolds Jackson's change of heart becomes more than Mary Lynn bargained for. Mary Lynn begins to question whether material wealth can offer as much as strong conviction.

Beth Webb Hart paints a vivid picture of Charleston, South Carolina while she weaves a heavy story that stays with you after the book is closed.

* I received this book free for review from Thomas Nelson Publishers*

Rating: 4 carats