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Book Review ~ How To Be A Perfect Christian By Babylon Bee

About The Book With a biting, satirical style reminiscent of The Onion, How to Be a Perfect Christian takes a humorous look at the quirks of cultural Christianity while subtly challenging the reader to search for more than a cultural faith. Written in the trademark style of The Babylon Bee, this book humorously satirizes cultural Christianity while peppering in subtle challenges to the reader. Through humor and sarcasm (and a handy meter to rank your “holiness” as you progress through the book), readers will be called to find a more biblical understanding of the Christian faith, all while poking fun at the quirks of the modern, American Christian community. Category Religious/Christian/Non-fiction Genre Humor Rating 4.5 Stars Review Warning: This book is not for everyone! If you’re overly complacent, this book will confuse you. If you’re the slightest bit legalistic, it will offend you. Read at your own risk!  *winks & giggles* In How To Be A Perfect Christian, The Babylon Bee goes the whole nine yards—humor, irony, and exaggeration—to produce this highly satirical piece meant to poke fun at …

Book Spotlight ~ This Is The Day By Tim Tebow

The New York Times best-selling sports star and media icon motivates readers to stop postponing dreams and start making them happen now because–this is the day. Beyond Tim Tebow’s exploits as a Heisman-winning football player, he is widely known and respected for his exemplary character and personal excellence, which have made him a role model for millions. When Tim interacts with the public, he often encounters people who feel “stuck”–unable to take action on matters ranging from daily life to pursuing lifelong dreams. In response, Tim often identifies a crippling fear or lack of courage, to which he advises: “now is the time to take some risks, to quiet the voices of defeat, to step forward and make a mark, because this is the day.” In this inspiring, motivational book, readers will receive the advice and encouragement to daily move from “pause” to “play” in finding deeper meaning and success. Tim illustrates the book’s themes with stories from his personal life that will delight all readers, including an update on his dream pursuit of a …

Book Review ~ Hope For Your Marriage By Clayton & Ashlee Hurst

About The Book Clayton and Ashlee Hurst share the principles and Scripture they have learned to lean on and preach at Lakewood Church.  Are you willing to do whatever it takes to have the marriage you dreamed of? Interestingly, this is the question Clayton and Ashlee ask young couples before they get married and married couples in crisis. If they answer yes, then there is hope for the couple. If they humble themselves and are willing to commit to the work ahead, they will have a successful marriage. Hope for Every Marriage is a book designed for couples who desire to have the best marriage possible. Every marriage has the potential to be incredible when God is at the center. In Hope for Your Marriage, Clayton and Ashlee share personal stories on overcoming fairy-tale pitfalls; keeping Jesus at the center of your marriage; practicing healthy communication on sex, conflict, and forgiveness; declaring life over your marriage; and leaving a God-honoring legacy. Category Religious/Christian/Non-fiction Genre Christian-living/Marriage Rating 4 Stars Review Hope For Your Marriage aims to explore the true meaning of what …

Book Review ~ Caregiver Defined By Michael Fortuna

About the Book Winner of Today’s Caregiver Magazine 2017 Caregiver Friendly® Award. “Think of this book as a casserole for caregivers, an awkward but sincere gift left on the doorstep that will make them feel more understood and validated.” The humble casserole holds a special place in the world of empathy – when you don’t know exactly what to say to someone going through trying times, a casserole perfectly articulates your concern. It is in that spirit that Michael Fortuna wrote Caregiver Defined, a beautifully illustrated book that honors caregivers by defining them through a vocabulary of words that are associated with the care they provide, and the wide range of emotions connected to it. Inspired by his own caregiving experience, but also aware that every caregiving encounter is unique and deeply personal, he devotes a single paragraph to each word, finding a meaningful way to relate it to the caregiver. The text is simple, thought-provoking and inspirational, and the illustrations by professional illustrator, Peg Lee, add a richness to the overall content. You know whom the caregiver cares …

Book Review ~ Destress to Success by Leo Willcocks

About the Book Stress often strikes at inconvenient times, when most stress management techniques would be embarrassingly obvious. Have you ever used yoga poses during a confrontation with a co-worker or your partner? How about going for a walk in the middle of a company meeting? And how long does the relaxation from a stress relief tip really last? In DeStress to Success, Leo Willcocks offers powerful tools for immediate and lasting stress relief, during even the most difficult situations. You will learn how to stop stress in the heat of the moment, as well as strategies for staying relaxed. You will discover effective solutions to both resolve and prevent common causes of stress in relationships, the workplace, and finances. Category Non-fiction Genre Self-help/Self-improvement Rating 4.5 Stars Review This is a book that should not be read in a hurry if a reader will glean the full benefits from the wisdom and advice offered. Destress to Success offers insight into the reality of day-to-day relationships whether professional, marriage or otherwise, and uncovers the factors that …

Author Scoop ~ Interview with Jonathan Long

Jonathan is from small town, Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. After being an atheist for a time in his life, he came to realize God as a loving father, and decided to dedicate his life and use his experiences to help others know God on a much deeper level. One of the ways he aims to achieve this is with his recently released devotional, Whispers from God. Follow our chat below, and learn more about Jonathan’s inspiring story. Miranda ~ Hello Jonathan! Honored to have you visit TBAP today. Please tell us a bit about yourself. Jonathan: I was born in the small town of Roanoke Rapids in North Carolina, and raised Baptist, even though I secretly was a self-ascribed atheist; I hid this from my family and friends. I struggled for a time to grasp the concept of an unconditional loving God. Right now, I’m dedicated to using my experiences to help those around me know God on a greater level. Miranda ~ How did you become a Christian? Please tell us your story! Jonathan: …

Book Review ~ Shaken by Tim Tebow

About the Book First, he was a beloved college football champion, Heisman trophy winner, media sensation, and best-selling author drafted in the first round of the 2010 Draft. Then he had a miracle playoff run with the Denver Broncos before being traded to the New York Jets. After one season he was cut by New York. Next he was signed by the New England Patriots then let go after training camp—a scenario that repeated itself the following summer with the Philadelphia Eagles. Tim Tebow has achieved big victories and plunged the depths of failure, all while never letting go of his faith, even in the face of doubt and disappointment. In Shaken he explains why neither the highs nor the lows of his life can define him—and he reveals how you, too, can find confidence in your identity and know who you are. In revealing passages, Tebow pulls back the curtain on his life, sharing the vulnerable moments of his career that have shaken him to his core—while also teaching the biblical principles that will …