All posts filed under: Personal Development

I believe that for a person to be successfully fulfilled in any area they’d find themselves, they’d have to keep in pace with the trends of times. Blog posts under this category are written and dedicated to the purpose of enlightening and encouraging people to step up and not be afraid to keep up with the ever-changing world while maintaining their values. The changes in the world can always be used to the artist’s advantage.

Book Review ~ The Minimalist Home By Joshua Becker

About the Book Megablogger and international speaker, Joshua Becker, believes that minimalism isn’t about taking away from you. It’s about giving you something more. In this highly practical guide, Becker takes you on a decluttering tour through every space in your house so you can love coming home—and love going out to live your dreams. Here you’ll discover… How to tell your story through an inviting living room What your clothes closet has to do with your self-confidence Why less clutter in your bedroom helps you sleep better How to decide what paperwork to keep and what to throw out Which kitchen utensils are worth keeping How to involve your family in the minimalist adventure As Becker writes, “Minimalism doesn’t change you all by itself. It creates a context where it’s easier for you to change yourself.” Change starts one closet, one drawer, one room at a time. Change starts here. Category Non-fiction Genre House/Home Rating 4 Stars Review The Minimalist Home is not only a wonderful guide for reinventing your home and personal space …

Faith and not Sight

The fundamental truth about salvation is that we are saved by faith (believing on what Jesus accomplished on the cross) through grace (the love, mercies, favor, and power of God). But faith’s accomplishments doesn’t have to end there. Being human, there’s the tendency to want to fall back into sensual living rather than being led by the Holy Spirit. More times than we realize, we ignore the truth provided and put right in front of us, and exchange it for the sensual and more “logical” option that makes sense by our human thinking, and then wonder why we miss a lot that happens right in front of us. The disciples of Jesus made this mistake time and again, and only understood a lot that happened in retrospect. One of such times was the Last Supper. “21When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, ‘Most assuredly I say to you, one of you will betray Me.’ 22Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke. 23Now …

Book Review ~ Holy Sexuality and the Gospel: Sex, Desire, and Relationships Shaped By God’s Grand Story By Dr. Christopher Yuan

Category Religious/Christian/Non-fiction Genre Christian Living/Sexuality Rating 4.5 Stars Review Holy Sexuality—coined to explain God’s view on matters about human sexuality, from desire to marriage and everything in-between, Dr. Christopher Yuan dives into the sensitive topics of gay sexuality, singleness, marriage and how it relates to the church and the church’s approach to dealing with the gay community. This is an exceptional read that will help Christians to better understand God’s Word on these matters, which will lead to better lovingly approaching their gay loved ones in a manner that truly honors God, embraces them, and yields fruit. Holy Sexuality is deep, thorough, and forthright and provides an excellent roadmap to navigating issues of homosexuality, singleness, and desire as a whole. This isn’t a book just for Christians with Gay loved ones; it’s for the Church. A book truly birthed at a time the Church needs it the most. About the Author Dr. Christopher Yuan has taught at Moody Bible Institute for more than ten years, and his speaking ministry on faith and sexuality has reached …

Article ~ The [Entertainment] Gatekeeper

The New Faces Director Many years ago, I worked in a major acting and modeling agency in the West as the New Faces Division Director (I will keep the agency unnamed). I was responsible for seeking new talent, vetting new talent, and training and helping develop new talent. Pretty much, you had to impress me in order for you to move forward to be represented as…new talent. It meant going forward to introduce models and actors to directors, casting directors, producers, and setting up “go-sees” for models for national and international agencies like IMG, BOSS, LA MODELS, and also, going to Milan, Paris, Japan. You get the idea. I LOVED my job and I was GOOD at it! During my time in this capacity, I was “important” because I had business cards and the card named my title. I WAS THE GATEKEEPER.  I discovered some fantastic talent, met some colorful characters, and made some great friends and colleagues. I opened doors for many aspiring talent and I (unfortunately) single-handedly crushed many dreams of potential new …

Article ~ I Am Samson (Part 2) – The Power of God’s Redeeming Grace

  “Come boldly to the Throne of Grace and obtain mercy and grace in your time of need.” —Hebrews 4:16 Samson is named in what is popularly referred to as the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11. While the first few names were listed along with the events in which their faith travailed, other names that followed were simply mentioned; Samson was one name in the latter group. Some people often wonder why Samson is called a hero of faith—Didn’t his story end tragically? How could such a tragic tale be inspiring to anyone? Well, Samson is listed as a hero because his faith highlighted the depths that God’s redeeming grace, which yearns to restore man, could reach no matter how deep the pit of despair and destruction. It’s astounding that despite the horrors that happened to Samson because of continued complacency, he dared to have the bold faith that would lead him to pray to God and say, “O Lord, God, remember me…” This speaks of a person who’d known God on a deeply …

Author Scoop ~ Interview with Author, Speaker, and Radio Host, Dr. Deb Waterbury

Dr. Deb Waterbury is an author, speaker, and the host of the popular radio show, “Doing Life with Dr. Deb,” where she does interviews/talks about a myriad of tough issues that Christians face in the world every day. She recently released a book, The Lies That Bind, detailing aspects of her life when she was a troubled Christian, and also how Jesus led her back into the light; in The Lies That Bind, Deb explains her truth in a way that she hopes will set many captives free from the lies and self-doubt which hold them back from victory in Jesus Christ. Dr. Deb took some time to talk about bits of her journey back into the arms of Jesus, as well as her work and radio show. Take a look! Miranda ~ Hello Deb! Delighted to have you visit TBAP today. Please tell us a bit about yourself that we don’t already know. Deb: I love to run, sing, and do just about anything that has to do with an adrenaline rush. I’ve been …

Article ~ I Am Samson (Part 1): The Women

Samson was a great man of God whose birth was foretold, and his purpose made known to his parents before he was born. He was a leader among leaders, uniquely set apart in a very special way than all the other judges before him and after him. But Samson had a weakness: the type of women in his life. Now, the devil CANNOT possess a child of God because s/he is indwelt by the Holy Spirit. And as Jesus pointed out, “unless you bind the strongman in his house, you cannot loot or steal from him” (Matthew 12:29; Mark 3:27), and if the Holy Spirit is the “Strongman” in your house/temple (body), no devil can bind him and take you from Him. However, the devil is VERY cunning and has two ways by which he operates in the lives of God’s children: Strongholds and Footholds (a topic for another day). I’ll briefly discuss the one of the pair that matters to this topic: foothold. A foothold is something in your life that you DO that …