Saturday, November 30, 2013

A Million Little Ways - a review

Do you desperately fear you have nothing to offer the world but secretly hope you're wrong?

You were born to make art. You were made to live art. You might not see yourself as an artist, but you are--in so many unexpected ways. In what you create, whether poetry or pie, sculpture or sand castle, calligraphy or conversation. It's time to uncover the shape of your soul, turn down the voice of the inner critic, and move into the world with the courage to be who you most deeply are.

Creating a life of meaning is not about finding that one great thing you were made to do, it's about knowing the one great God you were made to glorify--in a million little ways.

In this book, Emily Freeman says many things I've been thinking through but have never yet found in one single book.  She leads her readers on a journey into discovering themselves as God's artwork who also make art.  This book is one of the best I  have come across for explaining the worldview of the Christian artist. 

Much of A Million Little Ways is directed to the non-creative people who don't see themselves as artists.  This was a little boring for me, but the parts I needed to hear far outweighed the parts that didn't apply to me.  Emily's writing comes across as 'artistically modern' (tense changes, lots of adjectives, strangely written sentences, etc) which some readers will love and some might be confused by.  I confess I didn't enjoy the writing style as much as I thought I would, which is the only reason why I'm not giving this book a 10.

A Million Little Ways is highly recommended both for creative Christians and those who would like to be more creative.

My rating: 9 out of 10

Disclaimer: Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

God's Double Agent - a review

God's people are hiding in plain sight
Tens of millions of Christians live in China today, leading double lives to hide from a government that relentlessly persecutes them.

By day, Bob Fu was a teacher in a communist school; by night, he was a preacher in an underground house church network. This edge-of-your-seat book tells the true story of Fu's conversion to Christianity, his arrest and imprisonment for starting an illegal house church, his harrowing escape, and his subsequent rise to prominence in the United States as an advocate for his oppressed brethren.

God's Double Agent will inspire you to boldly proclaim and live out your faith in a world that is at times indifferent, and at other times murderously hostile, to those who spread the gospel.

It's too easy for us in the west to forget about the rapidly growing but persecuted church in China.  The story of Bob Fu's childhood, his conversion to Christianity, his romance with his wife Heidi, his work as a preacher, his imprisonment, and his escape from China provides a wealth of fascinating information about Chinese culture, Communism, and the role of Christians in a hostile nation.  But more than that, it's interesting!  God's Double Agent is an intensely readable story that captured my attention better than many novels do. 

Recommended for any Christian, particularly those wanting to know more about Chinese culture and persecution.

My rating: 9 out of 10

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from BakerBooks, a division of Baker Publishing Group"