Thursday, December 17, 2015

Book Review: Churchill's Trial

Churchill's Trial by Larry P. Arnn
Five stars
Constitutionalist, strategist, writer, statesman...perhaps one of the most significant players in recent human history, Winston Churchill, can be described as many things. Known for his wit, unfettered confidence and brilliant strategy, there are few that can hold a candle to the man that Churchill was. 
Arnn does a fantastic job of laying out the timeline of Churchill's rise to political power, beginning as a soldier who happened upon, okay...maybe forced himself to be allowed as a war correspondent, to the magnificent statesman that he became. Arnn organized the book in to three sections: War, Empire, and Peace, with each section divided in to chapters discussing Churchill's various qualities, positions, and general highlights of his outstanding career. This makes for a very easy, logical flow; the book is well written and easy to digest for people completely unfamiliar with who Churchill was and why he is such an iconic historical figure, political leader, and war figure. 
This book offers something for everyone, whether you're completely unfamiliar with Churchill to even the most well-versed Churchill fans. The brilliant war-strategist and statesman held strong to his convictions and remained calculated throughout his career, however people were often divided during times of peace. Churchill was such an inspiration to many during times of war or when uncertainty was on the horizon, but in times of peace he was significantly less effective as a leader. One of the standout issues in regards to Churchill was his view on politics, capitalism, socialism, and the winds of political change headed for England. Churchill put much faith in people to govern themselves and did believe they should be trusted, that given the appropriate "constitutional arrangements" and the fact that the people were men and not beast, that ultimately what was in the best interest of humanity would win out. Over-control of the people, or a far-reaching government was something that Churchill was vehemently opposed to. 
Churchill's charming, calculating personality and his knack for wartime strategy is what many today focus on, but for a deeper look at his life and his rise to become one of the most influential leaders of modern history, and ultimately his political demise and fall in to the mists of time, this book is an excellent resource for the meat and potatoes of a great man. I highly recommend this book and gave it five stars for it's easy-to-digest writing, layout, and content. Arnn did a fabulous job of letting us in at an inside look at such a great historical figure. 

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Book Review: What Keeps you up at Night

What Keeps you up at Night: How to find peace while chasing your dreams
Pete Wilson
"I encourage you to think of this book as a field guide to ruthlessly understanding God's plan - even in the face of difficulty and uncertainty" (p. XXII)
It seems that books addressing fear, uncertainty, finding your purpose, and living on faith and trusting God could almost comprise an entire genre in and of themselves. I believe we as a species have always dealt with fear, uncertainty...struggling to lean on God when we are faced with some of the big questions. I'm not even entirely sure if this is a new "phenomenon" with all of these books being written to address these issues. And perhaps it just seems like the market is flooded with such books because like a moth to flame, I gravitate toward these types of books. 
In What Keeps you up at Night, Pete Wilson attempts to address those very things-fear, uncertainty, finding your purpose, and trusting in God/living in faith while experiencing those scary emotions. It would be great if we could feel secure in everything that we do, but we don't. We need faith.  

As much as I hate to say it, this book was just like many of the other books that I've read on this subject. I didn't like it as much as the others, was dry. I would recommend this book to those who haven't already read many with this subject matter, as it gets a bit redundant and I feel other writings have tackled the subject a bit better, more engaging. It's not a terrible book by any means, but I still only give it 3.5/5 stars.

If you're interested in checking this book out, you can purchase it here!

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Book Review: The REAL House of God

The REAL House of God
H. Dele Davies, MD
3 stars
If you are familiar with the Bible, you are familiar with the Old Testament, which is chock full of all kinds of laws/rules, traditions, people, can be dizzying to understand the OT. In Davies book The REAL House of God we are given an extremely in-depth tour of the Old Testament temple and parallels that with what God desires, and has always desired, for us as a follower of Christ-to allow our bodies to be a temple for Him. 
When I say this book is incredibly detailed, I mean it. In all honesty it was a bit hard for me to get through at times; it felt incredibly thick and complicated delving in to the intricacies of the Old Testament temple, what each piece symbolizes, and how our body is of similar "design", if you will, of the Old Testament temple. This book is absolutely phenomenal to increase your understanding of the temple and to appreciate the significance of a physical dwelling place for God. One of my favorite features of every book is when there are additional, thought provoking questions/resources at the end of the chapter or book. This book does indeed have that, and it DID help me digest what I had just read..
I really don't have much to say about this particular book, it's something that you have to read yourself if you want to understand *how* God intends our very body to be a temple for Him. It was really cool to have all the pieces and parts of the temple laid out and explained, but as I said before, it was really thick, this book really needs your undivided attention. I would recommend it solely based on the significance of being able to understand the temple. I don't know that I considerably enjoyed the book, but it is a book I think one should read if they are interested in expanding their knowledge of both the OT and NT temples. All in all, 3 stars. If you're interested in purchasing this book you can buy it here!
Disclaimer: I was provided an e-book copy of this from BookLook bloggers in exchange for honest, unbiased review. Everything expressed here is my very own opinion.