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The Wired Soul: Finding Spiritual Balance in a Hyperconnected Age

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101 Ways to Have Fun

No two teenagers are alike. But many teens like to spend their free time doing similar things. But from time to time, many teens get a little bored, especially during summer vacation. So what can you do to while away those Summer blues?

 

Of course there are the obvious stereotypical suggestions like; shopping, going to parties, being with friends, using technology for games or other online activities, social networking, texting, watching movies, reading and going to the beach or park.

 

Maybe a teen can get involved in a Summer sports program or an art camp?

 

Well have no fear, in the new book 101 Ways to Have Fun: Things You Can Do with Friends, Anytime! The publishers of Faithgirlz (Zondevan) have thrown together a bunch of suggestions.

 

The book is full color with lots of pictures laid out a lot like a popular teen girls magazine. However, the topics and suggestions are really targeted at much younger girls – note the grade level and age in the add copy.

 

This book is chock full of crafting fun, pajama party ideas, DIY projects and even a few ways your pre-teen girls can make a few bucks.

 

It’s cute, it’s girly, it’s fun and the suggested ideas are simple enough to wile away the hours.

 

Thanks to Zonderkids for this preview copy in exchange for a fair and honest review

 

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Return to Joy: Finding Healing in the Arms of Your Savior

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A Doubter’s Guide to the 10 Commandments by John Dickson

John Dickson is an Australian historian and founder of The Centre for Public Christianity. In the 1980s and 1990s he was singer-songwriter in the Christian rock band In The Silence – remember them? No, not the Progressive Metal band based out of Sacramento…. the OTHER…. oh never mind.

 

Dickson is the author of over 18 books including his latest A Doubter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments: How, for Better or Worse, Our Ideas about the Good Life Come from Moses and Jesus

 

Martin Luther once asked, “Why does one then teach the Ten Commandments? Because the natural laws were never so orderly and well written as by Moses” And the truth is, you don’t have to be a Christian to know what the 10 Commandments are. Cecil B. DeMille made a huge movie about them, remember that? I’m sure most American’s can name at least as many commandments as they can the Seven Dwarves.

 

The 10 Commandments have been the Western world’s most famous list of thous and thou shalt nots. It’s been 3,000 years since Moses first walked down Mount Sinai with the 10 Laws (or the 10 words) and these 10 commandments continue to be painted, carved, silk screened, inscribed, exhibited, taken down, sweated over, taken to court over and, yes… broken.

 

For some – the 10 Commandments are what America should always strive to be. For others, they represent a broken America that needs to progress and move forward.  In this book, Dickson tries to show how the 10 Commandments have influenced modern views on “the good life.”

 

This book is more of a “pocket book” shape similar to other books titled “The Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse” and the “Gentlemen’s Guide to Growing a beard.”  It’s 224 pages but with no fun pictures.

 

Dickson does a fair job unpacking the 10 Commandments chapter by chapter, but the book was more a expository look with a modern eye and less about how the 10 Commandments have shaped Western civilization.

 

There were times I felt the book was a little too “heavy worded” to be a “pocket guide” and other times it was a little “too Christian” to be for “doubters” as the title suggested.

 

Thank you to Zondevan for this preview copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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With My Eyes Wide Open

Brian Phillip Welch, better known by the stage name “Head,” is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as one of the guitarists and co-founder of the heavy band KORN  After becoming a Christian, Welch left KORN in 2005 to focus on life as a father and to pursue his own solo career. He released his debut Christian album, Save Me from Myself, in 2008. Brian Welch is ranked # 26 of Guitar World’s 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time.

 

His latest book, “With my eyes wide open” is Brian’s story about how becoming a Christian effected all of his relationships – both with his former band and his family. Brian shares how difficult it was to go out on his own and his struggle with rejoining KORN.

 

The good news is that you don’t have to be a single dad or a member of a rock band to enjoy this book. You also don’t need to be a fan of KORN.

 

Brian’s story takes everyone on a back stage pass tour of what it means to be both a celebrity and a “real person” with “real issues.” For as many who might dream of fame or being in the light – Brian’s book really takes an honest look at his many decisions both good and bad.

 

Fans of Brian’s first book will have some review as the author does “retell” some of that story.

 

Through this book its Brian’s faith that is the impetuous behind his choices. Brian pulls no punches in showing you his prayers and personal walk. Brian’s story is about falling and finding the strength in Christ to stand and continue.

 

Great book.

 

Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a preview copy for a fair and honest review

 

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