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Friday, September 6, 2013

Book Review: Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander by Phil Robertson


Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander by Phil Robertson is a very honest and transparent view of the life of the Duck Commander. Writing his autobiography, Phil Robertson starts from his childhood and moves through the years touching on how he was raised, the early years of family life with Miss Kay and becoming a Christian, and, if course, how Duck Commander came into existence.

Phil Robertson came from "humble, humble beginnings" and, although the early life of Phil Robertson may seem odd to a lot of people, he wouldn't change a bit of it. Phil explains it best by saying they lived "like it was the 1850's" and he takes the time to explain how they grew and hunted their own food and learned to live off of the land. Phil moves on to his time in football and how he met (and married) Miss Kay. Did you know they were married when Phil was only 16 and Miss Kay was 15!? Phil was a great football player and he even tells of his time with a quarterback named Terry Bradshaw and he holds a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and a Master's Degree in Education. Although there is a lot of things back into the first part of the book, it helps you to understand the background of the man who is to become the Duck Commander and gives great insight into the lives of himself and his family.

Phil moves on too some dark days in his life and I am sure it was hard to write but he uses this time as part of his testimony and life story to show how people can change and what changes them. His struggle with alcohol led him to fights and also separated him from his family for months but Miss Kay tells her side of the story as well during this time so you are able to keep a perspective on how both dealt with this time. It's definitely a time of trials for the Robertson's but this is also a time when they face those trials and bring religion and a spiritual perspective into their lives. This is where they begin to ground their lives in the Bible and the saving grace of Jesus Christ and move forward together. Miss Kay's commitment to Phil is definitely something to look at and copy but also Phil's commitment to change his ways and help guide his family down this path they decided to follow.

Phil completes the last half of the book by explaining how they got the land that they are currently living on and started Duck Commander. People think that starting a business is pretty simple and in a lot cases it is but starting a manufacturing business is another thing altogether and takes a lot of trial, error, and time. The inclusion of the entire family to work on the duck calls made this time something they could all be proud of and the tradition is still going today with the family still running the company founded by Phil Robertson. Phil shows that hard work, determination, and a strong faith and family will help you fulfill the goals of your life, whether they are what you were wanting or, actually, what you need. I highly recommend Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander by Phil Robertson for everyone to read but especially those who are fans of the Duck Dynasty show.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The One Year Father-Daughter Devotions [Book Review]


The One Year Father-Daughter Devotions by Jessie Florea, Leon C. Wirth and Bob Smithouser is a wonderful tool for helping fathers raise their daughters in the Word and create a bond that will last a lifetime. There is a devotion for every day of the year and they are dated so it is easy to pick up on if you miss a few days. Each devotion features a lesson, verse, and Daddy-Daughter Time section to go over everyday. These are great lessons that help you generate discussion on Biblical and life principles. Although the devotions are not in-depth, it is a great way to get started on questions and discussions so that you can interact with your daughter more.

The book also features two bonus sections - Movie Nights and Dates. The Father-Daughter Movie Nights is a section that shares ways that dads and daughters can view a movie together and then gives you ideas on a few questions to guide a discussion about the movie and its implications in your lives. They give several video suggestions but you can do this with any movie. The Daddy-Daughter Dates is a section that outlines reasons for going on daddy-daughter dates, some date ideas, and ideas on conversations you can have during the date.

The biggest thing I took away from this was that it gives my daughter and I a set time to be able to get together and spend time interacting with each other. It is so important for her to have time with me as her father and for me to give her the attention she needs and answer questions she may have. This is a great tool to use to get the conversation started.

I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers for this review. My thoughts and opinions during this review are my own.


Monday, October 8, 2012

The Most Misused Verses in the Bible [Book Review]


I always hear people quoting Bible verses and know that many times they are either not in the Bible or they are misquoted. In fact you can find many articles on this subject. One thing I had not though a lot about is what Eric J. Bargerhuff writes about in his book, The Most Misused Verses in the Bible: Surprising Ways God's Word Is Misunderstood. This is a great journey through 17 of the most commonly misused verses in the Bible and Bargerhuff's explanations and arguments for why these verses are misused are easy to understand and follow.

This book is not meant to be a theological break-through that will change the world but rather a simple explanation into how to properly interpret the Bible and apply its meaning to our lives. Without properly understanding the context of these verses, we can fall into misrepresentation of the Bible and our witness and understanding of God's Word is hurt. Reading this book has helped me better understand how to put into context the verses that I am reading and then to look at them with news eyes so that I can properly apply them to my life and learn how they are applicable to my life.

This is a very good book that is easy to read and understand. New Christians or those who would like to have a new perspective on how to read the Bible should give this a try. It will help you understand the context of these 17 verses better and give you insight on how to begin putting what you are reading into context so that you can properly apply it to your life.



Wednesday, June 20, 2012

40 Days to Healthy Living [Kindle Edition]


Amazon offers eBooks at promotional prices all the time - anywhere from free to 50% or more off. These offers will typically last 24 hours but are subject to be ended at any time or even extended. As always, please double check the pricing before purchasing. These eBooks can be viewed on any device that utilizes the Kindle application such as Smartphones, eReaders (i.e. Kindle Fire), Tablets, and Computers.

Today, June 20, 2012, 40 Days to Healthy Living by Danna Demetre is listed as free. This eBook retails for $6.99 but this is your chance to get it for free! I have included the product description from Amazon after the break and you can get the eBook here.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Becoming Your Spouse's Better Half: Why Differences Make a Marriage Great [Kindle Edition]


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Today, June 12, 2012, Becoming Your Spouse's Better Half: Why Differences Make a Marriage Great [Kindle Edition] by Rick Johnson is listed as free. This eBook retails for $13.99 but this is your chance to get it for free! I have included the product description from Amazon after the break and you can get the eBook here.


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

That's My Teenage Son: How Moms Can Influence Their Boys to Become Good Men [Kindle Edition]


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Today, June 5, 2012, That's My Teenage Son: How Moms Can Influence Their Boys to Become Good Men [Kindle Edition] by Rick Johnson is listed as free. This eBook retails for $12.99 but this is your chance to get it for free! I have included the product description from Amazon after the break and you can get the eBook here.


What a Son Needs From His Dad: How a Man Prepares His Sons for Life [Kindle Edition]


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Today, June 5, 2012, What a Son Needs From His Dad: How a Man Prepares His Sons for Life by Michael A. O'Donnell, PhD is listed as free. This eBook retails for $9.99 but this is your chance to get it for free! I have included the product description from Amazon after the break and you can get the eBook here.

Teas for Life: 101 Herbal Teas for Greater Health [Kindle Edition]


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Today, June 5, 2012, Teas for Life: 101 Herbal Teas for Greater Health [Kindle Edition]  by Diane Kidman is listed as free. This eBook retails for $3.99 but this is your chance to get it for free! I have included the product description from Amazon after the break and you can get the eBook here.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Let God Change Your Life: How to Know and Follow Jesus [Kindle Edition]


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Today, June 4, 2012, Let God Change Your Life: How to Know and Follow Jesus [Kindle Edition] by Greg Laurie is listed as free. This eBook is also scheduled to be free from June 4-10, 2012 but please double check the price before purchasing. This eBook retails for $14.99 but this is your chance to get it for free! I have included the product description from Amazon after the break and you can get the eBook here.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Love, Sex, and Happily Ever After [Book Review]


In a society where marriage is no longer as sacred as it once was, it is hard to know what to expect or how to get through marriage and partake of this holy matrimony to the fullest extent. In Craig Groeschel's book - Love, Sex, and Happily Ever After - the principles of a healthy beginning to marriage are laid out to help you be prepared for your future spouse. Although this book focuses strongly on preparing for marriage instead of those who are already married, it is very practical and can be applied to those who are single, dating, engaged, or married (even those married a long time). The guidelines found in this book will help you be prepared on how to treat your spouse and how to make the most of your marriage to each other by laying the strongest foundation you can - on God and His Word.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Quiet [Book Review]


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain is a great book that helps to show the power of introversion and how those of us who are introverts can excel. This is a book that should be read by everyone, including extroverts, so that the workings of an introvert can be seen and more respect and understanding given. In a world where the extrovert rules, it is hard to see how someone listening instead of talking can be of any importance but we find example after example of how many of the most pivotal inventions and ideas of our time were done by introverts.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Bringing Up Girls [Book Review]




In Bringing Up Girls: Practical Advice and Encouragement for Those Shaping the Next Generation of Women, Dr. James Dobson tackles many questions that parents may have regarding raising their daughters. He offers wisdom and encouragement based on a Biblical foundation. Dr. Dobson is devoted to helping children and families bond and develop a healthy nurturing relationship. He is a licensed psychologist and counsel’s marriages, families, and children across the country. If you are looking for something to help with your journey of raising your daughter or daughters, Bringing Up Girls: Practical Advice and Encouragement for Those Shaping the Next Generation of Women is definitely a must-have guide. 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Through My Eyes [Book Review]



Tim Tebow has sparked a lot of interest over the years as one of the greatest college quarterbacks in history with the Florida Gators to his time as the starting quarterback with the Denver Broncos to the most recent trade to the New York Jets. One thing about Tebow, though, is his commitment to his faith, family, and football. I admire Tebow a lot and just recently became a donor to the Tim Tebow Foundation so I was very interested in his book and read through it fascinated. Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow and Nathan Whitaker is a very inspirational memoir of his life - from birth through his college career - and how his faith, family, and dedication to being the best have helped shape him into the man he is today.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Almost Amish [Book Review]



Have you ever wanted a slower, simpler, more sustainable approach to life?

Almost Amish: One Woman's Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life by Nancy Sleeth is a great book that talks about getting back to the simpler things in life. C’mon, let’s admit it, we are living in a technology-based environment. We are constantly plugged in 24/7. Everywhere you look there are cell phones, computers, televisions, or even tablets such as the iPad. We have the world at our fingertips!

Whatever happened to getting outside and spending time with our families? I think it’s time we all take a step back and realize what’s more important. Technology is always going to be around, but our children and families will not. Every moment we spend or don’t spend with our families is important. How are our kids going to view us? I don’t want to be viewed as the parent that was always on the computer, phone, or etc and never made time for them.

I like how Nancy touches on Biblical principles of finances. She encourages readers to save, and discourages on spending on what we really don’t need. So many of us have so much “stuff” that we really could live without but yet we think at the time we just have to have it. That “stuff” creates clutter and eventually starts piling up. Then we start looking at bigger houses to hold more “stuff” and even buying storage units. In reality, we really don’t need it.
 
Nancy also talks about how we need to be more of a service to God and our neighbors. We need to prepare our children for adulthood. We need to equip our children with the tools they need to survive. While technology might be good in some sense, it does nothing to teach our children how to be morally responsible and happy in life. We need to teach them that it’s a reward to help take care of others especially their aging parents and grandparents.
 
While I don’t think we need to go to the extremes like the Amish, I do think that we can take a lot of these principles and apply them to our lives. We can focus on trying to get outside more with our family, and what we can do to serve others in our neighborhood.

I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers for this review. My thoughts and opinions during this review are my own. Reviewed by Robin B.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Catch Me If You Can [Book Review]


I just finished reading  Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake written by Frank W. Abagnale with Stan Redding and let me tell you, it is a wild ride that you will not want to stop reading about. This is the true story of Frank Abagnale and how he posed as a PanAm airline co-pilot, pediatrician, lawyer, and a college professor to "paper" the world with bad checks and making a small fortune of over 2 million dollars. He went by several alias for each escapade and was always one step ahead of law-enforcement. Abagnale writes this story from his point of view with a fun and witty tale that allows you to feel as if you are there with him running his scams.