Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Two Nonfiction Books - A Review

For those of you who know me, even for about 5 minutes, know that I DON'T read non fiction. Unless the topic has piqued my interest. When I received an email from Worthy Publishing asking to take part in a duo book blog tour, my first inclination was to decline, because the books are non fiction. But then I read the descriptions and one of the two piqued my interest, so I said yes to the tour. I ended up being pleasantly surprised by the one that I wasn't expecting to like.

The Power of An Ordinary Prayer by Michael W. Smith
 In a short gift book format, multiple Grammy and Dove Award winning writer/singer Michael W. Smith, shares his heart of how he learned to pray blessings over every situation. He tells how falling in love with the Father can literally change your world.

My Thoughts
I've been a fan of Michael W. Smith's music for years, so I was interested in reading his thoughts on prayer. In some ways this book is very similar in style to the Prayer of Jabez book that was popular in the '90's. I found the book easy to read. And one of the things that I really enjoyed about this book is that at the end of each chapter there is a spot for reflection on what you'd just read. The author makes it very clear that the prayer he prays over people he meets isn't a magical prayer, but it is a prayer that offers hope. I'll admit that this is the book that piqued my interest, but I found it didn't WOW me like the other book. There were things I picked up from the book that I will try to incorporate into my daily prayer life. If nothing else, the book got me really focusing on how I pray and what I pray for.

Recommended to fans of the Prayer of Jabez, people who want to grow in their faith, Stormie Omartian

I received this book for free from Worthy Publishing for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Rating - 4 stars

He Knows Your Name by Travis Cottrell
 In this short gift book, worship leader Travis Cottrell invites the reader to worship God in everything - struggles, longings, seasons of needing to know His hope, everything really.

My Thoughts
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was written in an easy to read format that had a spot for reflection at the end of each chapter. The author tells of how worship is so much more than just singing songs on a Sunday. And that's something has been talked about lately at my own church both by worship leader and by my pastor. He goes on to tell how your life can be so much richer by learning to have a lifestyle of worship. It's learning to appreciate the beauty in the little things and to expect God to move. I really loved this book. 

I received this book for free from Worthy Publishing for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of Beth Moore, Max Lucado, worship leaders, people who want a more meaningful worship experience.

Rating - 5 stars

1 comment:

  1. He Knows Your Name sounds like a great book. I think its really important to worship God in the little things, things we seem to overlook each day and take for granted. There is great blessing in all He has given to us. This book sounds like something we all need to be reminded of and take to heart.
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