Saturday, April 17, 2010

My favorite twitter quotes... well at least some of them

These are some of my favorite quotes from twitter. A lot of the people I'm following have lots of great things to say. Enjoy!

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly. Never put a period where God puts a comma! -via @kennyhultquist

"Extraordinary people are just common people who are not afraid to step up to extraordinary challenges." - via @MatthewBarnett

I would rather attempt something great and fail, than attempt to do nothing and succeed. - via @BearGrylls

Don't count every hour in the day, make every hour in the day count. - via @BIGSHIZ

God is greater than our weakness, in fact our weakness reveals how great God is. - via @MaxLucado

Look back and thank God. Look forward and trust God. Look around and serve God. Look within and find God. - via @SandovalMaria

The HAND of God is on you - The SPIRIT of God is in you - The GRACE of God is with you - The Call of God is for you! - via @BrianCHouston

Focus on the destiny and not the obstacle... the obstacles will come and go, but the destiny is ever before you! - via @JTomBarber

Jesus doesn't boast in His knowledge; He shares it. He doesn't gloat; He gives. He doesn't revel; He reveals to us the secrets of eternity. - via @MaxLucado

The more you know and understand yourself, the less prideful you are. The more you know and understand God, the more grateful you are. - via @DavidHanley

Let's not tip-toe around mentioning the name of JESUS! He is our EVERYTHING! UNASHAMED! - via @EmilioCervantes

"The cross wasn't meant to be a symbol of religious superiority and fear... but a distribution point where we can bring our burdens." - via @MatthewBarnett

A Bible that's falling apart is usually a good indication of a life that isn't. - via @greglaurie

Friday, April 16, 2010

You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be

You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be. Max Lucado. Thomas Nelson. March 2010. Hardcover. 128 pages.

I just got this free copy of You can be everything God wants you to be from Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze blogger program. This is a gift book that would be great for anyone, especially a high school or college graduate. The message of this book is that God made each of us unique and we all have an assignment from Him. We each have the right "tools" to accomplish whatever it is He has for us, we just have to go after it.

"You were born PREPACKED. God looked at your entire life, determined your assignment, and gave you the tools to do the job."

Max Lucado is such a great motivator and author. I'm almost 19 and I haven't started college yet, so after reading this I started thinking even more about what it is that I want to do in life. Of course, when I think about the talents and skills God gave me, I start comparing them to my sisters and friends. I know that's the exact opposite of what God wants me to do. This book is a great reminder of the fact that God has already placed within us all the abilities we're ever going to need to accomplish the call He has for our lives. I really enjoyed reading this and it was helpful in so many ways. If you've been thinking about what your calling and purpose in life is, you should definitely read this book.

My Rating: 4/5 stars

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(This book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers.)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Voice New Testament

The Voice New Testament. Thomas Nelson. October 2008. Trade Paper. 480 pages.

I received this copy of The Voice New Testament from Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze blogger program. Twenty-one Bible scholars and writers contributed in "retelling the story of God's love and redemption of creation." The Voice reads in a more modern tone and the text also features lines that are italicized which indicates that the phrasing is not in the original text. Here's an example.

Matthew 4:1-3
The Spirit then led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the devil. Jesus fasted 40 days and 40 nights. After this fast, He was, as you can imagine, hungry. But he was also curiously stronger because of His fast. And so He was able to withstand the devil, the tempter, when he came to Jesus.

I don't really like how they added their own words in with the text, even though they were italicized. One thing that I thought was really creative was the way they formatted the Bible to feel like a screenplay. There are also separate boxes on the sides that have more information on what you have just read so you can get deeper into the story. I personally don't really like this "translation." I don't even think of it as a translation of the Bible, it's just a retelling of the New Testament. I wouldn't recommend this to new believers because I think it can easily confuse them especially because they're most likely not  familiar with God's Word. I like the whole idea of making a translation thats easy to read and understand, but I feel that this version was a little too "watered down." 

My Rating: 2/5 stars

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 (This Bible was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers.)
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