Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Spiritual Gifts Handbook

The Spiritual Gifts Handbook
Using Your Gifts to Build the Kingdom
Randy Clark and Mary Healy
Two authors teamed up to bring an interesting approach tothe gifts of the spirit. Mr. Clark is an international healing minister and Ms. Healy is a Catholic Bible scholar. Each author's voice is heard throughout the book with their vision for what using your spiritual gift looks like.

The book was not what I had been hoping for. It definitely leaned in the speaking in tongues, Pentecostal direction. I was hoping for a look at how I could apply the spiritual gifts that I'd been given to my life. But the book felt more like a theology text book that a layman's handbook. I agree that our churches need more of an outpouring of the Holy Spirit and that the spiritual gifts are an absolute necessity in today's work of reaching souls. However, I'm not sure that I agree with a lot of what the authors chose to focus on. It had an almost spiritualistic slant that I found a bit different.
Some of the stories were interesting, but overall, I found the book too dry and slightly boring with a touch of condescending. This is definitely not what the other reviewers are saying, so it was clearly just my opinion. So if you want to dig deeper into the Bible and want another person's take on spiritual gits, this might interest you.

I received a copy of this book from Chosen. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018


How to Live Scandinavian
Bronte Aurell
Numerous studies point to the general happiness of the Scandinavian people. So what exactly makes these northern European people so unique and content? The author has taken from her personal experiences and from research and has written an entertaining book that covers a lot of aspects, such as style, food, family, culture, and holidays. Full of colorful photographs and tons of information make this a fun and entertaining way to learn more about Scandinavia and it's people.

I absolutely loved reading this book. It was tastefully done with a tongue in cheek type of humor. I learned a lot and the writing made me want to someday travel to this part of the world. This would make an excellent addition to anyone planning to travel. Due to the cover it would also make an excellent coffee table book.

I received a copy of this book from Goodreads. All thoughts expressed are my own.