Review: The Seven Money Types (Tommy Brown)

 

This book has been so helpful to me in understanding how I spend money naturally and how I want to spend it in the future. It also showed me the personality traits I want to encourage in myself. The real-life examples help to make the theory come to life, and demonstrate that it is possible to use your assets and your personality together to make God’s love real to those around you. This is a must-read for everyone!

Book description:

True financial well-being involves more than getting out of debt and accumulating wealth. It’s about discovering how you’re wired by God, and how that wiring influences the way you think about, feel toward, and handle money.

Discovering your money type – whether you are an Abraham (hospitality), an Isaac (discipline), a Jacob (beauty), a Joseph (connection), a Moses (endurance), an Aaron (humility), or a David (leadership) – will bring greater self-awareness, reduce internal financial tension, help you resolve financial conflict with others, and help you grow financially from a faith-based perspective. As you walk with Pastor Brown through the Scriptures you’ll find holistic financial pathways that lead you to a place of increased awareness and confidence related to money.

In The Seven Money Types, Pastor Tommy Brown leads you on a journey of personal discovery as he reveals the seven money types found in Scripture, helps you identify the type that best fits you by means of a 35-question assessment, and coaches you on understanding, affirming, developing, and enjoying your unique approach to money.

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Review: Killing Us Softly (Efrem Smith)

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This book about discipleship talks about living differently than the world. It challenges us to think of our present reality as an upside-down world, not how we are supposed to live or where we should be comfortable. Our purpose while we live here is to demonstrate a different way to live and to invite others to look forward to a much better life in Heaven.

I enjoyed Smith’s writing style and found his illustrations insightful. I’ll be on the lookout for more of his writing, and I would definitely recommend this book.

Book Description: The Christian life is actually a kind of death. We die to ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Jesus. Dying in Christ, however, is an opportunity—to experience the comforting presence of the Holy Spirit as we spread the Good News of a God who loves us enough to save us and remake us in his image.

Efrem Smith helps us see that Christian discipleship is a counterintuitive life. In a world turned upside down by sin, God carefully and lovingly strips us of worldly values and turns us right-side up as good citizens and ambassadors of his Kingdom.

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Currently reading, February edition

cane-river-setI’m dreaming of visiting Louisiana right now. I started The Pepper in the Gumbo (Mary Jane Hathaway) and love it! Not only do I identify with the bookstore owner who’s not sold on technology taking over her life –  I’m usually on the tech-savvy end of things, yet I find myself rebelling with print, pen and paper quite often – but I also love that the setting has a connection with my second language of French, which still occupies my brain even though there isn’t much cause to use it in this English-Russian town…

I think I might end up tracking down some of the favourite books of the two main characters, who have bonded over their interest in books. That could be a fun exploration in print, and I bet my public library could help!

I’m also going one chapter a week through Life’s Healing Choices (John Baker). Such a useful book for anyone, though it is the book of choice for certain Christian recovery groups. Let’s face it, we’re all needing recovery from one thing or another – if we haven’t gone the route of substance abuse or other well-known destructive behaviours, we may be codependent or just suffering from bad habits that haunt our lives. Studying the Beatitudes from this perspective is really helpful. I should revisit the book Boundaries as well, since it’s used by Christians and non-Christians alike to explain how to live politely and kindly while respecting ourselves and our needs.

I have book reviews to write, so expect some here in the near future. Until then, I’m amassing many book recommendations for anyone who might ask for a good book to read…

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Review: Rescue Me (Susan May Warren)

rescue-me-coverI don’t think I can rave enough about Susan May Warren’s writing. I love her stories! This one was definitely what you’d call a page-turner, and I was so wrapped up in this particular tale that I put sleep lower on the priority list until I knew how it would turn out!

I enjoyed having this novel focus on the Brooks brothers, not only on the friction between them but also in their relationship misadventures… Sam and Pete were great heroes to join for the journey. I really liked the women in the story, too, intriguing and strong. This book has it all!

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Review: Before the Leap (Liz Isaacson)

before-the-leap-coverStarting a new series by a favourite author is like embarking on a new adventure with an old friend – you know that whatever’s up ahead, you’re going to have fun together. That’s what it was like reading Book One of the Gold Valley Romance series. As always, Liz brings two great characters together for a journey that’s a pleasure to read. And I’m impatient to get back to Gold Valley for the next tale…

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Currently reading, mid-January

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This time I’ll organise my various reading material into different categories than I usually do. And this is in addition to assigned reading material for school ’cause I gotta read for both fun and education!

Fiction for review: Rescue Me (Susan May Warren)

Non-fiction for review: Killing Us Softly (Efrem Smith)

French: 101 Dalmatiens (translation of the novelisation of the original Disney movie)

Just borrowed from the library: Full Disclosure (Dee Henderson), Flywheel (movie novelisation)

I’ve got lots of good reading ahead of me! 🙂

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Review: Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley (novella collection)

romance-arcadia-coverThis is such a great purchase! Novellas from several writers, all set in the same fictional town where good food and lots of fun are abundant! I came to Arcadia Valley for Valerie Comer’s Sow in Love, but I stayed because I love the town and its citizens.

Each story introduced different main characters while including familiar names and faces from the other stories. And each novella kicks off the author’s own series of novels set in Arcadia Valley. What a great concept for this writing project! I’m excited for the eighteen novels (one each month for the next year and a half) that will result from this project!

I don’t think I could pick a favourite from these stories, they all work so well together. They made me want to stay in Arcadia Valley forever!

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