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Review of The Worship Leader’s Toolkit
November 27, 2012, 7:45 pm
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My husband advised me to post a disclaimer for this review. I am not a worship leader. I can’t carry a tune in a bucket. I get stage fright speaking in front of others if there is no microphone available. Long story, but the scars are there. Nevertheless, I thought that Frank D. Jonez wrote a terrific book for those who work in this capacity. There is specific information for each aspect of the worship service, covering topics on the service itself to how to have peace in the choir or worship team.

What I do not like about this book is that it does not have easy reference. I was trying to collect my thoughts on the subject matter, non-worship leader that I am, and was dismayed that there is no table of contents. I can understand and forgive that there is no index since this is a small book. But I really feel that in order for the book to be more concise, a table of contents would have come in handy. To quote my dear husband again, I may be a little impatient, but I just feel that the flow of the book would have been so much better with a contents page.

I received this book for free from Booksneeze in exchange for writing a review.

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Unstoppable–Amazing
November 27, 2012, 11:07 am
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I read Nick Vujicic’s book Unstoppable and did not know what to think about it. I had to watch a video on Youtube before I could fully understand the intent of his message. Do not let yourself be detered because in God, all things are possible.

Nick Vujicic was born without arms or legs, but he has found a way to survive daily life. In the video, I watched, he said you can always pick yourself up after you fall. Then he demonstrated this for the audience. Okay, now I am a fan. Officially moved.

A good point that was made in the  book was that we don’t always get what we want. We get what God wants for us. Faith needs action to grow. Nick could have sat back and not let God use him to reach people. But that was not the plan.

I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for writing a review. I am under no obligation to write a favorable review.

 



Girl in the glass
November 9, 2012, 7:41 pm
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I recently read Susan Meissner’s book The Girl in the Glass. The main character, Meg Pomeroy , lives as a caretaker in a borrowed cottage with a borrowed cat after ending her engagement two years ago. She has always wanted to go to Florence, where her paternal grandmother had been born. She is offered the opportunity to make the trip, and does, even when some things fall through at the last minute. Often when I read novels about women my own age, I feel disappointed. Are we really this indecisive at thirty-something? But, aside from living in a borrowed cottage with a borrowed cat, Meg is pretty mature. In Italy, she discovers an important life lesson that she imparts on a new friend. It doesn’t matter what others think of you. What matters is the girl in the glass. Your knowledge of who you are is what sustains you. There are three women who love their fathers. But these men are human and have failed in their own way. This does not diminish the love between father and daughter, but it does mean a separation. This is where the knowledge of self comes into play. I received a free copy of this book and reviewed it for Waterbrook Multnomah. I am under no obligation to write a favorable review.