Literary Insights

Literary Insights: A Book Lovers Review

Monday, January 30, 2012


The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge  -     
        By: Tony Dungy, Nathan Whitaker
What does it take to live a life of significance? Tony Dungy invites you to stop wondering and start pursuing an uncommon life this year. How? By spending time every day with God. This year, strengthen the core of your life and faith like never before.

Beloved Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy is known for his truly uncommon character—as a coach, a dad, and a mentor; yet it didn’t happen overnight. He learned that the path to significance and ultimate success starts with a challenge that we can all take: to discover what God has in store for you by spending time with Him every day.
 In The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge, Tony Dungy shares 365 Scripture readings and reflections on how to live an "uncommon life" of integrity honor your family and friends, create a life of real impact, and connect with God in a deep way. Are you ready to be more than the world is calling you to be? If you’re ready you can develop the beliefs, values, integrity, and faithfulness that lead to true victory in life. Step up to the challenge to spend time with God—and dare to be uncommon every day.
This inspirational devotional has daily challenges that offer something special for each day. This book has some great things to strengthen you and will help you get through the tough times and challenge you to grow in your faith.
I would recommend this book for any man in your life. I know someone who doesn’t like to read and asked him for his response. He was excited and said this was the first book that meant something to him without being overwhelmed. He said it was just enough information for each day and would love to continue reading. Click on link for excerpt.
I am giving away a copy of this book: all you have to do is comment below –comment now through Feb 5 and on the 7th will announce the winner then send me an email with your email info so I can contact you on how to receive your book if you win.

I received copy of this devotion from Tyndale House Publishers in their blogging program for this review.
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Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Scroll by Grant R. Jeffrey and Alton L. Gansky

The Scroll - Grant R. Jeffrey and Alton L. Gansky

Set just a couple of years in the future, The Scroll, is a dash through Jerusalem with three of the world’s most renowned archeologists; brought together for the dig of a lifetime, they soon find themselves in the middle of a battle between: good and evil, life and death, Israel and the rest of the world. In a world where faith has been eclipsed by the allure of doubt, The Scroll offers a different journey: a gripping adventure to find truth worth dying for.

Dr. David Chambers, leading archaeologist, has spent his professional career uncovering the facts in the artifacts. His work sets the standard for biblical research in the Holy Land. David, though surrounded by the evidence, has sunk into an abyss of doubt. A painful experience with a seemingly unresponsive God has left him without hope. The Old Testament scriptures that used to fill his mind with wonder now drive him to frustration. His unanswered questions have ripped him from both his academic pursuits and the love of his life, his fiancée, Amber.
The main characters are an interesting mix of acquaintances, old friends, and arch-nemeses. A s the plot unfolds, I found the romantic interest, Amber, a bit annoying. She is supposed to be an intelligent studied archeologist, yet her anger in breaking off the relationship did not seem realistic and out of place. Her character was limited. The story moved forward laying out the process of working on faith and relationships and recovering what was lost by pride and grief. The deeper they dig beneath Old Jerusalem, the closer they come to restoring both—and tearing the world apart in the process.
While the book is speculative, it bases the plot on Judeo-Christian history and archeological facts, blending them in thoroughly intriguing and exciting scenes. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read stories that revolve around Israel or archeology. An interesting part of the book is the wealth of historical and archeological information that is woven into the narrative. The history of Israel and the biblical history that is interlaced with the faith or lack of faith of the characters portray the genuine tension that exists between faith and the historical accuracy of Scripture.

I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing in their blogging for books program for my review.