What Have You Got to Lose?

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Author: Stephen Arterburn

Genre: Christian Self-Help

Page Count: 128

Publication Date: 2007

Summary: Based on biblical principals, this book offers suggestions on how to improve your life by getting rid of the things that weigh you down – unrealistic expectations, negative thoughts, resentment, etc.

Recommended: Yes, though I wish the book had contained more concrete suggestions.

If You’re Offended: No problems here.

Noteworthy Excerpts: “Physical pain is necessary to our functioning. It is part of God’s design for our bodies because it signals there is a problem to which we should attend. Emotional pain is similar. It signals there is a problem God wants to heal.”    “Ask God for the courage to change and be transformed into what is God’s best for you. See what you can become and become motivated by the vision.”

A Busy Woman’s Guide to Prayer by Cheri Fuller

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Genre: Religious Non-Fiction

Page Count: 212

Publication Date: 2005

Summary: The author talks about what prayer is, why it is so important to Christians, and  explains that prayer doesn’t have to be formal or even lengthy to be powerful. The author gives helpful suggestions on how to incorporate prayer throughout your day. For example, when praying for someone, the author recommends using the acronym “BLESS” to remember to pray for their Body, Labor, Emotional Health, Social Life and Spiritual Growth.

Recommended: Yes.  The author does a good job of explaining how prayer is accessible to anyone at anytime.  The book is full of ideas on how to fit prayer into your busy schedule. Each chapter ends with questions that can be used for discussion or prayer journaling so this book would be a good fit for a group of people to read together.

If You’re Offended: No problems here.

Noteworthy Excerpts: “We can read all kinds of doctrines and information about God, and we can watch a religious ‘expert’ expound on theories about God in a television special. But until we have our own conversations and encounters with the Lord, we don’t really know him.”        “When you think about prayer, is it a duty, a ritual, a responsibility, a burden or a delight? Do you look forward to it or avoid it?”