Book Review

Book Review: Balance, by Gregory Tyree

Let me start off by saying that I am not generally a fan of “self-help” books or anything that might resemble them. That being said, I really enjoyed this book, Balance by Gregory Tyree. 

First of all, Gregory is a really good writer. His writing style is friendly, and easy to follow, and makes you want to continue reading. He isn’t overly technical, nor is he too “wordy”. He says what he needs to say and he moves on. This is a quality that I wish more writers possessed.

Secondly, Tyree’s illustrations are helpful, clear, and serve to hammer his points home. While I usually find charts distracting, and even at times annoying, the charts in this book I found quite useful. Even his self-assessment tools are extremely helpful, not only to help make his points, but also to make you think about the areas of your life that you may be struggling.

Most important of all, this book is truly a beneficial book. While written from the perspective of a Christian and a Pastor, anyone can be helped by reading this book. Whether most of us realize it or not, there are areas in all of our lives in which we struggle in, or are less successful than we are in others. Gregory does a great job of helping us pin-point those areas without coming off “preachy” or overly critical. In fact, he sees himself as a “fellow struggler”, which is in some ways is quite reassuring.

I personally am very glad I ventured outside of my normal reading habits and gave Balance a read. I’m confident that Gregory has given me many helpful, practical, and easy to follow steps that will allow me to begin to cultivate balance in my life in a way that I’ve not done in the past. I pray that as I continue to take these steps, and as the grace of God continues to work in my life and ministry, that I will become a better husband, father, pastor, and friend. I believe that this book is certainly a tool, that will aid me in this process.

Balance, by Gregory Tyree is available in paperback or kindle. Click HERE to check it out.

Edgewise-Book Review

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Jana Greene is an amazing writer. As one who tries to write a bit himself, I sometimes come across other writers and think, “I really wish I could write like that.” Jana is one of those people. If you are one who simply appreciates beautiful writing, this book is a treat. But this book isn’t just about aesthetics. This book is heavy. This book is deep. This is a hard book to read as Jana is brutally honest about her past life, struggles with addiction, and sin. On more than one occasion I had to put the book down and wipe my eyes and collect myself. As difficult as it is however, it is even more of a delight to read. Jana writes as one who has experienced fully the grace of God through Jesus Christ. My favorite writers are those who seem to have come face to face with Jesus and Jana is that type of writer. Grace is not an abstract principle for her, it is her very life, and she clings to it daily in the person of Christ. She isn’t perfect, she still struggles, her life can still get messy…and this is true for all of us, but most are afraid to admit it. Jana is not, and I love her for it. Whether you yourself struggle with addiction, or simply know the struggle of sin, read this book. You won’t regret it. Jana’s book is available through Amazon in both paperback and kindle, simply click the links below.

Paperback 12.99

Kindle 6.99

Book Review:The God Of The Mundane

Matthew B. Redmond is a talented writer. I’ve been a long time follower of his blog, so of course I was thrilled to get my hands on his debut book ‘The God Of The Mundane’. I had read the series of blog posts that would eventually lead to the book, and felt even as I was reading those initial posts, that what Matt was saying, the world needed to hear. I’m thankful that Kalos Press felt the same way.

As I said, Matt is a superb writer. Because Matt is such a superb writer, this book is a joy to read. ‘The God Of The Mundane’ is the type of book that you can read, and get lost in. Once you finish, you’ll want to read it again. Because of the content of the book, this is a book you need to read again.

Let me be up front. I don’t agree with everything Matt says in this book. I don’t agree with how Matt says everything in this book. And that is okay. Matt has indeed accurately diagnosed a huge problem within the Christian church, and the questions he asks are important. His voice is one that needs to be heard in the world of evangelicalism. The conversation that Matt has started is one that needs to continue, and all Christians, and perhaps Pastors in particular need to take note.

In the world of bigger and better and more radical Christianity…it’s refreshing to read someone who wants to see and talk about the God of the everyday. It’s refreshing to see someone who sees the eternal value of every inch of life. It’s refreshing to see someone who understands the line between spiritual work and secular work doesn’t really exist.

Again, I don’t agree with all of the conclusions that Matt comes to…But, I certainly agree with Matt that there is a problem with how we are talking about faith, and how we view faith. True biblical faith isn’t one size fits all, and it certainly doesn’t look the same for each of us. I’m thankful that Matt has started the conversation, and I pray the conversation continues.

‘The God Of The Mundane’ will be out early next month, and is currently available for pre-order through Kalos Press. Click here for more info or to order.