Book Review: Shaken

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Full Title: Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms
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I was super excited to own a copy of this book because I thought it was going to be a great read, and I was right! This book went over my expectations.

Prior to reading this book, I didn’t know much about Tim Tebow although I’ve already been hearing and reading about how he’s been living out his faith. Then there goes football. What do I have to do with football? I know not a single thing, not to mention playing the game itself. I neither want to watch it on TV.

On the contrary, this book made me admire Tim Tebow—how he’s kept his faith in Jesus despite all the pressures of being a celebrity, how proud he is of being a Christian, and how he turned down a million-dollar deal… Whoa! He made me admire Jesus more than I admire him, so mission accomplished!

And oh, I was so delighted to discover that Tim was born here in the Philippines, and how much his father loved the Filipino people. I never thought I’d be able to identify with Tim Tebow at all, but through this book, I did. As I go through circumstances similar to his, his life story gives me hope.

I love Chapter 3: “Love Matters.” The story about the guy in the suicide watch is my favorite. What a powerful encounter that was!

I so love the fact that I can watch on YouTube the games that Tim Tebow was talking about in this book. Oh, the quickest overtime win in NFL history—Broncos over Steelers!

This book had me crying here and there as it reminded me of Jesus’ perfect love. The last pages were so awesome that they were able to take me back to my first love.

Order the book here:
Official Website
Amazon | Hardcover, Ebook, Audiobook

[I received a copy of this book from the Blogging For Books program in exchange for this review.]

Book Review: Found: Letters on Love, Life, and God

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screenshot_2017-02-21-16-03-56-1-2I can’t be more grateful to have read this amazing book—Found: Letters on Love, Life, and God—just in time for Love Month! How sweet it is to be reading letters these days…

Reading the book felt like having a face-to-face conversation with the author. All throughout the read, it seemed like the author knew me personally as she’s gone through the same experiences I had. I’ve been encouraged and reminded of how much God loves me and how great and enough that love is. This made me realize that most of the disciplines that I have now are healthy, although I still need to work on some.

I love how she plays with words; Ms. Isa Garcia is a certified wordsmith! Reading the book made me want to meet the author in the near future as we have a lot of things in common—we share a lot of the same sentiments. I’m thankful for the author’s courage to share her heart with us, readers.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

“Love is the Man who takes the blame, who feels the whip on His battered back, and carries a wooden beam. He climbs the hill, and is nailed to the cross even though he did no wrong, all because of love.”


“Your heart’s not glass. It’s made of far better and tougher stuff.”

–> This one’s for those who are afraid to love again.

“Going along with someone is to know that to share love — no matter how brief or how long the moment — is always a privilege. The space we get to love somebody is always just enough.”

–> This reminded me to savor every moment.

“So many of the things you say Yes to in life will determine who you are and where you’ll end up. Your Yes is far too sacred to be squandered.”

–> This is something we should be reminding ourselves of every once in a while.

“When you leave, you begin to understand the worth of what you have walked away from.”

“I want to be sought after for the way that I love, for my capacity to inspire, for a big faith.”


“Truth is just that: The thing that stands tall even after everything else has crumbled away.”

–> I love how she defines truth in this book.


The calligraphy artworks included in the book are a breath of fresh air—wow! Check them out!

Found is available at OMF Lit and Passages Bookshops and PCBS branches nationwide (stock availability varies per bookshop) and through their online store: passagesbooks.com.

It is also available as an ebook through the following:
Amazon
Google Play Books

[ I received a complimentary digital copy of the book. This review is part of the blog tour for Found: Letters on Love, Life, and God. ]

Someone Too Special

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Do you know someone who gets out of his comfort zone to take care of others’ needs? Someone who works hard but remembers to do everything with love? Someone who inspires others by merely doing his tasks? Someone who leads with passion and wisdom? Someone who’s generous even when he doesn’t have much? Someone who never runs out of creative juices? Someone who makes others feel appreciated?

Thank God I do!

P.S. To me, that someone is my eldest brother, Kuya Dennis!  Thank you for everything Adidas!

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Book Review: The Power Of A Half Hour

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The Power of a Half Hour: Take Back Your Life Thirty Minutes at a Time

For weeks, I’ve been looking for a book which could help improve my prayer life, and I think I found it in THE POWER OF A HALF HOUR by Ps. Tommy Barnett.

Reading it might be boring at first, but as I read further, oh what a gem of a book I found—chapter after chapter. I’ve highlighted more than 89 sentences on the book, and this is one of my favorites:

“Love is limitless. You can never lose love by giving it away.”

It’s great that the book is able to cover life’s many facets and is not only filled with wisdom but is also sprinkled with humor!

The author is generous enough to share even his intimate moments with his family. I admire his great faith for taking big risks. He even encouraged me to start writing my own book in the process!

This book made me realize how powerful a half hour can be to impact our lives, change our life paths, strengthen our faith, build our character, advance our dreams, improve our relationships, and change the world. This taught me to be intentional in using even the least amount of time.

This book spurred me on to be more grateful, to love more, and to serve more.

Pick up a copy of The Power Of A Half Hour through the following links:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

[I received a copy of this book from the Blogging For Books program in exchange for this review.]

Jeremiah 15 – Balky Prophet

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On February 24, Jeremiah 15:19-21 caught my attention:

This is how God answered me: “Take back those words, and I’ll take you back. Then you’ll stand tall before me. Use words truly and well. Don’t stoop to cheap whining. Then, but only then, you’ll speak for me. Let your words change them. Don’t change your words to suit them. (MSG)

How I understood this was that Jeremiah feared people more than he feared God. He let his words serve them as if God could be cheated, as if He did not know everything or as if anything could be kept from Him.

I can only imagine how hard his task must have been—speaking the truth to the people’s faces, but he managed to do so because impossible tasks become possible when we trust God.

Reading this chapter called these verses: Jeremiah 32:17 and 1 Corinthians 15:58 to mind.

On February 25, as I read this chapter again, I noticed Jeremiah complaining. At some point, he has lost faith in God. He could not accept the seemingly unpleasant results of obeying God. From the Old Testament times up to date, the children of God have been suffering from injustice. Being a follower of God is never an easy place to be. However, there will come a time, if we suffer for the cause of Christ till the end, that we will be able to say that it is all worth it.

It’s February 26. In this chapter, both God’s love and anger were shown. I can feel His anger at Jerusalem, especially at Manasseh for repeating the sins committed by the kings before Hezekiah, his father. God hates idolatry so much that He was willing to give the people away to their respective fate (death, sword, famine and captivity) without His intervention (verse 2).

How secure are we gonna be if we have God as our shield?

Jeremiah 15:21 AMP
And I will deliver you out of the hands of the wicked, and I will redeem you out of the palms of the terrible and ruthless tyrants.

On February 28, this was how my reflection went. God is love. Love is kind. Here in this chapter, the kindness of God’s love was shown to Jeremiah in that He refused to tolerate Jeremiah’s complaining and self-centeredness. He promised to protect Jeremiah if he obeys to proclaim His Word to the people of Jerusalem.

Jeremiah 15:19 GNT
To this the Lord replied, “If you return, I will take you back, and you will be my servant again.”

Jeremiah 15:20 GNT
“They will fight against you, but they will not defeat you. I will be with you to protect you and keep you safe.”