Thursday, October 29, 2015

Review of "Street God" by Dimas Salaberrios with Dr. Angela Hunt

From a very young age, Dimas Salaberrios was a drug dealer, convict, and eventual addict. He maintained a certain twisted morality, but did not shy away from violence to defend himself or protect his turf. This memoir is full of story after story of drug encounters and violence and all around disreputable behavior - but looking back, he knew the hand of God was on his life. Eventually Dimas (or Daylight as he was known on the street) was transformed by his relationship with Jesus and began to serve him wholeheartedly. To date, he pastors a church and continues to serve Jesus along with his wife Tiffany.

I usually love a good memoir and this definitely did not disappoint. This is not an area that I have much life experience with and I found his story to be fascinating. It is also a great example of how God can truly change a life and give true calling, passion, and purpose, no matter your background.

I was provided a free copy from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Review of "Your Sacred Yes" by Susie Larson

For some reason, I had a really hard time getting started with this book (I am actually SUPER LATE with this review). :( The description looked great, I thought I was so interested...but then when it arrived I just didn't want to pick it up. I avoided even getting started. It's funny, I felt "obligated" to read it and "get something out of it" - and there it was, right in the title: "Trading Life-Draining Obligation for Freedom, Passion, and Joy" - so clearly, it was meant for me.

When I finally did pick it up, it didn't want to let me go. I will not say that this is an easy read. There is so much depth in this book, and if you are really to get something out of it a lot will be required of you. However, if you are willing to let the questions the author asks do their job, you will learn how you can actually have your "yes" be something that gives you fulfillment, instead of the dread and burden of obligation.

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.