Monday, August 31, 2009

Life going too fast? Two books to help slow down

766823: Make Love, Make War: NOW is the Time to Worship Make Love, Make War: NOW is the Time to Worship
By Brian Doerksen

* Acclaimed songwriter Doerksen believes that God has called Christians to spread peace and wage spiritual warfare. Offering insight into how he's answered that challenge with the "weapon" of music, he shares the inspiration behind 12 of his songs, including "Come, Now Is the Time to Worship"; "Hallelujah"; and "Refiner's Fire." Includes tips for aspiring songwriters.

I've long sung along to the author's songs on Sunday mornings, so was curious to read this book and see what lingered beneath the surface. I am in awe of song writers because they convey so much in such a few words. When they can usher us into God's presence with those words, I am grateful. This book is an honest, thought-provoking look beneath the surface of some of the best loved worship songs of the last ten years. I was challenged as I read the stories. Even though I am not a worship-leader, I think many will appreciate the song writing tips at the end of each chapter. If you're ready to dive deeper and be challenged by the stories behind the songs, then this book is for you.

768889: Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families
By Ann Kroeker

Discover how simplifying and slowing down can rejuvenate relationships and replenish souls. Not So Fast: Slow- Down Solutions for Frenzied Families includes inspiring stories from families who've made the change.

Ever feel like the pace of life has you meeting yourself coming and going? Feel like your children are running so fast they don't have time to be kids? Tried to slow down, but don't know how? Then this book can be a great help to you. It is an easy to read with bite sized chapters that can be read while waiting for your child to finish a lesson or sports practice. The author has given lots of ideas and possible solutions in the book -- enough to help you creatively adapt it to your family. She addresses many issues including slowing down spending, sexuality, high tech, adding time to create and love. There's so much in this book. Lots to ponder and adapt to your family.

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