Sunday, February 9, 2014
God's Bucket List: A Book Review
I'm pretty sure this is the fastest I've finished a book to review on my blog. This book was absolutely fabulous!
The summary: Though I think the title is just. slightly. cheesy...it also tells the purpose of the book. We all have life lists of things we want to do or accomplish in our lives, but what if we put that same focus and energy into what God would have us do...and in turn become who He wants us to be? Rather than a checklist of actual things to do, as you might think, author Teresa Tomeo actually describes attitudes and mindsets to pursue in each chapter (Live with Passion, Live with Stillness, Live Like You Are Loved).
What I liked: This book was timely and helpful for me, especially the beginning chapters. It's an easy read, yet thought-provoking. You can tell Teresa has a background in news reporting by her writing style but this book had more of a conversational, personal feel to it than a different book I've read by her before. She's honest, humble, and energetic. With each chapter, she had great hands-on ways to improve in living a purposeful, God-centered life. She also includes amazing quotes in the chapters!! I'm a lover of quotes and she knows how to find the good ones!
What I disliked: Certain parts of the book seemed to focus on finding purpose, passion and ministry within a job and using your talents to make a difference in the world by the job you have/create, or by even coming up with a new idea or organization. While I do think this is inspiring and important, it wasn't particularly so for me because right now I feel overwhelmingly busy with both jobs and am trying to seek more personal time. In some ways, I felt guilty that I don't have an all-consuming passion for my job (and just want to be a wife and mom!). I know Teresa has great respect for any way that we live for God, big or small, so it was simply my perception or sensitivity rather than her writing.
Favorite part from the book: Hmm...I really liked the following chapters: Live with Stillness, Live in the Mess, Live with Instruction, Live with Understanding. But I got something out of every chapter...final thoughts: I would definitely recommend this book!
More info or want to buy it? Visit here.
Want to read about the author? Visit here.
[I received this book from Blogging for Books at no cost in exchange for a review. These are my honest and original comment regarding the book.]