Saturday, October 31, 2009

FEARLESS by Max Lucado






Just finished reading Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear. I can honestly recommend it not just as an inspiring book to read once or even pass on, but a reference to pick up and skim a chapter or two when we feel fear gaining a foothold. That’s how I’m going to use it. I’ll buy more copies to pass on to people, but this one? I’m keepin’.




When I first picked the book up and read the title – Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear – I thought to myself, I’ve been around the block a few times…there isn’t much I’m afraid of, so this book may not mean much to me. You see, I’ve always considered myself a bit of a risk taker.



As I read through the chapters though, I began to realize that the most paralyzing fear is not what you feel just before you bungee-jump for the first time (frightening – yet exhilarating…). Immobilizing fear is what you encounter everyday – fear of getting laid off, of not having enough money to pay the bills, of terrorists showing up in a town near you, of the weirdo that just moved in next door, of economic collapse, of global warming – I mean, just watch the TV news, it is packed with these insidious fears. It is these every-day fears that trap us in our ruts. Fear breeds anger and distrust. It turns us into people we don’t want to be. Like seeds fears are planted in our subconscious and we feed and water them everyday with the belief that we are completely alone out here!



Yet, as Fearless points out, scattered throughout the Bible are reminders of why we have no need to fear anything…ANYTHING.



For those of you who are like me and don’t know the Bible perhaps as well as we should, here are some examples:



“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows”



“I tell you not to worry about everyday life – whether you will have enough.”

Oh, that’s a big one. Fear of scarcity is a very common and overwhelming fear. It causes us to go into debt, to steal, to hide and not to share with others. Have you seen the show “Hoarders” on A&E? That is fear of scarcity in action.



Let’s face it, there is a lot to be afraid of these days. Is there more now though than in other times? Every generation has had its wars, atrocities, natural disasters. The human spirit is pliable, we just have to remember the great good that is constantly watching over us.



Freedom from fear is a liberation we all deserve – it is our God-given right. So even if you think you’re not afraid of anything, pick up a copy of Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear by Max Lucado. You may not even realize that you’re afraid, or what your fear is doing to you and those around you. Fearless offers comfort by reminding us of the words of God:

Friday, October 30, 2009

5 cities that ruled the world

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Douglas Wilson’s book, 5 Cities that Ruled the World, about how major cities throughout time (Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, London, and New York) shaped global history is a fascinating read. I can’t say that I know enough about each city to identify any possible bias regarding their histories, and I’m little surprised at the exclusion of some cities, namely Constantinople, but I think that this is a great book for understanding world history.


Each city’s story is contained within one chapter. Things that are revealed about each city include its history (origin, major leaders, and wars and other events), its effect on the world stage, and its current state.

I found that the chapter on London contained the most “unknown” information. I guess perhaps I just didn’t know much about London history, especially the *very* early years (did you know London burned 15 times before the year 1300?!?).

My only real complaint with the book has nothing to do with its content, and instead is an issue with the materials. I can’t stand what the cover is made of–it’s a paperback, made of a textured paper, and I find it weird to touch. Other than that, the book is a great tool for learning more about our world’s major cities, and how they shaped the society in which we currently live, even from across the centuries and around the globe.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

100 Minutes That'll change the way you live by Dr L Prakash.



At times life gets very hard and it is in this time you will realize the full potential of the book.the author has packed ome very important top tips for everyone
It is explained in an humorous way without boredom by the author who himself has learnt in the process of surviving from many of these crises.
Read it to believe it,and experience the change in your life
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