Sunday, July 28, 2013

All In -- You are one decision away from a totally different life

All In – You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life by Mark Batterson (Zondervan) is one of those books that rattles your comfort zone and leaves you hungry for more of God—antsy to get in on God’s action. (That is, if you can wade through the catchy phrases and get to the substance.)

Batterson distinguishes between following Jesus and asking Jesus to follow us. We are deceived to think we can hold out on God and not lose out in our own lives. Only when we take Him at his Word and take up our own cross, can we live all that He has for us.

Batterson’s writing is pithy and poignant albeit a tad annoying because of the cliché overkill. Still, the content is rich with Scriptural examples and profiles as well as stories from secular history illustrating the message.

But the message isn’t new. In fact, the core teaching found in All In follows a trend to go deeper with God. Batterson’s book is on par with Radical by David Platt and Crazy Love by Francis Chan and equally echoes the teaching of Bible teachers such as Tim Keller. 

Read the rest of this review -- & watch a video of Batterson's preachign -- in my article in The San Diego Christian Perpectives Examiner

I received an advanced reader copy of this book as a Booksneeze book reviewer. All In is scheduled to be released in September. 

Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © July 2013

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Bulloch Family Ranch

Bulloch Family Ranch, an inspiring new reality show, premieres this week on UPtv—and you don’t want to miss it.

Unlike many reality shows, which tend to look contrived and staged, Bulloch Family Ranch is a real place and features a real family who live on their ranch in Florida. Their ranch home is a hub of activity reflecting what it means to show love to those in need.  

Parents of two grown children—and grandparents—Rusty and Julie Bulloch do not limit their love and nurturing skills, nor their home, just for their own. They pour their lives into teens in difficulty—and have provided a home for some 25 kids over the years, helping get them through high school and beyond. Kids such as Davin who presently lives with the Bullochs and their son, Brodie, are given a second chance at the Bulloch Family Ranch.  

Watch the trailer and read my full review of Bulloch Family Ranch in The San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner, and in Assist News Service

Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © July 2013