One Minute Book Review: Confessions of a Prayer Slacker by Diane Moody

one minute book review-Confessions of a Prayer Slacker by Diane Moody

The Summary:

In Confessions of a Prayer Slacker, Diane Moody talks about her own prayer journey, and gives you a few tips and guidelines to improve your own.

What I liked:

So there I was on Monday, realizing that I had a book review to put out in two days, and I wasn’t close to finishing any books that I had on my reading list! So in a scramble I started searching the web for novellas that I might quickly want to read so I could bring you a book review on time, and then frantically perusing my Kindle app. While doing that this book caught my eye, as I’d started it months ago, but never finished. And I wondered why, because this is a short little book.

Very good, Book Chick, but you still haven’t told us what you liked about it yet.

Well, I liked that it was short. And Ms. Moody had a good sense of humor and some good things to think about concerning prayer, but. . .

What I didn’t like:

This book wasn’t innovative. I was glad that I’d picked this up free, because all the things she talked about were things I had seen via Pinterest. This seems to have first been published in 2010, and I think then there wasn’t a glut of this kind of information on the internet, but if you’ve been thinking about your prayer life, you’ve probably seen this stuff before on various blogs and such.

Verdict:

I would recommend this to someone who wants to have a relationship with God, but maybe doesn’t know where to begin. Or someone looking for a short read that could be completed in a few hours, because it is fairly short, with a novella (or maybe an excerpt of a novel?) tagged on to the end. But if you’ve already thought about your prayer life, and maybe done a little bit of searching on how you can improve it, then this book may be a little bit boring for you.

One Minute Book Review: Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

boundaries

The Summary:

Having clear boundaries is essential to life. Without boundaries we find ourselves drained from all our energy and suffering. Dr. Cloud and Dr. Townsend provide a way to determine whether you have a problem with boundaries, and then provide a clear way to help yourself slowly start to erect this boundaries.

What I liked:

So I have kept this book review in my back pocket because I thought this book was so amazing, that I needed some time away from it to determine if I really felt that it was still amazing. And I’m still going to stand by my opinion: this is an AMAZING book. This book is life-changing if you’re willing to do the work. It helped me understand things about boundaries (and codependence) that I didn’t understand before.

Here’s the thing, I’m not going to mince words: this book is Christian. It refers back to the Bible a lot and I noticed a lot of people on Amazon didn’t like that. And I can understand that. Let’s be honest, there are churches and Christians that have hurt a lot of people. I encourage you, if you are one those, read this book. It takes those corrupted ideas and it rectifies them, and helps you understand what may have been really meant. I didn’t grow up in the church and I still got smacked with some of those ideas. These guys help you understand that God wants you to take care of yourself first, that you are entitled to boundaries, and to healthy relationships.

I want to encourage you to pick up this book and read it, even if you object to the Christian parts, because it’s just great information. I mean, it really is. There’s nothing else I can say about it.

What I didn’t like:

This is one of those times when I loved everything about it. It’s easy to read, it’s quick to read, but stuffed with good information to help you improve yourself. What’s not to love?

Verdict:

This is one of those few books that I would recommend to everyone, because it really changed the way I see myself, others, and the world, and has genuine helped how I interact with others.