Monday, January 18, 2010

Three books to give away! Diets, theology, and female/male conflicts

Because I've been away for several weeks, I'm behind on my book reviews. The books are supplied by their publishers. Here are three worth noting:

One Day One Way
by Chantel Hobbs
Ok, Christmas is over. Some of us ate too much. Others of us packed pounds on pounds we already needed to lose. Anyone ready to ditch the stressful scale-checking and dieting?

Hobbs writes about ways to "break your big goals into bite-sized pieces," forgiving yourself for lapses, and moving step by step and day-by-day towards a healthier, more balanced lifestyle. Complete with menus, exercises, and motivators, Hobbs' book might be just what your New Year's Resolution needs!

Dug Down Deep
by Joshua Harris
He wrote a best-selling book about not kissing before marriage, and then followed it up with a few more on dating and sex. Harris gets kudos from such theological giants as J. I. Packer and John Packer for his "humble orthodoxy." He's the senior pastor of a church on the East Coast with a Covenant perspective who believes in being "filled with the Spirit" rather than a baptism of the Holy Spirit subsequent to salvation.

Though I don't agree with all of his conclusions, this easy-reading book on some basic aspects of theology are worth a few hours of your time as you think about what YOU believe. Any takers?

The Male Factor
by Shaunti Feldman
As a teen growing up during "Women's Liberation" in the 70s, I suspicious of women who shouted from every platform that males were domineering and "keeping women down." Thirty years later, I've experienced some of the differences between men and women coworkers. I've also observed how male networks and expectations work differently from women's methods of communication and leadership styles, sometimes creating an unintentional inequity for promotion and advancement, never mind ruffling feathers in a peaceful environment.

For women wondering why they aren't getting ahead in the workplace or why they can't communicate well with male coworkers, Feldman has written a revealing book about the "unwritten rule, misperceptions, and secret beliefs of men in the workplace." Who needs this book most? Tell me why so I can get a copy to you!

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