Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Book Review- Heroes of the Faith Ken Taylor Bringing the Bible to Life

Back in 2005, I was working as a physical therapist in Carol Stream, IL and I treated a patient whose name I associated with some Christian literature, I thought some children's bibles. His name was Ken Taylor and I remember my boss telling me that he was a very important patient. Until reading this book, I had no idea the impact Mr Taylor has had on the 21st century. You see, he started as director of Moody Press and helped get it up and running. During his time there, he felt there ought to be a Christian organization for booksellers to network, he called it the Christian Booksellers Association which has been hugely successful.
Mr Taylor admitted that he had difficulty reading and understanding the KJV and began the incredible task of translating the bible into a thought-for-thought paraphrase; he called it The Living Bible which has sold over 40 million copies. He started with the Epistles and called them the Living Letters, which was personally endorsed by Billy Graham. In order to get it printed though, he needed a publisher, thus was born Tyndale House Publishers. He named it after William Tyndale, who died at the stake after translating the Bible into English. The Living Bible was published in it's entirety in 1971, turns out my parents have a copy that I read when I was a teenager and we have a copy on our shelf!
Needless to say, I wish I knew more about him while I was treating him. Little did I know that he would soon pass on to glory. On June 10, 2005 Mr Taylor went home to be with the LORD. Recently, I started blogging for Tyndale and am amazed at the lives that continue to be changed because of one man.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Book Review-The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge by Tony Dungy

                                        Check out the video and personal challenge by Coach Dungy

This is the second book that I have come across by Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker. And for those of you who don't know, he coached the SuperBowl XLI winning Indianapolis Colts, who beat my beloved Bears in 2007:( Previously, my husband and I had listened to Quiet Strength on Audio CD, so I was familiar with Coach Dungy's background and his relationship with Tyndale.
The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge is a daily devotional follow-up to his book Uncommon; their goal is to have individuals take the 365 day challenge to spend time with God everyday for an entire year. Which is a wonderful challenge! They have established a website and registration to "take the challenge" and receive encouraging words from Coach Dungy. The book targets 7 categories, my personal favorite is the faith topic, and each one is written about once per week.
Coach Dungy and Mr Whitaker use stories about coaches, athletes (they really like Tim Tebow), sports analogies, metaphors nearly everyday-which is good if you are a sports fan. They also fill the pages by sharing many personal stories and use the New Living Translation for the daily verse, personally not my favorite version, but it does the job. They conclude each day with a challenge or a tip.
Overall, I think it is a good book and would recommend it for a male sports fan, young or old, who are looking for an easy read to get them started in the right direction of actually studying God's word daily; I would give it 4 stars. Enjoy!
Happy reading,
Sarah
*almost forgot: the first person to leave a comment will receive a certificate for a FREE copy compliments of Tyndale House Publishers*

I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers for this review.