September 28, 2010

Book Review

When God Winks at You by SQuire Rushnell

The premise of this book is to give the reader true stories of God's active role in this world. The author calls these interventions "Godwinks."

There are nine chapters in this book, each dealing with its own particular topic or wink from God.
  • Personal
  • Hope and Reassurance
  • Transitions
  • Comfort
  • Prayer
  • Unanswered Prayer
  • Just in Time
  • Family
  • Quest
On page 3, the author gives his definition of a "Godwink". "every time you receive what some call a coincidence or an answered prayer, it's a direct and personal message of reassurance from God to you."

The word "wink" is used in several places throughout the Bible. In most cases the reference is used in a way that is to describe a person looking the other way when evil or something bad is being done. So, I am not sure I like the term "Godwink" to describe this intervention in our lives.

Overall, this book is simply a collection of feel good type stories. Even though the book is over 200 pages, it is a quick read.

If you are interested in this type and style of book, then you will certainly enjoy reading it. If, on the other hand, you enjoy books with more substance and biblical reference and examples, then you will probably not enjoy this book too much.


September 09, 2010

A for Amazon - F for Fed-Ex

Let me tell you about a recent experience I had with Amazon and Fed-Ex

I ordered some books from Amazon on the 18th of August. There were 12 books in total. I chose the free super-saver shipping from Amazon. My books were to come in 2 packages, 7 in one and 5 in the other.

Both packages left Amazon's shipping facility on August 19th with an estimated delivery date of August 25th. On the 25th I received one package with the 7 books. When I looked online at the tracking information the package with the 5 books was last scanned at a Fed-Ex shipping facility on the 20th.

I called Fed-Ex to find out about the package in question. The customer service representative would only tell me to contact the shipper. No matter what question I asked him, that was his response. Finally, I said okay I guess I will contact the shipper and not use fed-ex anymore. He said thanks and don't use us! Unbelievable!

I then contacted Amazon and tried to explain the situation to them. They kept telling me my package was at the post office. I said I was just at the post office and there was no package. Then they said I already got the package, which is true, I got the package with 7 books but not 5 books.

After about 45 minutes of going back and forth and them calling fed-ex they decided to overnight be 5 more books. The 5 books were shipped in 4 packages and I received them on the 30th. Of course, the original package that no one could find also magically appeared on the 30th as well!

Unbelievable. If Amazon wants the 5 extra books they sent me they can come and get them.

September 03, 2010

Book Review

Adventuring Through the Life of Christ by Ray C. Stedman

This is a nice brief summary of the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles.

Each chapter starts with a personal story or anecdote. Then an outline is given of the book. Finally, the author gives an overview of some of the significant events in the book and makes a few personal comments as well.

At the end of each chapter are several pages for notes. Personally, I think the note pages were just filler to make the book appear larger than it actually is. Without the note pages the book is less than 100 pages.

Overall this is a nice overview of the first five books of the New Testament. The author's brief stories and commentary fits in with the summary nicely.