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Five 5-Star Christian Books on Mental Health and Physical Disability

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When it comes to mental health issues, Christian responses are all over the board. That’s why I’ve been reading Christian books on depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety. I want to hear a wide range of thoughts, but more importantly, I want to know which books to recommend on the topic. Out of my recent batch of a dozen books on the topic, I found five books worthy of a 5-star rating and worth reading if you have an interest in mental health from a Christian perspective.   Disability and the Gospel: How God Uses Our Brokenness to Display His Grace Michael S. Beates 2012 194 pages   Mental illness falls under a larger umbrella of physical illness and disability. Our theology for one ought to be the same for the other. I was absolutely delighted with the way Michael Beates went through the Bible discussing every instance of disability. It was astounding to read how many times God says...

Memoir Writing 101: 10 Steps to Crafting a Compelling Memoir by Denis Ledoux

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Memoir Writing 101: 10 Steps to Crafting a Compelling Memoir by Denis Ledoux My rating: 1 of 5 stars This book was disappointing, even for a free ebook. The author suggests ten steps to writing your memoir, but each step or chapter was as little as a couple of paragraphs (some were a bit longer), followed by a long list of links to his website and books. In the end, the reader doesn’t really learn anything. The author merely teases the reader to get traffic for his website or sales for other books and courses. Because he was mostly advertising his memoir course instead of providing any real value to the reader, I give this a one-star rating. It’s free, but don’t waste your time. Two worthwhile quotes: “Set the realistic goal of starting to write three-to-five page stories.” “In the end, you are dealing with your version of the truth.” View all my reviews   Memoir Writing 101: 10 Steps...

More or Less by Jeff Shinabarger

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More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity by Jeff Shinabarger My rating: 4 of 5 stars Jeff Shinabarger tells the story of how he moved to a new home in Atlanta and the neighborhood welcoming committee showed up on his doorstep. It was a homeless guy named Clarence who was eager to let the new neighbor know he was “looking for work.” Jeff suddenly saw his life through Clarence’s eyes and realized he had an overabundance of almost everything. This change in perspective caused Jeff and his wife to engage in a series of social experiments. For instance, after receiving a credit-card bill in January they realized they had overspent at Christmas and didn’t have the means to pay the bill. They cut back their spending and decided to see if they could go for an entire month by eating only the food in the house. They lasted seven weeks without going to the grocery store. The...

Giving It All Away . . . and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously by David Green

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Giving It All Away…and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously by David Green My rating: 3 of 5 stars When I saw David Green’s book, Giving It All Away . . . and Getting It All Back Again, I expected an epic tale of a billionaire who did exactly that—gave it all away. I hoped it would be more than a rags-to-riches story. I anticipated a story of David Green going from great riches as the founder of the retail giant, Hobby Lobby, moving to rags as he gave it all away, and then back to riches as he got it all back again. Instead, I found the first half of the book discussing his lawsuit against the United States. He admitted that he had written most of the book before the lawsuit came up so he put the book on hold and added this information later, but it should have been a book of its own. The added content deviated from the message of the book (as intended). While I’m on...

The God Guarantee: Finding Freedom from the Fear of Not Having Enough

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The God Guarantee: Finding Freedom from the Fear of Not Having Enough by Jack Alexander My rating: 4 of 5 stars Fear of not having enough or fear that God won’t provide are what author Jack Alexander calls a scarcity mindset. When we hoard what little we have, God can’t use us. The author writes, “When we have a scarcity mind-set, we hold on to what we have been given instead of freely giving it to others—and God’s miracle of provision stops.” In contrast to a scarcity mindset, the author urges us to develop a capacity mindset. Capacity is not limited to the current circumstances as we see or experience them. Rather, our lives and circumstances have the capacity to be more. While scarcity looks at how little we have, capacity looks at how much God can make of it. Again, the author writes, “Living within God’s capacity changes the entire conversation. It’s no longer about living in...