Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Jesus in the Courtroom by John Mauck Review

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Have you ever thought of Jesus as a lawyer?

It may sound odd, but at times in His ministry, Jesus wore his lawyer hat. When he defended the adulterous woman, when he argued from Scripture that the disciples were fine to pick grain on the Sabbath, and in other instances, Jesus insightfully applied to uphold justice and promote goodwill.

The legal aspects of Jesus’ ministry have long been obscured or misunderstood, particularly his interactions with and attitude toward the law and lawyers. Jesus’ desire in his day and ours is to use the law to secure the rights of people to hear the gospel and to set humanity free. In other words, to be the best citizens we can be, we need to follow in the footsteps of the greatest citizen who ever lived.

Jesus in the Courtroom covers topics like:


Why we should care about the law
Strategic involvement with the law
How God has used the law to expand His kingdom
What can happen when we partner with legal professionals
How citizenship is part of discipleship

Christian citizenship in matters like adoption, abortion, minimum wage, foster care, and schools

We are citizens of two kingdoms, but many of us duck and run when it comes to civil life. For anyone who cares about their community—parents, teachers, pastors, you name it—engagement with our legal system can play a huge role in the health of our communities and in cultivating a context where the gospel can flourish.

Jesus in the Courtroom will help us understand not only why we have failed to appreciate the legal aspect of Jesus’ life, but also to understand and cooperate with his legal ministry to us and through us. If we are going to be faithful “citizen disciples” in this challenging new world, we need to look anew at how Jesus taught, thought, and interacted with the legal establishment of his day.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review -  If you first believe in Jesus and secondly have faith, then you can easily picture how the author presents the book.  To say that Jesus had many jobs and how each one would have been worked is a very entertaining idea.  When you add in the aspect of him possibly doing something with the law it becomes more realistic.  I feel like as a reader I was more curious as to how the author would go about presenting the topic and also more aware of they way it was written closer to the author's choice of view regarding how Jesus was perceived in his mind.  Is this worth the read? Yes, I think anything that can better help someone would be a great read, but maybe for older ages.

Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard Review

34460612Bring home the incredible true story of a friendship so strong that it crosses the globe! You will love the inspiring tale of Gobi, a lost dog who kept pace with an ultramarathon runner, Dion Leonard, across a vast desert. Follow their unlikely friendship through the challenges of an 80-mile race and Dion’s struggle to bring Gobi home for good.

Finding Gobi: The True Story of One Little Dog's Big Journey is the incredible true story of Dion Leonard, an athlete who was befriended by a stray dog while running an ultramarathon through the Gobi Desert. Named for the desert in which he found her, Gobi became Dion’s closest companion for 77 miles of the 155-mile race across China. The scrappy little pup ran mile after mile alongside Dion, through treacherous conditions and across raging rivers. He let her sleep in his tent and share his food, and eventually, his focus shifted from winning to the newfound friendship he and Gobi shared.

They crossed the finish line together—not first, but together—and Dion decided to bring Gobi home to Scotland. Just before they were about to leave, however, Gobi disappeared, setting off a worldwide search for the stray. In a town of more than 3 million people, the search seemed hopeless, but this tale of friendship will surprise and delight you as you find out what happens!

Join the almost too-good-to-be-true story of hope, friendship, and beating incredible odds in Finding Gobi: The True Story of One Little Dog's Big Journey by Dion Leonard. 

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-   I think that no matter what age, if you enjoy a story of friendship and trust, an especially dogs, you will feel a mix of emotions with this book.  At some points I was really cheering for Gobi!  I think that by reading this outloud, my whole family got to get in on the adventure and so this became a great read.  Well even if you have to read it alone, this is still a nice adventure with an enjoyable turn around throughout.  

A Designer's Research Manual by Jennifer Visocky O'Grady Review

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A Designer's Research Manual, 2nd edition, Updated and Expanded by Jenn Visocky O'Grady and Ken Visocky O'Grady

Succeed in design by knowing your clients and understanding what they really need

ISBN: 9781631592621

Rockport Publishers | July 1, 2017

USD: $24.99 | CAN: $33

A Designer's Research Manual, an essential in any design library, has been completely revised, with all new case studies, photos and graphics, and updated technical information. Authors Ken and Jenn Vosocky O'Grady present a comprehensive discussion what design research is, why it's necessary, and how to conduct and apply it. Designers will go beyond simply crafting a logo and learn to create commercial successes.

I received ac complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- While some might find this book to be complicated and a bit distracting, it does have a lot of information that is important to the focus of the topic provided.  I think that if you take the time to read through it and then do so again at least three or four times, the ideas and facts presented will stick and become more clear, especially if you are new to the topic.  

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