Wordless Wednesday: Luke 12 27

June 27th, 2012

Matthew 6 28-29; lilies of the field

Consider the lilies, how they grow. They don’t toil, neither do they spin;
yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Luke 12 27 (World English Bible)

Upon Review: Insider Thought Trading by James Bars

October 19th, 2011

Welcome to Spirit Wednesday where we take a look at all things spiritual from meditation to prayer to cleaning the house. Yes, even house work can be a spiritual experience… if you choose to see it that way.

I love to request free books to review. In fact I subscribe to two review sites: Book Crash, which is where I found Insider Thought Trading, and Book Rooster, where I discovered The Unfinished Song: Taboo (read my review here).

Like anyone, I have thought processes I’d like to change. When this book popped up on Book Crash it sounded like a great place to start. Here’s the description that sold me on Insider Thought Trading by James Bars:

Would you like to know how to use the brain God gave you in combination with the power He has also enabled you to access to live a joyful life, a promising life, a life of unlimited potential and true success that will never ever end? It is here! God has already provided it! This fun-to-read, parable style book will show you how and provides you with many creative tools to help bring your life into harmony with His.

I love stories, especially stories that teach us about living a better life, so I requested my free review copy. I wish I hadn’t.

The Good…

I enjoyed the stories. As I’ve said in previous reviews, it takes a lot to make me cry over a character in a book or movie, but this one had several stories that had me rooting for the character to make a commitment to change and stick with it.

The confusing…

The stories were good, but about half-way through they disappeared. It became what I can only describe as a regular self-help book. In fact, I had to skip ahead and then backtrack just to be sure I was reading the same book. It wasn’t as if there was a clear break between the formats. The parable-like teaching began as if the character was reading from another book and then it just became that book. It was very confusing.

Also, I found the questions at end of chapters the distracting. Although I analyze stories for life points, I rarely come to the same conclusion as the teacher/author. I’ve always believed we each come away with whatever lesson we need at that point in time. I really prefer not being forced to come to the same idea as someone else.

The overall…

In the end, I skipped most of it just to read the stories because I got more out of them. If you’re looking for a straightforward book on how to change your thought processes so you can live a happier life, keep looking.

However, if you like a good story and you don’t mind wading through some confusing text to get to the self-help guide, then you might enjoy Insider Thought Trading by James Bars.

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