Sunday, July 18, 2010

"The Faith Dare" by Debbie Alsdorf

While many books and products claim they can make you lose weight in 30 days, few project "30 days to Live Your Life to the Fullest." And that's just what Alsdorf's book says. Entitled "The Faith Dare," one may wonder what's so ominous and daring as faith. I mean, read the Bible every now and then, chat up with some church girlfriends, and you're good; right? Wrong. Alsdorf dares women to really live like Christ. Some of the simple yet profoundly hard concepts like loving one's enemies, learning to forgive, and trusting fully in God are expounded upon. Alsdorf occasionally uses some examples from her own life, but she keeps situations general enough so the average woman can relate to them. There are four parts [excluding introduction and conclusion] to this book. The first deals with defining faith and trials; the second deals with having a personal relationship with God; the third deals with surrendering the self; and the fourth deals with how to interact with others. Each devotional starts with a Bible verse, a story / explanation, praise verses and truth verses. Then, another explanation / relation to life is given, followed by the dare of the day, a space for prompted journaling, a prayer, a final verse, and an adage on belief. As a primarily Christian book reviewer, I get plenty of devotionals. This one really resonated with me and applied to my own life. At first, I thought the cover was a bit plain. Once done with the book, I realized its simple picture of joy reflected my own soul.

Available July 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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