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Book Reviewers Needed

My book Asleep in Heaven’s Nursery is for sale on Amazon, and I am asking for help to help it sell. Customers frequently read the customer reviews before they purchase books, and these reviews can either make or break the sale. I am looking for people who are willing to write a short (or long) review for Amazon and Google. I am in no way telling anyone what to write, whether positive or negative.  If you have not read the book, I will give a free paperback or e-book to the 1 st 5 people to request one. You can request one by commenting below or by using the contact form at Once you have read the book, please visit these two sites below and post a review; you can also click “like” and recommend it on Facebook. Posting your review as a note on Facebook would be pretty cool too. Here is the link to post a review to Amazon:

All Pro Dad

The book All Pro Dad by Mark Merrill contains “seven essentials to be a hero to your kids.” Published by Thomas Nelson, this book has eight chapters, as well as a conclusion and appendix. The seven essentials in this book are what Merrill refers to as the 7 Ms. They are makeup, mindset, motive, method, model, message, and master. Each chapter poses a question for the reader: Makeup—Who am I? Mindset—What’s my purpose? Motive—Why do I do what I do? Method—How can I better love my family? Model—What should I model to my children? Message—What do I need to share with others? Master—Who or what am I living for? Merrill’s conclusions are the result of the research he has done, which includes on the job training from being a husband of more than two decades and a father of five children. Aside from sharing wisdom he has picked up through trial and error, he also shares insight that he has gleaned from interviews. In this book Merrill shares excerpts from

What is Truth Part 3: The Emerging Church Leaders

           I’ve been very critical of the emerging church in some of these blogs, and some have accused me of not actually knowing what that movement is all about. For that reason I decided to write a review of the writings of some of these emergent leaders.      I have previously written about men like  Tony Campolo ,  Rob Bell , and  Mark Driscoll  so they won't be focused on in this post.       I have read, among other texts, Dan Merchant’s Lord Save Us From Your Followers, Dan Kimball’s The Emerging Church, Brad J. Kallenberg’s Live to Tell—Evangelism for a Postmodern Age, Erwin McManus’ The Barbarian Way and Wide Awake, and Donald Miller’s books Blue Like Jazz, To Own a Dragon, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, and The Open Table.         My two favorites were books written by multiple authors (a community of them, perhaps). These books are An Emergent Manifesto of Hope, and Stories of Emergence—Moving From Absolute to Authentic.      I must admit that

It's Mother's Day and I'm Not a Mom!

Our country celebrates moms every May, and rightfully so, for our mothers have done so much for us. But with all the roses, cards, and “Happy Mother’s Days,” there are some who are left out. First, there are the ones who have lost their mothers. As time helps to heal the wounds, Mother’s Day can become a great time of reflecting back on the mothers that has passed on, but there is still a sorrow that is begging to be comforted. This is especially true for children or those who have recently lost their mother. We need to remember them and give them extra, but not awkward, support on Mother’s Day. The other group that is generally left out on Mother’s Day is those ladies who have not been blessed with children of their own. Whether through infertility or child loss, there are millions of women in this country that won’t have a child to tell them Happy Mother’s Day. If that is you or someone you love, there is still a special way that you can celebrate Mother’s

Obama, Biden, and Gay Marriage

This week both President Obama and Vice President Biden have come out in defense of gay marriage, which we all knew was going to happen before their first term ended. This blog is not about whether or not homosexuals should be allowed to get married, because I have written about that here and here . Instead, I want to focus on who got the credit for the “shift” in their stance. Joe Biden credits the 1998-2006 sitcom Will and Grace for doing “ more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody’s ever done so far. [i] ” If you aren’t familiar with that show, it featured a straight woman who lived with her gay male best friend; there was another homosexual man on the cast as well. And in case you aren’t familiar with the word sitcom, it means situation comedy, not to be confused with documentary. It’s not as if Mr. Biden is crediting some documentary about a gay couple, or some reality show about two men trying to raise a family. He cited a com

What is Truth Part 2: Satan-The Father of Lies

When people try to challenge the Bible’s truth I can’t help but wonder if that is a work of Satan. If lying is the opposite of truth, then consider John 8:44: You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own [native language]: for he is a liar, and the father of it.   As the Father of lies, the first plan of attack that Satan ever used was to question God’s truth. In the Garden of Eden Satan tempted Eve by asking her, “Did God really say… ?” He attacked the absolute truth of God’s Word. Eve then began to wonder if perhaps God didn’t really say that. Satan used enough of God’s words to be cunning, but he left out enough of them to be deadly. People often promote their pastors (or leaders or life coaches) by showing that they use the Bible, but the key is how much of the Bible they use. In