Thursday, December 10, 2020

The Loneliness Solution by Jack Eason #lonelinesssolution

Genre: Christian self-help, Christian personal growth
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (October 13, 2020) 
  • ISBN-10 : 080073789X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800737894

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Statistics show that despite our connected world--and partly because of it--we are lonelier than ever. Social media tricks us into thinking that we are engaged in genuine friendships, except we never quite get beyond that feeling of being outside someone else's life and looking in every so often at what they choose to show the world. Instead of intimacy, we get little more than what amounts to digital small talk. But there is a solution.  

With plenty of good humor and practical advice, Jack Eason invites you to discover the benefits of doing life together with other brothers and sisters in Christ. Grounding his message in Scripture, Eason helps you

- learn the obstacles to real community
- reimagine what real friendship looks like
- discover a place of true belonging
- and more
If you're tired of feeling lonely, this encouraging and community-building book is just what you need.

While we as humans like to think that we are incredibly connected, thanks to the multitude of social media platforms, research shows that many of us identify as lonely. This book explores things that can stop us from having truly connected relationships as well as ways to develop a real, close-knit community. The author shares a variety of Scriptures which refer to unity and love, and then goes on to discuss learning to trust, meeting needs, praying together, and supporting causes. He also broaches the subject of encouraging our pastors--a group many of us don't think of as having an issue with loneliness. In this time of so much forced isolation, this book is a tremendous resource for reaching out to others and creating a real, in-depth relationship. I plan to put some of the ideas into practice for myself.

Five stars

About The Author
Jack Eason has been the executive director of Crossover Cups Mission for 30 years. The nonprofit organization's focus is on transforming the lives of young people in the Dominican Republic and Malawi. Additionally, Cups equips pastors through an annual HONOR event, along with partners like Focus on the Family and In Touch Ministries. Eason also consults with a variety of nonprofit ministries, helping them develop successful approaches to fundraising and development. He and his wife, Lynette, have been married for 23 years and have two children. They live in South Carolina.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Everything That Came Before Grace by Bill See

Genre: Family Life Fiction, Coming of Age Fiction
  • Paperback: 263 pages
  • ISBN-13: 979-8697945605
  • Publisher: Independently published (November 6, 2020)
  • Language: English

Synopsis: A single-father comes of age as he discovers whether it’s love or fatherhood that could save him. Haunted by his mother’s death and a series of serendipitous events from his past, Benjamin Bradford desperately tries to keep his mental illness under control while raising his daughter Sophia. Set against the iconic streets of Los Angeles, there’s music always playing, heavy therapy sessions and private emails to discern, shattered friendships and betrayal, and the specter of a true love that got away. Think: Silver Linings Playbook meets High Fidelity with a dash of Eighth Grade. Can Benjamin find redemption? Can he escape his demons and find love again? Come along for the ride and find out.

This is one of the most moving books I've read this year. Single dad Benjamin is trying to raise his daughter Sophia while keeping her in the dark about his mental illness, as well as the mental illness of his mother (and its impact on his childhood). Add in losing his "one true love" in college, and subsequently seeing her married to his best friend, and life gets pretty complicated pretty fast. The main theme of the father-daughter relationship is very well-written, and its ups and downs are incredibly realistic. The fears Benjamin has about his parenting may seem a little over the top at times and make him more than a little overprotective, but it all tends to make him someone you just want to hug (and at times, shout at to get over himself). I was also glad to see that the author did not give us a predictable ending, but that it was still full of hope and promise. There are a lot of song references throughout the book, which was fun. The author has put together a Spotify playlist of all of them, which makes for a great soundtrack while reading. 

Rating: Five years

About the author
Bill See was the founding member of critically acclaimed Los Angeles indie rock band Divine Weeks and has been a mainstay in the L.A. music and writing community since the mid-80s.

His debut docu-novel "33 Days: Touring in a Van, Sleeping on Floors, Chasing a Dream" was released in 2011.

His new novel, "Everything That Came Before Grace" is set to be released in December 2020.

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