Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Book Reviews - Non-Fiction
Hello! My Name is Public School, and I Have an Image Problem was written by two teachers who see the good that is happening in public schools and encourage other teachers to share the good things happening in their schools in order to combat the negative image of public education that is often portrayed in the media. I enjoyed the book and the authors suggestions as well as the online book discussion that went along with it for CPE credit. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard was about making changes in any area of life - business, career, classroom, personal, etc. After reading this book, I attended an all-day conference where one of the authors spoke about change and then a hands-on workshop allowed participates to work through the steps to plan for a change in the area of our choice. I enjoyed the book and the workshop.
Understanding Exposure in the pre-class materials for the Mastering Manual Mode workshop at BPC. Unfortunately, I have not yet had time to delve into the workshop materials. However, I found the book very informative and at least now have some idea what is meant by shutter speed, aperture, and ISO and how they work together to create great photographs. I'm planning to work through the workshop materials at my own pace this fall and will share my progress along the way.
my review of Charles Swindoll's book on Elijah I mentioned that I wanted to read more about Tom Landry because that book was dedicated to him and he was held up as an example of a man of strength and humility. Tom Landry: An Autobiography was written a year after Jerry Jones (then the new owner of the Dallas Cowboys) fired Landry as head coach of the Cowboys. In this book, Tom Landry shares about his life beginning in the small town of Mission, Texas, through his service in World War II, as a football player for the University of Texas, then as a player and coach for the New York Giants, and ending with his 29 years as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. I enjoyed learning more about this man who appeared completely in control and showed very little emotion on the sidelines. Excellent read!
How to Study Your Bible by Kay Arthur explains Kay's method of studying the Bible inductively (using scripture to interpret scripture). I've read this book before and am trained to lead Precept Bible studies using this method, so this was just a refresher for me. 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life is the story of Don Piper's life, including his experience during the time he was in a car accident and was proclaimed dead by EMT personnel. He shares his experience of being outside the pearly gates of heaven before returning to life here on earth. Most of the book deals with his life and slow and painful recovery after the accident. It is a fascinating read! And finally, Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions by Lysa TerKeurst shared her (often hilarious) examples of coming unglued (and acting unreasonably or irrationally) and ways she's found to prevent those unglued moments.
Have you read any of these books or enjoyed any other good books this summer?
(BTW - I'll share reviews of the fiction books I've completed in a future post.)