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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Surfing for God by Michael John Cusick

Genre- Religion/Christian Life/General

Published by- Thomas Nelson

Copyrighted- 2012

Number of pages- 205

Age Group- Adult

Description of Book- paperback, list price $15.99, ISBN 978-0-8499-4723-0

Is the temptation of pornography really a search for something more?  This world has 68 million searches for pornography each day and at least 70% of Christian men say they have viewed it in the last year.

Michael John Cusick uses his examples from his life and his experience as a counselor and ministry leader that it takes more than willpower and more faith to stop, it takes a search for what your heart really desires.  In this book he tells how the struggles begin, how to prevent them, and how to overcome the problem when it starts.

Author- Michael John Cusick is a licensed professional counselor, ordained minister, and spiritual director wh0 has experienced the restoring hand of God.  He also founded Restoring the Soul, a ministry which provides life changing soul care to Christian leaders. 

My Thoughts- This book is a must read for any man who may be struggling with sexual problems or may know someone who is.  As a wife, I don’t think I would give it to my husband if there was not a solid relationship.

There are many parts in this book that could help many with more than just sexual struggles.  I think that is great, because some men may have more issues than just the sexual struggle.

One of the best parts of this book was learning about the 3 Spiritual Counterfeits.   They are the “counterfeit good,” “counterfeit truth,” and “counterfeit worship.”  These are the works of the enemy and he uses those to lure us to him.  It is his lies and temptations that keep men away from the true God and His promises.

I would highly recommend this book to any man who struggles sexually.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Surfing for God: Discovering the Divine Desire beneath the Sexual Struggle by Michael John Cusick for free from the publisher through the BookSneeze Review Bloggers Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Coming Apart by Charles Murray

Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010Genre- Social Science- Sociology

Published by- Crown Forum

Copyrighted- 2012

Number of pages- 408

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- hardback, list price $27.00, ISBN 978—0-307-45342-6

Using statistics from the past 50 years, Charles Murray sets out to explore what is happening between the upper and lower classes in America.  He uses white America as the example, but it works for all of America.  The new classes have totally changed from the core behaviors and values of the past and this change has nothing do with income inequality and continues regardless of the economy.  The American project is at risk of failing.

About the author- Charles Murray has a Ph.D in political science and is currently the W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.  He lives with his wife in Maryland.

My thoughts- This book was interesting, but I think that 300 pages for the main text was too long.  It could have been shorter and gotten to the point faster.

I have never thought that the census was that important and asked a lot of personal questions that it didn’t need to.  This book showed me how important the census is and what kind of information can be gotten from it.  Without this information there would be no book.

I thought the last chapter was the best, because it was no longer about numbers and it talked about Charles Murray’s opinion and where the United States will be in the future.  We can already see in Europe what happens when heritage is forgotten.  As a country we need to get back to our founding fathers’ virtues, so that we can have a strong future without such a strong separation between classes.

I recommend this book to those who want to learn how America is coming apart culturally. 

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 by Charles Murray for free from the WaterBrook Multnomah “Blogging For Books” program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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