Who Do You Think You Are?
Finding Your True Identity in Christ
By Mark Driscoll
Do you know who you are? Very few of us do, and Driscoll’s book will show us how we can know who we are without seeking too hard.
Driscoll believes that we have a condition of forgetting who we are in Christ and we fill that void with everything else but. This leads us to ask Who am I? This question can be far-reaching and most of us search and search and still can’t find the answer to our question. Most of us are unaware of the source of our identity.
If we are Christians and we really live our faith, we will know that we are made in the image of God. So, our identity is in Him who created us, but not in all the other things that we believe will give our live meaning and identity. This is a meaning that can’t be quenched by anyone or any hardship.
One way to construct your identity in Jesus is through scripture. Another way is by being a saint. A saint is an average person who loves Jesus who is remorseful, powerful, and humble. Normal people could be saints. All we have to do is to love God and walk in His ways in the world.
We live in an ever increasing world where everyone seems to act as if they are more important and what they are dong is more significant than anyone else. Technology has only made things worse. We all participate in our culture of rudeness too. If we live a Christian life seeped in the love of God, that won’t be the case any longer.
Everyone also longs to be loved. We are usually only loved by a handful of people in our life. Jesus loves us totally and completely. This is the bedrock of our faith if we truly live our faith. So, we don’t have to look for love in all the wrong places. All we have to do is turn to God, and we will be loved at all times.
So, finding our identity is easy if we turn to God and make Him he center of our live. Not only will our life be happy and peaceful, but we will truly know who we are. Thank you so much Mark Driscoll for writing such a wonderful book! I will be reading and rereading it often!
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth
There are so many ways for you to criticize yourself. You are never perfect. You are never slim enough. You are never smart enough. You are never quick enough. You are never obliging enough. And so on.
You are too shy. You are too quiet. You are too outgoing. You are too aggressive. You talk too much. You don’t talk enough. You just can’t get things together fast enough.
We have all heard comments like this about ourselves. But do we have to believe them?
It is important that regardless of what others say about you, you think you are okay, just as you are this very moment. That is where self-assertion comes in.
So, today, practise loving yourself just as you are. What a blessing that will be for you!
Coloring Outside Autism’s Lines:
50+ Activities, Adventures, and
Celebrations for Families with Children With Autism
By: Susan Walton
Parents and kids 7 to 14
Reviewed By: Irene S. Roth
Synopsis: Having an autistic child may mean that parents
have to do things differently and to change their lives.
However, it doesn’t mean that parents are stuck at home
without any way to go out into the world and enjoy different
This is a wonderful book about how parents can effectively
deal with the perplexities of raising an autistic child and even
going on outings of al sorts. The activities in this book will
bring new hope for families living with autism. It seems that
trips and life is an uphill battle when parents have a child
with autism. After reading this book, that need not be the
case. Susan Walton’s book includes 50 carefully selected
outings and activities that kids with autism can enjoy.
Overall Thoughts: I absolutely love this book. Not only is it
hopeful, but the author encourages the reader to create times
and activities that autistic children can enjoy. The diagnosis
of autism will not be as devastating after you read this book.
I urge all parents with autistic children to read it.
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Sam and Gram and the First Day of School
By: Dianne Blomberg, Ph.D.
Illustrated by: George Ulrich
Magination Press, 2009.
Starting school for the first time can be very
traumatic for children. This is a story devoted
specifically for kids who are about to venture
out to school for the first time. It shows how
Grams can make it easier for kids to face that
first day of school.
Sam is used to spending his days with his
grandmother while his parents are at work.
However, now that he’s old enough to start
school, he has to leave the warmth of his
grandmother’s bosom. Despite her reassurances,
he’s scared of this big, unfamiliar building as
he approaches it. Once he gets into the building,
however, things change for Sam. He makes friends,
discovers many fun and exciting activities, and
realizes that he’s not as scared and lonely as he
thought he would be.
The book can also be used as an educational tool
for parents since it includes a special section
that will help them prepare their children for
the first day of school with enthusiasm and
confidence. The illustrations are lively and
bright. This book is a must read for parents,
teachers, and the kids that are about to go to
school for the very first time.
Reviewed by Irene S. Roth
The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade
Written by Lori Calabrese
Illustrated by Chet Taylor
Dragonfly Publishing, 2010
Lori Calabrese’s book is a wonderful and enchanting
story about a little boy, Matt, who wants to win the
upcoming Bug-A-Fair so that he could become the
student of the year. However, things don’t go
according to plan for Matt as he gets a cold.
The plot has a several hilarious twists and turns. The
reader will be mesmerized and kept at the edge of his
seat by the colourful illustrations and the message on
each page. I recently read the book to a grade three
class and they were absolutely tickled by the story.
They wanted to make sure that they would stay bug-
free in every sense of the term.
I would recommend the book to boys and girls alike.
Although girls and boys will find different aspects of
the story funny, they both seem to really find the book
very engaging and mesmerizing. Kudos also goes out
to Chet Taylor for doing such a great job of illustrating
Reviewed by Irene S. Roth
Donner the Western Dragon
Written by: Suzanne Davis Marion
Illustrated by: Marj Hales
Booksurge Inc., 2009
There are quite a few children’s stories that
focus on important problems that kids
experience in every day life with moral lessons.
Suzanne Marion’s wonderful and inspiring
book falls into this category.
Suzanne’s book is written as an old-fashioned,
heroic fairy tale. It kind of reminded me of
Grimm and Andersen a bit. The book is about
Donner, a dragon. Dragons are supposed to be
fierce, fire-breathing beasts. But Donner is
nothing like that. Donner is peaceful, enjoying
quiet meadows and butterfly-gazing. While
most dragons his age use up their fire on a
daily basis, Donner barely breathes a spark. His
best friend is a sweet unicorn who has a similar
temperament. They live in the mountains and
enjoy the peace and tranquillity there.
Donner is portrayed as a well-adjusted misfit.
He doesn’t worry too much when other
dragons laugh at him. Instead, Donner believes
that they waste their time playing games.
Donner seems to be very comfortable in his
own skin. This is such a wonderful message for
kids. Many kids feel so out of place with their
friends and sadly sometimes in their families as
well. Donner’s message will help them to face
the sometimes harsh realities of their lives and
The moral of the book is that we could all be
different and a hero at the same time. Maybe
we should all strive to be different so that we
could become also be heros? I would recommend
this book to any child who is struggling because
(s)he feels a bit different. I recently read the
book at my local library, and the kids
were mesmerized by the message of the
book. When I passed the book around the
group, they were totally transported by
the colourful illustrations.
Kudos goes out to Marj Hales for doing such
a wonderful job illustrating the story! She
is a truly gifted artist. The dragons look very
colourful and vibrant. Each page is colourful
and uplifting. It will consistently transport
Reviewed By Irene S. Roth
Rating: 5 roses
Fancy Nancy: Ooh La La! Its Beauty Day
Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser
Harper Collins Publishers, 2010
This is a very colourful and enchanting book. I know
that you will be transported to the world of beauty,
makeup and relaxation by reading this book.
This book is meant for a younger readership,
although I think that tween girls will also enjoy it. The
book is about treating Mom to a home spa for her birthday.
It is hilarious in its presentation. The reader will
chuckle throughout the book. The cover of the book
glistens as some of the illustrations on each page. The
reader will feel transported right into the spa
experience. I love the idea of treating Mom to a spa day.
How great is that!
Rating: 5 out of 5 roses.
Reviewed by Irene S. Roth