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Free Books Just for Blogging? I'll take it!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

A few months ago, I found out about a few publishing companies (most of the Christian publishing companies) that offer free books to bloggers in exchange for honest reviews.

I thought, "heck!  I'll take a free book and tell you what I think!"  So, I signed up to participate and my book showed up to my door the next week.  What fun!  I received mail (I LOVE mail!) and a free book!  What a day it was for me!

I have read several books now and have begun the process of posting the reviews on book retailer websites (Barnes and Noble, Amazon, etc.).  I have agreed, because of the way the program works, to also post a review of each of the books on my blog.

One of the things I have enjoyed most about participating in a review team for a publishing company is the opportunity to read books I might not otherwise read, as well as the challenge of reading a book within a designated period.  I have found myself reading more in the last few weeks than I have in a long time.  Because I have a deadline to read a book, I find myself looking for pockets of time here and there to read.

I share this because Bennett's blog may deviate every now and then to a post about a random book I'm reading.  I wanted to share with full disclosure.  I'll usually post the actual review at the end of a post. 

One of the interesting things about the latest book I chose is that it's on pain and suffering.  I wasn't exactly sure why I chose it.  I haven't really been all that concerned about questions of "why do we suffer" or "why is there evil in the world" in a long time.  However, I found that when I was looking for books (yep, most programs let you chose your book), I was actually looking for books regarding this issue.

Despite that someone warned me that I might disagree with this author, I chose the book called "The Goodness of God" by Randy Alcorn.  Ultimately, this person was right, I did end up disagreeing with the author on quite a few things.  But some things, I agreed on...most importantly, that God cares about our suffering. 

What I found most interesting about myself while reading this book was how much of the book was not new information to me, and yet, I seemed to hear some of the things this author wrote with greater appreciation.

I think that while I'm not consciously asking many "why" questions regarding suffering right now, I believe that subconsciously, I am absolutely wondering, especially in light of a son who I know will suffer most of his life.

When I was done with the book, done with agreeing and disagreeing with the author, my heart landed in the same place it began before I opened to the first page...knowing God understands my pain and that, ultimately, pain and suffering will not have the final word.

Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  2 Corinthians 4:16



* Here's my review of the book: I appreciated the book "The Goodness of God" by Randy Alcorn until the beginning of chapter 5, after which point, I began to disagree with some of the author's theology regarding pain and suffering. This is a well-written book with short chapters that address many questions and issues regarding the spiritual viewpoints of where God is in pain and suffering. Ultimately, I probably would not recommend this book because I personally disagree with a good portion of it.  A complimentary copy of this book was given by Waterbrook Press for an honest review.

One Response to “Free Books Just for Blogging? I'll take it!”

  1. Just wanted to mention the verses that you put up are always exactly what I need that the moment. :) You are a blessing in so many ways.

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