Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff

A Book Review by Wendy

Book Description

The most important step is taking the first one.

The funny and talented Chip Gaines is well known to millions of people as a TV star, renovation expert, bestselling author, husband to Joanna, and father of 4 in Waco, Texas. But long before the world took notice, Chip was a serial entrepreneur who was always ready for the next challenge, even if it didn’t quite work out as planned. Whether it was buying a neighborhood laundromat or talking a bank into a loan for some equipment to start a lawn-mowing service, Chip always knew that the most important thing was to take that first step.

In Capital Gaines, we walk alongside him as he relives some of his craziest antics and the lessons learned along the way. His mentors taught him to never give up and his family showed him what it meant to always have a positive attitude despite your circumstances. Throw in a natural daredevil personality and a willingness to do (or eat!) just about anything, and you have the life and daily activity of Chip Gaines.

Capital Gaines is the perfect book for anyone looking to succeed not only in business but more importantly in life.

Book Review

If you’ve ever seen Fixer Upper, then you already love Chip and Joanna Gaines.  This book takes you a bit deeper into the story of Chip.  Turns out he is just as reckless and wacky in his youth as he is now.  It’s a fun book, a quick read, and it’s full of entertaining stories.  However, these are stories with a purpose.  Each one is accented to show you what he learned and how he grew into a better man with each one.  It’s not just that they are cute and amusing stories, they are turning points for Chip that changed how he viewed life.

My only criticism of this book, was that I was hoping for more of a Christ-centered book.  I know that he can reach a broader market with this one, by keeping it to general wisdom, but I get great encouragement from testimonies.  I was hoping this book would be the testimony of Chip Gaines, and that it would include more of his relationship with God.  That being said, this is a great book, and I enjoyed it immensely.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers < > book 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 < > : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Muslim: What You Need to Know About the World’s Fasting Growing Religion

A Book Review by Wendy

Book Description

Is Islam a peaceful and tolerant religion?

For all the debate over Islam and its growing presence in the world, one thing is often overlooked: Islam is not a religion in the sanitized Western sense. It is, in contrast, an all-encompassing sociopolitical legal matrix that has bred a worldview antagonistic to anything but itself. While there may be millions of peaceful and tolerant Muslims, many of them our neighbors, Islam itself is hardly peaceful and tolerant.

Islam is the only significant religious system in the history of the human race with a sociopolitical structure of laws that mandate violence against the infidel. The current narrative is that to tell the truth in this regard is tantamount to radicalizing Muslims and exacerbating hostilities that may otherwise lie dormant. A common refrain has reverberated throughout the West: “Islam is not our enemy.” As well-intentioned as this mantra may be, it is a potentially dangerous stance once someone understands Islam in full.

Despite its incoherence, Islam—one billion six hundred million strong and growing—is poised to fill the vacuum left by a Western culture slouching inexorably towards Gomorrah. Demographics alone are alarming. While polygamist Muslims boast a robust birth rate, native Westerners are moving rapidly toward self-extinction. Filling the void are multiplied millions of Muslims who have no intention of assimilating into Western culture.

Equally grave is the specter of global Islamic jihadism now exacting mass genocide on Christians in the East and ever-multiplying terrorist attacks throughout the West. We are also witnessing the co-belligerency of fantastically wealthy Saudis spending multiplied billions of dollars exporting virulent Wahhabism to the West. Worse still, Western governments, academic institutions, and media outlets seem bent on exporting a false narrative respecting the religious animus animating global Islamic jihadism.

In MUSLIM: What You Need to Know about the World’s Fastest Growing Religion, Hanegraaff not only outlines the problems in accessible and memorable fashion, but moves toward potential solutions in the clash of civilizations.

Book Review

This is the first book on Islam that I have ever read.  I didn’t really know what to expect.  What I found was a book that was terrifying in scope and concept.  If 15% of this is absolute truth and an accurate representation of this Middle Eastern religion, then it is too much to accept.  How is it that nothing like this has been presented to our public, but rather we are fed helping after helping of a peaceful disguise. This book will make you look into additional resources, and no apologetics library would be complete without it.

In addition to a thorough and thoughtful text, this book includes a lot of nice extras.  For example, there is a glossary for understanding the language relative to the topic.  There is also an appendix, reference notes, an index.  There is also a list of recommended reading, so that you don’t have to take the author at face value.  You are being encouraged to keep reading and studying.  You cannot bring the Gospel to a people, if you don’t understand the culture that you are presenting to.

Finally, I appreciate the introduction, where the author makes it clear, that Islam is not representative of all Muslims.  A person can be a peace, loving neighbor and not reflect the religion that is represented here.  This is an analysis of a religion, a cultural system, and a rule of government, it is not a personal representation of each adherent.  People are not always reflective of the system they support.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers < > book 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 < > : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”