Reviews by Chris Lautsbaugh
On 1/2 Chris Lautsbaugh wrote: While I know the book advertises itself as stories, I was still disappointed to find a coffee table type book in my mailbox. It is full of life changing stories and great Judah Smith quotes, but I can't help but feel that more will be like me. I was hoping for a full fledged book like Jesus is and was ... Coffee Table or Bathroom book
On 11/3 Chris Lautsbaugh wrote: I had read and enjoyed Jefferson Bethke’s book Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough. When I was given a chance to review his new book, It’s Not What You Think: Why Christianity Is About So Much More Than Going to Heaven When You Die, I ... Better than anticipated!
On 4/14 Chris Lautsbaugh wrote: How often in life to we miss amazing moments because we are in a hurry to our next appointment? Do we miss the gems life has to offer because we do not slow down enough to even notice? Carlos Whitaker, in his new book Moment Maker: You Can Live Your Life or It Will Live You, tells story after story ... Seize the Day
On 2/9 Chris Lautsbaugh wrote: The end may not be near. Growing up in the 80's and 90's I was bombarded with predictions and prophecies about the end of the world. I was on the tale end of the The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey craze and on the front end of the Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days by Tim LaHaye and ... The End May Not Be Near
On 12/16 Chris Lautsbaugh wrote: Hope connects to so many other topics. In his book, Let Hope in: 4 Choices That Will Change Your Life Forever, Pete Wilson hits on many things, so much so there will literally be something for everyone in this book. He touches on how hope can be hindered by our past, by guilt, shame, and regret. He ... Hope Comes in Many forms
On 9/16 Chris Lautsbaugh wrote: How many times have we sat in a church service of a meeting and watched as the speaker attempted to end the service unsuccessfully. Speakers circle the airfield in holding patterns as they attempt to land the plane in their talks. Most times, I feel a speaker goes too long. If they would have shaved ... Land the Plane
On 8/7 Chris Lautsbaugh wrote: In this book, she defines the Organic God as one we pursue, yet is mysterious. Unlike other mysteries which confuse or discourage, the mystery of God draws us into a deeper pursuit of Him At one point, she references the Organic God as one who invites us to go on a journey with him. Only He is the one ... A Journey With The Organic God
On 4/18 Chris Lautsbaugh wrote: Most everything which comes from those working with the Catalyst vein of ministry is quality. Altar Ego: Becoming Who God Says You Are by Craig Groeschel is no exception. Altar Ego is a play on words. We must take our own perception of our self and lay it on the altar, embracing the new version; God’s ... Embrace Your Altar Ego
On 9/5 Chris Lautsbaugh wrote: The chapter entitled "You Can Rest Now" was my favorite. Max explores our obsession with busyness and the consequential tiredness. The Israelites which were set free from slavery would have never desired to return. Why do we seek to put ourselves back into slavery that we are free? He compares being ... Pictures of a Multi-faceted Grace
On 8/9 Chris Lautsbaugh wrote: His premise plays off our multi-tasking, jack of all trades culture. While trying many various things, does work for a season, eventually we realize we cannot be good at everything. And we likely can only be great at One Big Thing. I appreciate Cooke’s balanced approach to this matter. He does not ... Helped my find my One Thing!
On 5/11 Chris Lautsbaugh wrote: I recently finished reading "Love Does" by Bob Goff as a reviewer for Book Sneeze . This is a book that is a collection of stories from Bob's life, followed by a lesson or point to ponder about God or our faith. Bob Goff is an amazing story teller. His stories had me riveted, even resulting in laugh ... Fantastic Stories
On 4/16 Chris Lautsbaugh wrote: "Are you weary of all the empty promises that leave you longing and aching for more? This performance-driven lifestyle is just another form of idolatry and it will eventually leave you exhausted bitter and ready to give up." I recently read and reviewed Empty Promises: The Truth About You, Your Desires, ... Jesus +
On 3/12 Chris Lautsbaugh wrote: This book is in the style of a leadership fable. It is extremely well written and the story carries you through, even the 400 pages the book spans. You feel like you journey with the church group in the pursuit of growth. I have read many leadership fables. This was far and away the longest.Most span ... Too long for a leadership fable
On 10/5 Chris Lautsbaugh wrote: I decided to review this book on George Washington Carver to learn more about this man. I heard bits and pieces through the years, but was amazed at how much this man accomplished in a very hostile environment for African Americans. He was never content to stop at the status quo. This belief led him ... Story needs to be told in Africa
On 8/21 Chris Lautsbaugh wrote: Two Australians pastoring in the United States write an engaging book, exploring and challenging the state of the church (believers) in the US. This was one of the most enjoyable books I have reviewed for Thomas Nelson. Their insights were refreshing and sacred cows could be called out by the "outsiders" ... "Outsiders Speak"
On 6/25 Chris Lautsbaugh wrote: Can this be required reading for the United States Congressmen? This is a book that I loved, full of simple, easy to enact principles that make a huge difference in a families life. The same money saving tactics would benefit businesses and yes our government. The author has similar principles to Dave ... Congress Should Read this!
On 1/29 Chris Lautsbaugh wrote: "Tithing" by Douglas LeBlanc is a part of Thomas Nelson's Ancient Practices Series. As a reviewer for Nelson, I have the opportunity to read many of these. This book is a collection of stories of how tithing works practically in believer's lives. It is based on Malachi 3:10 in which God says "test me ... Collections of stories
On 12/14 Chris Lautsbaugh wrote: I was looking forward to reading "Sabbath" by Dan Allender as the topic is one of my personal favorites. I feel the Sabbath is the most misinterpreted and least applied of the Ten Commandments in our busy, productivity oriented world. As I read the book, I found it to be quite mystical and artsy, rather ... Needed Topic, too Mystical
On 10/31 Chris Lautsbaugh wrote: Recently I read a book called "Free Book" by Brian Tome. Free Book is very hard to describe. I like some of Tome's general principles, and he begins down a number of good roads, but I always found myself wanting more .He is abrupt at times, which could just be me not enjoying his humor, yet he is circular, ... Left Wanting...
On 12/31 Chris Lautsbaugh wrote: Ralph de la Vega seems to be an amazing man. His story of escaping Communist Cuba, rising through the ranks of 211231355one of America’s largest companies, AT&T; and his seeming to be an excellent leader are indeed inspiring. De la Vega’s story brings you to the book expecting great things. I can’t ... Ordinary
On 12/3 Chris Lautsbaugh wrote: I consider myself someone who has a good, healthy marriage. Yet, this book put some shape to underlying communication issues that all couples face. Even the simple defining of the differences in men and women based on whether you seek love (women) or respect(men) have brought clarity to many of the petty ... Refreshing
On 2/15 Chris Lautsbaugh wrote: This repackaging of some of Lucado's work is in Max's trademark style. The price is steep at $11. $4 would be more appropriate for the 80 page gift book. I was also surprised and disappointed to learn that the material was not new. You have to dig in the fine print to learn this. I am sure many a unsuspecting ... Overpriced, Buy Originals