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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Getting back to the basics.

It seems as though life these days is full of distractions, detours and delays, for Christians in particular. Though we start each day with the desire to do well and please God, every night we go to bed beaten down and discouraged by the course of the day. Occasionally a great day comes along and we rejoice, but in our hearts we seem to predict that it is temporary and that tomorrow will yield yet another course of challenges waiting to chew me up and spit me out. It isn't enough to just squeak by or live day by day holding on as you feel your grip weaken. There has got to be more to my life, things i must be missing. That is where a handy little daily devotional resource book can help. It gets us back to the basics of our relationship with the Lord and reminds us, as it is so titled, 5 traits of a Christ follower. Five Traits of a Christ Follower  -     By: Doug Nuenke, Jerry Bridges
The 5 traits are; walking with Jesus, Knowing and living the scriptures, participating in community, engaging with those who don't know Christ, and reproducing spiritual generations.
Each of these traits are discussed by individuals in a daily and very practical manner. Each devotion addresses a specific area within these 5 traits and offer advice, encouragement, and challenge. It is a reminder of what the Christian life is all about, our Relationship with God. All else falls in place when we are walking as we should and following our King. I must admit, when my friends at Tyndale House Publishers sent me a complimentary copy for my review I was expecting a book by Jerry Bridges. What I got was a devotional to address my wandering and worn life. I would recommend this book to Christians and non-Christians alike. To Christians who are new to the family or brothers and sisters who have been in the family for decades it is worth the time spent. For 5 minutes a day it is an investment that is sure to return much more than the small cost of the book.
Till next time

Want to learn how to draw the perfect freehand illustration?

I always envied my oldest sister growing up. She had all sorts of creative talent. She was on televised t.v. talent shows, played professionally for a dinner club, could draw beautifully and always seemed to have the talent to get the job done and then some. I could draw a little but nothing like the talent she had.
So when I heard about the "Freehand Figure Drawing for Illustrators" I wanted a copy to see if anyone can draw. I knew everyone has a little talent, but I wondered if the ability to draw could be taught.
I believe that my answer came when I received my copy from my friends at blogging for books, for an honest review. I knew as soon as I opened it that this book is the legit deal. 10 chapters in 198 pages of complete step by step instructions on drawing people and learning about the characteristics of skeletal and muscle movement for males and females. This book is very extensive as it teaches you standing figures, action figures as well as specifics for drawing each part of the body. I would recommend this book to anyone who desires to be able to draw more lifelike than they ever thought possible. I always thought people were the hardest thing to draw so I avoided it but now I can draw whatever I want and no more stick figures for me.Hope you get your copy soon, you'll definitely be glad you did. David Ross is the author.
Till next time.