For The Love | My Review of Jen Hatmaker’s New Book

Last summer I got my hands on an advance copy of Jen Hatmaker’s newest book “For the Love” and let me just say right out of the gate that I LOVED it. I laughed, I cried, I shouted AMEN in hearty agreement. This is a book that women will enjoy most, but I know men…

Permission to Speak Freely {Book Review}

It has been a while since I have submitted a book review for all of you here on My Living Canvas.  This is not from lack of reading, just lack of having the discipline to sit down and pound out a review! So I am pleased to make a book review comeback with my review…

A Splash of Brightness at My Living Canvas

I have finally come to grips with a reality I have long fought to admit:  I can only keep up with one blog! If I didn’t have a full-time job I might be able to better manage my multi-tasking blogging capabilities but I confess that for now this blog will have to be it.  It…

For the Record…

Just in case the FTC actually knows my blog exists:  I am an official book review blogger for Thomas Nelson publishing.  They send me free books.  I read the books and write what I think of the books on my blog and also on Amazon.com.  Not all books I write about on my blog come…

Book Review: “Fearless” by Max Lucado

In a time in History where people have many things to fear, Max Lucado delivers a dose of wise counsel and biblical truth to help treat fear at its root. While Fearless deals with specific fears fueled by headlines in the local papers(such as terrorism and the global economic crisis), it also deals with generalized…

Book Review: “The Noticer” by Andy Andrews

Sometimes, All A Person Needs Is A Little Perspective Have you ever read a book that was just what you needed at just the time you needed it?  Well for me, this weekend, that book was “The Noticer” by Andy Andrews. Work has been really hectic and stressful the past several weeks.  I have been…

Upcoming Book Review: Fearless, by Max Lucado

I’ll admit that I can tend to be a ‘fraidy cat… alot.  Scared of the dark, scared of things that go bump in the night, scared of spiders, scared of what people think of me, scared of bad things that may (and probably wont) happen. And the list goes on. This is why I am…

The Unlikely Disciple

My most recent read, (aside from rereading the last 2 books of the Harry Potter Series) is The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose. This is an intriguing memoir of a young freshman at Brown University who, in 2007, after a visit to Thomas Road Baptist Church, decided to go “undercover” at Liberty University for what…

Book Review: The Hole in Our Gospel

This new book by World Vision U.S. President Rich Stearns, published by Thomas Nelson Publishing,  is an excellent survey regarding poverty, Christian responsibility, and the global church. The book is lengthy, nearly 300 pages, and ends with a call to action by President Stearns: You, Me, Let’s Go! We have work to do and its…

This is Your Brain on Joy

“Brain science is no longer just a hot topic among nerds without girlfriends; its now cool to be into the brain!” – Dr. Earl Henslin Do cyclical negative thoughts keep you up at night and kidnap your joy? Are your moods unpredictable? Do you avoid deep relationships with others?  Do you constantly forget where you…