Monday, February 13, 2012
Book Review and Giveaway!
I received an email a while back asking me to review Anthony DeStefano's new book I Just Can't Take It Anymore. Mr. DeStefano is one of my favorite authors, and I've reviewed his works before, but the title alone is what made me want to read this book.
Because, let's be honest, there are many times I feel like banging my head against the wall and screaming, "I JUST CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!" This might be after Joe has used his new talent of screaming at the top of his lungs all. day. long. Or after reading rousing political opinions on Facebook. Sometimes it is after I am almost run down by some big city hotshot in the parking lot of the grocery store. I'm pretty positive that the words, "I can't take it anymore" leave my mouth everyday.
I was surprised when the book came in the mail and it was a small book with only 64 pages. I flipped through the book and saw lots of adorable pictures of children. I was expecting a lengthy page turner full of Scripture, teachings from the Church Fathers and lots of deep theological stuff.
What I read was exactly what I needed.
The pages weave a story of times when we feel lost, depressed, abandoned and confused. We often ask the question of "Where is God in my times of sorrow?" We all know there is the answer to why bad things seem to happen to good people. This book points to the answers and places to give us comfort and peace. It reminds us to see the blessings in life. All this is explained beautifully in only 64 pages.
There are beautiful colored photographs of babies and children that just add charm and simplicity to the message of the book. Sometimes we don't need a tome of theological explanations. Sometimes simple is best, especially in times where we need help and comfort right away.
The other great aspect of this book is that I think all ages can enjoy it. The wording is simple enough for children to understand, but not too childish, so teens and adults will find joy in reading it as well. I Just Can't Take It Anymore would also make a great gift for a friend or family member who seems to be going through a rough patch. Maybe you have a co-worker who feels under-appreciated, or a cousin who is going through some relationship troubles. This is lighthearted and easy reading to possibly help them out.
I highly recommend this book! And Mr. DeStefano graciously gave me an additonal copy to give away to y'all! All you need to do is leave a comment saying you would like to win this book. I will randomly pick a winner by Monday, February 20th, at 12:00 noon CST. Good luck!
If you would like to read more about Anthony DeStefano and his other books you can visit his website here.