Book Review: Visioneering


I’m usually highly skeptical of “self-help” style books. I often think it will just be a bunch of mumbo-jumbo that sounds nice, but isn’t real life. I definitely approached this book with that attitude while also wondering if it was going to be a “God wants all your dreams to come true” kind of tone. I was pleasantly surprised to find that that was not the case! I actually enjoyed this book and the quality of the writing.

Stanley bases a lot of his points on the biblical story of Nehemiah. He also recognizes the importance of one’s vision also being something that God wants us to do. He goes back and forth between making his main points, outlining how that played out in Nehemiah’s story, and also giving more current examples of those ideals playing out. You can read more about the content of this book here.

As I said above, I enjoyed this book. I, personally, did not find that it was applicable to me in my current season of life, but think it could be even more helpful to someone who has an idea/vision who is looking for the next steps in seeking to carry out their vision. Some points can sound a bit feel-goody or cliche, and I don’t like it a whole lot when he reads too much into Nehemiah’s motivations when not explicitly stated in scripture, but overall there is a lot of quality information here. I would give it a solid three stars, and perhaps even more if it was more personally applicable – which is something the author can’t know about me.

*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


January Snow

It can be fun to joke about how Hampton Roads doesn’t handle snow very well. It’s true. We don’t get enough snow often enough to have the resources to clear snow quickly. However, that’s actually kind of nice. I enjoy how everything slows down for a bit. It’s a chance to rest and relax. You can’t go anywhere. You can read a book, watch a movie, stay cozy, etc. On top of that, with Hampton Roads weather, just about the time you’re sick of staying inside, it warms up, the snow melts, and it’s business as usual again.

New Year

Happy New Year everyone! The end of 2016 has come and gone and 2017 is here. Last year was quite the year…ups and downs, political turmoil that seems to be only beginning, world events, and more. It can be tempting to despair, to worry about what this year may hold. We aren’t promised an easy life, after all. However, I’m trying to remember that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today. and forever,” and He will be with us no matter what this year holds.