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Dream House: Blueprints to a healthy & happy home Paperback – October 4, 2011
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Dream House is an excellent resource on leading your family well. It's written with a warmth and practicality often lacking. I'm looking forward to using Dream House in my own ministry and my own family. Full review at twoznek.com
I personally have the great privilege of learning from Barry Bandara on a weekly basis, he is the first to admit his church is not perfect and neither is he, we are all sinners but our faith in Jesus Christ lets us have that small perfection in our lives. The holy Spirit moves through this man with great conviction and he is without a doubt a very Godly and Righteous man.
His book is built on not only strong Christian beliefs and Biblical references but real life honest advice that will impact any home with its message of hope. I can say that it was an easy yet convicting read. It is thought provoking making you examine your own short comings in a positive and hope-filled way to make positive changes in all of the rooms of your house.
I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who wants to build a house on rock just as Jesus tells us to, I intend to build my house or fix it as needed.
Many, if not most, Christian self-help books are overly "preachy" and tell you what to think. What I appreciated most about Dream House is that the author doesn't TELL YOU what to think; he shares his heart about what HE thinks on the issues and how he has applied them in his own life. There are several stories he shares where he made mistakes with his kids and had to seek their forgiveness. This brings realism to the book that readers can relate to. On many pages I found myself thinking back to events in my own life with my wife or kids and thinking, "Yep, been there. Made that mistake too" or "Oh yeah, that does work well!"
I have many half-read self-help books gathering dust on my bookshelf because I couldn't get through the overbearing tone of the author. Not this one. I finished it and I've already suggested it to several others I know. There are discussion questions at the end of each chapter which makes for a good small group study too. I understand that many people are apprehensive about new authors, but this new author's debut is well written and enjoyable! A 5-star recommendation!
As for the book it has a very creative approach for those looking for a refreshing book. It maintains its them the whole time, allowing the reader to enjoy not only the idea of building a house, but gathering tidbits of Scriptural wisdom in the process. This book is steeped in Scripture (proper exegesis of course) and common sense. It is a fun book with the utmost transparency, and the reader will hesitate to want to put this book down. Cover to cover the reader will relate to the stories, and hopefully react to the Biblical Application. I must note that this book also works for an Adult Small Group Bible Study.
Great Use of Scripture+Great Author+Great Creativity=Great Book. This is what you have here.