Monday, April 22, 2013

FIRST Wild Card Tour: What's Your Mark? by Jeremy Cowart

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!



Today's Wild Card author is:


and the book:

Zondervan; Special edition (March 19, 2013)

***Special thanks to Rick Roberson for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Award-winning photographer Jeremy Cowart has traveled the globe photographing some of the biggest names in the music and entertainment industries. With boundless energy, indomitable faith and a mind ever-flowing with creative ideas, Cowart appears utterly tireless and rarely stops. There is always something unique and interesting going on in his world, whether it's starring in an episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, raising money to fight poverty through his Twitter feed, teaching photography online or taking the cover shot for Tim Tebow's best-selling autobiography.
Born in Nashville, Cowart continues to make Music City his home. Here in the comfort of familiar surroundings he draws continual inspiration from his wife, Shannon, and their two beautiful children, Aidler and Eisley, ages five and seven. Though he clearly considers his craft a labor of joy, when not holding a camera he has time for his favorite pastime which is doing anything that involves his children, and much to his delight, joy around the Cowart home is about to increase as the family is in the process of adopting two children from Haiti.


Visit the author's website.

SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:

What do an actor, a TV producer, a businessman, and a leader in social justice causes have in common? They're all making their mark on the world because their lives have been eternally marked by Jesus. You'll be captivated, challenged, and changed as you read their stories in this full-color, fully illustrated softcover book created by celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart. With text from the Gospel of Mark, you are invited to ask---and answer---the question "What mark am I making?"


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Product Details:
List Price: $14.99
Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: Zondervan; Special edition (March 19, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310411092
ISBN-13: 978-0310411093

MY REVIEW:
What mark are you making in this world? God wants His children to make a difference in the world...to be light and salt...to make an eternal impact. We (all Christ's followers) are called to go and make disciples (the Great Commission) and to be Christ's ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20), sent out to represent Him in this world and commissioned to witness to the lost. Jeremy Cowart, an award-winning artist and photographer, captures 21 inspiring stories of "mark-makers"--some well-known celebrities and other not so well-known ones. What's Your Mark? Every Moment Counts shows how different people have used their time, talents, and treasures to serve God and to live out God's truths found in the Gospel of Mark (which is also included in this book). You don't need to be rich or famous; you just need to be willing, available, and faithful and open up your eyes to the needs of people around you/around the world. You will be challenged by these examples of fellow believers who stepped out in faith to follow Jesus's footsteps and help others in need while encouraging others to do the same. From drawing, photo-taking, TV show producing, singing, social networking, educating, to running, writing, blogging, foster-mothering, jewelry-making, and cupcake-bringing! As you can see, ways in which we can make an impact are various and limitless. I enjoyed this book; I just wish the interviews were longer (more details). This beautiful book would make a great gift for birthdays or graduation! May you be inspired by this book to live your life in such a way that God's name will be glorified, His kingdom will be expanded, and His will will be done! Live to love, serve, and give! Make every moment count! Check out http://www.shareyourmark.com/ .

"It is honesty and transparency that people relate to-whether you are talking about pain or joy. Jesus wanted the low, the prostitutes and tax collectors and the sinners, to feel comfortable around him, but he was always honest. I want to be like that--I want to be a hospital, not an exclusive hotel." ~Lecrae


"Jesus rescues us so that we can be a part of the larger work of rescue in the world...If you want to make a mark, go where people are having the hardest time believing God is good." ~Gary Haugen


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