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More Than a Bucket List: Making Your Dreams, Passions, and Faith a Reality

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  • Posted November 24, 2012

    Is a ¿bucket list¿ just a ¿to do¿ list before you die? It doesn

    Is a “bucket list” just a “to do” list before you die? It doesn't have to be JUST that. More Than a Bucket List by Toni Birdsong speaks to what it’s like to live an abundant life; a life filled with adventure, humor, spontaneity, and personal growth. This book is filled with creative ways to challenge you to live a more faithful and fulfilling life.

    I like the way the book is physically designed. Its smaller square shape feels good in my hands. It’s small enough to travel with you but it could also be a conversation starter on your coffee table.

    The range of ideas for your bucket list include: be ok with a nothing day, visit the locations of some of your favorite movies, make amends, live complaint-free for 30 days, and make a pie from scratch. My current favorite is “kiss your sweetheart under a waterfall in Hawaii” … why not? If you are stuck in a runt, feeling unfulfilled or predictable, take a chance and think outside the box by filling up your bucket.

    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2013

    Ever wondered what you would like to do on earth before you die?

    Ever wondered what you would like to do on earth before you die? No, read more than a bucket list. Yes, compare your list with more than a bucket list.
    A very easy to read style book. Toni Birdsong beautifully ties in different pursuits with scripture. 

    My favourite quote from the book was ‘As an act of grace toward yourself, on this day imagine yourself to be the person you aspire to be’ 
    Could you imagine if we all did this, dropped our masks and facades and lived the lives we always dreamed of-and nothing less?! Although this is not some magic book that will make all your dreams come true and take all your stresses of life away, it does encourage you to look at your life and think big, think beyond your current existence and circumstances, to imagine a supersized life. After all Jesus came that we might have abundant life.

    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

    I received a free review copy of More Than a Bucket List (in e-b

    I received a free review copy of More Than a Bucket List (in e-book format) from the publisher through BookSneeze, in return for an honest review.

    The book consists of short chapters. Some are in devotional format, while others consist of lists of (sometimes silly) activities and adventures, or descriptions of cool places to visit. The devotionals are all aimed at helping you get more out of life, whether that means forgiving someone, spending more time in prayer, or being grateful for what you already have. Some of the chapters are more about how to take the first steps in achieving some of your goals (for example: Watch Less T.V., Find Your Passion, etc.)

    One of my favorite quotes from the book occurs near the end, and neatly sums up what the author wants you to get out of it: “You don’t have to risk your life to have adventures; you simply have to be intentional about living fully each and every day.”

    I like her emphasis not only on big travel adventure things (camel trek in Egypt, swim with manta rays) , but also on the things you can do every day – improve your marriage, volunteer locally, teach someone to read, bake your own bread. I didn’t make that last one up. It’s on one of the lists.

    There was a chapter on living debt free, which I am all for, but I found her treatment of it annoying – it’s a subject that takes a bit more than two pages to cover. It would be very difficult to adequately explain the envelope system in one sentence, much less one that doesn’t mention why it is called the envelope system (I’d guess she’s a Dave Ramsey fan). I think she could have done a couple of short chapters on the components of living debt free, and then directed the reader to more comprehensive resources.

    I liked how reading this book made me remember some of the cool things I have done: joining the Peace Corps, hiking Machu Pichu, visiting the Galapagos Islands, white water rafting. But it also helped me remember that the things I’m doing now are meaningful: adopting/raising children,learning to bake bread, writing, being committed to my marriage.

    There were a couple of typographical errors that I think someone should have caught before the book made it to press. I also feel like e-book is not the best format for this book. I would have liked the hard copy to put on my nightstand, to read a bit here and there from time to time, underlining and dog-earing the pages as desired.

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  • Posted December 9, 2012

    I'm a huge fan of BUCKETLISTS! I think life is meant to be lived

    I'm a huge fan of BUCKETLISTS! I think life is meant to be lived! How many of you agree??? My husband and I are starting to write up a bucket list.. We both have lots of dreams and want to fulfill them, so why not start a bucket list? I have a personal bucket list, which is my 101 in 1001 days.. You can click on it above under my pages to see my progress.


    The two of us, we're creating a bucket list of things we would like to do together. Our bucket list was inspired by this awesome book, which would make a great stocking stuffer for anyone..




    I have reviewed several books over the past year, but this is by far one of my favorites. The ideas that the author came up with are just brilliant. Some of them I have heard before, thought about doing or dreamed of, but MOST of them are very unique. This is one of those books you can't really put down because you're so EXCITED to create your own BUCKETLIST!

    This book has Bible verses, quotes and lots of ideas on how to create a bucket list! This book could be used as a bucket list.. It is all up to you.. I really thought this book was AWESOME! It would be a great stocking stuffer for anyone! It retails for $12.99..



    Do you have a bucket list???


    Thank you booksneeze for allowing me to review this SUPER cute book. I did not have to give a positive review, nor was I compensated for a positive review.

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  • Posted November 17, 2012

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    More than a Bucket List: Making Your Dreams, Passions, and Faith

    More than a Bucket List: Making Your Dreams, Passions, and Faith a Reality by Toni Birdsong is a small pocket sized gift book. Jumping on the bandwagon of the concept of the bucket list, made popular from movies and books and greeting cards, the author presents a new twist to this secular phenomena by adding the catchphrase "faith" in order to draw in the religious or Christian reader.

    The insertion of "faith" in the subtitle does not necessarily make this a Christian book. Yet, it is a good outreach method to draw in the secular reader by introducing the concept of faith in a hedonistic world where bucket lists simply are nothing more than extravagant, ambitious, self- centered, materialistic wish lists- the adult version to a child's Christmas list.

    Basically this book includes everything but the kitchen sink- but in a good way. if the concept of the bucket list could be referenced in a single reference volume- this would be it. You will find the traditional and cliche bucket list suggestions- extravagant foreign trips and daredevil, day trip suggestions and exotic foods to try. But you will also see spiritual minded ideas of sacrifice and good service as well. Yet even these good deed suggestions perhaps serve perpetuate the common religious notion of earning or meriting ones way to heaven. Yet the inclusion of biblical and spiritual based ideas are important as they are usually neglected from media versions of bucket lists.
    This small gift book is lengthy and most likely can not be read in a single sitting.There is a lot to this one book- more than would be expected from a gift book. Filled with graphics, and colorful text- this would make a good lighthearted gift for a friend. Considering that most of the bucket list suggestions are too out of reach or financially prohibitive for most readers, it is obvious that this book would not be a good gift for anyone who is actually ill or terminal. Yet the author addresses this issue too- and includes a reverse bucket list in which the reader can reflect on accomplishments rather than unfulfilled wishes. As a blogger for booksneeze I received this book published by Thomas Nelson publishers for the purpose of writing this review.

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    Posted December 11, 2012

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