The Consulting Writer

aka The Frazzled Mom

Review of Building Faith Block By Block Michael Ross

Building Faith Block By Block

By Michael Ross; Christopher Ross

Improve Your Game, Build Your Faith

Decisions, decisions. In both the virtual world and the real world, you have to make a bunch of choices. Mess up in the virtual world and you can always start over. But in the real world, where the decisions you make have real consequences (both good and bad), it’s not that simple.

Where can you go for help? Is there a gamer’s guide for living? Yes, it’s called the Bible—and God created it to help you win!

Join gamer Dragee90 as he shares daily devotions packed with awesome ideas for success in three key areas of your life:

Gameplay—Learn A-to-Z tips and tricks for successful virtual world-building and secrets for online survival.

Real Life—Dragee90 reveals some of his daily struggles and shows how you can overcome your own everyday challenges with God’s help.

Real Faith—Get powerful Scripture verses from the Bible, “cheat codes” you can use to overcome life’s biggest obstacles.

Building faith block by block is easy once you have the right foundation!

At first I thought this was a devotional book, but it’s so much more than that.

Each chapter opens with our character trying to survive in the world of Minecraft (no, not in creative mode). With creepers, zombies, spiders, withers and more, the danger is real and often surrounds the player. How to last the night depends on how fast you can build a decent shelter. As Dragee90 makes his way through the world of Minecraft, he likens it and it’s dangers, to the real world. Threats like creepers are compared to bullies in school, their hateful words multiply and spread.

What I like about this book is it gives a little story, followed by basic, yet important, tips on navigating through Minecraft (Dragee90’s Best Tip). The “read it” section offers a Bible verse applicable to the thoughts of that section and the “think it” part gives final thought on how to deal with that situation in the real world.

Tips and gameplay go from the starting point (building a shelter and escaping mobs) to trading, defending yourself, building the best armor, and so much more. The book, in my opinion, is packed with beginner to intermediate strategies for Minecraft. Woven well with a little story telling and applying it to Biblical principles, this is a unique take on a devotional book that’s so much more than just that. I’ve included the list following my review to show just how extensive the book is and how much it covers. This is not just a devotion covering the Bible and God’s truths, it’s also a comprehensive guide for Minecraft players.

The only issue I had with this book was the formatting and lack of color. I imagine this is because I received an early copy before release. If you do plan to buy this book as a gift, I think a print version would be best. At the end of each chapter, the reader is invited to sketch their own Minecraft scene or write thoughts on that section.

Building Faith Block By Block would be a great addition for any young fan of Minecraft.

Starting Point: Unlock the Fun!
Secret 1: Escaping Aggressive Mobs
Secret 2: Putting on Your Protective Armor
Secret 3: Firing an Arrow with Pinpoint Accuracy
Secret 4: Ultimate Attack Strategies
Secret 5: Building on Bedrock
Secret 6: Sixty-OneBiomes That Will Rock Your World
Secret 7: The Basic Blocks of a Minecrafty Life
Secret 8: How to Survive a Caving Disaster
Secret 9: What to Hide in Your Chest
Secret 10: Coal—a Minecrafter’s Prized Resource
Secret 11: Crafting with Purpose
Secret 12: Outsmarting Creepers
Secret 13: How to Escape Death
Secret 14: Trading Diamonds for Clay?
Secret 15: Avoiding a Dungeon Trap
Secret 16: Truth About the Enchantment Table
Secret 17: Getting to the End (Which Is Really the Beginning)
Secret 18: Fighting the Ender Dragon
Secret 19: Avoid Eye Contact with an Enderman
Secret 20: Experience That Counts
Secret 21: Getting the Most out of Your Furnace
Secret 22: Thriving in Each Game Mode
Secret 23: Deflecting a Ghast’s Explosive Fireball
Secret 24: Don’t Lose Your Glass Blocks
Secret 25: Maximizing Glowstone
Secret 26: What to Stock in Your Inventory
Secret 27: The Ultimate Way to Use a Ladder
Secret 28: Navigating the Dreaded Lava Blocks
Secret 29: Mooshrooms and Other Oddities
Secret 30: Beware of a Monster Spawner
Secret 31: Know What’s Hidden Near Mossy Cobblestone
Secret 32: Getting the Most out of MP (Multiplayer)
Secret 33: Don’t End Up in the Treacherous Nether
Secret 34: Uses for Netherrack
Secret 35: The Best Way to Build an Obsidian Barrier
Secret 36: What I Craft with Ore Blocks
Secret 37: Tapping the Infinite Possibilities of the Overworld
Secret 38: Using the Right Pickaxe for the Right Job
Secret 39: Three Basic Potions
Secret 40: How to Succeed in PVP (Player Versus Player)
Secret 41: A Raw Pork Chop Can Heal a Tamed Wolf
Secret 42: Making Redstone Electrical Circuits 175
Secret 43: Gravity + Sand = a Dangerous Combination
Secret 44: What to Do with Sandstone
Secret 45: From Sapling to Giant in Two Easy Steps
Secret 46: Sowing Seeds with Heart
Secret 47: Skeletons Burn in the Light
Secret 48: Protecting Your Skin
Secret 49: Don’t Get Bumped by Slime
Secret 50: Amazing Smelting Techniques
Secret 51: Soul Sand Slows the Enemy
Secret 52: Remembering Your Spawn Point
Secret 53: Eyes of Ender Can Locate Strongholds
Secret 54: Exploring Hidden Temples
Secret 55: A Torch That Lights My Path
Secret 56: Favorite Finds When Trading with Villagers
Secret 57: How to Defeat a Wither
Secret 58:Wood—a Basic Resource That’s Fun to Use
Secret 59: Protect Your Shelter from Zombies
Secret 60: Watch Out for the Zombie-Pigman

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley. 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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