Friday, January 23, 2015

Believe, NIV


About the Book:

Grounded in carefully selected Scripture, Believe, NIV is a unique spiritual growth experience that takes you on a journey to think, act, and be more like Jesus. General editor and pastor Randy Frazee walks you through the ten key Beliefs of the Christian faith, the ten key Practices of a Jesus-follower, and the ten key Virtues that characterize someone who is becoming more like Jesus. Every believer needs to ask these three questions:

WHAT DO I BELIEVE?

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

WHO AM I BECOMING?

Each chapter uses short topical passages from the New International Version to help you live the story of the Bible. As you journey through this book, whether in a group or on your own, one simple truth will become undeniably clear: what you believe drives everything.

Using this edition of Believe, church families around the globe can now embrace a full ministry year through worship services, small group studies, and family activities. Learn more about this church-wide experience at Believe The Story.com.

My thoughts:

If you are at all familiar with "The Story", then you'll know quite a lot about the newest book in that series.  It's called "Believe", and it truly is a journey.  And one well spent.

I enjoyed taking a peek at "Believe", and I appreciated my friends at Zondervan for sending me a complimentary copy.  This book is perfect for new believers, young believers, or for those who have questions about what it means to follow Jesus.

The passages aren't lengthy, and the writing is easy to follow.  Basically you'll be reading some sections of Scripture along with a brief discussion.  Ideal for those who want to read through the Bible in a year, but want to start somewhere less intimidating.

Definitely recommended.

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Many Apologies....

For being absent from the reading world for so long!

Between the flu, the holidays, spending time with my grandchildren and handling chronic pain...

...let's just say my free time was sucked into the vortex of "Reasons Why I Can't Get Much Done".

But I'm back, and we have lots to share....so let's get this new year of reading started!

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

By Your Side by Candace Calvert



About the Book:

ER nurse Macy Wynn learned essential, gritty lessons in the California foster care system: land on your feet and trust no one. She’s finally located the fellow foster child she loves like a sister, but the girl’s in deep trouble. Macy’s determined to help, no matter what it takes. Her motto is to “make it happen” in any situation life throws at her—even when she butts heads with an idealistic cop.

Deputy Fletcher Holt believes in a higher plan, the fair outcome—and his ability to handle that by himself if necessary. Now he’s been yanked from Houston, his mother is battling cancer, and he’s attracted to a strong-willed nurse who could be the target of a brutal sniper.

When everything goes wrong, where do they put their trust?

My Thoughts:

Forget Shonda Rimes...Candace writes medical hope opera, and no one does it better...

"By Your Side" kicks off with a huge bang and the tension is high.  A sniper is on the loose, and no one knows when he or she will strike next.  The terror is palpable, and you'll find yourself sucked into the pages of the story within the first chapter.

Macy is a superb heroine: just flawed enough to make her easy to relate to, but with a strength that you can incorporate into your own life when troubles and trials come your way.  Well, at least by the end of the book, anyway!

I adore Fletcher, from his unique name to his love for family and his dedication to his job.  For Fletcher, his work as a deputy is more of a calling, and he's the one you want on your team.  My thanks to my friends at Tyndale Publishing and to Candace for my advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

All of Candace's books are excellent and I highly recommend them all, but especially "By Your Side".  Treat yourself to a good book (or two or three) as you ring in the new year!

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

At Home in Last Chance by Cathleen Armstrong



About the Book:

Kaitlyn Reed and Steven Braden have always had a similar philosophy of life: when the going gets tough, they get going--out of town and away from the problem. Now they are both back in Last Chance, New Mexico, and trying to start over. Kaitlyn is working to reestablish a relationship with the seven-year-old daughter she left behind six months earlier.

Steven is trying to prove to his family that he is not the irresponsible charmer they have always known him to be. As Kaitlyn and Steven find themselves drawn to one another, one big question keeps getting in the way: How will they learn to trust each other when they don't even trust themselves?

With emotional depth and characters who leap off the page and into the reader's psyche, Cathleen Armstrong continues to delight her readers and win new fans. Readers will be thrilled to return once more to the small town they've grown to love.

My Thoughts:

I fell in love with Cathleen's ability to tell a gripping and emotional story when I read her debut novel, "Welcome to Last Chance".  I remember praying it would be a series...and low and behold, here we are at book three!

Kaitlyn earns your sympathy from the opening pages, and you'll be rooting for her through the entire story.  Steven, on the other hand, takes a few chapters to warm up to and to really grow attached.  Just like Elizabeth and the rest of Last Chance, you'll be warning Kaitlyn to keep her distance!

But once that precious little Speed Bump comes along, your heart with melt and you'll be praying for imaginary people, wanting to see their lives get back on track and to watch God bless them abundantly...even though, once again, they aren't real.

Olivia is just as feisty and adorable as she was in "One More Last Chance", and everyone comes back for an appearance in "At Home in Last Chance".  But I sense we have at least one more book in store...just can't confirm it.

My thanks to my friends at Revell Publishing for my complimentary copy of "At Home in Last Chance" in exchange for an honest review.  This entire series receives high marks from me...highly recommended.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Hidden Agenda by Lisa Harris



About the Book:

Michael Hunt is alive--and on the run. Presumed dead by friends and family, the undercover assignment he's been working for the past eight months has just been blown. With a hit out on his life and corruption inside the Atlanta police department, Michael finds himself hunted by both the cartel and the law. His only hope is the daughter of the man who wants him dead.

This nonstop chase from taut suspense writer Lisa Harris will leave readers breathless as they race to connect the dots before it's too late.

My Thoughts:

Lisa has taken us down a "Dangerous Passage", held us hostage with a "Fatal Exchange", and now we uncover a "Hidden Agenda" as we begin the third novel in her "Southern Crimes" series.  In my opinion, having read all three, this is the best and most powerful book of the trio.

I can't imagine having to fake your own death and cause your family to grieve a loss that isn't real.  But that's how much Michael believes in the job he's doing.  Problem is, the cartel isn't known for playing fair.  Will his family ultimately end up grieving once again?

Olivia and Ivan are well developed characters and the perfect addition to the cast.  Previous characters also make appearances in "Hidden Agenda", and all the pieces from the first two novels begin to fall into place.

My thanks to my friends at Revell Publishing for my complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.  I've enjoyed each book in the "Southern Crimes" series, but "Hidden Agenda" is my favorite by far.  Highly recommended.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Always On My Mind by Susan May Warren



About the Book:

After a failed dig in Honduras, aspiring archaeologist Casper Christiansen heads home to Minnesota to face his unresolved feelings for Raina Beaumont, the woman of his dreams. But when he arrives unannounced on her doorstep, he receives the shock of a lifetime: Raina is pregnant with someone else’s baby.

Heartbroken, especially when he discovers the identity of the baby’s father, Casper tables his dreams and determines to be dependable for once, helping his older brother, Darek, prepare the family resort for its grand reopening. Casper longs to be the hero of at least one family story, but a never-ending Deep Haven winter and costly repairs threaten their efforts—and the future of the resort.

Worse, one of Casper’s new jobs constantly brings him into contact with Raina, whom he can’t seem to forget. A tentative friendship begins to heal fresh wounds, but can they possibly overcome past mistakes and current choices to discover a future together?

My Thoughts:

Whenever I hear Susan has a new novel releasing, I try my best to be first in line for a copy!  I just adore her gift of storytelling, and "Always On My Mind" continues the tradition of excellence. 

I've been reading the entire Christiansen series, and it's always felt as if Casper got the short end, so I'm thrilled he's starring in his own story.  After the traumatic events of Grace's book, I was curious what Casper's story would bring.

Don't expect a simple resolution.  Susan writes real life fiction, stories that leap off the page and dwell in your heart and soul for a lifetime.  Hallmark needs to pick these books up and see if they can keep up with a movie or two!

My only issue with Susan's books is the wait for the next one!

My thanks to my friends at Tyndale Publishing for my advance copy of "Always On My Mind" in exchange for an honest review.  Highly, highly recommended

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Too Loved To Be Lost by Debora M. Coty


About the Book:

In Too Loved to Be Lost, you'll find simple, practical steps for healing, refreshment, and revitalization of spirit, body, and faith. Whether you're struggling with issues related to trust, depression, patience, relationships, hurts, or hopes. . .

this humor-filled volume will deliver a much-needed smile and equip you with simple-to-implement tips for attaining the kind of guidance and belonging you crave—the kind that can only be found in the unconditional love of Papa God.

My Thoughts:

I love Deb Coty and her enthusiasm for life and for women of faith!  This is the third book I've read and her message of hope just grows more powerful with each book.

Deb doesn't preach.  She's been seated where you are, and she's enjoyed the scenery and suffered the stresses and done the work.  Her words ring with authenticity, and I'd love to grab a cup of coffee with her and just chat about all things Papa God.

Her humor is witty and applied with great care, but from time to time a tear will accompany the smile as she strikes a chord within your soul.  My thanks to my friends at Barbour Publishing for my complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

Honestly, the best gift you can give someone, especially you, is a book by Debora Coty.  "Too Loved to be Lost" is highly recommended.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Playing Saint by Zachary Bartels


About the Book:

Yesterday, Parker Saint’s only concern was his swiftly rising star power.
Today, he’s just trying to stay alive.

Parker Saint is living the dream. A cushy job at a thriving megachurch has him on the verge of becoming a bestselling author and broadcast celebrity—until life takes an abrupt turn that lands him on the wrong side of the law. To avoid a public scandal, he agrees to consult with the police on a series of brutal murders linked by strange religious symbols scrawled on each victim.

Parker tries to play the expert, but he is clearly in over his head. Drawn ever deeper into a web of intrigue involving a demanding detective, a trio of secretive Vatican operatives, and a centuries-old conspiracy to conceal a mysterious relic, he realizes for the first time that the battle between good and evil is all too real—and that the killer is coming back . . . this time for him.

“A thought-provoking exploration into the power of faith and the reality of evil. Filled with memorable characters and tight writing, Playing  Saint is an impressive debut from an author to watch.” —Steven James, bestselling author of Placebo and The Queen

My Thoughts:

Well, any novel endorsed by Steven James is definitely my kind of novel!  Zachary Bartels' has made a huge splash in the world of inspirational suspense, and he is a most gifted storyteller.  I was gripped from the first page and was up until the wee hours of the morning eager to see what happened next.

"Playing Saint" will have you suffering from 'just-one-more-chapter syndrome'.  Parker is a puzzle: does he believe, or does he not?  We've seen it in the headlines, pastors with the huge congregations who's ministries suddenly go kablooey. 

But the mystery that Parker follows in order to aid the police will have you gritting your teeth and praying he can help solve it before more bodies fall.  My thanks to my friends at Thomas Nelson for my complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

Zachary Bartels needs to be on your 'authors to watch' list, and his debut, "Playing Saint" is highly recommended.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter



About the Book:

Living side-by-side, a fledgling chef and a big-hearted contractor find a delicious attraction.
Trouble is, their chemistry could spoil their dreams.

Spirited PJ McKinley has the touch when it comes to food. Her dream of opening her own restaurant is just one building short of reality. So when a Chapel Springs resident offers her beloved ancestral home to the applicant with the best plan for the house, PJ believes it’s a contest she was meant to win.

Contractor Cole Evans is confident, professional, and swoon-worthy—but this former foster kid knows his life could have turned out very differently. When Cole discovers the contest, he believes his home for foster kids in transition has found its saving grace. All he has to do is convince the owner that an out-of-towner with a not-for-profit enterprise is good for the community.

But when the eccentric philanthropist sees PJ and Cole’s proposals, she makes an unexpected decision: the pair will share the house for a year to show what their ideas are made of. Now, with Cole and the foster kids upstairs and PJ and the restaurant below, day-to-day life has turned into out-and-out competition—with some seriously flirtatious hallway encounters on the side. Turns out in this competition, it’s not just the house on the line, it’s their hearts.

My Thoughts:

Break out the tissues!  Denise Hunter has crafted an engaging and emotional story that is perfect for the Christmas season.  This is the third book in her Chapel Springs series, and the stories keep getting richer and the love for the McKinley clan keeps growing.

PJ is the one who needs to prove herself; we all have someone in the family that feels the need, don't we?  I was that one, the youngest, the one who had to 'get it right' and make something of myself.  Her encounter with Cole reveals that he's cut from that same cloth, so when they end up in competition for the house....sparks fly!

I was cheering for them both, and had my heart pulled in multiple directions.  Tears kept me from reading at moments, both from laughter and from heartache.  Denise creates imaginary people that could walk into your local coffee shop and strike up a conversation with you, and don't be surprised if you find yourself praying for people who aren't real!

My thanks to my friends at Thomas Nelson for my advance copy of "The Wishing Season" in exchange for an honest review.  Don't miss "The Wishing Season", and be sure to pick up the first two books as well!                                                          

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Life with a Capital L by Matt Heard


About the Book:

“Matt Heard writes winsomely and compellingly, answering that quiet aching so many people – yes, even Christians – have that there must be more to life…. I highly recommend Life With a Capital L!” - Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center
 
What is it that you long for? Dream about?  Hunger after?

We all desire more than just the endurance of our daily routines. But often we feel limited and stuck — like we’re merely existing instead of living.

That’s not the way it was meant to be. God intends the humanity in each of us to be deeply experienced, lavishly enjoyed, and exuberantly celebrated. In fact this is what the gospel is all about.

Yes, the gospel. Contrary to conventional thinking — inside and outside the church — following Jesus is not about denying our humanness but embracing it. Rather than acting more spiritual or being more religious, we’re called and enabled to become more fully human…  and alive.

Matt Heard escorts us on a journey of discovery: that Jesus didn’t come to save us from our humanity — Christ instead yearns to restore it to what God originally intended. Matt then explores ten key areas where everyday life can become extraordinary Life.  

Christ promised we could “live life to the full.” He didn’t just mean eventually.

Life with a Capital L is the Life you are longing for. Now.


Most of the people I know aren't living, much less thriving. They are most likely surviving. But Matt Heard believes that believers can and should Live..."Life with a Capital L". 

He opens by describing a painting entitled "There is life everywhere" and expounding on the artist's imagery. Matt moves on to build his case for Life with two Scriptures. I Peter 1:18 which tells us we've been rescued from an empty life, and John 10:10 which tells us Jesus came to give us Life more abundantly. 

The book is divided into two parts, with the first section dedicated to making a point and the second section showing how to achieve Life. I'm normally not a fan of books with lists, but this time it makes sense and Matt describes each point on the list fully and with beauty. 

Of course, my favorite is his chapter on "Heaven"! 

"Life with a Capital L" is part intellectual argument and part storytelling with a point. You'll find a lot of quotes and references to well known authors, stories, and Scriptures. All blend perfectly to craft an intense, deep discourse illustrated by story. 

My thanks to my friends at Blogging For Books for my copy in exchange for an honest review. "Life with a Capital L" makes me want to Live more abundantly, and I think it will do the same for you.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

At Bluebonnet Lake by Amanda Cabot



About the Book:

Her life is set to warp speed. His is slowing to a crawl. But love has its own timing.
Marketing maven Kate Sherwood's world is fast-paced, challenging, and always changing. The last thing she wants to do is grind to a halt at Rainbow's End, a dilapidated resort in the Texas Hill Country. Still, she cannot deny her ailing grandmother's request to visit the place where she and her deceased husband spent one glorious week fifty years ago.

There, Kate meets Greg, who appears to be the resort's unassuming handyman. But there's more to Greg than meets the eye--billions more, in fact.

Kate isn't looking for romance, but she can't deny the sparks of attraction that fly every time she and Greg are together. Could there be a future there? Or will Kate's long-sought promotion take her back to the big city?

Amanda Cabot invites you to step into a place away from the pressures of the day. You might be surprised by what you find at Rainbow's End.

My Thoughts:

I have a feeling I'm not going to be making many friends with this review, but I have to be completely honest, no matter what others feel.  And it's not like I strongly disliked "At Bluebonnet Lake".  I just didn't fall in love with it.

This is the first novel I've read by Amanda Cabot, so it could just be a matter of taste.  I enjoyed the first few chapters, and the ending was satisfying, if not predictable.

It was the middle of the book I didn't really enjoy.  I felt like I was reading something along the line of "Groundhog Day"...events just kept repeating over and over and over....waiting for someone fictional to 'get it', and then we could reach our conclusion.

I know, I know.  That sounds harsh.  But it's true.  So much felt repetitive that I found myself skipping entire pages trying to pick up the pacing a little.  And it could have been so much more with just a little fine tuning.

For instance, tell me more about the townspeople and where they came from, how they built their businesses, and why they were fighting so hard to remain.  I loved Sam and her custom boots...would have loved more about her.

Kate and Greg were both in limbo career-wise and even relationship-wise.  So maybe we were meant to feel that same limbo sensation.  If so, then the book was successful.  But instead I just wished for around 50 or so pages to be edited so I could get to the meat of the story.

My thanks to my friends a Revell for my copy of "At Bluebonnet Lake" in exchange for an honest review.  I'd recommend you borrow a copy from someone and see what you think.  I still may continue the series with the next "Texas Crossroads" novel...we'll see.


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

How to Survive Middle School and Monster Bots by Ron Bates


About the Book:

Sometimes, being smart just isn’t enough

It’s been a rough semester for Howard Boward, science genius. Not only is he having to dodge winter’s most feared weapon (snowballs), his close friend, Winnie Mc Kinney, is barely speaking to him.

If that weren’t enough, he’s the favorite target of some bullies who seem determined to make life at Dolley Madison Middle School as miserable as possible. But then Howard learns about an upcoming robot-building contest—finally a chance to show off his science skills and beat archrival Gerald “G-Force” Forster!

Unfortunately, the only way to win is by using his secret “monster goo,” a formula that has terrifying side effects. Can Howard resist the temptation? Or will he unleash a robot rampage that could destroy the town—and ruin the school dance?

My Thoughts:

I knew from reading the back cover copy that I wasn't in the target audience for this one.  But I've heard many complaints from readers on how difficult it is to find good reading for boys in the Christian marketplace.  I remember having a hard time when my son was younger, so I thought I'd check Howard Boward out.

I was right...I'm not the target demographic for this book.  But it is well written, and will have a high appeal to fans of "Captain Underpants", "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" and other book series that fit that genre.

The book is witty, packed with dry humor and plays on words.  The story is easy to relate to....who hasn't been picked on in school (and if you are the picker on-er....find a new hobby, please).  Howard might be a genius, but brains alone can't solve problems.

It takes Someone bigger than ourselves to help us navigate life.  My only wish for "How to Survive" would have been that message.  Still, the story is fun, clean and engaging for the guys.

My thanks to my friends at Zondervan Publishing for my copy in exchange for an honest review.  Recommended.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

The Beauty of Believing from FaithGirlz



About the Book:

Are you ready to blossom?

Faith is like a flower. In order to grow, it needs soil, water, and sun—food for the spirit. That’s just what this devotional is. Spiritual food to help your faith grow strong and beautiful.

Featuring 365 days of wisdom from your favorite Faithgirlz! authors, as well as quotes and questions from real girls like you, this devotional offers pages of inspiration on everything from navigating friendships, to taming the tongue, to trusting God in everything, big and small. Growing up can be tough, but Jesus is guiding you every step of the way.

Beauty of Believing combines the talents of Faithgirlz! authors Tasha K. Douglas, Mona Hodgson, Kristi Holl, Lois Walfred Johnson, Allia Zobel Nolan, and Nancy Rue, and their words of wisdom will help your faith bloom and flourish as you grow into the girl God wants you to be.

My Thoughts:

As a grown woman with my kids either grown or on the way out of the nest, I'm so thankful to find books like "The Beauty of Believing"...and a little jealous, too.  When I was a teen in the church we had very little resources to help us grow in our faith, except our Bibles, of course.

The Bible is the most essential tool for cultivating a life of faith.  Books like "The Beauty of Believing" are the added nutrients, helping take the Words of Truth and incorporate them into our lives when it comes to everyday situations.

Situations every girl encounters, like hallway gossip, mean girls, and BOYS!  I would have loved to have had "The Beauty of Believing" in my locker, on my bedside table, or just sitting with my Bible when I was growing up.

And this book encompasses the best of the best voices in young adult and pre-teen writing today.  These are women you can trust to guide your daughters and granddaughters, nieces and sisters through the choppy waters of teendom into adulthood.

My thanks to my friends at Zondervan Publishing for my complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.  Any time you see the "FaithGirlz" logo, you know you're getting quality and truth.

Highly recommended.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Messy Beautiful Love by Darlene Schacht



About the Book:

Messy Beautiful Love delivers an incredible testimony of grace that offers hope for today’s marriages and a spark for rekindling love.

Love gets messy.

Financial problems, sickness, aging parents, a chronically unhappy spouse . . . trials will inevitably come that threaten your marriage. No matter how long you’ve been married or how strong your relationship is, sooner or later you are going to have a mess to clean up.

Messy Beautiful Love is about cleaning up messes God’s way, exchanging your ideas for His, and being prepared for both the best and the worst that marriage has to offer.

When you surrender your relationship to God, then and only then will you experience the blessing of marriage as He intended. This is the blessing of obedience.

Messy Beautiful Love is an invitation to that obedience. The cynical world says marriages don’t last, but God knows better. Tune out the world and tune in to Him. When you do that, a beautiful marriage is not only possible, it’s inevitable.

My Thoughts:

You'll find a lot of books these days that are honest about how messy marriage can get.  I mean, think about it.  Spending decades with the same person, only now what was once cute and quirky is now irritating and annoying.  Problem is, most of the books that declare marriage messy don't encourage you to remain in the mess.

"Messy Beautiful Love" kind of does just that.  Darlene admits her own messiness in her marriage and discusses how the mess came about.  But she doesn't stop there.  Instead, Darlene demonstrates how to turn the mess into a beautiful new kind of love.

The kind of love that goes the distance.

The kind of love that brings honor to God.

Not the kind of love that says "Suck it up and deal".  Nope, this isn't a manual on how to suffer in silence all for the glory of God.  Those books need to be removed from your shelf immediately, and replaced with "Messy Beautiful Love".

Darlene lives out her message and shares it with readers so they can see this "Messy Beautiful Love" in action.  We learn best by seeing a concrete example, and she is brave enough to allow us to watch her life as it unfolds with the message of the book.

I'll stick my neck out here and suggest that newlyweds could use a copy of this book as a wedding gift with a note that says "Read in case of emergency!" attached.  More marriages might be "Messy Beautiful Love" affairs if this gets out!

My thanks to my friends at Thomas Nelson for my copy in exchange for an honest review.  This may be the best book about marriage you'll read, so be sure to get a copy!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Out of the Dust by Avis Goodhart with Marti Pieper



About the Book:

“Don’t waste your pain,” says unlikely missionary Avis Goodhart. She didn’t – and neither should you.

Despite a background of childhood abuse, dyslexia, and marital infidelity, Avis took her first international mission trip at age fifty. The church, school, and orphanage she later founded in northern Peru, all products of both her pain and her radical obedience to the Lord, have brought thousands of others out of the dust.

This compelling story of an ordinary woman who serves God in extraordinary ways will challenge, inspire, and empower you to:

* Eliminate excuses from your life

* Recognize that in God’s kingdom, availability matters more than ability

* Allow your pain to produce – not prevent – your obedience

* Serve the Lord with the same abandon shown by one unlikely missionary

My Thoughts:

One of the hazards of being an avid reader is the desire to quick read.  So many books, so little time, you know?  But then God sends a book my way that causes me to pause, savor and ponder.  A book that could be read in a matter of hours, but instead takes me days to finish, because there is so much to digest.

A life-changing book.

That's the kind of book "Out of the Dust" turned out to be.  I was captured in the first chapter, mesmerized by the history of Avis Goodhart, and marveled by the work God was doing through the most unlikely of missionaries.

Along the way, as you discover Avis' story, you'll meet others that followed the call...and those stories are just as amazing.  Regardless of your views of women in ministry, set those aside and pick up "Out of the Dust".  You will be truly blessed, and quite possibly called to join Avis in God's work with the people of Peru. 

My thanks to my friends at Life Sentence Publishing for my copy in exchange for an honest review.  "Out of the Dust" is money well spent twice over: you get an inspiring book and all proceeds go to support Go-Ye Ministries!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Road Trip by Evan Nehring


About the Book:

Road Trip is the story of your journey through the big decisions of young adulthood. Many grads choose to leave their faith behind like a childhood fairy tale, only to realize later they’ve missed out on becoming who they were created to be. Road Trip is the vision of your own unique pathway – the one you were born to love.

This book will help you:

Deepen your faith with seven core values to guide you through the five big decisions of young adulthood.
Enhance your godly passion for dating, marriage, child-raising, and family life.
Strengthen your abilities to handle academics, worldview, and campus life.
Increase your career prospects with a road map to craftsmanship.
Expand your impact on your world!
 
Choose today to set out on a quarterlife cruise instead of a quarterlife crisis! Boost your courage and confidence as you head out on your next great adventure!

My Thoughts:

This is another one of those books I might have missed out on if I didn't write reviews for a living.  "Road Trip" is a treasure chest, packed with stories and experiences and truths that everyone needs in life, whether you're just embarking on your own adventure or you've hit a wrong turn along the way.

Evan begins with a killer introduction that will grab your attention immediately and have you nodding your head in agreement from the opening page. Then he dives in, asking the 'Five Great Questions of Life'.

The book divides into several sections, with each focusing on a particular aspect of our journey through life.  Questions are posed, such as 'what's my spiritual center?', 'what's my worldview?', and some basic questions such as 'how will I make a living?' and 'who will I spend my life with?".

Each section is jam packed with truth, wisdom, some soundbites you can gnaw on as you travel along in life, and some practical 'been there, done that' wisdom from fellow travelers.  Basically, if you're going anywhere in life (that would be all of us), you need this book.

Make it a companion to your Bible, and take both with you wherever you go.  "Road Trip" is more useful than Rand McNally ever dreamed of being (okay, I know I just outed my age there, but hey!).

My thanks to my friends at Aneko Press for my copy in exchange for an honest review.  "Road Trip" is highly recommended.

Happy Reading!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NKJV Adventure Bible from Zondervan


About the Bible:

Ready for Adventure? Embark on a fun, exciting journey through God’s Word with the NIV Adventure Bible—now in full color throughout! Along the way you’ll meet all types of people, see all sorts of places, and learn all kinds of things about the Bible. Most importantly you’ll grow closer in your relationship with God.
Features include:
  • Full color throughout – makes learning about the people, places, and culture of the Bible even more engaging
  • Life in Bible Times—Articles and illustrations describe what life was like in ancient days
  • Words to Treasure—Highlights great verses to memorize
  • Did You Know?—Interesting facts help you understand God’s Word and the life of faith
  • People in Bible Times—Articles offer close-up looks at amazing people of the Bible
  • Live It!—Hands-on activities help you apply biblical truths to your life
  • Twenty special pages—Focus on topics such as famous people of the Bible, highlights of the life of Jesus, how to pray, and the love passage for kids, all with a jungle safari theme
  • Book introductions with useful facts about each book of the Bible
  • Dictionary/concordance for looking up tricky words
  • Color map section to help locate places in the Bible
  • Complete text of the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible
Recommended by more Christian schools and churches than any other Bible for kids!

My Thoughts:

There is no way I can add to the list of features available in this Bible, so I won't even try.  In fact, just knowing this is the most recommended Bible for children is the best endorsement.  So, what to say now?

I'm just old enough to remember what a children's Bible used to look like.  A painting of Jesus with long hair, surrounded by children embossed on the cover and wrapped around to the back.  A handful of full color illustrations depicting Bible stories such as Noah's Ark or Daniel in the lions' den...and kind of scary at that.

A dedication page filled in by either mom and dad or the Sunday School Director.  And that was about it.  Oh, and maybe some maps that no one ever talked about but provided mild entertainment during the hour long message.

Now, let's look at the "NKJV Adventure Bible" in that light, shall we?  No wonder it's the most recommended Bible for kids!  Not only does it have high appeal, but it's a Bible that encourages study and involvement with God's Word on a daily basis.

My thanks to my friends at Zondervan Publishing for my complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

Very highly recommended.

Happy Reading!

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