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‘Unstoppable’ Book Review October 31, 2012

Title: Unstoppable: The Incredible Power of Faith in Action

Author: Nick Vujicic

Date I Finished Reading: October 31,2012

My Rating:5/5

Faith in action is a powerful, encouraging and inspiring thing. Nick Vujicic, author of Life Without Limbs, shares his feelings, convictions and experiences regarding faith in this book. Nick was born without arms or legs, and has grown to become an internationally- known motivational speaker. Using his own experiences, and the story of others, he explores areas such as control, trust, God’s plan for you, love, self-inflicting pain, depression, suicide, and many others.

I did enjoy this book, I enjoyed Nick’s humor, and ability to express his point by telling a story, and he did make some good, thought-provoking statements on faith. However, there were a couple of things I didn’t like. For example, Nick seemed to go off topic several times, and also seemed to be very repetitive at times.Overall, though, this was an encouraging book that I would recommend to you. I WOULD  be cautious of letting younger audiences read, however, due to the fact that drugs, suicide, and sexual slavery are, at times, discussed.

Note: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, but my opinions are my own.

You can find this book here: http://www.amazon.com/Unstoppable-Incredible-Power-Faith-Action/dp/0307730883/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351687302&sr=8-1&keywords=unstoppable+nick+vujicic

 

‘Everything’ Book Review October 28, 2012

Title: Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to  Become Like Jesus

Author: Mary DeMuth

Date I Finished Reading: October 28,2012

My Rating: 5/5

” The more you dare to obey , the more you experience God.” (Page 177) . I believe that this sentence greatly displays the theme and message of this book. If we truly desire to experience the effect, satisfaction, peace , and joy of being a sold-out follower of Christ we much totally surrender EVERY aspect of our lives to him. We must relinquish control and allow him to lead our lives.

Mary DeMuth honestly, yet humbly discusses this point in her book. She does not claim to provide steps towards perfect Christianity, or even pretend to perfectly exhibit these things in her own daily life. She admits it is a daily, constant struggle to hand control over to God. However, it is profitable, and worthwhile.

I highly recommend this book as a recourse on complete surrender. I loved Mary’s humble, yet honest nature. A great resource!

Note: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. However, my opinions are my own.

To find this book, follow this link: http://www.amazon.com/Everything-What-Give-Become-Jesus/dp/1400203988/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351522711&sr=8-1&keywords=everything+mary+demuth

 

‘American Patriots’ Book Review October 24, 2012

Title: American Patriots: Answering the Call to Freedom

Author: Rick Santorum

Date I Finished Reading: October 23,2012

My Rating: 5/5

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. These are the things that our founding fathers, and many radical patriots sought to both achieve and protect for us. But at what price? How often do we actually stop to appreciate our freedom and those who protect it? In this book Rick Santorum examines the lives of some less-than-famous patriots during the revolution, and what sacrifices they made to help receive this liberty.

This book was a very easy, eye-opening read. The book is divided into 3 sections, and 18 chapters, each chapter portraying another patriot, or group of patriots. Each chapter also has a bible verse relating to that person’s service or sacrifice discussed. I would recommend this book to any american, because it is very important for us to know what sacrifices were made for our freedom if we are to fully appreciate it and protect it.

Note: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. However, my opinions are my own.

To find this book follow this link: http://www.amazon.com/American-Patriots-Answering-Call-Freedom/dp/1414379080/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351087163&sr=8-1&keywords=american+patriots

 

‘When Comes the Spring’ Book Review October 20, 2012

Title: When Comes the Spring (Book Two In the Canadian West Series)

Author: Janette Oke

Date I Finished Reading: October 20,2012

My Rating: 5/5

This was another excellent book in an excellent series by an excellent author! In this book we follow the newlywed Mr. and Mrs. Wynn Delaney as they travel west to live in Beaver Creek. Elizabeth is determined to prove herself to Wynn, and assure them both that she can, indeed, endure life in the rough territory. However, upon arrival, Elizabeth is frustrated, lonely, and feels out-of-place. God is faithful, however, and places into her life the friendship of several indian women…. if only she could break through the communication barrier.

This story was wonderful, and illustrated God’s faithfulness and provision in the lives of his children. It also realistically portrayed the struggle within Elizabeth’s heart to humbly follow her husband’s wisdom and guidance. I absolutely loved the book and have no complaints! I am very excited to continue on in the series 🙂

You can find a copy of this book here: http://www.amazon.com/When-Comes-Spring-Canadian-West/dp/0764200127/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1350766516&sr=8-2&keywords=when+comes+the+spring

 

‘Rules of the Road’ Book Review October 18, 2012

Title: Rules of the Road

Author: Joan Bauer

Date I Finished Reading: October 17,2012

My Rating: 5/5

Jenna is sixteen years old. She absolutely loves her job, and strives to best serve each of the customers that walk into Gladstone’s Shoes Store. She seems to have quite the knack for it, too. She is also very close to her mom, sister and grandmother. So why does she so eagerly accept an invitation to spend her summer break driving the elderly, demanding Mrs. Gladstone across the country? It is simple. Jenna needs an escape. She needs to get away, clear her head. Why? Daddy’s back in town, and Jenna is not sure how to respond to her long absent, alcoholic father… so she goes. What unfolds is unpredictable. Throughout the next six weeks God uses the people that he has placed in Jenna’s life to reach out to her, and teach her how to overcome dilemmas and trials that appear in her life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Joan Bauer is a talented author who does an excellent job at drawing you into a story, and causing you to become attached to the characters. It was a very interesting, inspiring plot, as well.  I really have no complaints! I would most definitely recommend this book to you!

You can find a copy of this book here: http://www.amazon.com/Rules-Road-Joan-Bauer/dp/014240425X/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_1

 

‘To Love Anew’ Book Review October 15, 2012

Title: To Love Anew (Sydney Cove Series #1)

Author: Bonnie Leon

Date I Finished Reading: October 13,2012

My Rating: 3/5

The following paragraph is a book description from Amazon.com:

Hannah Talbot has no one. Forced to leave the only home she’s ever known, she works for a cruel employer who brutally takes the one thing she has left–her dignity. When she is banished from London, she is certain God has turned his back on her. John Bradshaw was a successful businessman whose untamed spirit sometimes wanted more. When he is betrayed by those closest to him, he loses everything–his wife, his business, even his freedom. John’s and Hannah’s paths are about to cross. Aboard a ghastly, nineteenth-century prison ship from London to Australia, John and Hannah must keep hope alive and trust God’s unconditional love.

While I believe that this story had an original plot with much potential, I do not believe that the author did an effective job executing the story.  I did enjoy the story line, although it is not a happy, uplifting one. However, parts of it I found myself going “Really? Seriously?”.

For instance, the characters in the book hardly saw each other, and practically knew only each others names, but they seemed to have magically fallen in love. In my own personal opinion, it was rather unrealistic in that regard. Also, the ending was rather disappointing. Although Hannah knew she needed to tell John about her past, in order to have an open and honest relationship, and that she was being encouraged to do so by godly ladies, she changes her mind the day before the wedding, and marries him without doing so. Really?

So, although the story line was unique and intriguing there are a few downfalls. Overall, though, I would say that teens and adults may enjoy this book as a quick read (I say teens and adults because there are parts that I would consider a bit mature for younger audiences).

This book is FREE for the kindle here:  http://www.amazon.com/Love-Anew-Sydney-Series-ebook/dp/B001GQ2BC2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350498641&sr=8-1&keywords=to+love+anew

 

‘ the Radical Question and A Radical Idea’ Book Review October 12, 2012

Title: The Radical Question and A Radical Idea

Author: David Platt

Date I Finished Reading: October 11,2012

My Rating: 5/5

What does Jesus mean to you? To some christians in other areas of the world, this could mean following him to persecution, torture or death. However, here in America, we have the freedom to worship God how we wish without these risks. So what does this question mean to us?

In this book (or books, because it is really two books in one) David Platt discusses how we should consider and apply this question in our lives, and what this should look like. He also discusses the point that ministry is about people, not programs.  This book was very well written, easy to read, and backed by scripture. I just wish it was a little longer…

I recieved this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review. However, my opinions are my own.

You can find a copy of this book here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Radical-Question-Idea/dp/1601424892/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350044735&sr=8-1&keywords=radical+question+and+radical+idea

 

‘Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ’ Book Review October 11, 2012

Title: Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ

Author: John Piper

Date I Finished Reading: October 11,2012

My Rating: 5/5

Jesus Christ… he is the center of the gospel. He is our salvation. However, do we really know him? In this book Piper simply and biblically presents to us some of the characteristics of our savior.He looks into WHO Jesus is, not merely WHAT Jesus is (our savior). Some characteristics of Christ explored within the book are:

*His Aim

*His Diety

*His Excellence (this looks into his lion/lamb nature)

*His Joy

*His Power

*His Wisdom

*His Desecration

*His Anguish/Suffering

*His Saving Sacrifice

*His Mercies

*His Severity

*His Resurrection

*His Second Coming

This book was very easy to read, with simple language and small chapters. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who desires to learn more about our great God! Another book that I would suggest on this topic would be Knowing God by J.I. Packer, which is very deep, but also very rewarding!

You can find a copy of Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ here: http://www.amazon.com/Seeing-Savoring-Jesus-Christ-Revised/dp/1581346239/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1349960459&sr=1-1&keywords=seeing+and+savoring+jesus+christ

 

‘Desiring God’ Book Review October 10, 2012

Title: Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist

Author: John Piper

Date I Finished Reading: October 10,2012

My Rating: 5/5

I was very excited about reading this book; but at the same time, a bit hesitant, expecting the book to be extremely confusing and over my head. Not so! John Piper did an excellent job at presenting his thesis in a practical, comprehensible and applicable way.

This entire work focuses on the following statement:

The chief end of man is to glorify God by delighting in him forever

Some topics the book touches on would include (but not be limited to):

*God, being perfect and holy, delights in himself and his glory

*The heart of worship

*Is it even right to delight in and worship God for our own happiness?

*The heart of prayer

*Suffering for Christ

This book was very beneficial to me. It truly caused me to examine my heart to see where my joy and delight is found and whether or not I have a proper thirst for God. If you are truly serious about your walk with God and would like to enrich that relationship, then I would most definitely recommend this book to you!

You can find a copy of this book here: http://www.amazon.com/Desiring-God-Revised-Meditations-Christian/dp/1601423101/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1349878577&sr=1-1&keywords=desiring+god

 

‘the Orphan King’ Book Review October 3, 2012

Title: the Orphan King (Merlin’s Immortals Book One)

Author: Sigmund Brouwer

Date I Finished Reading: October 2,2012

My Rating:4/5

Imagine, you have been enslaved in a monastery to abusive monks for eight years. You carry a secret and a glorious destiny. However, you know fulfilling your destiny will require risking everything… including your life. This is the predicament that eighteen year-old Thomas finds himself in. When he sums up the courage to flee the monastery, there is no turning back. With his mismatched team that includes a knight, pickpocket, and beautiful Isabele, he sets out to retrieve what is his.

This book was an engaging read. The author did an excellent job at keeping your attention and making you anxious to read more. The plot was well thought-out and the characters were very well-developed. My only complaint would be that at times the story became a bit confusing, and hard to follow. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would happily recommend it to you. I am very excited about book two, which will be released in February, 2013.

I recieved this book free from the Blogging For Books program from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, but my opinions are my own.

You can find a copy of this book here:http://www.amazon.com/The-Orphan-King-Merlins-Immortals/dp/1400071542/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349287344&sr=8-1&keywords=the+orphan+king