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‘Still Lolo’ Book Review November 29, 2012

images (25)Title: Still Lolo: A Spinning Propeller, a Horrific Accident, and a Family’s Journey of Hope

Author: Lauren Scruggs and the Scruggs Family, with Marcus Brotherton

Date I Finished Reading: November 29,2012

My Rating: 5/5

Two steps. It doesn’t sound like much, compared to how many steps we take throughout the day. But on December 3,2012 two steps changed Lauren Scruggs’ life forever. It was that night that Lauren stepped out of a friend’s plane, and into a spinning propeller. It was this accident that caused Lauren to lose her hand, her eye, and nearly her life.

In the book Still Lolo,  we see the story of Lauren and her family’s trial and faith throughout her injury and recovery. As you can imagine, the whole ordeal was both physically and emotionally draining. Yet, throughout it all, their faith and confidence in the Lord held them together and gave them hope.

As you can imagine, for Lauren, life after the accident required many adjustments. As a fashion journalist, you can imagine Lauren was very conscious of her appearance. However, the Lord brought Lauren to the realization that she was still beautiful, that she could still be loved, and that he still had a plan for her. This is a lesson that all young ladies need to learn at one point or another.

I was quickly drawn into this book. I found it to be inspiring, encouraging and eye-opening. I highly recommend this book to you!! You can actually read the first chapter by following this link:

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

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‘Micah’ Book Review November 20, 2012

Title: Micah

Author: Dani Ramsey

Date I Finished Reading: November 20,2012

My Rating: 5/5

Micah was similar to many fifteen year old boys in some ways. He was athletic, social, etc. But in another way, he was radically different. Micah possessed a maturity and seriousness about his faith and walk with God that many of us lack. He desired to go into ministry, and to honor and glorify God through the life that he had been given. However, although Micah did touch lives and honor God, it happened in a way that was probably not expected.It was after returning from a mission trip that Micah was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare, extremely aggressive form of cancer. This book, written by Micah’s mother, tells the story of how God worked in and through Micah, and his cancer.

As I read this book, I was blown away and touched by the faith and confidence Micah exhibited as he fought cancer. He remained adamant in the fact that God was in control and would be glorified somehow, someway through this cancer. It shares stories of his battle, some of Micah’s writings from this time, as well as other people’s testimonies of how Micah and his story touched them. I thought that this was a great book, and would recommend it to you. I feel as though I have to warn you, though. This book made me examine my own faith and confidence in God, and may have the same effect on you.

Note: I received this book free through the bookcrash program in exchange for my review. However, my opinions are my own.

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‘Tribal Beat Volume 1’ Book Review November 19, 2012


Author: Various

Date I Finished Reading: November 16,2012

My Rating: 5/5

I suppose that this resource could be considered a booklet, being only about 50 pages in length, but oh well. In this whatever-ya-wanna-call-it, put out by New Tribes Mission, we see 17 short reports on mission work being done to unreached people groups and tribes around the world. I was not entirely sure how to “rate” this, considering it really is just a look into mission work being done elsewhere. However, I will say that I found this interesting. Each story is only a couple of pages long, with a coordinating Bible verse. This is a really quick and easy read to get a glimpse into mission work being done to these tribes and how exactly you can be praying for the missionaries.


‘Against the Tide’ Book Review November 11, 2012

download Title: Against the Tide
Author: Elizabeth Camden
Date I Finished Reading: November 11,2012
My Rating: 5/5

This book had me hooked from the prologue to the end. It is one of the best that I have read in a while! Lydia has secured herself a nice job as an interpreter for the Navy yard and despite her rather shifty and uncertain childhood, her life is routine and secure. Then enters Alexander Banebridge, the man who both annoys and intrigues her. Bane, as he is known, continuously brings Lydia seemingly useless, unrelated articles and papers to interpret as a small side job.
However, the task is not as useless as it first appears. Bane is working towards abolishing the smuggling and distribution of opium, an addictive drug. Lydia soon joins Bane in his work, hoping to earn enough money to keep from loosing her apartment. It is dangerous, risky business, but Lydia is determined to prove to prove herself to Bane… because whether or not he wants to admit it,something is growing between them. Unfortunately, Lydia soon finds that she may have gotten in too deep when she finds herself fired and evicted. Bane has left town, and Lydia feels empty and alone… what now?
This book was well written with great characters. I was quickly drawn to the plot and attached to the characters. I honestly have no complaints whatsoever! This book is an excellent blend of adventure, mystery, excitement and romance. I would HIGHLY recommend this book!!
Note: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. However, my opinions are my own.

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‘Call of A Coward’ Book Review November 6, 2012

Title: Call of A Coward: The God of Moses and the Middle-Class Housewife

Author: Marcia Moston

Date I Finished Reading: November 6,2012

My Rating: 5/5

I have often asked myself what my reaction would be if God called me to foreign missions. How would I obey? Would I question? I think that is why I was so intrigued by Marcia’s story of the call God had for her and her family.  When Marcia’s husband informed her that God was calling them to foreign missions in Guatemala, she was hesitant. She attempted to excuse herself, convinced that her life in New Jersey was full of work for the Lord. However, God worked in her heart. They went.  This book is the story of the ups and downs of the Monstons’ time doing God’s work in Guatemala.

I was quickly drawn into this book. Mission work has always interested me, and I love to hear about the work being done abroad. I literally found myself smiling and laughing at the family’s higher points, and nearly in tears as she recounted the trials they experienced. God’s hand was at work in every situation, which was interesting to see unfold. Call of A Coward was an easy read. It is written in a simple format, and with small chapters. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to you!!

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

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‘John Newton’ Book Review November 2, 2012

Title: John Newton: Author of Amazing Grace (A heroes of the faith book)

Author: Anne Sandberg

Date I Finished Reading: November 2,2012

My Rating: 5/5

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see”. The words of this song have been echoed by many, many people all across the world. But how many people truly know of the man, John Newton, who penned these words, or the events that led him to do so?

In this biography of John Newton, we follow his life from his teenage years on. We see a young, cursing, sailor who denies the existence of God and wonder how this boy ever penned such amazing, convicting words?  The struggles of John Newton truly broke my heart. However, the grace of God is so beautifully displayed in his life and testimony.

This book was a very easy read, only taking me a few hours. It was about 200 pages and divided into several small chapters. I would recommend this book.

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