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‘Fierce Convictions’ Book Review March 16, 2015

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Fierce Convictions by Karen Swallow Prior
My Rating: 3/5

We all dream of making a difference. Of leaving a lasting mark on the world in which we live. We savor stories of heroes both past and present. They inspire us to strive for that same greatness.
This is one of those stories. For the most part, however, it has remain untold.
Prior to having read the back cover of this book, I had never heard the name of Hannah More. I knew nothing of her life or her legacy. However, I came to discover that it is worth knowing.
 Living in the late 18th and early 19th century, Hannah More utilized her passion and gift for writing in great ways. Working alongside William Wilberforce and other great minds of their time, she worked towards the abolition of slavery in England. She also strove to better the lives of those in the lower class through the founding Sunday schools, where they were taught to read. This was a radical, even resisted effort in her culture. Her greatest impact and legacy is undoubtedly her writings. Through numerous volumes of tracts, books, and stories, she encouraged biblical values and lifestyles. These works greatly affected the morals of both the lower and upper classes.
I would most definitely encourage you to acquaint yourself on the life of More. Hers is one which can inspire our hearts, and educate our minds. However, the style in which Prior wrote this biography is quite dry. While I appreciated how researched and detailed the account was, I found it difficult to follow and at times even boring to read. At times it seemed to be more of a list of facts rather than a well-written story.
The life of Hannah More was one of courage and dedication to the Lord. I believe our generation would greatly benefit from being taught of her and others like her. Yet I would warn you that while this is a detailed and full account, it is one which requires much focus, and is not a leisurely read.
I received a copy of this book free in exchange for my honest review. However, my opinions are my own.

 

‘Stumbling On Open Ground’ Book Review March 3, 2013

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Title: Stumbling On Open Ground: Love, God, Cancer, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Author: Ken Mansfield

Date I Finished Reading: March 2,2013

My Rating: 5/5

I have sometimes wondered what a person goes through when fighting cancer. I have wondered what exactly they endure spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Maybe that is why this book was so interesting to me, maybe not. Either way, I was drawn into the story of Ken Mansfield, and his wife, Connie.

In this book Ken lays out the story of his two fights with cancer, including a rare, life-threatening, “incurable” cancer. He is very real and honest as he does so, writing on the pain, heartache, and touching moments with God.

Ken is, no doubt, a talented author. He has a way of writing that draws you in, and holds your interest. He uses wonderful analogies to give you a vivid picture of the  hardships he endured. His humorous touches also adds to the read.

I would, without a doubt, recommend this book to you. I found it to be enlightening, heart-touching, inspiring and encouraging.  how gave me a look at just how heartbreaking and  excruciating cancer can be, both physically and emotionally. It made me more aware of how blessed I am to be given a strong, healthy body. And it made me even more thankful  that I have a God who is right beside me during the hardest of trials.

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

 

 

‘I Still Believe’ Book Review February 7, 2013

978-1-4143-7559-5Title: I Still Believe: a memoir

Author: Jeremy Camp with David Thomas

Date I Finished Reading: February 7,2013

My Rating: 5/5

“Even when I don’t see, I still believe.”  The words of Jeremy Camp’s song I Still Believe,  have reached out to and connected with thousand of people around the world, as has many of his other songs. But what inspired Jeremy to write these words that he shared with so many people? In this memoir, he shares his testimony and the story (or stories) that inspired and encouraged him in his music.

Jeremy shares his story from his rebellious teenage years, to falling in love, to losing his wife to cancer, being called to the music ministry and to remarrying and starting a family. He tells how God worked in his heart and mind throughout all of this and how God has worked in and through him.

I absolutely loved this book. It has to be one of my favorite memoirs, if not my favorite! Jeremy writes with honesty, humor, and love in an interesting and easy-to-read manner.  He doesn’t try to glorify himself or toot his own horn, but is down-to-earth and humble.

I would definitely recommend this book, especially to someone who is experiencing a hardship or loss and is trying to stay faithful and say for themselves, “I still believe.”

Note: I received a copy of this book free from the publisher 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/I-Still-Believe-Jeremy-Camp/dp/141437559X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360267198&sr=8-1&keywords=i+still+believe

 

‘By Faith, Not By Sight’ Book Review December 6, 2012

thTitle: By Faith, Not By Sight: The Inspirational Story of a Blind Prodigy, a Life-Threatening Illness, and an Unexpected Gift

Author: Scott MacIntyre with Jennifer Schuchmann

Date I Finished Reading: December 6,2012

My Rating: 2/5

I really wanted to like this book. When I read the description I became pretty excited, expecting to open up the crisp pages and dive into and engaging, inspiring read. I was disappointed. As I began to read, I waited and waited for the story to get going and grab my attention. I can honestly say, I never got hooked (although it did become a bit better once Scott began to tell of his experience on American Idol) I had to drag myself to finish the book, which is very uncharacteristic of me.

In this book Scott tells his own story. He tells you of his being born blind, going to college at 14, graduating at 19, and finding out the day of college graduation that he had severe kidney failure. He shares his story from being a young kid, to a college student, to a dying patient, to being on tour with American Idol, and an aspiring musician throughout it all.

There were a few things that I didn’t like out the book. For starters, Scott is VERY repetitive, continuously telling you stories or details that you have already read once or twice before. The thing that I disliked the most was the fact that there was a hint of pride in Scott’s writing. At times it came across like he was boasting about how great he had handled what he was enduring (although I don’t think that was his intent). For some reason, this really annoyed me.

I am not entirely sure I would recommend this book. If you are a huge Idol fan, then you would probably enjoy it, but as for me, I was not too impressed.

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

You can find this book here: http://www.amazon.com/Faith-Not-Sight-Inspirational-Life-Threatening/dp/0849947219/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354825934&sr=8-1&keywords=by+faith+not+by+sight

 

 

‘ the Hiding Place’ Book Review September 27, 2012

Title: the Hiding Place

Author: Corrie ten Boom with John Sherrill and Elizabeth Sherrill

Date I Finished Reading: August 18, 2012

My Rating: 5/5

This book is a treasure. Truly. When I read about how sold out Corrie and her family was to the Lord, I cried. It is so very inspiring to read the account of women who loved and served their savior to the point of risking their lives.  The fact that through all they endured, they never once denounced their faith or turned from God is astounding. When I read this I became so convicted at how much I take my God and my freedom for granted. This book is a heart-touching, eye-opening true story that I think everyone should read.

You can find a copy of this book by following this link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Hiding-Place-John-Sherrill/dp/0800794052/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348772472&sr=8-1&keywords=hiding+place