Nearing Home

 The latest book by Billy Graham, the world-wide author at the age of 93, preacher, and evangelist offers wise advice in all stages of life. His writing is easy to understand and I would suggest it to anyone. I, for one, loved the strength and courage in his writing. Once you read the book you can understand the value of “old age” and the wisdom experience that comes along with it.

Opening up with Nearing Home you are brought forth scriptures of how to be in a commitment with Christ and providing knowledge while you navigate through the life change. Billy Graham breaks it down even for the young generation to understand.

“What testimony are you passing on to others following you?” – from Nearing Home

This book is completely inspiring and uplifting to read, he can teach you how to live through the rest of your life, not just before you die, and how to get the message out to others.

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Stress Point

  Body image. Friendship. Career. Money. Dating. All these issues and more serve as points of stress for the 20-something woman, and combined they can make for a decade of drama in a girl’s life. Sarah Francis Martin is the slightly older girlfriend whos been there, done that, and got the not-so-cute t-shirt. Through this interactive Bible study, Sarah helps young adult women address each stress point by encouraging them to wait on the Lord, worship Him, and make Him the focus of their lives.

I loved the journals inside this book, it gave you a place to study the word, and really think about your thoughts. With being a Stay-at-Home-Mom I was pulled aside through some of the book, because I am not searching for a career, or looking for a date, but I still couldn’t stop reading the book. I loved the Bible verses, it gave you facts and even mentioned why she thought it fit with the related stress point that she covered.

As you continue to read you start seeing things you do in your own life, and she explains how to “help” with that stress. The book hits home in some points, and I would suggest this book, not only to the 20-something, but anyone who struggles through stress and that could be you.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Night of the Living Dead Christian

 Night of the Living Dead Christian by Matt Mikalatos is a tale of werewolves, zombies, mad scientists, and other monsters and monster hunters. Luther, Matt’s neighbor, is a werewolf whose wife and daughter have left him because of his inability to control his anger. Matt and others try to help Luther find a way to transform into the person he knows he was meant to be—and in the process find themselves drawn to the One who changes us from the inside out.

The spiritual allegory had me identifying much too closely with the monsters and taking a long hard look at my relationship with Jesus, who has the ability to change every monster into they should be.

If you’re looking for an entertaining and thought-provoking read, Night of the Living Dead Christian should be at the top of your list. I highly recommend that you get a copy before the monsters in your neighborhood grabs them all!

 

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale Media Center. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Restless in Carolina

  Restless in Carolina by Tamara Leigh, Tamara began her writing career in 1994 and is the best-selling author of more than a dozen novels, including Splitting Harriet (ACFW Book of the Year winner and RITA Award finalist), Faking Grace (RITA Award Finalist), and Leaving Carolina. A former speech and language pathologist, Tamara enjoys time with her family, faux painting, and reading. She lives with her husband and their sons in Tennessee.

Restless in Carolina is about a tree-hugging’, animal loving Bridget Pickwish-Bunchanan. Bridget is a widow at the early age of thirty-three, and she is still struggling with the passing of her late husband, not wanting to let go of her wedding ring, or the moving forward into the dating ring.

I can say that I loved Tamara’s writing skills, and her way to make you feel the emotions of Bridget. The first person view is a great concept and I loved it, however, the story line seems to be stuck for awhile, and I got bored. I would pick up the book and read it for a few minutes and I could easily put it down to do something else. On another hand, maybe I should have read the other two books of this series before jumping into the third book. Maybe one day I will be able to sit down and get through this book once and for all, but right now… It just doesn’t seem interesting and definitely not a page by page heart seeker.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Heaven Is For Real

  Todd Burpo is a pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan, serves as a volunteer fireman, and works with a garage door  company. His wife, Sonja, is a children’s minister, busy pastor’s wife, and mom. Colton, now an active twelve-year-old, has an older sister Cassie, and a younger brother, Colby. The family lives in Imperial, Nebraska.

This story is about Colton, at age 3, goes through appendicitis. He goes through 5 days of his insides being poisoned. While being operated on, he leaves his body and goes to Heaven. He could tell his Dad what room he was praying in, and where his mom was when he was in his “out of body” experience. While he was in heaven, he got to talk to people he has never meet in life. They even talk about events that have happened before Colton was even born. He got to meet his sister, which his mom miscarried within of two months of being pregnant. He also got to meet his great-grandfather, which passed away about 30 years before Colton was born. Colton never knew about his sister, or his Great-Grandfather. When he came back from Heaven, he got to tell his mom and dad about his experience and everything that happened. His mom and dad didn’t pry information out of him, but what he knew matched up to the Bible. He knew things that normal 3 year olds (almost 4 years old) would never be able to understand.

I actually loved this book. It only took me about two days to read it, and I would suggest it to anyone. If you have kids you can relate to the emotional pull the parents are in. You gain insight on what Heaven is like, and how it can be real. Do I fully trust their judgment? Well, maybe, but I am human and I wouldn’t fully believe till I saw it for myself, which I am sure you would be the same. It was hard for me to grasp that the little boy had such interesting details, even I have an almost four year old and her way of words is not that of Colton. So, could possibly Todd added more when they wrote the book, possibly, who knows right? However, I would say hands down this is one of the best books I have read this year. I can also say that this book is very insightful, interesting, encouraging and difficult to stop once you start.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Close Enough To Hear God Breathe

Greg Paul is a pastor and member of Sanctuary in Toronto, Canada, a ministry where the wealthy and poor share their experiences and resources daily and care for the most excluded people in the city, including addicts, prostitutes, the homeless, and gay, lesbian, and transgendered people. Greg is a former carpenter, a father of four and married to Maggie. He is also an author of two other books: The Twenty-Piece Shuffle and God in the Alley.

Close Enough To Hear God Breathe by Greg Paul points out how our God should be viewed as our Father, a parent himself, as we are His Children. Greg breaks down the verses from the Bible and also tells of stories that have happened in his life, which allowed him to get closer to God intimately; but not in a sexually way but with a deep feeling that we should all be with God.

Greg also helps us understand how God is here for us when we need him, through good and bad. He also provides Notes and a Reader’s Guide at the end of the book.

Would I recommend this book? Sure. Everybody reads a book and takes it in differently. I personally enjoyed the book and I hope you do to, if you decide to read Close Enough To Hear God Breathe by Greg Paul.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Grace of God

The Grace of God by Andy Stanley

I newly received The Grace of God by Andy Stanley in the mail. The book is very insightful and uplifting. It speaks to you about how God created the Earth just for us. God knew it would be good for us, which He done out of grace.

Stanley walks us through the stories of Joseph, Moses, Jonah, all the way to the New Testament of where Jesus was on Earth. Stanley points out where grace seems to be hiding in all these books in the Bible.

Stanley mentions that through God’s grace, which we all need. God gives us something that we do not deserve. We all need God’s grace, but not everyone will receive it, and we may feel this is unfair, but sometimes we do not want what we deserve.

Stanley states, “Grace is the vehicle God uses on occasion to ensure that we get precisely what we don’t deserve.”

I would recommend this book to Bible Study groups. We could all learn about God’s grace and it would be a great discussion topic.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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