Monday, March 16, 2015

Book Review: Heaven, How I Got Here by Smith


This little book was something that I had the enjoyment of reading in one sitting. It is unusual for this to happen for me because my life is full of activities all around me as any mom understands. However, I was blessed to read this book that way. It was not a long book and it was written in a very easy reading style. It flowed well from one thought to the next and it was interesting enough to keep the attention of the reader.

This book takes a look at what the thief on the cross next to Jesus may have thought about the entire ordeal of the cross. The thief has such a short account in the Scriptures but this fictional book takes that account and makes it fuller by the reader's imagination. I like what the author did with this story.

Though this story is a fictional account of the perspective of the thief on the cross, this little story is fully packed with the gospel. The good news of the gospel is expressed over and over again. It was done in a great way.

I believe that the length was just enough to confidently pass this on to someone wondering about Christianity. It would be a great time to give it to people during this time of year because of Easter. It is also good for believers to read because it encourages faith and points to Christ's finished work on the cross.

I received a copy of this book free of charge from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

You can get a copy of this book from Amazon here.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Book Review: Fierce Convictions by Prior


This was a great biography about a women I have never heard of until now. Hannah More was a strong Christian who used her gifts for the greater good. She lived in a time period when Wilberforce was working to abolish slavery and when John Newton was a great preacher. This was also a time period where the church's eyes were being opened to the need for world wide missions and Carey was establishing missions worldview. This was a booming time to live in BUT the fact that a woman made a great impact during this time period was very encouraging to me even today.

Hannah More was a great writer who wrote to make an impact. She was friends with Newton and Wilberforce and aided in the abolition of slavery. She also found education very important and did great work of missions in her own country establishing schools for the poor even after receiving criticism for doing so. She and her sisters were a great team and support for one another.

Though her life was not perfect by any means, this biography is real in detail about shortcomings and challenges but I believe this is what makes it great. It was real, moving and challenging. It will inspire any Christian who picks it up but especially young, single women. For Hannah did all of this without a husband.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in Christian history or biography. It was a good read and is worth the time.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

You can get a copy of it from Amazon here. AND it is only $3.99 for kindle at the time of this writing!

Book Review:The Romantic Rationalist by Various Authors


I have been greatly impacted by the writings of C.S. Lewis so it was natural for me to have a desire to review this title. It was a good book that detailed various aspects of C.S. Lewis's life. There were several contributors which made the book enjoyable because of the different writing styles. Because of the different contributors, naturally, certain readers will prefer some over others which works brilliantly to make this book versatile for a wider audience.

C.S. Lewis is a well loved influential Christian that it benefits others to know more about. Knowing more about strong Christians from our past serves to help us grow in Christ. I found this book to be both challenging and informative. Any reader will grow in their walk as they are challenged by Lewis's thought and life.

One particular way this book challenged me was in using my imagination. God does sanctify our imaginations and Lewis's literary genius was because of God's gifting him that way. Lewis could write an incredible fiction piece from a Christian worldview and also write some deeper theological non-fiction pieces that were just as good. He was not educated in theology but literature so he did not claim to be an expert but did write some amazingly moving things that still impact generations. This inspired me in my own writing. I can stretch myself more in who Christ made me to be instead of trying to fit a certain mold that may work for others. In fact the variety of writing by the various contributors also helped me see this. In a way this book was freeing for me as I use my own God given giftedness in Christ.

I am thankful for this title and do recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about Lewis or who want to be inspired.

I received a copy of this book free of charge from Crossway for the purpose of an honest review.

You can get a copy of this review from Amazon here.

Monday, February 23, 2015

God's Battle Plan for the Mind by Saxton


This was a great book about strategies on how to keep your mind stayed on God. We are bombarded with many things in this world that are not godly, because of this we need to be diligent in keeping our minds focused on what matters. This book looks at the practices of the Puritans who were diligent at this task. They called it meditation.

I found this book to be helpful because it helped me see that even in the time of the Puritans there was a need to keep one's mind stayed on God. They were relate-able to me in my time period and were very helpful. Meditation is a lost art in Christian thought that needs to be taken back up. In order to live lives that are God-focused we must take the time to meditate on God's word. We act by what we spend time believing and thinking about, why not use your time to meditate on His word?

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

You can get a copy of this book from Amazon here. 

Book Review: Spurgeon's Sorrows by Zack Eswine


This book was the best book I have ever read on depression. If you know anyone or you yourself struggle with depression, this book is such an incredible encouragement. It is well worth the time. Even if you have never met anyone who struggles with depression, this book is great for your library because you will probably know a depressed person at some time.

This book  was was timely for me. I cried as I read through it because it was such balm to my weary soul. I highlighted so many things that were used to heal my heart in ways I desperately needed. I cannot recommend a book more highly.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

You can get a copy of this book from Amazon here.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Book Review: Siv and the Blood Moon by Geoffrey Leigh


If you like reading things like, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, then you need to add this book to your collection. New author, Geoffrey Leigh, astounded us with this winsome tale of adventure filled with dwarves, elves, humans, and goblins, where the battle of good versus evil is imminent. The story occurs in an imaginative world of great description. It is a reader's delight.

With depth and great character development, Leigh, offers the reader a great story that will keep the reader drawn in. We did not want to put the book down. We continually wondered how the story would end.

Our approach with this book was to use it as a read aloud as a family. This is a great book for this type of family activity yet it can also be read alone. It is so interesting though, you will want to talk about it with your friends.

This title did not disappoint. It is not a "Christian" book but is written like Tolkien's books where one can ponder the messages being conveyed to find deeper messages. This is another depth the book took us as a family and we greatly appreciated that. A good book is one that the reader can ponder and pick apart looking for the greater, deeper meaning. This book did that well.

It is a book that captured the attention of the people in our home whose ages range from five to forty. We really enjoyed it. Reading with your family is so rewarding and inspires much more imagination than watching television together. 

You can get a copy of this book from the publisher, Frog Street,  here or later next month at Target stores.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Glad You Stopped By


If you are here because you saw my post, "The Gift of a Shattered Life" over at TGC today, I am glad you visited. I don't have much to offer over here today unless you just love book reviews, though occasionally I do post something meaningful here. If you want to read more about various journeys around the web similar to the article posted at TGC today you can look up two great sites I contribute to monthly:
Comfort in the Midst of Chaos A wonderful gospel-centered encouraging site for special needs families
The End in Mind where I blog about Home-school adventures and what I am learning staying focused on Christ in the process.

I have blogged off and on about my personal health journey here and if you really want to read those articles then type in the word trials in the label box on the top right of this home page and a bunch of those should come up.

Thanks for visiting! Hope the article encouraged you in your trials and may Christ be supremely glorified in them! If you need someone to pray for you, it would be my honor, just leave a comment.
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