Book Review: When Anything Goes

  
When Anything Goes

Being Christian in a Post-Christian World
by Leslie Williams

Abingdon Press

Christian, Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 01 Mar 2016

I was given a copy of When Anything goes through the publisher and their partnership with Netgalley in exchange for my honest review which is as follows:

This book talks about what it’s like to be a Christian in a post Christian world and how in the past few decades the face of Christianity has changed.    The author points out that since the days of the Great Depression Divorce rates have skyrocketed and the Big Bang theory has become the preferred explanation of our Creation instead of the creation story.  

Williams points out that the search for the meaning of life starts at birth.  This book reminds us too that Gods love is not something that has to be bought it is His gift to us and far better than anything we could buy.

We are reminded too that God sent Jesus asthe “Messiah for an inner kingdom, not a military or political leader.”

Leslie William’s uses the analogy of her under utilized phone in comparison to the way we under utilize the Holy Spirit.

I give this book five out of five stars.

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Book Review:Framed to Death

  
 

FRAMED TO DEATH

A Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery
by Christina Freeburn

Henery Press
Christian, Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 26 Apr 2016 

I was given a copy of Framed to Death through the publisher and their partnership with Netgalley in exchange for my honest review which is as follows:

If you love scrapbooking and mysteries then Framed to Death will be a book you love.  

If you are a fan of Scrapbooking and good clean cozier then Framed to Death is just your book.

Also check out the first book in the series Cropped to Death.

Five out of five Stars

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Book Review:Envy

  
 

Envy

Exposing a Secret Sin
by Mary Louise Bringle

Westminster John Knox Press

Christian

Pub Date 25 Mar 2016

I was given a copy of Envy through the publisher and their partnership with Netgalley in exchange for my honest review which is as follows:

This book starts out by reminding us that of the seven deadly sins, envy alone does not involve pleasure.  

If we are honest with ourselves and others we would have to admit we have faced envy at one time or another.  Envy over a neighbors better car, house or whatever .  Sometimes it is even envy over an accomplishment of a friend or loved one.  Sadly envy at times can lead to violence even murder.  Even television commercials encourage us to buy a certain product so we can be the envy of our friends and loved ones.  Envy is of course not knew but it’s actually encouraged now through ads and commercials.  

Envy is of course not knew from Biblical times to now people have struggled with envy.  Even in Fairytales like Snow White we see how envy destroys people.  Snow Whites stepmother is so envious of her beauty she poisons her with that Apple.  

If you are looking for a book that delves into the secret sin of Envy a book that does not skate around the facts of what Envy is then Envy Exposing A Secret Sin I recommend this book.  

I give this book five out of five stars.

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Book Review: Today God Wants You to Know…You Are Loved

 

Today God Wants You to Know. . .You Are Loved

by Laura Wegener

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Barbour Books
Christian, Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 01 Jun 2016
  
I was given a copy of Today God Wants You to Know…You are Loved through the publisher and their partnership with Netgalley in exchange for my honest review which is as follows:

We are reminded in this book that we are loved that we were handpicked by God.  In God’s eyes we have immense value and worth.  We are chosen by God, as unique individuals with our own unique gifts.  

If you are looking for a good devotional that reminds us that we are loved, that we are handpicked by God.  

I give this book five out of five stars.

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Book Review: Extraordinary Women of Christian History

  
 

Extraordinary Women of Christian History

What We Can Learn from Their Struggles and Triumphs
by Tucker, Ruth A.

Baker Books

Christian

Pub Date 16 Feb 2016 

I was given a copy of Extraordinary Women of Christian History through the publisher and their partnership with Netgalley in exchange for my honest review which is as follows:

If you are interested in women’s place in Christian history then Extraordinary Women of Christian History is going to be a book you want to read.  This book highlights stories of Women of Christian History from Thecla one of the earliest Women missionaries highlighted.  Thecla was a convert of Paul in Iconium.  

From Thecla to Susanna Wesley to Corrie Ten Boom Christian women from all over the world and from all walks of life are highlighted and the questions at the end of each chapter allow for deeper study either individually or in a group setting.  

I give this  book five out of five stars

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Book Review:Deliah

  
Delilah

Treacherous Beauty
by Hunt, Angela

Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers
I was given a copy of Deliah through the publisher and there partnership with Netgalley in exchange for my honest review which is as follows:

Deliah is the factionalized account of one of the women of the Bible Deliah.  It is  a story of betrayal, of loss, and of overcoming.  And ultimately Deliah is the story of God’s love and the power of forgiveness.

Deliah’s mother was married to a kindly Philistine businessman, but her stepson is not a good man, he is hateful and when he died Delaiah and her Mother became his slaves, eventually he sold of Deliah’s Mother, but Deliah escapes after raped by Achish, and eventually she takes refuge in the home of a widow women far away but she is carrying Achish’s son and for the longest time she can not even look at her son let alone care for him as she should.  After the Widow’s death when her Son is no longer a baby but a boy comes to realize she is blaming her son for his Father’s actions.

Eventually Achish finds her, and she ends up sacrificing Sampson whom she has grown to love in exchange for revenge on Achish.  She asks his captors to spare Sampson but God has other plans.

If you enjoy Historical fiction set in Blbilcal times, you will love Deliah.

I give this book five out of five stars.

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Book Review:The Stronghold

  
The Stronghold

by Lisa Carter

Abingdon Press

Christian, Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 15 Mar 2016

I was given a copy of The Stronghold through the publisher and their partnership with Netgalley in exchange for my honest review which is as follows:

Pilar learned early she must adapt or die.  Pilar learned first hand the dangers for a young girl when she herself was a teen and she tries to do what she can to help others.

Pilar is angry and doesn’t believe in forgiveness despite everything she was taught only revenge but the case of a Mexican Serial Killer who drops bodies off in New Mexico Brothels brings her to someone from her past.

By the time Pilar was ten she stopped believing in Mercy and Grace and even goodness she only believed in survival and secrets.  

Soon they discover that the agent may not be a Mexican but an Apache.  

The case brings back her own secrets and she ends up telling Alex the secret that her son is actually her rapists child, when her son ends up missing, believed to be taken to Mexico with her Abuela.

Will Pilar and Alex be able to find Manny?  Will Pilar be able to let go of the strongholds in her life and finally be able to accept Jesus into her heart.

Find out in The Stronghold.

Five out of five Stars

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Book Review: Little Girl Mended

  
Little Girl Mended

by Niki Krauss

Booktrope

Vox Dei
Christian, Biographies & Memoirs

Pub Date 05 Jan 2016

I was given a copy of Little Girl Mended through the publisher and their partnership with netgalley in exchange for my honest review which is as follows:

This is a story of abuse but it is also the story of abuse and survival.

Nikki and her sister were molested by their Father growing up.  For years the molestation was not spoken of, kept secret but in order to be healed and to Forgive Nikki soon had to face the reality of what had happened to her.

At fifteen overwhelmed by what her Father was trying to do to her Nikki tried to commit suicide.  

After her sister Meg marries when Nikki is in her early teens, her sisters husband Mike begins molesting her as well.  This book goes on to talk about how the abuse changed the landscape of her family but also how in time she was able to work on Forgiveness.

This book would work well for either individual use or use in a church group about overcoming childhood sexual abuse.

I give this book five out of five stars

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No Longer Denied

Just for a moment come with me to the time of Christ, and especially to Peter…Imagine what he must have been going through mind when Peter denied Christ?  What kind of things must he have been thinking?  And the guilt he must have felt afterwards?

Mark 14:66-72

New International Version (NIV)

Peter Disowns Jesus

66 While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. 67 When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him.

“You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said.

68 But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway.[a]

69 When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This fellow is one of them.” 70 Again he denied it.

After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.”

71 He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.”

72 Immediately the rooster crowed the second time.[b] Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice[c] you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

Imagine for a moment you are in Peter’s place, and if we are honest many of us have been their…We have denied Christ in our lives, he has called our name and what have we done, we have gone to the world fallen into tempation.

I must admit before I truly gave my heart to Christ, I denied Jesus on many occassions far to many.  I allowed myself to care more about what the world thought about me than what Christ must have thought about me, until that amazing day, almost sixteen years ago when I gave my heart to Christ.

No longer was I the one deny Christ, but instead I embraced Christ.  I embraced the wonderful life I found in his light.

Was everything perfect after that?  Of course not.  Did I have my setbacks, sure I did, but I was a child of God, and I knew where to turn.

I am an avid reader, and I remember shortly after I was saved i was in my room at my Nonna’s reading from the old Bible she had let me use, and that night laying in that room listening to Christian Music and praying I came to realize just how much Christ had done for me.

Several years after I was saved my health took a turn for the worse, and test after test came out frustrating the answers were not their, but in that all I grew closer to Christ, not farther away.  I learned to find strength in my weakness.

I have been asked if I believe in Healing, and of course I do as a believer how can you not?  But do I think a person who is a Christian who is sick is not trusting God, that someone who is not Healed right away is being punished by God, not necessarily, sometimes that illness, that injury is used for his glory.

Take for example Joni Eacerson Tada, who was injured in a diving accident in 1967, she broke her neck damaging her spine, rendering her a quadriplegic, but despite that she went on to create a wonderful ministry for those with disabilities called JAF or Joni and Friends, and a ministry that provides wheelchairs, walkers and other necessary aides, to those who can not afford them all over the world.

She could have chosen to deny Christ, went on believing that because she was injured she could not live for Christ, but she did not, and that has not only gotten her through living with a spinal cord injury, but more recently she was diagnosed with Cancer, and through it all her faith remains strong, her and her husband have Ken Tada have spoken openly about her battle with cancer, the treatments, and how God continues to work in her life, in order to reach others.

Like Peter we have all faced our tests of faith, and at one time or another, in one way or another many of us have probably denied Christ, but the fact is we serve an awesome God, an awesome Jesus…

 

Book Review: Rising Darkness

  
 
 

Rising Darkness

by Mehl, Nancy

Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers
Pub Date Nov 3, 2015 

I was given an rc copy of Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl, through Bethany House Publishers partnership with Netgalley for an honest review so here it goes…

Emily left Her Mennonite Roots and the community of Kingdom years before, when she went to go work as a newspaperwoman in the city, but something she discovers in her newspaper research leads her to Sanctuary, another Mennonite community one in which her fmily had lived.

When threatening notes start to arrive Emily finds herself fearful but does not back down from searching for the information she needs. Her fears become well founded when she is attacked and knocked unconscious by an unknown assailant.

Will Emily’s Search be the end of her, or will she escape the man after her. One who does not want her to find the truth.

I give this book five out of five stars.

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