Category Archives: Book Review

BOOK RELEASE: “Mysteries Such As These” (a book by Heather Joy)

Hi friends! I hope this finds you all doing well!

I have been keeping busy, busy, busy these past few months! Overwhelmingly busy, actually! I’m not complaining though — it’s been good for me.

And what’s the title of this post all about anyway?! oh THAT! I’m so very excited about this!

As most of you know (at least, those of you who have followed this blog for awhile), I’ve been wanting to write a book for a long time now. In fact, I’ve had a burden about it for awhile. I wanted to write something that would help and encourage people. I wanted to write something that was real…

Well, the day has finally come! I released my first “ebook” yesterday afternoon!

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Review: “Primal” DVD Based Study (Mark Batterson)

When the introduction of the series started, I was a little leery – mainly because of all the references to Catholic Saints. But it got better from there.

The whole point of “Primal” was to make aware and discuss the Christians leaving of their First Love – the Lord Jesus Christ. The base verse for this study was Mark 12:30 – “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”

I found each episode convicted me in one way or another. In the video Mark said, “If you don’t hear God’s convicting voice, you won’t hear His comforting voice. You cannot have one without the other – it’s a package deal.” I know I do not love the Lord nearly as much as I ought to.

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Book Review: “Life, In Spite of Me” (Kristen Jane Anderson)

Empty.  Hurting. Broken.  Searching.

All those words describe how Kristen felt inside. Her home-life was slowly crumbling apart; she was devastated by the recent suicide of her friend; depression weighed heavy on her mind; her grades were plummeting; the party scene was sucking her in; and God seemed nowhere in sight.

In Life, In Spite of Me,”  Kirsten Jane Anderson tells her story how she lay down on cold, icy train tracks just days after the New Year and tried to end her life. Thirty-three freight-train cars ran over her legs at fifty-five miles per hour before it came to a screeching halt. Expecting her life to be over, she looked down and saw her legs laying several feet away from her body – and she realized her worst nightmare had come true. She was alive… her suicide attempt was a failure.

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Book Review: “Roadmap Through Revelation” (Rick Schworer)

If I were to ask you what Book of the Bible is one of the most difficult to understand and keep straight, no doubt Revelation would be one of the most common answers. There is just so much going on – events happening, people coming onto and going off the scene, wars breaking out, natural disasters that are anything but natural, death and destruction – it’s like a horror story that the human mind can’t even fully comprehend. But it’s not something that Hollywood conjured up – the Book of Revelation is going to happen, you can count on it. It’s a book of Prophecy contained in the pages of God’s Word.

If you’re anything like me, you’re one of those people who have struggled with the book of Revelation. My Sunday School teaacher just finished a year-and-a-half series on Revelation, and despite my teachers great lectures Revelation was still about as clear as mud for me. If you fall into “my” category, then I have just the book for you.

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Book Review: “Soul Print” (Mark Batterson)

Soul Print” by Mark Batterson is a book that encourages the reader to “discover [their] divine destiny.” Jus as every individual has a unique, one-of-a-kind finger print, they also have a soul print that is unique and one-of-a-kind. Our job as individuals is to find out what it is.

God has created everyone special with a specific purpose in mind. No one else can be you. You are the only person who can live out your life the way that God intended it to be lived.

Using the life of David and a walk through the Psalms, I and II Samuel, and I and II Kings, Mark illustrates how every decision and action on David’s part helped him discover his soul print. From killing a bear with his bear hands, to killing Goliath with a stone,  to becoming the King of Israel – every moment along the way helped shape him into the mad that God intended him to be.

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Book Review: “Passion & Purity” (Elisabeth Elliot)

I read this book a few months ago (and by that I mean I started reading it in September 2010 and didn’t finish it until sometime in November), wrote a {little post} about it 7 chapters into the book, started the review shortly thereafter, and am now getting around to finishing it up and posting it. :]  That’s what happens when your mind goes at a million(ish) miles a minute and you constantly start writing new things down… eventually some articles get lost in the never-ending abyss of “drafts.” So for the late posting of this review, I apologize.

Passion & Purity” by Elisabeth Elliot is an amazing book. It’s a testimony. It’s an encouragement. It’s a guide-book. It’s convicting and challenging. It’s a wonderful example of what godly, Christian, pre-marital relationships should be like. It’s God-honoring. It’s raw and it’s honest.

I experienced a whole range of emotions while I read this – hurt, disappointment, anger, frustration, love, happiness, heartbreak, loneliness, strength, holiness… you name it, I felt it.

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Book Review: “Just Do Something” (Kevin DeYoung)

God’s will is a popular topic among Christians of just about every denomination at just about any age. Everyone wants to know what their purpose is in life. Everyone wants to know what the future holds for them. Everyone wants to know what God created them specifically to do. The problem is how do we figure out what that plan is? And how can we know whether or not we’re making the right choice?

Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung was a book about a “liberating approach to finding God’s will” which explained to the reader “how to make a decision without dreams, isions, fleeces, impressions, open doors, random Bible verses, casting lots, liver shivers, writing in the sky, etc.”

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Book Review: “The Embrace of Grace” (Caleb D. Thompson)

I first learned about “The Embrace of Grace” by Caleb D. Thompson from a lady that was teaching one of the ladies’ groups at my church’s Reformers Unanimous chapter. She used a portion of the book as her devotional for that evening, and I was struck with a sense of wonder and humility when I heard a brief summary of what the author was going through during this period (when the book was written, and even now) and how he responded to it.

Caleb is a pastor’s son, worked at his church’s Christian school, and is currently serving out a 14-year prison sentence for consenting to disciplining a child attending the Christian school, while his twin brother, Joshua, is currently serving out a 24-year sentence. Five years into his 14-year sentence, Caleb wrote a book – “The Embrace of Grace.”

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Book Review: “Under the Overpass” (Mike Yankoski)

Under the Overpass by Mike Yankoski started off with bang, and ended in an all-out fireworks show. I was hooked from page one until I finished it in a matter of maybe 5-7 hours max over a broken-up period of about 4 days.

Mike answers what He believes the call of God on his life, seeks godly counsel, prays for guidance, finds a partner, then sets off to live homeless on the streets in a half of dozen main cities all over the United States over a 5-month time frame. Facing the elements, stress, hunger, danger, and loneliness of the streets, Mike and Sam seek to gain a better understanding of the homeless community that is ever-present all around us. They’re goals are to survive, grow (or at least hold on to) their faith, and spread the love of Christ to those they come in contact with.

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Book Review: “The Thorn” (Beverly Lewis)

Beverly Lewis, the queen of Amish fiction, has done it again! I have read several of her books about the Amish and have yet to be disappointed!  I visited a Christian book store in search of some new CD’s and a couple other Christmas gift items, when my eye caught this book -“The Thorn“- her latest and greatest, which is the first book in The Rose Trilogy! By day two, I had completed reading half of the book – and within a week and a half, it was finished. Excellent book!

Rose Ann in a young Amish girl who spends most of her time doing farm chores, housework, and looking after her mother who was seriously injured and disabled in a buggy accident. Her best friend is the Bishop’s rebel foster son Nick – the boy the Bishop hopes Rosie will marry, yet the boy her father hopes she rejects. Meanwhile, Rosie is falling in love with another boy… only to find herself second-guessing her relationship and unsure of who she really loves later on.

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