Showing posts with label Adult Christian. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Adult Christian. Show all posts

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Little Boy Lost by Urcelia Teixeira

 


Genre: Adult, Christian, Suspense
Source: This was a free download to introduce the author's work

This novella will keep you on the edge of your seat.  All Michael Tanner wants is to see his son Archie. The problem is his ex-wife has not shown up for the second week in a row.  Living in this small town brings another problem for Michael. As the person in charge of safety at the fish manufacturing plant, he is blamed for an explosion that took the lives of several hundred people, including his wife's father and brother. Injured in the explosion with no memory of it his wife leaves him.  Now it seems she has left town with their son.  He goes to her house, even though there is a restraining order against him and discovers she has moved.  He knows he can't trust anyone in this town so he goes to the next town over. The sheriff believes him even when he is told that Michael has some major mental issues.  But how deep and sister will things get?

This was a great book that was not overly religious. We have characters that demonstrate their faith  through prayer. We have a believable main character that comes across as genuine and believable. Then we have Sheriff Hutchinson who give you that vibe that there is more to him than meets the eye and you'd better watch out for him.  The tension was perfect for this novella. Can't wait to get into the restt of her books.


Saturday, March 3, 2018

To Save a Race by Kandi J. Wyatt



Genre:  Adult, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Christian
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

From Goodreads:
When Duke Callon divorces his wife and decides on an uncanny way of choosing his next duchess, Arianna's left with little choice. Faced with the intricacies of politics, Arianna struggles to find her place. Just as she thinks she has her footing, a decree, issued with the blessing of her husband, calls for the extermination of her entire race. 

A young innocent girl, a capricious duke, and a decree that will change everything. What will it take to save a race? 

My Thoughts:
I love everything Kandi has written so far.  However, out of all of her books her Bible based stories, set in an alternate time have become my favorite. In her newest book “To Save A Race” we have a steampunk version of the Biblical story of Esther. Arianna is a young girl who had lived with her uncle Marcos. Realizing she needed more ladylike training. For this reason she now lives with Lady Hemma and Lord Praus. Her uncle works for the Duke. She thinks it would be wonderful to be in the castle. The Duke divorces his wife and then eventually decides he wants to get married again.  He decides to screen the eligible women over a two month period. Each girl who passes the screening gets a night of dinner and sleeping with the Duke. This is of course appalling to Lord Praus and his son Kenden.  If a girl is engaged before the Duke makes this decree official then they are out of the running. Lord Praus wants to protect his daughter Pasha and his charge Arianna from such a fate. Kenden is willing to marry Arianna to protect her from this. Her uncle is content to let Arianna make the choice for herself.
If you know the story of Queen Esther from the Bible you will recognize it in this story. Kandi has once again taken a familiar story and put it in a different setting and been successful.  I loved the depth the story line takes. There was all the familiarity from the Bible with a fresh steampunk vibe. She creates characters that you love to hate. They were so realistic that at one point I wished I could grab the Duke by the collar and shake some sense into him. This is considered an adult novel. However, since it is such a clean read this is one I will place on my shelves at school. Young adults are looking for books with a touch of romance that is not so overpowering it makes them want to throw up. There are many themes, the biggest of which is love conquers all. These are themes that teens can and want to explore in a safe manner.  I can’t think of a better book to accomplish this.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Our Good Father Seeing God Through the Eyes of Jesus by Pierre Eade



Genre: Adult, Christian, Inspirational
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

The beginning of this book is wonderful. The author references the late painter Bob Ross. He talks about how Bob would paint these realistic pictures. What the author has done has shown us through scriptures the most wonderful painting of our heavenly father.  I had never seen so many references in one place that paints such a clear picture of everything our father is.  This is not a book you read one time and put down. This is a book you read over and over again because each time you read it you discover something else about our Good Father.  There was one part of the book that I absolutely loved. Yes, I loved all of the scripture references. But that is not it. On pages 178 to 179 the author has taken a collection of scriptures and put them together to create the “Father’s Love Letter”.  It is probably the most beautiful part of the book.  There are so many scriptures taken from different parts of the Bible and put together into a beautiful love letter. 


This is not only a book I will read again and again, but will recommend to friends everywhere.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

A Light Shining in the Darkness by Karen A. Cooper



Genre: Adult, Christian, Memoir
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Not everyone has a great start in life. For Karen Cooper she lived life with an abusive father. Unfortunately her past problems shaped her adult life. She found herself pregnant and gave up the child, and shortly thereafter found herself pregnant again. Marriage to the baby's father doesn't fix anything, it makes things worse. A few weeks after her child is born he dies of SIDS.  Karen continues to show how she kept a part of her life a lie and hidden while still making the same kinds of mistakes. This seems like such a dark and troubling book until Karen reaches a point where she lets God into her life. Things begin to change. That doesn't mean her life is all roses. She still struggles and forgets like so many of us during trials, to lean on God.

Although this book starts out dark and tragic, the ending is completely the opposite. Karen has shown through her memoir that no matter how low we get, God can lift us up out of the darkness to higher places. This is a definite must read.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Pieces on Earth by Cathy Bryant

Genre: Adult, Christian Fiction
Source: I purchased a copy

I am the mother of a young man who has been deployed twice. The first time he was able to come home a couple of weeks for his second son’s birth. He spent last Christmas deployed. I applaud his wife. She is a very loving wife and someone I admire very much. It takes a lot of love, patience, and trust to be married to a military person.  This is a book I will definitely recommend to my daughter-in law.


I am sure she could definitely identify with Liv, who wanted so much to spend Christmas with her husband. Life is never predictable when a family member is in the military.  Unlike Liv she has always accepted his deployments. I am sure she didn’t like them. I once asked her about how difficult it was for her and she said she entered the marriage understanding what can and does happen when married to someone in the military. She has two young boys she raises by herself and an 11 year old daughter who spends time with her when her husband is deployed.  God has always been a strong part of our life. I was happy to see how Cathy Bryant placed so much emphasis on relying on God.  This is another wonderful story by a wonderful author. It is a must read any time of the year, but especially recommended during the Christmas season.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Return to Christmas by Kathi Macias



Genre: Adult, Christian, Realistic Fiction
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.


War does terrible things to people. Some of it the average person can’t see. Those who deal with PTSD just want to find some semblance of normal. When Chet returns  from his second tour in Afghanastan he finds life very difficult. His wife Jeneen does her best to be supportive. Then there is Kevin, their three year old son. The author wasn’t content to have just this one piece of tension running throughout the story. She added several others to the mix. At  daycare  owner and her husband are the parents of a young boy who has an attachment disorder. Chet’s problems are compounded by the fact he has decided he wants nothing to do with God. Somewhere along the way he has put God out of his life. This makes things a lot more difficult not only for him, but also for his family who hold on tight to God. You really must read this book to see how all of these things, and these people work together to realize that the only way to get through these trials is to pull closer to God. I love Kathi’s work because  the story  could have been taken from anyone’s neighborhood. I felt sorry for Jeneen. She worked and tried so hard to hold everything together while her husband was in denial about his PTSD.  It made me wonder how many families go through this.  Maybe it will be what is needed to help one family going through this same situation.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Overcome by Gabrielle Grace


Genre: Young Adult, Adult, Christian, Fantasy: 
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

I received a copy to facilitate my  review. The opinions expressed here are my own. This new author has a grasp on what it takes to be a great writer. Her characters are well drawn. Simon the main character is one you cheer on from the beginning. His best friend Derek is one I found myself going back and forth. between loving and hating. In my opinion, anytime a writer can make you love a character that you want to hate for their actions. they are successful.  The action scenes are just that, full of action. The reader goes from one conflict to the next. The tension is kept tight from beginning to end. I had to keep reading once I began it because I needed to know how Simon was going to handle situations. Would he be able to stay strong? Would he be able to keep friendships intact?  What happens when you have to make those tough life decisions?  I have to say I've known the author for several years. I knew this book was within her.  I knew she had talent.  I could never have imagined just how gifted a writer she is until I read this book.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Chasing Happy by Ann Lee Miller


Genre: Adult, Christian, Realistic Fiction
Source:  I received a copy to facilitate my review.

From Goodreads: 
After an epic fail in the hetero world, Ash Jackson heads cross country to Arizona to figure out his bisexuality and make peace with himself and God.

Nashville Star Samma Templeton’s music career bankrolls her future husband’s political campaigns. But she throws up before every concert and feels relegated to an item on the senator’s calendar.

When Ash moves into Samma’s apartment building their childhood friendship resurrects, and Samma must choose between promoting a political agenda that will benefit millions or following her heart. Ash must face his inner demons for the girl who was his past and feels like his future.

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book.  Ash's father walked out on his family when Ash was in sixth grade. He had announced he was gay.  This was horrible for Ash. Later on in life he fears he is gay. Since he was a small child he has loved Samma.  Samma has loved him.  She is engaged to Storm. She has always felt she was supposed to support his campaign with the money she earned from her concerts.  What happens when you are no longer sure what God wants? 

This author is definitely not afraid of subject matter that most will not talk about. Learning not to be judgmental and let God do the judging is a lesson most Christians need to  learn. This book came at they right time for me. I have a good friend who recently ann0unced they were gay.  My first gut reaction was to pass judgment.  I worked hard, prayed a lot asking God to help me not judge and to be a friend. This book should be read by both Christians and nonChristians.  I am pleased to recommend this book.

Friday, January 23, 2015

A Little Song, A Little Dance


Genre: Adult, Christian
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

I really enjoyed this book.  Some of the characters I really detested. Not because they were poorly written, for they were wonderfully developed.  My favorite character to detest was Samantha Spivey’s mother Geraldine.  She wants what she wants and doesn’t seem to care what Samantha wants. She is critical of everyone and everything.  She looks down her nose at everyone. Samantha loves to dance with and for her church, especially when  Joy tells her to think about it as dancing for the Lord.
Kristee Fujima loves to sing, but not the type of songs her aunt wants her to sing. Her aunt worked in Las Vegas.  I could understand her mother want more for her than they had. Her lack of understanding often impeded the growth I thought Kristee was capable of demonstrating. Joy was once again able to help Kristee find her true voice and sing for the Lord.
I felt sorry for the assistant pastor Ted. He was 38 years old and still single. He dreaded going to his mother’s for Christmas because he knew that his mom would always have an eligible girl there in the hopes they would fall in love and get married.
This book also had a creep factor. Jonathan is a realtor and his wife Mariel works in the office.  One day a man with a pock marked face enters looking for a house. The way he switches back and forth between talking like an illiterate man and a high class person tells you that something is not right.  I’ll leave that for you to figure out.  I just found it strange that he says he has to go out of town on some business and wants to see two houses he has picked out when he returns.  Then when he returns he has a lot more money and now wants a much larger house with few people around.  It makes you wonder what he is looking for and why he is acting so strange.
I would have to describe this as a story that takes place around Christmas that is full of charm and mystery.  I have really enjoyed this novella. I look forward to reading more by this author.
I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Second Coming: A Love Story by Scott Pinsker



Genre: Adult, Religious and Spiritual
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

From Goodreads:
In The Second Coming: A Love Story, the devilish new novel by Scott Pinsker, the culture war between Red America and Blue America turns shockingly real when two self-declared saviors appear on earth. The first “messiah” attracts legions of liberal and secular-progressive followers with his message of New Age brotherhood, quickly becoming the darling of the left. The second “messiah” preaches fire-and-brimstone traditional Christianity, gaining a grassroots army of conservative worshippers ready to battle to the death. 

It’s finally happened: Red America and Blue America are headed for Armageddon! 

My Thoughts:
When I was first asked to read and review this book I was intrigued enough to say yes.  I'm glad I did.  I am impressed that the author chose not to take a side in this story.  It is told in a way that you walk away wondering which man is which.  I like that element.  It gives the reader food for thought.  Don't think you will read this book which show us two men both claiming to be the returned messiah, and find out which one is which.  You won't learn this.  I loved that it was set up so that the two me approach it the way politicians would.  The constant question running through the book is "What if"?  Would I recommend this book?  Yes I would.  I would not categorize this as Christian because there are too many questions left open.  I would suggest you get a copy and read it for yourself.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

With Unwashed Hands by Joanie Bolton


Pages:  202
Genre: Adult, Christian, Biography
Source:  I received a copy from the author. The opinions expressed in this review are my own

From Goodreads:
Darrell Bolton, a retired Air Force officer, never imagined that his military career could still cost him his life--even after he had retired. While on a missionary trip to the Far East, Darrell, overcome with severe pain, was rushed to the hospital. Suddenly, he found himself viewed as "the enemy"! This gripping, true story will captivate you as you live with the Boltons through the horrific stress of being stranded in a third-world hospital...with a doctor whose only plan for his critically ill patient involved a slab in the morgue! "As a medical professional, I am appalled that such reprehensible abuse and neglect should be inflicted upon any human being...especially in the name of medicine! As someone who actually knows this kind and gentle man, I felt physically sickened by the mere reading of these events. This was truly a hate crime against one of our very own American heroes."

My Thoughts:
Imagine your loved on in the hospital going through unspeakable trials. Now take that same situation and place it in another country and add to it that the suffering is actually added to by the doctor who is supposed to be helping your loved one.  That is exactly what happened to this author’s husband. The things they went through are things you would think would have happened years ago.  It has only been a few years since this happened.  This story is one to be enjoyed by Christian and non-Christian alike. This story shows how God holds us close to him, and how he comforts us when no one else can.

This is definitely a story of faith, miracles, and love. It proves the point that what man means for evil God can use for good.  Break out your box of tissues and prepare to have your heart wrenched out and your soul inspired.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Rapture's Rain - Chris Pennington

Pages: 300
Source:  Review copy from author in exchange for my honest review.
Genre:  Christian Fiction

From Goodreads:
In the aftermath of the world's most catastrophic event, Jason Stover finds himself alone and on the verge of suicide. His family, along with millions of others, has suddenly vanished without a trace and the world as he knows it is starting to die.  After a supernatural event, mysterious strangers begin to appear that may hold the key to his and the rest of mankind's survival.  The only question is will he be able to solve the mystery before time runs out. As the clock ticks down, he and his friends' souls hang in the balance teetering between eternal damnation and everlasting life. Rapture's Rain is a provoking and unique journey that puts faith to the test in the ultimate battle between good and evil.

My Thoughts:
I absolutely loved the "Left Behind" series.  This book ranks right up there with them.  Although the difference is that all of the events are told in one book.  Jason Stover is a non-Christian married to a wife, Kristina who is a Christian.  They also have a daughter, Nikki, who like her mother is a Christian.  Jason has just started going to a Bible study with his wife.  He's made many friends there.  He's working in his yard one minute and wakes up the next day to terrible news.  His wife, daughter, most of the Bible study group, along with millions of others are gone.  

Jason's best friend Mike and Jason's wife's best friend Erin meet up and come to the conclusion that God has come back for his people and they like many others have been left behind.    As the world goes deeper into chaos, and is slowly dying their faith begins to get stronger.  This author has created a fictional account that doesn't completely follow the Bible events.  He has added his own twist on this subject.  To me I believe this will make the book appeal to non-Christians just as much as it appeals to Christians.  

As a Christian, believing that we are living in end times I found this book to come at the appropriate time.  It is one I will recommend to my friends who are Christians and Non-Christians alike.  I look forward to reading more from this author.


About the Author (From Goodreads)

Chris Pennington is a marketing and internet entrepreneur by day and a closet creative in the evenings. He graduated from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina with a degree in Graphic Design and Journalism. Upon graduation, he moved to New York City where he began his career at Omni Magazine. Chris conceived and is  a founding partner in the website, CodeOfKidness.com, which is based on helping better the world by promoting random acts of kindness. Feel Free to contact Chris at chris@codeofkindness.com



Wednesday, May 16, 2012

As One Devil To Another - Richard Platt


Publisher:  Tyndale House

Pages:  208

Genre:  Adult, Christian Fiction

Source: Review copy



Giveaway: To Win A Copy of the Book from the publisher, leave a comment below along with an email address.  I will use Random.org to choose the winner Friday, May 18 at 9pm EST.  The winner will have 48 hours to contact me with their mailing address.  I will send the certificate  from the publisher, to the winner for their free copy.





From the Publisher:
As One Devil to Another is an astonishing debut work that C. S. Lewis’s biographer and foremost Lewis authority Walter Hooper calls “a stunning achievement, the finest example of the genre of diabolical correspondence to appear since this genre was popularized by C. S. Lewis.” Enter into this chilling and diabolical tale, one that reveals the very tricks and strategies of Hell.
Through a series of letters between devils created by Platt, senior devil Slashreap trains his young protégé, Scardagger, to win an individual soul away from Heaven and into their clutches. As the devils plot their way to triumph, they reveal the spiritual dangers and risks we face in today’s society. Their frighteningly accurate perspective on issues such as contemporary technology and sexual mores is interwoven with timeless matters such as the power of prayer, the purpose of suffering, and the promises held out by Heaven . . . and Hell.
Destined to become a modern classic, As One Devil to Another is a brilliantly written, deeply unsettling perspective on twenty-first-century society . . . a glimpse of ourselves through the eyes of those who have embraced their underworldly existence.


My thoughts:
I have always been a fan of “The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.  After reading this book I can say that if C.S. Lewis was still alive I would believe that this book was a sequel to his book.  We meet Slashreap and Scardaggar.  Slashreap is a demon who is mentoring his nephew Scardaggar in the fine points of corrupting people.  This is a book that points out the subtle ways Satan makes every day things we do appear to be benign.  It’s scary to read a book like this and realize as you are reading, ‘Hey that was me’.

The letters from Slashreap to his nephew Scardaggar focus on everything from gluttony and  over-consuming, to sexual depravity.  You know those things we don’t need that we buy, “just because”, and those movies that have just a little bit of sexual content to them.  Slashreap wants to make sure his nephew does everything he can to bring the “client” to the gates of hell.  They speak of Christ as the adversary.  I am sure that is how Satan sees him.

I was taken aback by how easily our society has slipped up.  We isolate ourselves with gadgets.  We separate ourselves from our friends and children, wasting valuable time we could give to God with “things”.  This is not only a modern retelling of “The Screwtape Letters”, but so much more.  This should be read by every Christian.  So many of these things didn’t seem important to me until I had finished the book.  I had to look at the book and realize there were so many areas I actually became the “client”.  This was something that I then needed to spend time praying about.   

I received this book free from the publisher.  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 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Seeing Through Heaven’s Eyes – Leif Hetland

Publisher:  Destiny Image
Pages:  240
Source:  Review copy from author
Genre: Adult, Religion


You can’t work your way into Heaven and you can’t buy your way into Heaven.  However, Love IS the answer.  God’s love for us when he gave his son to die for our sins and  demonstration of God’s love through us is what is required.  As I read this book it made me think back to a job interview.  I’m a teacher and the principal was interviewing me for a position at his school.  He asked  me how I handled those kids that are not real lovable and easy to get along with.  I never hesitated in my answer because it is what I do each day.  My prayer each morning is, “Dear Lord, please help me love the unlovable.  Today the unlovables seem to be….”  My sister and I were having some problems earlier in our life.  She told me it would be so much easier for her to deal with me if I would just hate her.  When I told her I couldn’t hate her, she was my sister and I loved her, she hung up on me.  No matter what evil thing she did to me I still loved her.  This is not easy to do, but it is required by God.  God does everything through love and that is what this book shows us.  We must live this way daily to transform our lives.

I will gladly place this book into the hands of my pastor.  He recommends books to our congregation all the time and I believe this is one  that should be in our church bookstore.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Corinthia Falls - Kim Hutson

Publisher:  Outskirts Press
Pages:  410
Genre:  Christian Fiction
Source:  I received this book from Bostick Communications for review

Summary from Goodreads
This novel is exciting, fast-paced, and a very quick read. The reader will enjoy the attention to detail the author clearly works to provide. The characters are all unique and interesting in their quirks and qualities that work together to make the book work. The two different factions offer different views into the book's final message, the reader is not forced to choose between the two. The ending is satisfying and conclusive, the reader will not have to lie awake wondering. The reader will enjoy the dysfunctional part of the novel, every once and a while a novel with no perfect back-drop makes for a really good read-and shows the author's skill. This novel is recommended for adults who enjoy reading about books that come together in the end. 

This is a book that is both thought provoking and humorous.  Too often in churches you have people "worshipping" separately.  There is no fellowship amongst them.  This book is told in two parts.  The first part is told from Tim's point of view, one of the many youth of the church.  The second half of the story is told from a writer who is working on a biography of Tim as a middle-aged adult.

Tim, most of the youth and the "regular" adults sit in the balcony.  He looks down on what he calls the "setters" and the "standers".  They are clearly divided.  The "Standers" are those who stand and raise their hands and shout.  On the right side of the church you have the "Setters" who sit to worship all the while shooting daggers at the "Standers".  

Enter a traveling evangelist, former Green Beret Colonel Pavlos Lincoln.  He observes the discord of the church.  When they leave the church he locks the church up and puts his dog, who look like a bear, standing guard at the front of the church.  The next Sunday they hold service in the parking lot. There can't be the 3 divisions of the church here.  We see the people begin to change and miracles happening.

In the second half of the book a writer, who is working on a biography of Tim tells the story.  Tim and his best friends, TJ and Anthony have been working as missionaries for the Colonel.  We see more miracles brought about and we see how God works in our lives when we truly let him and let go of the little things.  This was a wonderful book and I believe not only Christians will enjoy it but many non-christians will as well.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Divine Empathy: Amazing Grace as Christ Walks By - Carol Cline

Publisher: Outskirts Press
Pages: 100
Source:  Review Copy from Author
Genre:  Adult, Christian


About the author:
Carol Cline, a Midwest native, lived in Thousand Oaks, California, and thrived as a Vice
President in the banking industry before she retired to become a full time mom after her
second son was born in 1989. She is an avid runner, a vegetarian and a voracious reader
and she enjoys creating new recipes. She has spent more than two decades as a Bible
scholar and she serves as a Lay Eucharistic Minister and the Vestry Clerk at her church.
Carol lives with her husband and has two adult sons.

My Thoughts
Amazing Grace as Christ Walks By is one of those books that tugs at your heart.  As you read along you start thinking, I’ve been there, that’s happened to me.  Filled with scripture this book lets the reader know that they are not alone and that they can reach out and lean on Jesus.  The author tells so very personal stories.  She tells of being raped and how she found God’s love through it.  She shows us her soul and then shows how God had been there all along even though she had not thought of it that way.  This book is full of lessons that  we can learn about God’s love for us in the most dire situation.  It is a book to be read slowly and digested just as slowly.  This is a book of encouragement.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Am I Really A Christian - Mike McKinley

Publisher:  Crossway
Pages:  160
Source:  I received a copy from  NetGalley
Genre:  ADULT: Philosophy, Religion & Spirituality: Religion: Christianity

About Am I Really a Christian?
Jesus divided the world into two groups—those who follow him and those who don’t. But what happens when someone thinks he or she is a Christian, but isn’t? With his witty, engaging style, Mike McKinley takes readers on a journey of what it means to be a Christian. He asserts that “manipulative evangelism techniques and a poor understanding of the gospel have resulted in an abundance of professing Christians who have no idea what it means to follow Christ.”
Each chapter title begins with “You’re not a Christian [if/when/just because you]…” As he surveys what it means to be Christian, McKinley offers criteria for evaluating one’s standing before God. Readers are guided through a series of challenges to reflect, repent, remember, and report to another person. Am I Really a Christian? ends with chapters on salvation and the local church. This unique book is written for nominal or new Christians and can be used in personal or small-group study.

My Thoughts:
God knows his own.  Just saying we’re a Christian doesn’t make it so.  God sees “us clearly, we don’t see ourselves clearly.”  I loved to Willy Wonka and how God makes it clear what we have to do to be a Christian.  There are no “hidden clauses.”    He uses many analogies.  “Our life is destroyed by sin, not damaged by it.  He used a rotted closet to represent our sinful lives.  We can’t patch it up.  Christ must replace every bit of the rot with his love and grace,( see page 35).  Just “liking” Jesus doesn’t make us a Christian.
Being a Christian means “changing teams and having new allegiances”, (page 60).  I loved the analogy that many people think of forgiveness like a vaccination you get once that protects you against hell’s fires, while you continue to do what you want to do!” (page 79)

About the Author
MIKE MCKINLEY received his MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary and is the author of several articles and reviews. He served on the pastoral staff of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC, and in 2005 was called to revitalize Guilford Baptist Church in Sterling, Virginia.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Angel in the Rubble: The Miraculous Rescue of 9/11's Last Survivor - Genelle Guzman-McMillan

Publisher:  Howard Books (August 2, 2011)
Pages:  240
Source:  Review copy from Simon and Schuster Galley Grab
Genre:  Adult autobiography


All of us remember the events of 9/11.  Most of us remember what we were doing and where we were when those terrible events occurred.   Genelle Guzman-McMillan was literally right in the middle of things.  She worked in the North Tower.  She was officially the last survivor pulled from the rubble of the Towers.  She was rescued 27 hours after  it all began.  During the time she was trapped she had time to look at her life and where she had been heading and what she hoped to do IF she was found.  She was pinned in a small space only able to move one arm.  It was during this time when she felt so alone that she reached out to the God she had pushed away so long ago.  This is not only her story of survival against all the odds, but her story of spiritual renewal.  She made promises to God that she is now working to fulfill on a daily basis.  This is a must read for anyone who wants to read a 9/11 survival story. It is a definite read for anyone who feels all alone in this world and would like to find their way back to God.  It is for anyone who just wants to be inspired.  I definitely recommend this book.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Storm Warning by Billy Graham

Whether global recession, terrorist threats, or devastating natural disasters, these ominous shadows must bring us back to the Gospel.
An examination of the imminence of Christ's return in light of today's headlines and the events recorded in Scripture.
he morning newspapers are jammed with alarming headlines and stories asking questions no one can answer. In Storm Warning, Billy Graham examines the problems facing America today compared with what is to come as revealed in the Bible. He answers the tough questions as only he can with astute biblical insight, and points to the hope and renewal found in Christ—for our families, our nation, and our world.
Includes an in-depth analysis of the four horsemen of Revelation chapter six as well as insight on:

•Signs of the times
•The Apocalypse
•Standing before God

My review:
Wheter you are interested in Bible prophecy or just an avid reader of Billy Graham's work, I believe you will find what you are looking for in Storm Warnings.  This book was first written in 1992 and revised and updated in lieu of today world happenings and republished in 2010.
Whenever any disaster would befall our world my mother would always reply, "it's just another sign of the times".  Often I understood this but there was so much I did not.  Billy Graham has taken todays world events and placed them in perspective.  With wars, rumors of wars, natural disasters, financial disasters and more this book is a must read.  Billy Graham doesn't disappoint.  He helps us see the connections between what is gpoing on now in the world and what the scriptures have to say.  He helps us see what we can expect all the while pointing the way to Jesus as Savior of the World.  I will be passing this book on with the stipulation that the next person and the next, etc. passes it on.  This is a must read book.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Last Christian - DAvid Gregory

Pages 407
Publisher:  Waterbrook

Download the first chapter of The Last Christian here http://multnomahemails.com/wbmlt/pdf/excerptTheLastChristian.pdf


Watch a video of The Last Christian here
http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/2009/11/28/video-the-last-christian-a-novel-by-david-gregory/

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group


About This Book
In the future, it's possible to live forever--but at what cost?  A.D. 2088.  Missionary daughter Abigail Caldwell emerges from the jungle for the first time in her thirty-four years, the sole survivor of a mysterious disease that killed her village.  Abby goes to America, only to discover a nation where Christianity has completely died out.  A curious message from her grandfather assigns her a surprising mission:  re-introduce the Christian faith in America, no matter how insurmountable the odds.  But a larger threat looms.  The world's leading artificial intelligence industrialist has perfected a technique for downloading the human brain into a silicon form.  brain transplants have begun, and with them comes the potential of eliminating physical death altogether==but at what expense?  As Abby navigates a society grown more addicted to stimulating the body than nurturing the soul, she and Creighton Daniels, a historian troubled by his father's unexpected death, become unwitting targets of powerful men who will stop at nothing to further their nefarious goals.  Hanging in the balance--the spiritual future of all humanity.  In this futuristic thriller, startling near-future science collides with thought-provoking theology.  The Last Christian is a provocative "what if?" novel from David Gregory, best-selling author of Dinner With a Perfect Stranger.

My Review
What an awesome look at what our future might hold.  Abby is an American raised in isolation with the Inisi tribe.  When her people start dying she leaves the village and seeks help not knowing who to trust.  Upon returning to the village she finds all have perished.  No one can explain the strange illness that killed everyone in her village and no one can explain why she alone survived.  After receiving a strange message from her grandfather, Abby goes to America to bring Christianity back to a nation that has rejected it.  She finds the America she once heard about with its religious freedoms, no longer exists.  She takes up the mission to bring Christianity back to these people and uncovers a hornets nest that will put her own life at risk. 

I felt sorry for her for her constant loss.  I was reminded of Job who lost everything and yet remained faithful to God.  Abby was a modern day Job. She was willing to push her own grief and sadness away for a higher purpose. 

The marriage of Religious beliefs and Technology proved to be a thought provoking avenue to travel.  I loved a lot of the technology of the year 2088.  It made me realize that we are only 78 years away from that date and the possibilities now.  This was an absolutely thrilling book to read and I can't wait to pass it to my friends.  This is a must read for anyone who loves Science Fiction