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

Sunday, December 31, 2023

40 Lives in 40 Days by John MacArthur



Genre: Christian, Inspirational, Informational

Source: I purchased a copy

The author takes us on a trip through the lives of forty different Biblical people. He starts with some of the disciples and continues to other important people. I found his description of Thomas, also known as “Doubting Thomas” funny. He said that Thomas was a worrier. It was pointed out that he was so connected to Christ that he would rather die with him than be apart from him. The author compared him to “Eeyore” from the “Winnie the Pooh” book.  He speaks of Abraham’s wife Sarah as an example of what happens when we try to take matters into our own hands. It never works out right.  Rahab is an example of how God reaches down to the lowest of the low.  I was surprised by how many women he spoke about. This is a wonderful book that can be applied to all of our lives.


Tuesday, April 18, 2023

You'll Get Through This by Max Lucado

 


Genre: Christian, Inspirational
Source: Purchased

I read this book at a point where I truly needed it.  Max Lucado took the story of Joseph, sold into slavery by his brothers and shows us how Joseph kept hope during the most turbulent and trying times of his life. He breaks the story down into major points and shows us how Joseph's attitude toward God and his faith is what got him through it all. This doesn't mean that Joseph never got depressed, angry, or felt despair. Those are all human emotions, and he was human. However, he chose not to stay in those emotions. I recently went through a trial in my life. A friend gave me scripture. Then another friend mentioned several songs she had heard and told me to look at the lyrics because she thought of me when she heard it. Then I opened one of the sites that makes book recommendations to me and there was Max's book.  The minute I started listening to the lyrics, stepping out of the way to let God take control, I felt relief. Like Joseph I chose not to let my situation define me. I chose to let God show me how he would work it to his good. Sometimes that good is to be worked only in our own life.  I had reached a slump and needed this lesson. I love how god puts things in our path when we need it.  Definitely a must read.

Monday, March 21, 2022

After the Fall by Craig DeMartino



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

I have never had a desire to rock climb. It might have something to do with my fear of heights, or worse yet, my fear of falling.  I will however read books and watch movies about people who do this.

This book is amazing. This is the story of a man who fell 100 feet while rock climbing. By all accounts he should have died that day. A few miraculous things happened that prevented that. First he struck a tree that slowed his descent. Then he managed to twist his body in a manner that when he landed it didn’t kill him, but messed him up big time.  There were several other things that played a part in his fall and rescue. He landed in the one place that they were able to get cell reception. He had his phone on him instead of in his car. The people who came to rescue him were familiar with the area and made it in record time.  This is a book about not just a man’s journey to survive and heal, but more importantly a man’s journey back to God and the purpose God had for him. Before the accident Craig and his wife were Christians, but didn’t live very close to God. After the accident Craig had to rely on God for so much. He started question God as to what his purpose was in all of this. I am a firm believer that sometimes God has to hit us over the head with a two by four to get our attention. The fall was Craig’s two by four. Casually sharing with people how God helped him not only that day but every day after became a first step. Learning to step out on faith when he had his badly damaged leg amputated and then having the courage to begin climbing again is another example.  Yes, we know that this book and climbing could be a metaphor for the mountains we often have to climb to get back to a relationship with God. However, this is just straight forward, ‘look what God has done with my life and  how he has blessed me after my accident. Look how he has taken something I deemed so bad and used it for something good.’  This is one of the most inspirational books I have read this year. I highly recommend it. You don’t have to be a rock climber to enjoy this book. It is inspirational in the fact that it shows us how much we as Christians need to hold tight to God, to keep our priorities in order. It shows us that no matter what terrible thing happens that God is there to walk with us on that journey.


Friday, August 7, 2015

Weed and Water: Bringing the Resources of God to a Teenager by Ian Dexter Palmer


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

From Goodreads:
A mysterious stranger helps a teenage boy called Ethan rescue his mentor, an elderly father-figure, from drowning when their canoe capsizes in a flooding river. A star athlete, Ethan later gets involved in unsafe sex, which leads to drugs, and gets him blackballed by jealous and gossiping team-mates. The boy is going down, and at times hates himself for it and for hurting his mom who is a caring, loving, and beautiful woman.

After another disastrous episode, where Ethan might have died, the river-stranger turns up again to confront him about his life choices. However, even after rehab, the boy’s condition is marked by a yo-yo attitude which causes massive emotional heartache for his mom.

The river-stranger, after sharing his own amazing history, suggests taking the fight to another level which draws on the resources of God. This begins a new and fascinating sequence of events, including a tornado, which get Ethan’s attention.

The book is a captivating story, packed with adventure in the desert Southwest and in the rivers and lakes of the Midwest USA. But it is also a goldmine of spiritual wisdom for teenagers. The mystery that permeates the story is compelling, and the thrilling ending may call for a tissue or two.

My Thoughts:
This is a book I definitely want to put on my shelves at school.  This book is as real as it gets for a fiction book.  Ethan is a young high teenager who is headed down the wrong path in life.  Lucky for him, his single parent mother and a good friend of the family’s they call Popper are there to help him.  I absolutely loved the way the author took real life events, added stories from the Bible and lessons from life in general and put it all together in this one book.  About the time I thought Ethan was cracking and was finally on the right track, something else would happen to him. I became distressed because I saw him harden his heart each time.  I know that God won’t win them all because we have free choice.  I saw how hard Satan was fighting to draw Ethan away from God.  He was willing to take Ethan’s life if that was the only way he could keep Ethan.  But God is victorious.  I love that this book can be enjoyed by Christian and Non-Christian alike. I found the advice offered by the different characters in the book could be applied to so many teens today.  Anyone who reads this book will find themselves in this book somewhere along the line.  I’m not sure there are enough stars in the heaven to give to this book.

About the Author
Ian Palmer lives near the mountains in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has a PhD in physics from Adelaide University, Australia. By profession, he is a petroleum engineer, who consults all over the world. As a Christian, Ian has always been fascinated by the interface between faith and science. Of special interest to him are the powerful concepts of grace, forgiveness, and insights from God. In his local church, he has taught Sunday school classes on a wide range of inspirational but practical topics.
Ian’s six grandchildren are a source of joy when he plays tennis or basketball or goes skiing or hiking with them. His hobbies include hiking, dancing, tennis, eating out, and stimulating conversation. After a dinner of cheese enchiladas with green chiles, Ian can sometimes be found two-stepping in the local country-and-western dancehall.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Wolves Among Us - Ginger Garrett

Publisher:  David C. Cook           
Pages:  304
Source:  I purchased for INSPY
Genre:  Historical Fiction
From Ginger Garrett's Website:
Dinfoil, Germany, 1538. In a peaceful medieval village, a double murder stirs up festering fears. Father Stefan, the beloved village priest, secretly calls for an Inquisitor to solve the mystery.  But the charismatic Inquisotor who answers the call brings a deadly mix of spiritual fervor and self-deceptive evil. Under his influence, fear guilt, and suspicion of women take a deadly turn. Pious and heretic alike becoe victims of witch-burning zealots.  his beloved priest, Father Stefan, will face death and find God, and Mia, a devoted but lonely wife, will face truth and find freedom, and a mysterious killer will face his accusers and find justice.Discover the power of love over fear.

My Thoughts:

This book was hard for me to read.  I kept finding myself getting angry.  As a teacher I know how women in history were treated.  I know that the church in the 1500’s in Europe held so much power that they felt they could do whatever they wanted and people had to obey or suffer the consequences.  I would not have survived long in their time period.

The book starts off  in Germany during the 1500’s with the murder of  a couple.  The church immediately, along with the men decided that Catarina, the murdered was having an affair. They decide her husband found out and that the jealous lover killed them both.  So what does Father Stefan do?  He brings in an Inquisitor.  When he suggested doing this to the Sheriff, the Sheriff advised against it.  Once the inquisitor arrives things go from bad to worse. 

I felt extremely sorry for Mia, the Sheriff’s wife who stayed home and took care of not only her sickly child, but also  her aged mother-in-law.  What thanks did she get?  None.  Her husband constantly accused her of evil thoughts.    He called her such vile names and constantly put her down.    Mia is alone.  The only friend she had no longer talks with her.  It wasn’t just the sheriff who did this.  The church had the men convinced that women were the reason for all of the evil things they did.  Somehow they bewitched them and this caused them to do bad things.  Mia prays constantly for healing for her daughter.  She even goes so far as going to confession.  The priest pretty much tells her that she is the reason that this stuff is happening to her daughter.  It is the evil within her, the pride that causes her daughter’s illness.

It is clear from the beginning when the story opens with the discovery that a wolf has killed two of the village’s sheep that this story is not about physical wolves.  Yes they do catch and kill the wolf killing sheep.  This is really about evil being all around us.  During this period of time when most people were illiterate they had no way of truly knowing what the scripture said.  They had to believe what the church “told” them the scriptures said.  Women had it even worse.  They were not allowed to read the scriptures even if they knew how to read.  This is an excellent book to read to see how far we have come in church history.  There are plenty of twists and turns in this book to hold your attention.  I am happy that I was allowed to read this as an Inspy judge.


From Her Website:
Ginger Garrett is the author of the Chronicles of the Scribes series (In the Shadow of Lions, In the Arms of Immortals, In the Eyes of Eternity), Dark Hour, and Beauty Secrets of the BibleChosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther was recognized as one of the top five novels of 2006 by the ECPA.
Focusing on ancient women's history, Ginger creates novels and nonfiction resources that explore the lives of historical women. A frequent media guest and television host, Ginger has been interviewed by Fox News, Billy Graham's The Hour of Decision, The Harvest Show, 104.7 The Fish Atlanta, and many other outlets.
A graduate of Southern Methodist University with a degree in Theater, she is passionate about creating art from history. Ginger resides in Georgia with her husband and three children.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

INSPYS Review: Words - Ginny Yttrup

Publisher:  B & H Books
Pages:  352
Source: I purchased  to review for INSPY
Genre:  Adult, Christian Realistic Fiction, Sexual Abuse

This was such a powerful book.  Kaylee Wren is a young  ten year old girl abandoned by her mother.  She is left with her mother’s boyfriend.  When the mother doesn’t return the boyfriend burns all of  the mother’s possessions and most of Kaylee’s things.  She is left there for him to do with as he pleases, and he does.

Kaylee clings to a dictionary and two other books left by her mother.  Two books “he” doesn’t know she has.  She has stopped talking.  She keeps her words in her head.  This is the one place he can not find them and take them away.  She is a survivor.  As I read I wondered how she was still alive.  She was hungry and dirty.   She holds out hope that her mother will come back for her.  She even tells her self that her mother has amnesia.  This is how she deals with the situation.

The imagery and use of metaphors is wonderful.  The author uses the redwood tree and its resilience to explain how Kaylee is a survivor.  In the story, when Kaylee can steal away from the cabin, she hides in the base of a redwood tree.  She keeps those things she holds most dear in that tree.   It is here that Sierra, an artist, finds her.  The meeting of these two is not by chance.  Sierra is dealing with the anniversary of her own daughter’s death.  Twelve years earlier she had given birth to a daughter who lived only nine days.  Drugs she took while pregnant was the root cause of her daughter’s death.  Sierra has been running from the pain and from God for a long time.  With Sierra’s painful past, and Kaylee’s current pain, only God could bring two dysfunctional people together to show how God can heal.  Kaylee uses words to protect her and help her heal.  Seirra dives into her art.  She talked about building layer upon layer, yet after Kaylee entered her life she begins to peel away layer after layer of her past.

It is proof that a person must deal with the past instead of holding it in, if they are to ever begin the healing process.  Forgiveness must be given for complete healing.  We see both Kaylee and Sierra dealing with their past.  We also see that they have learned that dealing with their past through God’s helping love is so much easier. 

This is a book I highly recommend.  Don’t let the topic of sexual abuse scare you away.  The messages of hope, forgiveness, redemption and love are more than enough to combat the scary topic.  This powerful book will take you on a rollercoaster ride you will not soon forget.


Meet the Author:  Ginny dreamt of becoming a writer most of her adult life and pursued her dream by learning the craft and honing her skills. Her debut novel, Words, is the fulfillment of that dream.
Ginny is a mother, friend, writer, life and writing coach, dog lover, and gourmet cook wanna-be.
Visit her at her websites: www.ginnyyttrup.com or www.crossingscoaching.com.





Thursday, March 10, 2011

Quest For the Nail Prints - Don Furr

Publisher:  Sheaf House
Pages:  352
Source:  Review copy from Bostick Communications
Genre:  Adult/Teen Inspirational, Christian Fiction

Product Description from Christianbook.com

If you've ever imagined spending time with the Lord Jesus in His time, this energetic and ultimately gut-wrenching thriller may very well be just what the Great Physician ordered. Quest for the Nail Prints by Sheaf House Publishers is a new time-travel thriller by author Don Furr set in the final days of the life of Christ. Three twenty-first century travelers come face to face with the rugged, radical prophet known throughout the land as Jesus of Nazareth and find much more than they ever dreamed possible. And although there literally is a hole punched through the entire book from beginning to end, you'll find it fills some very important "holes in your quest for knowledge and understanding of our Savior's last days.

My Review
Never have I read a story that reached inside and squeezed my very soul.  Through this book the reader travels back in time with the three main characters.  They travel back to a time when Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem to fulfill the role his heavenly father set before him.  One thing that touched me so much was the human side to Jesus.  We know him as God’s son and therefore rarely think of him as having the same quirks and emotions that we as humans have.  The fact that the author has him roll his eyes or look disdainfully at someone and their remark, made him seem so much closer.  I cried through so much of this book.  The emotion it brings from deep within your soul  makes our walk with Christ that much more important.  Through the eyes of Paul, Elizabeth and the Professor we see within ourselves our own shortcomings.  We see through their eyes  God’s love for them and for us.  This is a book you will want to read over and over again.  It is also a book you will want to recommend to everyone around you.  I don’t think five stars is enough to tell you how much I have enjoyed and feel blessed to have read this book.  May God continue to use this book to his glory.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Make A Wish - Marlayne Giron

Publisher:  CreateSpace
Pages:  224
Source:  Purchased a copy
Genre:  Adult/YA Inspirational

Marlayne Giron, author of "The Victor", has written a series of "wish stories" for different people and combined them into one book.  If you had one wish what would it be and why?  She then takes your wish or your hearts desire and spins it into a beautiful story.  These stories inspire and lift you up. Just make sure you have a box of tissues when you sit to read this book. 

After reading Marlayne's first book  she asked me to take a look at her site, “Wish Fulfilments”.  I wrote her back about a wish I had and she wrote a beautiful story for me.  You will find it on pages 101 – 107 “Two Peas in a Pod”.  She did a beautiful job of capturing my relationship with my sister.  I still can’t read it without crying.  Each story has a healing or uplifting quality to it.  There are so many that any reader can relate to.  “Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda” was one I could really relate to.  This book has something for everyone.  It is not just a book for those who made the wishes.  It gives hope to those at their lowest in life and points them to the Lord.  I look forward to reading a second wish book.  God has definitely blessed this woman with not only a gift of writing but also a gift of insight.  I am truly blessed to have her as a friend.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Fourth Fisherman - Joe Kissack


Publisher:  Ezekiel 22 Productions

Pages:  193
Source:  Gift from a friend
Genre:  Adult Christian/Inspirational

The Fourth Fisherman

Synopsis

The New Yorker and GQ Magazine called this a story that, "No one has ever heard, told or imagined how incredible it could get." Men's Journal called it, "One of the most remarkable odysseys of survival ever recorded." Author, speaker, screenwriter and former movie studio executive, Joe Kissack, brings this incredible and inspiring odyssey story to life with THE FOURTH FISHERMAN: How Three Mexican Fishermen Came Back From The Dead Changed My Life And Saved My Marriage. It is the true story of Tres Pescadores (Three Fishermen) who were rescued near Australia, after drifting 5500 miles across the Pacific Ocean for 9 months in an 8 meter boat. They survived on "raw fish, rainwater and their faith in God." It is also Kissack's story and how his work, family, friendships, and marriage were rocked when he was called to tell their story of survival, faith, and hope. He was once as lost as they seemed to be, but could not resist the call.

My Review
Having it all, money, a career and anything else your heart desires is nothing if you have an empty spot that needs filling.  That hole began to fill with God's love with the telling of the story of three fishermen lost at sea for nine months.  Joe Kissack had to tell their story and in the process he found a faith like no other, and how much God is really there for us when we call upon him.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Twelfth Imam by Joel C. Rosenberg

Publisher: Tyndale House, Occtober 19, 2010
Pages:  512
Source:  Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy. 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.”


Today's review is actually done by my mother.  She lives with us and read the book before I did.  This is a great situation because I can always discuss things with her.  She volunteered to write this review for several reasons.  The first is that Joel C. Rosenberg is one of her favorite authors.  Second she had never written a review before and wanted to help me out.  To me the third reason was the most precious to me.  Our school has been in an uproar lately due to the unexpected death of one of our teachers to cancer.  Trying to deal with all that this entails, including handling the students and at a time when grades were due took it's toll on me.  I love her very much for doing this for me and in my opinion I believe she needs to write more reviews.  She is a natural.  What follows is her opinion and I agree with it.


The CIA knows a lot that’s going on.  Israel faces threats every day from Iran and other nations who want to destroy them because they are God’s chosen people.  I enjoyed the way the story got the point across in narrative that Russia and Iran is working together to accomplish their goal even though they neither like, or trust each other.  The idea that the story so closely follows current events was wonderful.  I especially like it because it’s based on prophesy that we can see happening every day on the news.  Even though we know that Iran hates Israel and America, we find as in the book that many Muslims can still be reached for Christ.  I would recommend this book to any one who claims Christ as Savior.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Devil Is In the Details by Tony Kessinger


Publisher:  CrossBooks Publishing, (March 15, 2010)
Pages:  292
Source:  Received review copy from publisher
Genre:  Adult


From Bible teacher Tony Kessinger comes a book that everyone should read.  In this day and age we as Christians see evil around us and often feel helpless.  What is worse is realizing that Satan is out there doing battle against us all the time.  He's sneaky and that is where the real danger is.  Tony took a lot of time to research the scriptures and to give us a base to build upon.  He has shown us how Satan has changed his was as humans have changed theirs.  Some of the things Satan does seems so innocent and innocuous until we come across scripture that shines a light on his deeds.  He is indeed sneaky.  As a teacher it makes me even more wary about what I teach to my students.  Their generation is being inundated with material everyday that seems harmless but is slowly knocking their defenses down and allows Satan to gain a little more ground.  I am glad I was given the opportunity to read and review this book.  I feel better prepared to be more observant.  I will recommend this book to everyone I can because we know time is short and Satan is counting on that to draw more people to him.  I feel I need to mention the summary done at the end of each chapter.  It tied things up nicely.  Often chapters were so full of information that I lost what I had started out reading.  Not only was it educational to read, it was a pleasure to read.