1.24.2012

I am Second By Doug Bender & Dave Sterrett


Real stories by real people. Loved this book right from the first story. People tell their stories of how God broke them and made them realize that they need to live for him, not themselves or someone else. Drugs, Sex, Alcohol, Pornography. There are no holds barred, no sugar coating it. Addictions, Anger, Resentment, Abuse. All things that hold people back, ruin minds and lives, but this book tells how each person overcame those obstacles and started putting God first, and everyone and everything else, including themselves, second.
From rockstars to pastors, from soldiers to everyday people. We all face trials in our lives, we all have struggles. There is sure to be something in this book that you can relate to. One thing I really liked was that I could read a couple stories and then come back to it later as it’s compiled of stories from real people around the world. I prefer these type of books sometimes because I am on the go so much, that if I didn’t get a chance to read for a few days, I never had to remember what happened in the previous chapter as each chapter is it’s own short story.
I would recommend this book to sinner and saved alike. This book may help you realize the struggles in your own life keeping you from letting God be number 1. Sometimes it’s hard to let go and let God, but we are not alone.


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The Voice New Testament by Ecclesia Bible Society



This translation of the New Testament portion of the Bible is written like a manuscript, telling the reader who’s saying what. It’s a much simpler translation that the original translations, using modern wording. I’ve always been a huge fan of translations because it helps gain a better understanding of what each verse is saying. There were several times I got out my NIV Bible to compare verses and the Voice is a much simpler explanation of God’s word. I look forward to reading the full version including the old testament, which is due out this spring.
I would recommend this book to new Christian as I believe it helps give a better understanding as to what God intended. I would also recommend to Christian steeped in their beliefs as I believe there is always something to learn about God’s word, there’s always a new way to view things.
I did find the print quite small, as well the book was very thick, which may seem intimidating. It’s about the size of a standard Bible.
"New Testament has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Thomas Nelson".

1.10.2012

The Keeper: A Novel By Suzanne Woods Fisher


Fiction is uaully my favourite genre of books, but not this time. I just couldn't get into the book at all. I felt like I kept reading the same lines over and over. I've never written a neutral or negative review before and I feel bad writing one, especially when I got the book for free, but I have to be honest. I will try it again one day, and I will come back and add and edit to my review, until then, I'm gonna add it to my book collection and hope it calls me to read it.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

7 Money Rules for Life: How to Take Control of Your Financial Future By Mary Hunt


In this book the author talks about the 7 rules for managing your finances including spening less than we earn, saving for the future and borrowing only what we know we can repay. This may seem like common sense, but how often do we fall into a trap thinking "Yeah, I can pay that back, no problem!". We don't think ahead to the future and unexpected expenses that may arise, an unexpected medical expense perhaps, or a maybe a car mechanical issue. We need to be more frugal in our spending, curbing it for only the necessary things and saving for that rainy day that we all know will come.

This book will change (hopefully) how you view money and how you spend your earnings. The nice thing about this book is the author is writing from her own lessons. She knows what it's like to struggle financially and is trying to help prevent the reader from making the same mistakes.

If you are struggling financiall, like myself, I would reccomend you read this book and help pull yourself out of that slump and figure out where you can start cutting unnecessary spending and saving for that unexpected expense, so when that day comes, you are ready for what it throws at you.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

The Emancipation of Robert Sadler By Robert Sadler & Marie Chapian

This is a book, once started, you cannot put it down. It's about a young boy named Robert, who at the age of just 5 years, was sold into slavery, along with his 2 sisters. The author recounts the beatings and hardship he endured, all the while still managing to work before sunup, til after sundown. The author makes you feel like you are right there in the early 20th century setting, you can visualize how things were and see the characters.

This book is divided up into 3 parts, Slavery, Freedom & Ministry. While Slavery accounts for the biggest portion of the book, I'm sure the ministry portion can be a whole other book in itself. Mr. Sadler told about time and time again when he was down and out following God's voice, and God provided for him abundantly!
Oh the things we take for granted in day to day living. Warm water, clean clothes, food on our table, and shoes on our feet. Certainly gives you a whole new perspective on life and humility.
I would reccomend this book to anyone, saved or not. God is very real, and he allowed Mr. Sadler to survive the plantation because he had other plans for him. This is quite possibly one of the best books I've ever read!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

1.06.2012

The Exceptional Life by Stephen Arterburn


This book helps to bring to light the things within our lives that are hindering us from living to our full potential, the way God intended. The author brings forth eight strong points (roadblocks) we use to shy away from living the full, exceptional life, starting with guilt & shame and going into fear, resentment & anger. The book helps the reader realize what they need to eliminate from their life to start living The Exceptional Life.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is dealing with any issues that is holding them back as I think it is a real eye opener to what is happening in our own lives, although we don’t always like to admit it. This book would also be great for a group study as there are thought provoking questions to ponder at the end of each chapter.

Book has been provided courtesy of Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Miracles Are For Real by James L. Garlow and Keith Wall


This book holds true real-life accounts of miracles that have occurred in the lives of men, women & children alike. But it’s not just stories of miracles. The authors took the time to help the reader understand what miracles are and, though yes, we should expect miracles in our life, they “shouldn’t be our ultimate goal”. The book also speaks on false prophets and skeptics and letting the reader know how to decipher a miracle.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is going through a dark, troublesome time in their life. This book will help you realize that no matter what you are going through, God is always in the midst. There is hope. Though you may not see it, God is intervening and has a miracle in the making, just for you! I would also recommend this book to non-believers as well, so they can see a true account of God in action.

Book has been provided courtesy of Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

1.05.2012

Happily Ever After by Gary Chapman



No Marriage is ever perfect. None. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Now that we got that outta the way, let me say Dr. Chapman is a genius! He’s very upfront and open, and brings to light issues that come up often in most marriages , including money, in-laws, & yes, believe it or not, sex! There is no issue too great or too small when it comes to marriage.

This book is great for newlyweds right up to couples who have been married for 50 years. You’ll find that the information is pertinent to you no matter your age. There are so many helpful references in this book that I believe it should be something given during marriage counselling to a couple considering marriage. Help engaged couples realize some of the most important things of marriage.

I would recommend this book to young and old alike. If you’re considering marriage, newlywed, or been married for man years. This book has something for everyone.

[Book provided by Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for an honest review]