10.21.2012

The Reunion By Dan Walsh

Aaron Miller knows a thing or two about loss. He's lost love. Dignity. Second, and even third, chances. Once honored for his heroism, he now lives in near obscurity, working as a handyman in a humble trailer park. But God is a master at finding and redeeming the lost things of life. Unbeknownst to Aaron, someone is searching for him. With deep insight into the human heart, consummate storyteller Dan Walsh gently weaves a tale of a life spent in the shadows but meant for the light. Through tense scenes of war and tender moments of romance, The Reunion will make you believe that everyone can get a second chance at life and love.
I have to be honest, first when I started reading this book, I never gave it much of a chance and was going to put it down again, but decided I'd have to read the first few chapters to give it a chance and what a great read it turned out to be! The heartbreak, heroism, love, rekindled relationships, friendsships, all makes this book worthwhile! The author tells the story from several different points of view, from a writers to a war vets to his long lost family 4 states away and how they all were brought together. The author well rounds out the characters by telling about their past and how they all are tied together, gave me some insight on the war and what really happens in other countries. I will definitely be looking for other books by Dan Walsh!
"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 Gaither Homecoming Bible, NKJV by Gloria Gaither (General Editor) and Bill Gaither (General Editor)

The Gaither Homecoming Bible will make the Bible come alive for those seeking truth in the twenty-first century, even for those who think they already know it. For years, Bill and Gloria Gaither have reached millions of people across generations with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Their music of joy, thanksgiving, and praise ushers people into the presence of God so that He can do His wondrous work in their lives. Featuring inspirational and insightful Scripture devotions by the Gaithers and other favorite Homecoming artists; articles on beloved hymns, gospel songs, and Gaither classics and the inspiration behind them; original poetry by Gloria Gaither to enlighten and inspire; and quotes by greats of the faith, reflecting on the importance of music in the life of believers, this beautiful Bible featuring the New King James Version® (NKJV) is one that readers will treasure for years to come.
I couldn't wait to review this Bible but I never knew how much of a blessing it would be! I loved the look of it as soon as I opened the package. The hardcover and the beautiful harvest colors just drew me right in. There is a section in the front for you to fill in about your family tree and then a section about all the contributors (Gaither Homecoming friends). I enjoyed the little devotionals by the homecoming friends, it adds a nice personal touch. The interpretation is very easy to read and even though I'm just ending Genesis, I'm hoping I'm going to finally be able to read the Bible all the way through. I have reccomended it to several family and friends and will continute to do so!
"Bible has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Thomas Nelson".

What About Heaven? by Kathleen Long Bostrom

What about Heaven is a sweet little book written by Kathleen Bostram and illustrated by Elana Kucharik, illustrator of Care Bears. The author gives a simple directive to how we get to heaven and what we will be doing when we arrive there. This is a cute first book to begin leading your children to the only way to heaven, Jesus Christ.
A great simple to read book about Heaven! It's a book of questions Children ask about Heaven written in a way children will understand. The rhyming words and the scripture references make it fun for children and adults alike. The pictures are so peaceful and soothing and you feel a great reassurance from the authors words. There is also scripture references to back up what the author is saying. The book is comforting and reassuring that Heaven is as beautiful as we hear others talk about.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchage for an honest review.

10.14.2012

Dear Deb: A Woman with Cancer, a Friend with Secrets, and the Letters That Became Their Miracle by Margaret Terry

"I want you to know that if my illness inspired you to write these stories, the cancer was worth it."—Deb What stories could possibly make cancer worth it? Stories that represent a miracle—a lifetime of miracles. Stories that changed the writer as she wrote them and stories that will touch the heart of the reader, one by one by one. Stories that are not just stories. They started out as words of encouragement to a dying woman. They turned into a collection of sparkling and intimate moments, pulled from the past to finally be understood and shared with new meaning. Story by story, letter by letter, Margaret Terry uncovered powerful pictures in her own life of the one truth that could help carry her friend Deb from this life to the next: God is at work. Together, Deb and Margaret found renewed hope in all the ways God shows up right to the very end. Which is where they found the miracle they'd been praying for all along. In each other.
There's just something about reading intimate details into other peoples lives that appeals to us as humans. Maybe it's the sneaky diary reading feeling, but I am so glad that the author decided to compile these letters into a novel. There's time I laughed out loud, I cried, I did it all really. It's obvious from the content of the letters that they were never meant to be shared with an audience. After reading this book, I know it is a great uplifting for someone going through a similar situation. I would definitely reccomend for something going through the big C. Margaret & Deb are the literal meaning of true friends. She was there for Deb right til the end, whicle she was trying to lift Deb up in her final hours, Deb was teaching her that God was still working in the world today just as much as ever.
"Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Thomas Nelson".

10.03.2012

In Nowhere but Up, Pattie Mallette shares for the first time in detail about the pain and abandonment she experienced as a child, the sexual abuse she suffered for years, the severe depression she wrestled with as a teen, the deep struggles she faced as a single mom, and the faith she's learned to cling to through dark times. With raw honesty, she spills the truth about a lifetime of moments that were punctuated by pain yet permeated with grace--and the journey that's brought her to where she is today.
First of all, I have to say I never chose this book because it was by Justin Bieber's Mom. I am not a fan of Justin Bieber actually! I chose this book because Patti is a Mom, like myself, going through stress and hitting bottom and realizing she can only go up from there! I can totally relate to some of her pain and the anguish she felt, it's by God's grace that she is able to let go of the past and forgive and move on to the future. I believe Patti's faith in God helped her get through and made her the woman she is today. She speaks of abuse, depression and abandonment and how God brought her through these tough times. I would reccomend this book for anyone going through hard times as we know they don't last and this book is one of hope. Great read.
"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".

Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine by Max Lucado

Grace. We talk as though we understand the term. The bank gives us a grace period. The seedy politician falls from grace. Musicians speak of a grace note. We describe an actress as gracious, a dancer as graceful. We use the word for hospitals, baby girls, kings, and premeal prayers. We talk as though we know what grace means. But do we really understand it? Have we settled for wimpy grace? It politely occupies a phrase in a hymn, fits nicely on a church sign. Never causes trouble or demands a response. When asked, “Do you believe in grace?” who could say no? Max Lucado asks a deeper question: Have you been changed by grace? Shaped by grace? Strengthened by grace? Emboldened by grace? Softened by grace? Snatched by the nape of your neck and shaken to your senses by grace? God’s grace has a drenching about it. A wildness about it. A white-water, riptide, turn-you-upside-downness about it. Grace comes after you. It rewires you. From insecure to God secure. From regret riddled to better-because-of-it. From afraid to die to ready to fly. Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off. Let’s make certain grace gets you.
Max Lucado is a very thought provoking and inspirational writer. He always uses scripture to back up his thoughts and ideas. He is always encouraging, and this book is no exception. Max talks about how God's grace is free for us all, but we just have to accept it. He uses stories from the Bible as well as from modern day christian which, without God's sufficient grace, would be heartbreaking. Max goes on to talk in the different chapters about the different aspects of God's grace that makes it a whole. There is a study guide at the end which encourages additional readings which makes it great for a group study and discussion. I would definitely reccomend this book to small groups as well it would make for a facinating several part sermon.
"Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Thomas Nelson".