Monday, January 9, 2017

Falling Free

Let's take what we know about obedience and turn it upside down.  Shannon Martin opens our eyes to what true obedience really is, how it is fleshed out in real life.  It's not comfortable, easy, or happy-go-lucky.  It's difficult.  It's scary.  It's messy.

Shannon shares her journey of obedience and shows us what God can do with someone who truly follows Him.  I am both inspired and unnerved as I read her story.  I want to be a woman after God's own heart; however, I like living in my comfort zone.  Shannon demonstrates that real joy comes from surrender and obedience.  I want that in my life.  Yet I know it won't be easy, and I may have to sacrifice something good because God has something even better that I have yet to imagine.  It's like jumping off the high dive....scary and exciting all at the same time.

Thomas Nelson provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review which I freely give.

Sunday, January 1, 2017


Mike Massimino is not your typical astronaut, but then again, there is no such thing as a typical astronaut.  They are all amazingly smart, daring, and strong individuals who attempt to understand the space beyond the world around us.

Mike always wanted to be an astronaut and outlines how he got there.  Some steps were intentional while others were pure luck, but Mike was always prepared for the next step.  He also worked hard to overcome after failure.  His is a great story of dreaming big and achieving big.

I enjoyed this firsthand account of astronaut life.  It is both everyday stuff and beyond this world stuff.  Mike tells his story in a conversational tone, and you feel as if he is sitting next you telling his life story.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Domino Effect

Esther Larsen has a brilliant mind and can analyze the economic climate better than anyone else.  Because of this, she can see the potential for economic collapse long before anyone else.  This burden weighs heavily on her mind  This once quiet introvert has to tell others and lead the movement to challenge authority and right the wrongs they have done.

The story line is fascinating and quite intricate.  I could follow most of the financial jargon; however, I had a hard time following the character development.  For as much as Esther struggled to be a leader, she did just fine when she led others and became a voice of reason.  She was also great with supporting her boyfriend's 2 teenage daughters saying the right thing at the right time to connect with them.  It was uncanny her ability to connect with people even though she was an introvert who would rather be in front of her computer instead of in front of people.

I didn't like the book, nor did I dislike it.  It was just okay for me.

Bethany House provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review which I freely give.

Monday, November 14, 2016


I have always admired Tim Tebow with how he has handled the many ups and downs of his football career.  He has impressed me with his focus on not football but on glorifying God even when it isn't always popular or profitable.

I have read Through My Eyes which further impressed me with this young man and his ability to handle pressure.  However, this latest book was a letdown.  Tim shares many anecdotal stories about his life and his personal thoughts going through certain events, but the book seemed disjointed with no real focus.  I had a hard time finishing the book because it really didn't interest me.

This was a tough review to write as I thoroughly like this young man and admire what he has done both on and off the field.  The stories he shares are interesting but as a whole, the book is mediocre.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Candidate

I was excited to read the latest thriller from Lis Weihl, and this book did not disappoint.

Erica Sparks is on top of her game in broadcast journalism; however, she cannot just rest on her laurels.  She must continue to cover cutting edge stories and keep up with the latest and greatest.  She starts to notice that one of the candidates for president has some idiosyncrasies that might lead to some serious problems if he is elected to the presidency.  Erica digs deep to find the truth, too deep.

The book is fast pace, and the story line starts out believable.  But toward the end, the story line becomes too fantastic and unreal.  The book is definitely a work of fiction.  Nonetheless, the writing is good and the story is a good read.

Thomas Nelson provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review which I freely give.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

True Faith and Allegiance

Alberto R. Gonzales gives us the "behind the curtain" peek into the West Wing as a former U.S. Attorney General and Counsel to President George W. Bush.

The book is long, but it helps to understand the context of some of the decisions President Bush faced.  Gonzales gives a lot of the back story and the legal ramifications for the decisions the President had to make.  No decision was ever easy when you are leading a free country.

For those who lived through the Bush administration, it was more like current events not history; however it is fascinating to look at the events through the lens of history.  As we lived through 9/11 and into the 21st century, current events became historic events.  Gonzales takes us through the events, the decisions, the struggle, and the resulting consequences.  All was done with the best interest of the country at heart.

Thomas Nelson provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review which I freely give.

Thursday, September 15, 2016


Roy Benavidez is a real American hero.  He thinks he was just doing his job, as most military men do.  But he was also saving the lives of fellow service men while putting his own life on the line.

The book profiles Roy and the 12-man Special Forces team inserted behind enemy lines on the fateful day in May of 1968.  Because their mission was top secret, not many people even knew about it, let alone what transpired.  Eric Blehm attempts to educate and inspire us by bringing this story to light.

As much as I enjoy reading stories of real life heroes, I had a hard time following the story line of this book.  My understanding of the war in Vietnam is woefully inadequate; however, the author jumps between present tense and back story a lot.  It was just tough to follow.  The story is great, but the book could have been better.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  See more here and here.