Saturday, August 22, 2009

Imagine Your Life Without Fear by Max Lucado

Review coming soon from the newest book by Max Lucado.

A Man of His Word by Kathleen Fuller

The Amish village of Middlefield, Ohio, is the as much a character in this story as Moriah, Gabriel, Levi, Tobias, and Rachel.

I am giving this book 3 stars because I was not satisfied with the plotline of how Gabriel came to understand how he truly felt about Moriah. A lot of words are used to describe his dilemma of being in love with his brother’s wife, but not enough of the story focused on how and when he decided to act on how he felt. To me, it felt like he just changed his mind and they all live happily ever after.

I was also dissatisfied with how much of the story focused on Gabriel’s struggle but not on Levi’s. He just chose a different path, but there was no reason why. Levi just left. As the reader, I needed to know what in his life caused him to leave his faith.

I would classify this fiction book as romance, but the storyline is sometimes predictable and sometimes relatable. Characters, and readers, often are not honest with how they really feel and struggle with conveying to others their true feelings.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Jesus Book by Stephen Elkins

For children ages 4-7, this is a great book. I got this book for my nephew and wished this book was available for my kids when they were younger. It is a well written summary of the Christian faith answering many questions that young children might have. Who is Jesus? What did he do? Why did he have to die? The book uses sound Biblical doctrine.

I learned something new about the meaning of the word bapto which is the root word for baptism. I am a 30something year old who has studied the Bible for many years and gleaned a new truth from this book. So this is a good teaching tool for young believers, and even a few of us older ones.

The book is available at www.christianbook.com but not at www.amazon.com as of the date of this post.