Saturday, July 24, 2010

Predator by Terri Blackstock

This was a great book that kept me on the edge of my seat. As a fast paced book, the opening chapter landed me in the middle of the drama. It took me 3 days to read the book only because I had to finish my capstone project for a college class. Luckily I finished the project early so that I could finish reading this book.

I highly recommend this book as well as other books by Terri Blackstock, especially the Suncoast Chronicles. I read that series years ago and have shared the books with many friends who have also enjoyed the series. Predator is a stand alone book that will stand alone in greatness.


To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Zondervan has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. I also must say that the opinions are all mine.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Take Four by Karen Kingsbury

Although I have been reading Karen Kingsbury for years, this is the first book that I have reviewed. Zondervan has provided me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I enjoyed this book as much as I have the rest of the Above the Line series. Even though many of the characters are believers in Christ, they face real life issues. Some struggle with their faith. Others fall into sin. Acceptance, forgiveness, and love are all in the book but not without some tough challenges and difficulties. I can relate to the story line as the book is true to life.

Since this is my fair and honest review, I have to be honest and admit I was confused about the timeline in the story. Chapter 14 opens with "Veteran's Day turned out to be the warmest in October..." Wait a minute, Veteran's Day is in . It commemorates the signing of the armistice to end World War 1 on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour. Anyhow, I thought that October was a typo, but the rest of the storyline does not make sense if she meant November.

And if I'm going to mention timing of things, at the end of the story, it was mentioned that a spring semester in college starts in March. As far as I remember, college semesters start in January and maybe as late as early February, but not March. Since this book mirrors life, I would like all these details to be real, too. Just my honest opinion.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Flight to Heaven by Capt. Dale Black

A trained pilot...a plane crash....only one survivor. This is what Dale Black experience at the young age of 19. But that is not all he experienced. He experienced heaven, and this was an experience like no other.

I am glad that Dale shared his experience in this book and am glad he followed his grandfather's advice to live a life that reflects his heavenly experience, and not a life that capitalizes on his experience. I am also glad that Paule Black encouraged her husband to write down his experience after living a life of purpose. It wasn't just the experience of heaven that is amazing, but also the obedient life that Dale had lived.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the truths that Dale lived. He realized that his responsibility is not to provide the living water but to point the way to the well, "the well of Living Water that God offers each of us through a relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ." I pray that I can be like Dale and point the way to the well.


To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Bethany House has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. I also must say that the opinions are all mine.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Cast of Characters by Max Lucado

If you have never read a book by Max Lucado before then this is a great place to start. This book contains excerpts from previous books. Each chapter is a profile of a Biblical character. The profile reminds us that even these heroes of the Bible, Joseph, Moses, John, and Paul, to name a few, all had flaws and struggles. The more you look at people like Mary, Martha, Esther, and Sarah the more you realize that they are human like you and me. God does not chose extraordinary people. Instead God uses ordinary people to do some extraordinary things.

I have always enjoyed the writings of Max Lucado, and this book did not disappoint. I need to be reminded that these great people of the Bible are only great because they serve a great God!



To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. I also must say that the opinions are all mine.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Same Kind of Different as Me

by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

If only I truly understood. This book opened my eyes to poverty and riches. What I read changed my perspective.

I read this book both for the Thomas Nelson book review and for my church's summer reading group. I was not sure if I would like the book, but I thought I would give it a try. I am glad I did. The wisdom tucked in these pages is priceless.

Ron realized, "we'd enjoy life a whole lot more if we owned a whole lot less."

Denver says, "money can't buy no blessins."

And my favorite from Denver, "Why did rich people call it sushi while poor people call it bait?"


To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. I also must say that the opinions are all mine.

Great words to think about.