Monday, January 30, 2012

Man Alive

For I must admit that I am a woman reading a book called "Man Alive." I realize that this book is not intended for me, but I also realize that I have a lot to gain when I try to understand the men in my life especially the man I have been married to for 15+ years. The more I understand him, the more I love him.

Patrick Morley effectively addresses the 7 primal needs of men. In today's fast paced society, we do not need another how-to book to makes us feel like we are failing and just need to do more to be a better person. Instead, this book reminds us of the deep needs men have and how to meet those needs. The answer is simple, not necessarily easy, but simple.

Personally, I most enjoyed the list of 10 practical things men need to do to show love to their wives. Every single one of these things is exactly what women need, and the men who do every single one of these things have wives that feel loved.

I highly recommend this book to husbands, fathers, and men everywhere. For more information, check out the book here.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Through the Year with Jimmy Carter

I am not one to read devotions, but as far as devotionals go, this one was well done. Jimmy Carter has both wisdom and experience, not just because he was our 39th president but because of his almost 87 years of life here on this earth. He shares the simple truth of God's Word in a simple form in this book.

What I first noticed was that the pages were not dated like a traditional devotional where it is to be read in one year from January 1st through December 31st. Instead, the pages are number 1-366. The date at the top of the page is the date when President Carter taught that lesson to his Sunday school class which included lessons he taught while president. He has taught Sunday school for 30+ years so he has a wealth of lessons to share. The one thing that could have made this better would be to sit in one of his classes and actually hear him teach the lesson.

I highly recommend this book as one of the better devotionals available today.

Zondervan has given me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review which I freely give.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sweeter Than Birdsong

This is a long book but a good story. I found myself reading longer than I planned because I was so engrossed in the story. It is a well written book even if there are parts of it that I did not make sense to the storyline.

The story takes place in Ohio, pre-Civil War. Kate Winter is a smart young women attending college and trying to overcome her fears. As the story goes on, the reader begins to understand her fears and hopes that she overcomes them. How she does is part of the story, so you will just have to read the book.

What I do not understand about Kate is her willingness to go on a dangerous mission while she struggles with her fearfulness in talking to people. She makes the decision to go on the mission quickly and seemingly without thought. The author goes into great detail how Kate experiences stage fright and how it may prevent her from graduating college. However, there is very little explanation as to why she agrees to go on this mission.

Even still, the book is a good read.

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

Friday, January 13, 2012

A Sound Among Trees

I am not one for historical fiction, but this looked to be an interesting contemporary story with a historical flashback.

The story is about the lives of the women who have lived, and even died, in an old Virginian mansion called Holly Oak. These women are connected by both family line and by the struggles of those who lived there. The rumor around town was that the house had a ghost by the name of Susannah Page who endured great loss and heartbreak. Susannah was the great-grandmother of Adelaide who continues to live in Holly Oak, but Adelaide also endured great loss and heartbreak while living there.

The first 200 pages of the story was about these letters written by Susannah during the Civil War. Where are the letters? Who has the letters? What do the letters say? When the letters were finally revealed, the storyline flashes back for the next 100 pages. This is when the story started to get interesting.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story within the letters; however, the storyline before the letters were revealed was dull and dragged out far too long. This is a great story of redemption, but it took too long to get there.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Through My Eyes: A Quarterback's Journey

In this young readers edition, Tim Tebow tells his story of growing up, playing college football, and fulfilling his dream of becoming an NFL quarterback.

I read this book as I watched Tim Tebow lead the Denver Broncos as they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in a wild card game. In the first, and final, play of overtime, Tim connect with Demaryius Thomas on an 80-yard touchdown pass for the quickest ending to an NFL overtime. That play demonstrated what Tim talks about in his book...working hard and finishing strong. He never let up in the game, and he never gives up in life.

Tim Tebow is an inspiration to many, and this book will encourage young athletes to do their best as they play with integrity. I am glad that there is a professional athlete who is a good role model. So many professional athletes are not, but Tebow breaks the mold.

Zondervan has provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review which I freely give.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Then Sings My Soul 3

Robert J. Morgan continues to delight us with the stories behind the song. In this last book of the trilogy, Morgan reminds us how hymns inspire our hearts in worship. In learning how these songs came to be, we realize and even deeper worship of God.

Morgan does not think hymns are the only way to worship but that these hymns are part of church history and enrich our worship. He also does not dislike modern songs of praise and worship. There is balance in worship.

Many of the hymns I recognize from my upbringing in a Lutheran church. Others were new to me. The history of the hymns is fascinating and add meaning to the words and notes. My favorite story is about the Warners sisters and the writing of "Jesus Loves Me."

"God created this universe with a capacity for song, from the tiny cricket to the massive Blue Whale, and all creation is designed to sing His praises." Even those of us who are tone deaf and can only make a joyful noise can still appreciate well written music.

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