Monday, September 30, 2013

Think 4:8

It is hard to find a devotional for teens that is does not dummy down Biblical principles.  This book is the right balance between the basic truths of Scripture yet with the deep meaning.  It also challenges teens to live out their faith in a way that is meaningful yet still do-able.

The chapters are a quick read with enough depth to really challenge the teen reader.  At the end of each chapter are hands-on activities for application of the truth.  The author does not just tell the read what to do but gives the reader an opportunity to apply what is taught to real life.

Although I did not read The 4:8 Principle, I could easily apply the principles while reading this book.

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

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fatal Tide

Action and intrigue.

Romance and mystery.

Drama and suspense.

This book has it all.

The story picks up where the last one ended.  Tommy and Dani are trying to figure out what the forces of evil are up to and what they can do to stop it.  They are visited by a student from St. Adrian's who may or may not be helping them.  Together they have to depend on each other and their faith to overcome the powers of evil.

I highly recommend reading the entire East Salem trilogy in order to understand the story line, but you will not be disappointed.

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

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Tenacious

If ever I am having a bad day, I will think of Jeremy and Jennifer Williams.  They are living a joy-filled life despite the struggles and obstacles that have come their way.

Jeremy and Jennifer were the recipients of a new home through the ABC show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  This book is the back story that the show does not do justice.  Their son was born with spina bifida, and Jeremy was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).  Yet that never stopped them from trusting in God and bringing Him glory at home, at school, and on the football field.

I am inspired by the Willams' family.  This book will capture your heart and your soul.

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

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Chasing Hope

Sabrina gave up more than she wanted when we had to give up running.  When she is coerced into coaching Brandy, Sabrina has to learn that following God's will is not always what we expect.

The pace of the book was well done.  It was neither slow nor fast.  I never knew until the end how all the struggles would be overcome, but the end was satisfying.

As a runner, I liked the backdrop of training and racing.  It was only a glipmsed into the life of a committed runner; however, there were many early more training runs that sounded exhausting enough.

The only thing I did not like about the book was character of Koen.  He was a college-age guy who was good looking and only supportive of Sabrina in all her struggles.  I never met a guy like Koen, and I wonder if such a guy even exists.  He seemed too good to be true.

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