Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Call to Resurgence

This book is mind-blowing and life-altering.  I think every modern day Christian should read this book.  The world is changing, and we must open our eyes to what is really happening.  Christianity is being threatened but not eliminated.  We need to live out our faith in this fallen world that seems to fall even deeper into evil and untruth.

Mark Driscoll is a deep theologian who writes for the layperson.  I can read his comparison between reformed and Arminian without thinking I am an idiot for not knowing the difference.  I am not sure exactly what tribe I am in, but I know that believers fight over secondary battles far too much while ignoring the primary issues.  Mark Driscoll reminds us to be ecumenical in our love and stalwart in the truth.

I could have highlight something on every page, but this one is my favorite, "Be a giver, not a taker; a producer, not just a consumer.  Stop looking for the path of least resistance and start running down the path of greatest glory to God and good to others, because that's what Jesus, the real Man, did."

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

Monday, November 25, 2013

Real: Becoming a 24/7 Follower of Jesus

Would people know I'm a Christian if they didn't see me at church?  That question is the premise to this book.  It is also a gut-check.  We really need to contemplate how we are living and being perceived in our post-modern culture.  I know I have failed to live out my faith all day every day, and I needed this book as a reminder to live as a believer every day of the week.

This book is not long, but Jamie Snyder does not mince words.  He is also not condemning but honestly encouragies all of us to live like a follower of Jesus 24/7/365.  It is not an easy task nor one to be taken lightly.  We can't just worship on Sunday and fall in line with the rest of the world Monday through Saturday.  We are suppose to be different.  We are suppose be light in a dark world.

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

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Forgiveness: Overcoming the Impossible

Easy read? Yes.  Quick read? Yes.  Simple message?  Yes.  Even though this book is small and has a simple message, the truth is deep and powerful.  It is a book that I want to read and reread.  As much as I like the song, "Forgiveness", the book is even better.

Matthew West shares true stories of pain and struggle.  I could not even begin to imagine some of the trials these people endured.  The only time people overcame was when they forgave and accepted God's forgiveness.  It was not easy to do, but they did.

I struggle with forgiveness.  I know I need to forgive, but it is not a natural response.  It is God's response, and I am learning that I can do the impossible with God.

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

Monday, November 18, 2013

Critical Reaction

There is an explosion at a nuclear facility.  A security guard is trying to keep his job without having to lie about what he saw.  A lab technician tries to discover what happened and whether or not he was exposed to radiation.  A lawyer gets involved while she is grieving the loss of her mother and questioning a strained relationship with her father.  A well-paid executive is trying to complete a illegal project while covering up the explosion.

The story was not bad, but it was not very good either.  There were so many characters that I did not feel like everyone was fully developed, nor were all their issues resolved by the end of the book.  On top of the many characters, there was a plethora of scientific explanation about the explosion and the work of the nuclear facility.  It was just too much to understand in one book.

I did not dislike this book, but it was hard to finish.  I got lost with all the characters and all the science involved.

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

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Unspoken

Dee Henderson has done it again with her latest thriller.  There is action and intrigue.  Romance and suspense.  This book has it all.

Charlotte Graham wants to leave the past behind, yet it takes facing the past to begin to truly heal.  Bryce Bishop unknowingly becomes the man to help her heal.

This could have easily been a 2-3 book series.  Instead it is an epic story of Charlotte and Bryce.  She was abducted at the age of 16 and rescued 4 years later.  While Charlotte has done her best to move on, she can never fully heal until she opens her heart to love again.  Bryce is willing to love and patiently support Charlotte as she tries to be the woman he knows she can be.

What impressed me about the story is that the author does not go into detail about Charlotte's abduction.  There is just enough detail to add to the story line but not so much that it violates the reader's sensibility.  Even though I wanted to know what happened, I am glad the author did not elaborate.  The story was about healing, not about hurt.

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