Wednesday, April 30, 2014

No Place to Hide

Lee Warren shares his experience as a Air Force neurosurgeon deployed to Iraq in 2005.  He is honest about what he saw and felt; and he is forever changed for it.

While we think of only the soldiers that required treatment, Warren also shares stories of locals who received medical help from our military.  Even more interesting are the stories of medical treatment for our enemies.  The hospital at Ballad treated everyone who came in on a stretcher.  It did not matter who they were or what they did.  The doctors, nurses, and support staff maintained their professionalism as they treated all the injured.

I enjoyed reading this book.  There were moments of comedy as well as tragedy, but Warren never tries to pull at the reader's heartstrings.  Instead, he does a great job sharing what he experienced as he heals from his own wounds of emotional and mental trauma.

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

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lost & Found

I am not familiar with the ministry of T.D. Jakes, but I am familiar with ministries where the children of prominent ministers go astray.  So I was interested in reading this book about the daughter of a great pastor and her struggles to find her own way in life.  I was also interested, as a mother of teenagers, to glean inspiration on how to better parent them.

Sarah Jakes lived a life contrary to her upbringing which included teenage pregnancy, flunking out of college, and divorce by the time she was in her early twenties.  She has certainly endured a lot in her short life which she admittedly brought on by her own bad choices.  She does have a higher level of understanding into the psyche of why she did what she did; however she did not change her ways and continued on her path of destruction.

The book ended, yet I don't think the story was finished.  It does not seem that Sarah Jakes has comprehended fully her past and how God has redeemed it.  The book just ended with a divorce and a new career path in her parents' ministry, the same ministry she wanted to excape.  However, I don't know if the lessons were learned and the past was overcome.  She just set herself on a new path.  The story is more about self-actualization and less about God's redemption.

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

Thursday, April 17, 2014

For Such a Time

Hadassah Benjamin, the main character of the story, is named after Hadassah of the Bible, also known as Queen Esther.  Just like the Bible story, she hides her Jewishness to help save her people.  In the process, she is falling in love with the fictious "king" of the story also know as Herr Kommandant.

Even though the story line mirrors the Biblical story, this book is still full of suspense and action.  The Book of Esther leaves out a lot of detail so this book adds the emotion and passion of the story.  There is also a lot of romance with more kissing that I thought necessary.

Overall, this book was enjoyable enough.  I like the backdrop of World War II, but it is not so much historical fiction as it is suspense and drama.

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

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Echoes of an Angel

Ben Underwood may have lost his eyes, but he never lost his sight.  Using echolocation, he was able to walk to school on his own, ride a bike, and even drive a car around a parking lot.  Thankfully, his mother did not find out until after he did it!

As I read this story, I was certainly amazed at the abilities of this young man.  He used the gifts God gave him to bring love and hope to others.  Yet, as a mother, I was touched by the love of his mother, Aquanetta Gordon.  She is the true hero of this story.  I do not know how she can continues to find hope after all she has endured.  She is truly amazing.

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