Monday, December 22, 2014

The 13th Gift

This is a delightful book to read at Christmastime!

Not everyone is in the holiday mood especially if you have lost a loved one this year.  This is exactly what Joanne Huist Smith faced the first Christmas after her husband died.  She was struggling to grieve and just could not face Christmas without her husband and the father of her 3 children.  Then the gifts started to arrive.  One a day for 12 days.  These gifts were small and simple, but they brought hope and joy back into their lives.

I could have read this book in one night.  It is the kind of book you read while sitting by the fire sipping hot cocoa with a dollop of whipped cream.  It is the kind of book you read when you need to be reminded that people are good and that live is worth living.  

Harmony books provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review which I freely give.  I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  For more information click here.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Bonhoeffer: Abridged

I wanted to read the original Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy; however, I did not get a chance to get a review copy.  When I saw this abridged edition was available, I was excited to read the book.

Bonhoeffer was an amazing man who lived an upright life in a challenging time.  This book provides a good synopsis of his life and of his involvement in the conspiracy to overthrow Hitler and the Third Reich.  Bonhoeffer is an inspiring person who did not succumb to evil or fall into the trap of moral pacifism, but instead he overcame evil with good.

I am glad I was able to read this abridged edition.  I did have a hard time following some of the history as it is from the German perspective.  While this is much needed to understand the context of Bonhoeffer's life, I struggled to remembered names and places.  I still am impressed by the courage and faith of Bonhoeffer and hope that more men like him will continue to stand for truth.

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