Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Forgiving My Daughter's Killer

Kate Grosmaire experienced the unthinkable and did the impossible.  When learning that her daughter is shot and then killed by a boyfriend, Kate endures the pain and reaches out to the man in forgiveness.

This book had a profound effect on me.  I struggle to forgive others, even for small infractions.  I cannot imagine forgiving someone who murders my child.  I am glad I have not had to experience such a tragedy.  From this tragedy, I have learned so much about forgiveness from the author.  I realize how little I am asked to forgive and how stubborn I have become in being unforgiving.

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

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

21 Seconds to Change Your World

This book uses the Lord's prayer and the 23rd Psalm to help the reader connect with God.  God's truth is life-changing, and these passages are great examples of just that.

The challenge is not to just say the words of the 23rd Psalm or of the Lord's prayer.  The challenge to go deep in understanding and to really connect with God through his word.  This is true for any passage, but especially for these two popular passages.

Don't let the brevity of the book confuse you with the depth.  It is deep and requires focused concentration to read.

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

Monday, April 11, 2016

This is Awkward

I have never heard of Sammy Rhodes before reading this book so I had no preconceived notions or expectations.  I was pleasantly surprised that I connected with this author through his writings.  I also realize that I, myself, am awkward.

According to the author, awkwardness is the gap between what we should be and what we actually are.  This means we are all awkward.  But instead of shaming ourselves for not measuring up and blaming ourselves for our failures, we can turn our awkwardness toward God.  It is in that gap that God gives us grace.  This really is a freeing concept.

Even the word "awkward" is awkward.

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