• The Encounter

    The Encounter Sometimes God Has to Intervene By Stephen Arterburn Published by Thomas Nelson Though the story related in The Encounter is fictional, Arterburn explains that he developed the story through a compilation two true stories. The book is basically divided into two parts, the first being the fictional story itself of The Encounter.  The second part is the brief retelling for the two true stories, followed by a few “questions and concepts” Arterburn has included to help the reader in dealing with their own similar personal issues. The storyline is centered around the life a man named Jonathan Rush. Rush is returning to his hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska in…

  • Dug Down Deep

    Dug Down Deep Unearthing What I Believe and Why It Matters By Joshua Harris Published by Multnomah Books Written by established author and speaker Joshua Harris, Dug Down Deep is well written and addresses many common theological issues in a way that is fairly easy to understand. Harris is the son of a Gregg and Sono Harris, pioneers in the Christian homeschooling movement beginning in the early 1980’s. One of seven children, Joshua is joined in the writing and speaking arena by his younger, twin brothers Alex and Brett Harris. In Dug Down Deep Harris’s well rounded and biblically sound foundational upbringing shines through.  He unapologetically but easily discusses many…

  • Thank You, God, For Blessing Me

    Thank You, God, For Blessing Me By Max Lucado Published by Thomas Nelson Little Hermie is caterpillar. Little Hermie is also the star in a series of adorable little books for toddlers written by established author and speaker Max Lucado. Little Hermie demonstrates to toddlers how to be thankful for everything God has blessed them.  As Little Hermie “looks around and smiles at all he sees,” he begins to pray. Thank You, God, For Blessing Me is a prayer from Little Hermie thanking God for his many blessings including food, eyesight, friends, family, flowers, stars and playtime. He also asks God to help him be kind and obey.  Very cute…

  • Love You More

    Love You More The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter By Jennifer Grant Published by Thomas Nelson Written in an easy-reading, light-hearted style, Love You More is a wonderfully inspiring read!  Much more than a story of one family’s journey through international adoption.  Love You More is the Grant Family’s story.  Adoption just happens to be a part of that story.  Jennifer Grant and her husband, David, are parents to four children.  Jennifer gave birth to three of their children.  Their fourth child, Mia, was born in Guatemala and came into their family through international adoption. Grant relays the ups and downs of their adoption journey, as well as ups…

  • Futurecast

    FUTURECAST By George Barna Published By Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Are you one who can’t get enough statistics?  Love reading page after page of research data?  Then this is the book for you! Ok, admittedly, I am not one who longs to sit down with my cup of coffee to read page after page of research data. But, that said, there is a need for a book such as Futurecast to provide data trends on how our current cultures are shaping our world’s future.  Futurecast is choked full of supporting research regarding current overriding beliefs, behaviors and attitudes in our society.  Trends in media, technology, entertainment, and the resulting “information…

  • Worlds Collide

    Worlds Collide By Alison Strobel Published by WaterBrook Press Excellently written and wonderfully inspirational book! Worlds Collide is the fictional love story of Hollywood super-star actor, Jack Harrington, and the non-actress “girl next door” Grace Winslowe.  Ultimately told from the view point of Jada, the journalist chosen to tell their story, Worlds Collide turned out to be a very inspirational read.  Written in first person, with alternating chapters told from the viewpoints of Jack, and then Grace, the reader is brought gradually into the characters’ lives, eventually falling into the midst of a heartwarming love story. From the beginning, the reader is drawn into the characters lives.  The events and…

  • Hermie, A Common Caterpillar

    Hermie A Common Caterpillar By Max Lucado Published by Thomas Nelson Hermie  is caterpillar. Just a common caterpillar. A  sad common caterpillar. Hermie and his friend Wormie see other of God’s creatures with what they see as more beauty, talent or gifts that they have been given. But when they talk to God about how “common” and unimportant they feel , God gently but faithfully reminds them that He is not finished with them yet!  Young readers will be encouraged as they are reminded that they too are a work in progress – and that God has a plan for their life as they seek Him. Listed as a Level…

  • Night Night Blessings

    Night Night Blessings By Amy Parker Published by Thomas Nelson Night Night Blessings is a simple little book geared toward younger children. Not too complicated for little ones to understand. Not too long for their attention span. Written in a first person, prayer format, the rhyming text describes various things to be thankful for.  From the beginning of the day, with pancakes stacked high, to the twinkling stars as the day ends, there are so many things for which to thank God. The illustrations are very well done.  From wispy hair, to bold but subdued colors, the overall mood of the book provides a pleasant and calming effect for a…

  • Right From the Heart

    Right From the Heart Turning Your Day Toward God By Bryant Wright Published by Thomas Nelson Nice daily devotional … full of great advice and encouragement. Right From The Heart, is a daily devotional which includes 366 “chapters”, one for each day of the year – even including February 29 for leap year!  The reading structure is divided into months, then each day.  Each day begins with a relevant scripture, taken from various Bible translations.  Devotional topics are practical and presented as brief but thought provoking, with many including stories and quotes that illustrate the topic of the “chapter”. Though I read an ebook version of this book, having a…

  • One Call Away

    One Call Away Answering Life’s Challenges with Unshakable Faith By Brenda Warner with Jennifer Schuchmann  Published by Thomas Nelson Thoroughly enjoyed this book! One Call Away is the inspiring life story of Brenda Carney Warner.  Though her life journey has included a myriad of difficult circumstances, Brenda gives God the credit for her perseverance in the face of both loss and abundance.  One Call Away is a captivatingly well written memoir.  As Brenda reveals the struggles she has faced at various points throughout her life, she also reveals how her faith in God, founded from childhood, ultimately brought her through and led her into an amazing life living within His…