• Espresso For Your Spirit

    Espresso For Your Spirit Hope and Humor for Pooped-Out Parents By Pam Vredevelt Published By Multnomah Books Espresso For Your Spirit is a nice little book full of inspiring stories, motivating encouragement and humorous illustrations.  Author Pam Vredevelt, writes from her experience as a counselor, pastor’s wife and mom of three, including one special needs child. Each chapter opens with a relevant scripture from The Bible and closes with a “Power Perk” of either quips of humor in “A Sip of Humor” or quotes of encouragement in “A Taste of Hope”.   Vredevelt writes with a witty and heart-felt style.  The genuine emotion she portrays when writing about events relating to her…

  • The Chocolate Diaries

    The Chocolate Diaries Secrets for a Sweeter Journey on the Rocky Road of Life By Karen Scalf Linamen Published by Waterbrook Press Inspiring little book with practical advice packaged in light-hearted humor Author and speaker Karen Scalf Linamen delivers uplifting stories from her own life and others.  Each of the fifteen chapters digs into a unique aspect of coping with the bumps we all experience at some points along this road we call life. Each chapter also closes with a few “Food for Thought” questions useful for more in-depth individual or group study.  Scattered throughout the book Linamen includes quick and easy chocolate recipes for those inevitable times when emergency chocolate intervention…

  • Don’t Check Your Brains At The Door

    Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door By Josh McDowell & Bob Hostetler Published by Thomas Nelson A great little book that could be titled “Apologetics for Teens.” In Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door well established Christian authors Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler have compiled forty-two concise chapters grouped into six general topics dealing with common myths of the Christian faith.  These six areas include Myths About: God, Jesus, The Bible, The Resurrection, Religion and Christianity, and Life and Happiness.  Many chapters are addressed as story format which grab the reader’s attention and relate the idea very well, especially since this book is geared toward teens. Each chapter ends…

  • Rumors Of God

    Rumors Of God Experience the Kind of Faith You´ve Only Heard About By Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson  Published by Thomas Nelson Rumors of God addresses the longing of many Christians to live life as promised and described in scripture.  For many Christians, the life we are living is mediocre at best  We read of promises of abundant life In scripture, but what does it require on our part?  What does it take to live sold-out to Jesus? Authors Whitehead and Tyson take a look at specific, critical areas in the Christian faith including generosity, love, grace, freedom, commitment, community, justice and hope.  They present a fresh perspective on the…

  • Thunder Dog

    Thunder Dog The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero By Michael Hingson with Susy Flory  Published by Thomas Nelson Thunder Dog is an amazing story of not only survival and courage, but of trust, love and relationship.  It is more than the story of Michel Hingson’s escape from the collapsing World Trade Center towers on the fateful day of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  That story alone would most certainly be worth reading.  But add to that, the knowledge that Michael has been blind from birth, and the story develops multiple dimensions.  The book opens with the circumstances surrounding Michael’s premature birth…

  • The Blessing

    The Blessing Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance By John Trent & Gary Smalley Published by Thomas Nelson In 1986 authors Gary Smalley and John Trent first published their best-selling book entitled The Blessing. In 2011, Trent has now revised and updated The Blessing. I originally read The Blessing a few years ago and was introduced to the concept of the importance of receiving and giving something they call “the blessing” particularly within a family. I enjoyed re-reading this book with a my own fresh perspective, as a parent now myself. The authors list five elements essential to “The Blessing”. These five elements consist of: 1. Meaningful and appropriate…

  • Billy Graham In Quotes

    Billy Graham in Quotes By Franklin Graham Published by Thomas Nelson For many years I have held a great respect for Billy Graham.  Everything I have ever heard or read about him has always portrayed him as a genuine, authentic man.  His preaching of the Bible and unwavering stand for the truth has always impressed me. Billy Graham In Quotes is exactly what the title says.  It is a collection of quotes from throughout the life of Billy Graham.  The book is divided into chapters, each containing quotes focusing on a specific topic.  The chapters are arranged in alphabetical order according to topic.  Topics include abortion, addiction, angels, character, commitment,…

  • God’s Love Letters To You

    God’s Love Letters To You A 40-Day Devotional Experience By Larry Crabb Published by Thomas Nelson A 40-day devotional centering around forty of the sixty-six books of the Bible. God’s Love Letters To You consists of forty brief chapters, each focusing on an idea from one book of the Bible. Though not every book in the Bible is referenced, the idea is implied that the author is attempting to span the entire Bible starting at Genesis and ending with Revelation. Author Larry Crabb shares his insights on Biblical themes such as trusting God, persevering, God’s faithfulness, authentic love, obedience and brokenness. Each daily devotion also includes a few points to…

  • A Place Called Blessing

    A Place Called Blessing Where Hurting Ends and Love Begins By John Trent with Annette Smith Published by Thomas Nelson In 1986 authors Gary Smalley and John Trent first published their best-selling book entitled The Blessing.  More than two decades later, Dr. John Trent has published a companion book to The Blessing in A Place Called Blessing. Great as either a stand alone read or in conjunction with studying The Blessing, A Place Called Blessing succinctly illustrates in story format how to live out the concepts presented in The Blessing. Though the story related in A Place Called Blessing is fictional, Trent explains that he developed the story through a…

  • The Little Red Book of Wisdom

    The Little Red Book of Wisdom By Mark DeMoss Published by Thomas Nelson Extremely enjoyable read! From the title, I expected this to be another devotional book full of short bits of imparted wisdom from the author.  It is refreshingly so much more! Author Mark DeMoss is founder and president of the DeMoss Group, a public relations firm serving Christian organizations.  In The Little Red book Of Wisdom, DeMoss basically relates his life story and lessons learned in order to to help others in their life journey.  His purpose in writing this book can be summed up in a statement he makes in the Preface: “If only one copy existed,…