• 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…

  • The Bone House

    The Bone House By Stephen R. Lawhead Published by Thomas Nelson The Bone House, the second book in “The Bright Empires Series” by established Christian author Stephen Lawhead, picks up where it’s predecessor The Skin Map left off.  Set in various time periods as well as locations due to the nature of the storyline involving ley travel, The Bone House continues the search by Kit Livingstone for the key to understanding ley travel contained in the Skin Map itself.  While other characters are also searching for pieces to this puzzle, their motives and intentions are not necessarily pure. The battle between good and evil continues. I found the storyline shallow and…

  • 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…

  • Hell, Rob Bell, And What Happens When People Die

    Hell, Rob Bell, And What Happens When People Die By Bobby Conway Published by Multnomah Books Hell, Rob Bell, And What Happens When People Die discusses from a Biblical standpoint the issues and resulting controversy surrounding the book Love Wins by pastor and speaker Rob Bell.  The author, Bobby Conway, pointedly, systematically and boldly dissects Bell’s arguments and leaves the reader with a solid Biblical understanding of how and why Bell’s views oppose what is clearly taught in scripture. At the end of each chapter, Conway provides helpful links to find more information online through his ministry called the One Minute Apologist. I was immediately interested in reading this book as…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Cure for the Common Life

    Cure for the Common Life By Max Lucado Published by Thomas Nelson Loved it. Another quick reading book with major impact from author Max Lucado.  Easy to comprehend style.  Witty and entertaining while conveying basic Biblical truths with common sense. In Cure For The Common Life Lucado discusses how each person can find the unique talents God placed within them when He created them, and then use these unique talents throughout life to ultimately bring glory to God alone.  Lucado calls this “finding your sweet spot.”  Using the letters of the word story, Lucado presents five questions to answer in helping a person find their sweet spot. Calling this the…

  • 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…