• Kidnapped by the Taliban

    Kidnapped by the Taliban A Story of Terror, Hope, and Rescue by SEAL Team Six By Dilip Joseph with James Lund Published by Thomas Nelson – W Publishing “The AK-47s were the elephants in the room—we all knew they were there. In most cultures it wouldn’t be considered polite to bring assault rifles into a home. Security concerns apparently trumped manners on this night.” -Dilip Joseph, M.D., Kidnapped By The Taliban. Slow start to what turned out to be an inspiring read, once I waded through the obligatory backstory.  As the title suggests, Kidnapped By The Taliban begins in the midst of author and medical doctor Dilip Joseph’s captivity by…

  • Night of the Living Dead Christian

    Night of the Living Dead Christian By Matt Mikalatos Published By Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. What an entertaining read!  Just made me smile. Related links: Author Video Author Website (Matt Mikalatos) Publisher Website (Tyndale) I didn’t really know what to expect. Night of the Living Dead Christian is the first book by Mikalatos I have read. Though it took me a few chapters to get a grip on his unique style of writing, I am very glad I stuck with it. The story-line is centered around Mikalatos and his interesting, to put it mildly, neighbors.  Making his rounds one evening to assure the security of his neighborhood, Mikalatos accidentally stumbles…

  • A Most Unsuitable Match

    A Most Unsuitable Match By Stephanie Grace Whitson Published by Bethany House Publishers Nice relaxing read.  I thoroughly enjoyed being swept away in time and place from sophisticated St. Charles, Missouri, into the wild Montana Territory, late 1800’s. The story opens as free-spirited, eighteen-year-old Fannie Rousseau grapples with making her own way out of her sheltered world with only her lifelong handmaid and friend left at her side.  As Fannie uncovers a bundle of letters written to her recently deceased mother, topped with an unfamiliar photograph, she embarks on an adventure that proves to be the journey of her life. The beginning did start out just a bit slow, switching…

  • Three Cups

    Three Cups By Tony Townsley with Mark St. Germain Published by Thomas Nelson Through a story of a little boy receiving three nondescript cups for his birthday, authors Tony Townsley and Mark St. Germain teach the principles of financial stewardship to young and not-so-young readers alike. Told in first person from the perspective of a five-year-old boy, who is none too excited to open his birthday gift only finding three cups that he recognized from his family’s own cupboard. When his mother shows him the accompanying envelope of money, she explains he will now be receiving a weekly allowance.  She continues to explain how he is to divide his allowance…

  • Heaven is for Real for Kids

    Heaven is for Real for Kids A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back By Todd & Sonja Burpo Published by Thomas Nelson Although I have heard about the grown-up version of Heaven is for Real, but have not read it as of yet, I was excited to have the opportunity to review Heaven is for Real for Kids. Being a mother of three young children, I am always happy to see Christian books geared toward kids.  And this book does not disappoint. Very captivating and well illustrated, Heaven is for Real for Kids is the story of Colton Burpo’s “trip to heaven and back” when…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…