• 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…

  • 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…

  • Smack-Dab in the Middle of God’s Love

    Smack-Dab in the Middle of God’s Love By Brennan Manning & John Blase  Published by Thomas Nelson Misses the mark.  Smack-Dab in the Middle of God’s Love is a simple little book geared toward younger children. Not too complicated for little ones to understand.   Not too long for their attention span. Repetitive text captures their attention and involves them in the story as they begin to recognize the bold-font phrase “smack-dab in the middle”.  Unfortunately, Smack-Dab in the Middle of God’s Love misses the mark. Thouh it does a good job reminding little ones of God’s perfect, unconditional, never-ending love for them, a greater opportunity is missed. As Willie Juan…

  • Life Everlasting

    Life Everlasting By Robert Whitlow Published by Thomas Nelson Life Everlasting is the second book in the Santee Series by established Christian author Robert Whitlow.  It provides a wonderful continuation of the storyline which began in Whitlow’s book Life Support, the first in this series. The storyline involves Baxter Richardson, a recently married young man who has survived a fall from a cliff and is currently dependent upon life support. The book opens where Life Support left off, as Baxter begins to make progress in his recovery, although the progress is minimal.  The struggles between Baxter’s wife, Rena, and the Richardson family continue to intertwine as attorney Alexia Lindale continues…

  • 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…

  • Water’s Edge

    Water’s Edge By Robert Whitlow Published by Thomas Nelson Water’s Edge is only the second book I have read by established author and practicing attorney Robert Whitlow.  In keeping with Whitlow’s intriguing fictional style, Water’s Edge does not disappoint. The storyline revolves around Tom Crane, a successful young attorney on his way to quickly making partner in a large, prestigious Atlanta law firm.  Crane, a second-generation attorney, is also facing the task of closing down his recently deceased father’s small-town law practice in his hometown of Bethel, Georgia.  However, after an unexpected series of events, Tom finds himself not only unemployed, but in the midst of unraveling mysterious secrets 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…

  • Life Support

    Life Support By Robert Whitlow Published by Thomas Nelson Life support is the first book I have read by Robert Whitlow.  It provides a wonderful introduction to the author’s work. The storyline involves Baxter Richardson, a recently married young man who has survived a fall from a cliff and is currently dependent upon life support. A legal and emotional battle soon results between Baxter’s wife and his father over whether life support should be maintained or terminated, bringing attorney Alexia Lindale into the picture.  Many factors, both pure and evil, affect both sides. As additional information is revealed throughout the book, the reader is caught up in the emotional swings…