• 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…

  • Love & Respect Experience

    The Love & Respect Experience A Husband-Friendly Devotional that Wives Truly Love By Emerson Eggerichs Published by Thomas Nelson Dr. Emerson Eggerichs did not originate the idea of love and respect in marriage. Marriage, as well as love and respect within marriage are God’s ideas. Specifically, God, through the apostle Paul wrote in the book of Ephesians: “However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” (Ephesians 5:33 NIV) Eggerichs has taken the intertwined, God ordained concepts of love and respect and developed an entire study series for married couples. The study series includes books, videos and conferences…

  • 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…

  • Just In Case You Ever Wonder

    Just In Case You Ever Wonder By Max Lucado Published by Thomas Nelson I was so excited to see Just In Case You Ever Wonder in the list of books available for review through BookSneeze from Thomas Nelson Publishers.  I have been reading this book to my now nine-year-old boys and five-year-old daughter since they were small.  As all my children are adopted and have their own unique stories, I have enjoyed adapting the storyline to fit their specific circumstances as I read it to them.  It has always been priority to be sure my children know about God and His saving grace through His Son Jesus Christ.  Just In…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…