• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…