• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Cherished

    Cherished By Kim Cash Tate Published by Thomas Nelson Cherished is on of the most enjoyed books I have read recently.  Tate does a wonderful job of drawing the reader into the intertwined lives of her characters.  It is a light read but with heavy messages that brought this reader to tears more than once.  Though I could painfully relate to some of the events in the characters past, Tate writes in such a refreshingly pointed manner that I thankfully found myself caught up in rejoicing over God’s unconditional love and forgiveness. The storyline centers around three main characters and how their own destructive choices in the past have left…

  • 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…