• 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…

  • Vision Map

    Vision Map Charting a Step-by-Step Course for Your Biggest Hopes and Dreams By Joel Malm Published by Moody Publishers “There is a problem that God has placed you on this earth to solve. You have a unique message to share with the world that will bring God glory.” (Joel Malm, Vision Map) Highly recommend! Take the first step in clarifying your calling by picking up a copy of this quick-reading, powerful book. Vision Map is written as a how-to for anyone with a God-led, God-sized vision. With strong Biblical advice woven throughout the book, author Joel Malm points the reader to God’s Word time and again, grounding his ideas in…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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 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…

  • Billy Graham In Quotes

    Billy Graham in Quotes By Franklin Graham Published by Thomas Nelson For many years I have held a great respect for Billy Graham.  Everything I have ever heard or read about him has always portrayed him as a genuine, authentic man.  His preaching of the Bible and unwavering stand for the truth has always impressed me. Billy Graham In Quotes is exactly what the title says.  It is a collection of quotes from throughout the life of Billy Graham.  The book is divided into chapters, each containing quotes focusing on a specific topic.  The chapters are arranged in alphabetical order according to topic.  Topics include abortion, addiction, angels, character, commitment,…

  • God’s Love Letters To You

    God’s Love Letters To You A 40-Day Devotional Experience By Larry Crabb Published by Thomas Nelson A 40-day devotional centering around forty of the sixty-six books of the Bible. God’s Love Letters To You consists of forty brief chapters, each focusing on an idea from one book of the Bible. Though not every book in the Bible is referenced, the idea is implied that the author is attempting to span the entire Bible starting at Genesis and ending with Revelation. Author Larry Crabb shares his insights on Biblical themes such as trusting God, persevering, God’s faithfulness, authentic love, obedience and brokenness. Each daily devotion also includes a few points to…