• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Every Single Woman’s Battle

    Every Single Woman’s Battle Guarding Your Heart and Mind Against Sexual and Emotional Compromise By Shannon Ethridge Published by WaterBrook Press Dig-In or Re-Shelve?  Grab your Bible and Dig-In! Written in workbook style, Every Single Woman’s Battle can serve as a stand-alone study guide, but is intended as a wonderful study companion to Ethridge’s earlier book Every Woman’s Battle.  In this study-guide Ethridge focuses on women’s emotional vulnerability and how to guard our hearts and minds against temptation. Comprised of eight chapters, Every Single Woman’s Battle is efficiently designed to be used in a small-group setting, discussing one chapter per week for eight weeks, or even spreading the content out…

  • Indelible

    Indelible By Kristen Heitzmann Published by WaterBrook Press Dig-In or Re-Shelve?  Dig-In! I actually had a difficult time putting this one down once I got started. In addition to the suspense and and plot twists, which draw thrill-seeking readers, Indelible provides clean yet intriguing romantic interests between select characters.  A Biblical spiritual element is also addressed through the direction of the characters’ decisions as well as their responses as crises arise.  Though a stand alone book in itself, Indelible is the second-in-series of books set in the mountain community of Redford, Colorado, written by established author Kristen Heitzmann. Though I have yet to read Indivisible, the first in this series,…