• 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…

  • Night of the Living Dead Christian

    Night of the Living Dead Christian By Matt Mikalatos Published By Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. What an entertaining read!  Just made me smile. Related links: Author Video Author Website (Matt Mikalatos) Publisher Website (Tyndale) I didn’t really know what to expect. Night of the Living Dead Christian is the first book by Mikalatos I have read. Though it took me a few chapters to get a grip on his unique style of writing, I am very glad I stuck with it. The story-line is centered around Mikalatos and his interesting, to put it mildly, neighbors.  Making his rounds one evening to assure the security of his neighborhood, Mikalatos accidentally stumbles…

  • 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…

  • Futurecast

    FUTURECAST By George Barna Published By Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Are you one who can’t get enough statistics?  Love reading page after page of research data?  Then this is the book for you! Ok, admittedly, I am not one who longs to sit down with my cup of coffee to read page after page of research data. But, that said, there is a need for a book such as Futurecast to provide data trends on how our current cultures are shaping our world’s future.  Futurecast is choked full of supporting research regarding current overriding beliefs, behaviors and attitudes in our society.  Trends in media, technology, entertainment, and the resulting “information…

  • 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…

  • A Place Called Blessing

    A Place Called Blessing Where Hurting Ends and Love Begins By John Trent with Annette Smith Published by Thomas Nelson In 1986 authors Gary Smalley and John Trent first published their best-selling book entitled The Blessing.  More than two decades later, Dr. John Trent has published a companion book to The Blessing in A Place Called Blessing. Great as either a stand alone read or in conjunction with studying The Blessing, A Place Called Blessing succinctly illustrates in story format how to live out the concepts presented in The Blessing. Though the story related in A Place Called Blessing is fictional, Trent explains that he developed the story through a…

  • The Little Red Book of Wisdom

    The Little Red Book of Wisdom By Mark DeMoss Published by Thomas Nelson Extremely enjoyable read! From the title, I expected this to be another devotional book full of short bits of imparted wisdom from the author.  It is refreshingly so much more! Author Mark DeMoss is founder and president of the DeMoss Group, a public relations firm serving Christian organizations.  In The Little Red book Of Wisdom, DeMoss basically relates his life story and lessons learned in order to to help others in their life journey.  His purpose in writing this book can be summed up in a statement he makes in the Preface: “If only one copy existed,…