Thursday, April 27, 2017

We stood upon stars by Roger Thompson

This book appeals to those of us who have a bit of wanderlust in our lives, feeling like we are unfulfilled and not living life to its fullest. Filled with short essays this book is a great reminder about how God is in and through everything, if we truly look for him.
After reading this book be prepared to be itching for a road trip though!
This book is a fun, easy read that utterly delights the soul.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Unsinkable faith by Tracie Miles


Unsinkable Faith: God-Filled Strategies to Transform the Way You Think, Feel, and Live (David C. Cook, April 2017)
For many people, remaining optimistic and feeling positive about themselves and their lives is a constant battle — especially when circumstances are difficult and life is hard.
For others, negativity is something that only sneaks up from time to time, yet still wreaks havoc in their hearts. Regardless of the root causes, once pessimistic thoughts permeate our minds, our feelings and emotions begin to control us instead of us controlling them. Eventually it doesn’t seem possible to stay positive, happy, and full of joy, and negative thought patterns shake our faith, causing us to sink emotionally, mentally, and spiritually over time. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Despite what storms roll in, hearts anchored in God don’t sink. When we change the way we think, we can change the way we feel and live, even if our circumstances remain the same. Intentionally embracing the opportunity to experience a transformed heart and a renewed mind opens the door for a changed life, because a positive mind will always lead to a more positive life.
In Unsinkable Faith, author and Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker Tracie Miles offers hope for women who struggle with negativity. Each chapter explores Tracie’s and other women’s personal stories, showing how they rose above their circumstances by transforming and renewing their minds. Unsinkable Faith is a breath of fresh air for anyone longing for a heart full of joy, an unbreakable smile, and a new, more optimistic perspective on life. This book will equip you to:
—Replace pessimism with positive thinking by becoming the captain of your thoughts;
—Learn how true joy and happiness are based on choice, not circumstances;
—Overcome unhealthy habits of negative thinking by intentionally implementing three easy mind-renewing steps;
—Stop feeling hopeless and pitiful, and start feeling hope-filled and powerful instead; and
—Discover that when you change the way you think, you change the way feel, and in turn you can change your life completely.

My opinion: This book was just the things I needed to read, too often we allow feelings of acquaintances hold us back from the life that God intended us to lead and this book addresses how we can rise above self doubt and negativity and lead fulfilling, bold lives. Speaking from personal experience and stories of other women this book is such an encouraging and insightful read that really resonated with me. I highly recommend it!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

The frightening Philippi Jail by Gary Bower

Filled with the same whimsical delight as the other books in the series this book is my second foray into the delightful world of Gary Bower's "A Faith that God built" book and it did not disappoint. I love how the book flows and builds on itself by repetition which really helps the little ones remember it! This book not only has a great message while being entertaining but the art work is delightful as well which made it all the more delightful to read.
Even though my daughter isn't even two yet she thoroughly enjoyed this book despite not really understanding the meaning of it, but it will certainly be one she will continue to delight in for years to come.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Still Waiting by Ann Swindell

With a beautiful cover and intriguing synopsis  this book had great promise to engage and delight and it lived up to expectations. I think most of us have experienced a period of waiting where something we greatly desire has not been given and that is such a frustrating and trying time. Ann writes about this great struggle to wait and rest in the Lord which she learned through life's lessons.
Written in a deeply personal style, this book engages the soul and refreshes the spirit something that I greatly needed!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

When a nation forgets God by Erwin Lutzer

I was intrigued by this book as World War 2 is a tragic and fascinating time in history, how a whole nation was able to become so brainwashed to follow a maniac who was determined to exterminate the Jews was a very dark time in human history. I have read several secular books on how the average Germans were slowly turned  into Nazis and they are fascinating so I thought a Christian books on what went wrong with Germany would be excellent and it certainly did not disappoint!
Despite being a small book, Mr. Lutzer packed a lot of insight and thought provoking material. With 7 lessons that focus on ways the Nazis turned the people to their side this book gives one a ton to ponder.
My two favorite chapters were the one about how the Nazis wanted to control the children and not have the parents as involved and the one about ordinary people being heroes, both chapters left me with a lot to think about.
This book is a good reminder that if we don't learn about our history then we might be doomed to repeat it.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Another day another Dali by Sandra Orchard

This is the 2nd book in a fun series with a quirky heroine who is involved in the world of art theft all while trying to figure out the mystery behind her Grandfather's murder.
I truly love the concept of this series but get a little tired of the heroine and the guys that seem to fall at her feet, it is really hard to relate to her and she doesn't come across as super realistic. At least the writing style is engaging and witty at times so it makes the book bearable, I just wish there was more of a connection with the main characters.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

The Shattered Vigil by Patrick Carr

I was so excited to read the latest from one of my favorite fantasy writers and to continue the enthralling saga that started in 'The Shock of Night". This series is even better than Mr. Carr's previous series which I am surprised about as I thought that one was excellent.
Willet is a complex,strong and fascinating hero that made the book all the better. I love the strong cast of characters in this series, at times they are hard to keep straight so it is good reading the two books in the series close together.
I always love a good, complex story and this book certainly lives up. I highly recommend it!
I recieved a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.