Monday, August 06, 2018

4 Amish Short Stories

In the book An Amish Family: Four Novellas, author Kathleen Fuller has written four short stories focused on four Amish families.  Each story has it's own plot and are all well written.

They are very nice shorts stories of young Amish men and women who are searching to find happiness and relationships as them move into adulthood. 

The four stories are ~

Building Trust - Grace Miller and Joel King are in love. They’ve dated secretly for the past year and when he proposes marriage, Grace accepts.  But when she tells her parents about the wedding, she’s shocked when her father tells her she can’t marry Joel. 

A Heart Full of Love (also in An Amish Cradle) - Ellie’s mother hasn’t stopped meddling in her personal life since Ellie lost her sight — and she’s taken it up a notch now that Ellie’s pregnant.  When Ellie gives birth to twins, her mother insists on moving in to care for them.  But when her mother’s behavior becomes unbearable, Ellie is forced to take a stand . . . and finally find out why she can’t let go.

Surprised by Love - In a desperate move to evade her match-making mother, Emily Schwartz announces that she’s already seeing someone: Reuben Coblentz. The trouble is, Reuben is barely even a friend.  Seeing how desperate she is, Reuben plays along.  But what happens when the past sneaks up on them?

A Gift for Anne Marie (also in An Amish Second Christmas) - Anne Marie and Nathaniel have been best friends since they were kids. Now things are evolving . . . in ways everyone else predicted long ago.  But when her mother suddenly decides to remarry in another state, Anne Marie’s new chapter with Nathaniel looks doomed to end before it begins.

If you enjoy short stories and Amish stories, then this is a great book to read.

I received this book from Booklookbloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Unwrapping the Bible!!

Too many people do not read the Bible, with basic excuses being the length of the Bible and the fact that they do not understand the Bible.  Well, David Veerman helped with the latter.  In his book, Unwrapping the Bible: Understanding God’s Essential Truths, he is helping the reader to better understand those essential truths (in his opinion) of the Bible.

The book is broken into 7 sections, with 5 chapters in each section.  The 7 sections are

  1. Doctrine of God
  2. Doctrine of Humanity
  3. Doctrine of Revelation
  4. Doctrine of Christ
  5. Doctrine of Salvation
  6. Doctrine of Sanctification
  7. Doctrine of the Church


Within each chapter, Veerman has broken it down to work within a study group.  There are 3 sections within each chapter called, Look, Listen and Live.  Listen in the longest section and within those sections there are a number of questions, and at times he does give the answers.

This is a very easy to read, with a larger font as well.  Even though the book is 409 pages long, it should not be intimidating to read.  There are fun facts, and he makes the reading interesting as opposed to sounding like a text book.  The theology is conservative.  This would make for a good introduction to theology for anyone who is wanting to go a little deeper in their understanding of the Christian faith.

I received this book from Tyndale Press in exchange for an honest review.

Powerful Story!

We live in a day and age when being a police officer is not looked upon with esteem.  Every decision is highly scrutinized by those who have no clue about what it takes to accomplish their job.  With that in mind, I was looking forward to reading “13 Days in Ferguson.”  Captain Ronald Johnson tells an amazing story about the 13 days of rioting in Ferguson, MO.  He was the officer assigned with returning this community to a place of peace and hope.

This book is a memoir of the events which happened on a daily basis.  It is a book about the power of Captain Johnson’s faith, courage and strength.  He was continually targeted by everyone regarding every decision he made.  He lost friends, he was viewed as a traitor by other police officers and he was highly criticized. 

He felt he needed to understand what the people were thinking and feeling, so he stepped across the lines to better understand, therefore, to help those who were at the center of the struggle.

This is a very well written, powerful book describing for the first time what was occurring in Ferguson, MO and how one man stood above others, willing to take the heat, in order to restore the peace. 

I highly recommend this book.

I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, July 09, 2018

Setting Healthy Boundaries

Boundaries For Your Soul: How to Turn Your Overwhelming Thoughts and Feelings into Your Greatest Allies, by Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller is an excellent resource for those who seek to help others and for those who struggle with “negative feelings and thoughts.”

One of our biggest problems is boundary setting and allowing others to invade our hidden boundaries.  This book is written from a Christian perspective on mental and emotional well being and they use what is called an “IFS Model” (Internal Family Systems). 

I found the book to be an excellent resource.  The authors main objective is to help the readers use their emotions / feelings / thoughts in ways which are positive, rather than reject and repress what they are feeling. 

They give stories, quizzes, and move through the 5 Steps to help the reader move forward.  There are many practical suggestions in this book.  There are 3 sections, an introduction, an analysis of the 5 steps, and a more specific way to help those who are struggling with more specific issues, such as, anger, fear and anxiety, sadness, envy and desire, guilt and shame.

Overall, I’m not big on self help books, but I found this to be an excellent resource, easy to read and not overly technical.

I received this book from booklookbloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Devotions for Parents!

Gary Thomas has written a powerful devotion called - - DEVOTIONS FOR SACRED PARENTING.  This is not a how to book.  It is not meant to teach you how to parent, instead, Thomas seeks to help the reader gain a better understanding of God's presence in their lives and how to instill those biblical values into their child's life. 

Yet, in some ways, this is a parenting book, but with wisdom from God.  The book has a bright and colorful cover, which is inviting.  The pages are glossy, and well done.  Each devotion is about 4 pages in length, so they are pretty short and easy to read.  At the end of each chapter, there is a purple box, with questions for reflection.

Overall, this was a very good devotional, which I would highly recommend.

I received this book from booklookbloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Finding Jesus

In her book, Finding the Love of Jesus: From Genesis to Revelation, Elyse Fitzpatrick has written a book in which she looks at the life of Jesus as demonstrated his presence throughout the Bible.  He was present not just in the New Testament.  But she wanted the reader to look into the Old Testament as well to see where Jesus was present.  That is a great idea and thought to accomplish.

This book is only 8 chapters, 152 pages long; and is an easy to read book.  I believe this book was written for women more so than men.  I did not realize that when ordering this book.  I question whether Jesus spoke differently to men as to women?  Is the message of hope and salvation, the same or different?  I suppose it depends on your viewpoint.

That was a little disconcerting, because Jesus has been present throughout the ages, yet there is the wonderment if the message is different for women, due to the era they lived in, versus men, since it was a patriarchal society.

Her hope is that women would experience the power of the love of Jesus and would be able to claim it from the beginning of time.  Yet, I believe there are nuggets throughout the book in which everyone can find value and grow.  There are also questions at the end of each chapter to encourage further growth.

Overall, I would recommend this book!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Devotional - Proverbs!!


10 Minutes in the Word - Proverbs, was a fun and easy to read devotional.  I was not sure what to expect but was thrilled with this little devotional.

The authors were willing to look deep into our lives in just a few short paragrpahs to ask important questions as we read through the book of Proverbs.

The book is designed where you read scripture on your own, then you turn to the book to read a little more about what you've just read.  The devotional expands a little on what you have just read.

Each chapter ends with questions / thoughts and a short prayer.  I would highly recommend this devotional.  It is bright and enticing to read as well.  The pages feel nice to the touch and have a glossy finish to this hardcover devotional.

I received this book from booklookbloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Words and Deeds (Men-must read)

I was excited and not disappointed when I received the book, Words and Deeds: Becoming a Man of Courageous Integrity, by Charles Causey.

Charles Causey speaks with great wisdom and integrity about one of the major issues confronting our society - - becoming men who demonstrate courageous integrity.  This is a crucial book for men to read and I was captivated from the first pages of the book.

Charles Causey was the recipient of the Bronze Star and formerly served at the Pentagon as a Senior Army Chaplain for the chief of chaplains.

His theme is obvious - - men need to become men of integrity, and we show this with our words and deeds.  Our words and deeds must be congruent, otherwise the world will continue to spiral out of control and people will also view men of faith as hypocrites.  The book is clear and to the point.  Yet, easy to follow and understand his excellent points.

This is an excellent book!!  I am also considering using this as a men's bible study.  There is a 6 week Bible Study included which would greatly help.  There is also a 40 question diagnostic assessment in the book to measure your integrity.

I received this book from Tyndale Press through Nav Press in exchange for an honest review.

The Newlywed Kitchen

I was not sure about ordering this book, but thought it would be fun to read and be able to pass on some thoughts to others about being a newlywed, since I was one so long ago.

The author of this book, Our Newlywed Kitchen, Laura Schupp is a mother of three adult children and a grandmother.  She is also a Christian. 

The book was inspired by one of her daughters and she went to work so that other young women would have this as a reference and as a memento of this great occasion.

The book is very Christ centered.  It is based on traditional family values.  So, if this is not where you are at, then most likely you will not find this book appealing or desirable.  For those who prefer tradition, this book is filled with ideas and little treasures.

There are stories, places for prayer, places for recipes and thoughts for a newlywed couple, especially the woman.  The book has a lot of basic information in it.  It assumes the couple is a little clueless when it comes to the kitchen.

She includes menus and recipes and pictures.

The book is a hardcover which should last a long time.  It is tastefully written and would be a nice gift to give a couple.

I received this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Excellent Devotional

Devotionals can be a great aid in our spiritual development, and this devotional from one of my favorite authors is an excellent resource.  Ever Faithful: A 365 Day Devotional is a powerful devotional.  This devotional is comprised of 1 page per day.  Each page shows the date, a scripture passage, the devotional and a thought provoking question for the reader to reflect upon.

The cover is very tasteful and inviting.  This is a hardcover and is very sturdy.  This is not just for men or women, but can be read by anyone.  This would make a great Father's Day gift.  

I would recommend this devotional as it is thought provoking and well done.

I received this book from booklookbloggers in exchange for an honest review.

4 Amish Short Stories

In the book An Amish Family: Four Novellas , author Kathleen Fuller has written four short stories focused on four Amish families.  Each s...