Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Divine Applause by Jeff Anderson




Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be able to talk to God and to 'hear' him talk back to you, like in Moses' day? When things are going bad and you need someone to talk to and provide a solution to your problem.
In this book, he talks about sharing secrets with God by giving, praying and fasting in secret. Our Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly. I like the section about "Special Ears."  When I read that it reminded me of the times I have been doing something or going somewhere and out of the blue an idea or a thought would pop in my head and it would stay there until I acted upon it and it made me smile like something just between me and God. Or pray a prayer to have it fulfilled and whisper, "Thank You, Lord." When I read the section "Pleasing God And Doing Stuff," I thought about when I helped some people and there was no food in my refrigerator for at least a week except what was left from our Thanksgiving dinner, which was just enough for the 3 people in the family. This food lasted for 9 days. We ate 3 times a day. It brings to mind " I will open you the windows of heaven , and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And finally, the section on "Looking Forward To What Lies Ahead,"  I look forward to growing with God, watching grandkids and great grandkids grow with God also. This is a very inspiring book. It was well written, easily read, nice cover,(front and back). It covers a lot of interesting points.



I received a complimentary copy from Blogging For Booksfor this review.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

A Beautiful Reflection by Sarah O. Maddox




Susan Strasbourg and Rob Stallings had been a couple since senior year in high school. Susan and Rob thought they would get married. But things change. A refused proposal, and a trip to Atlanta for her
 company's national convention. What was in store for Susan? Would she find someone, who would love her as much as Rob did? When the person God wants her to marry comes along, will she know he's 'the one'? Susan arrives at her company's national convention  and is seated at her table, she notices that a man seated at the table next to her was looking her way. She later finds out it's the President of her company. He watches her and makes her feel uncomfortable so she decides to go to the Ladies Room. The President, Jim Hitchenson, heads her off and engages her in conversation. What started out as just innocent conversation and a dance, turns out to be a whirlwind romance. But Jim has a wild past and some of it is about to catch up with him. Is their love strong enough to withstand the daggers of the past? Is this the man God has chosen for her? Is Susan the woman Jim thought she would be? Is that really what the problem is? Or is it something more? How do they overcome these conflicts? Only God knows.
This is very romantic christian book.
I received a copy from BookCrash for this review.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

30 Events That Shaped The Church by Alton Gansky

            



1. PENTECOST
2. CONVERSION OF PAUL
3. GENTILES AND JUDAISM
4. WHEN ROME BURNED
5. DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM
6. EDICT OF MILAN
7. FIRST COUNCIL OF NICAEA
8. JEROME COMPLETES THE VULGATE TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE
9. EAST WEST SCHISM
10. INNOCENT III EXPANDS THE POWER OF THE PAPCY
11. UNAM SANCTAM PROCLAIMS PAPAL SUPREMACY
12. GUTENBERG PRODUCES THE FIRST PRINTED BIBLE
13. THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION
14. SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION BEGINS
15. COUNCIL OF TRENT
16. SMYTH BAPTIZES HIMSELF AND BEGINS THE EARLY BAPTISTS
17. KING JAMES VERSION IS PU LISHED
18. BISHOP USSHER'S CHRONOLOGY
19. GREAT AWAKENING IN US
20. BILL OF RIGHTS IS WRITTEN
21. DARWIN'S ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES IS PUBLISHED
22. SCOFIELD REFERENCE BIBLE IS PUBLISHED
23. THE FUNDAMENTALS
24. SCOPES "MONKEY TRIAL"
25. RISE OF NEO-EVANGELICALS
26. DEAD SEA SCROLLS DISCOVERED
27. JESUS MOVEMENT
28. VATICAN II
29. RISE OF THE CHRISTIAN RIGHT
30. RISE OF NEW ATHEISM
Very informative, enlightening and educational. It answered a lot of my questions. This book spans twenty centuries of history. It tells how the church came to be, and it has grown. It tells how the Catholics and Protestants separated. Learn about those who came before us in the faith. It begins with Jesus' ministry, crucifixion, death and resurrection. This is a book that will be on your mind for a while. Good book!!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Bonita Avenue by Peter Buwalda




Bonita Avenue is the unraveling of the Sigerius Family because of SECRETS. Relationships are destroyed by lies, minds destroyed by madness.
The characters in the scen and Aaron Bever, Joni’s fella,
Siem Sigerius
and his wife, Tineke,
Siem Sigerius, a former athlete and current math genius,
Tineke, Siem's wife
Joni, Siem's headstrong daughter;
Aaron Bever, Joni’s fella,
 Siem's son, Wilbert, is in prison for killing a supervisor with a sledgehammer.
This is intriguing, but I just couldn't understand a lot of the situations. There were places and names I didn't understand. It was a good book, just couldn't understand it.

I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review.






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My Keepsake Bible by Sally Ann Wright



This is my first book by Sally Ann Wright, and I hope it won't be my last one. My Keepsake Bible is a good gift for a mom who has just had a baby, it has a place for his birthdate, his mom, dad, grandparents, plus a kid's bible. It's wonderfully illustrated, soft cover, bright colors, easily read, a book any kid would love to read or have read to them. I really love the prayers in the book, so simple, easy and soothing. I plan on using some of those prayers in my daily life for myself and my family. It was made so clear for the kids, they'll be reading it over and over until it gets dogearred. I especially liked that prayer:
Lord Jesus,
the wind and the waves obey you.
Deaf people hear because of you.
Blind people see because of you.
Lame people walk because of you.
Dead people live because of you.
Help me to obey you,
to hear you, to see you in those around me,
to walk where you want me to be,
to live my life serving you by helping others.
Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is HATRED, let us sow LOVE;
Where there is INJURY, let there be PARDON;
Where there is  DISCORD, UNION;
Where there id DOUBT, FAITH;
Where there is DESPAIR, HOPE;
Where there is DARKNESS,  LIGHT;
Where there is SADNESS, JOY;
For your mercy and for your truth's sake.
Great Book!!!
 Nice job SALLY ANN WRIGHT, hope to read another one of your books. God Bless.



I received a complimentary copy from Tyndale House for this review.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Esther by Angela Hunt

I enjoyed this book. I could not put it down, it was captivating. I like how it was told from Hadassah (Esther) and Harbonah's point of view. It was so detailed, it was almost like you were there. The customs and traditions. The life of a eunuch, concubine, life in the harem, how treacherous a queen could be, that a king was in constant danger of losing his life from those he put trust in. How eunuchs served around the palace. How a young teenager became a wife and a queen. Being captured by ruffians, brought in a slave trader's carriage to the palace.

Esther is one of my favorite women of the bible. She had character, courage and love for her people. This was an emotional and touching portrayal. A young girl taken from the only father she has known, taken from her betrothed, taken from her friends, put in an atmosphere that is strange to her a mere teenager. How was she to cope? What did she have to do to stay alive? What of her betrothed and his father? So much has happened to Hadassah in the short time of her life. There is so much going on, it keeps you spellbound.

Beauty is not always a blessing.

This is my first book by Angela Hunt and I was not disappointed


The front cover was exquisite with its raised lettering and smooth back cover.






I received a free copy from Bethany House for this review.

Friday, January 9, 2015

A Field Guide For Everyday Mission by Ben Connelly & Bob Roberts Jr.


This book was interesting. It's a practical guide for small groups, individuals, and churches. Its a helpful guide, simple. Most people think that going to church every Sunday is all they have to do, but there's more to it than that. We have to try to lead people to Christ. I remember my godmother and I going to different people's house for a prayer meeting or a bible study. That was so exciting. After reading this book, you will have 101 ways to demonstrate the gospel. This is a great tool for someone ready to start the everyday mission. Each day has a bible scripture to read. This book will liven up your life. It answers so many questions, you will keep this close at hand.