Thursday, September 25, 2008
A Heart for Africa recounts the history of the Rafiki Foundation, established by Rosemary Jensen, which rescues orphans and vulnerable teens from death, disease, and poverty, telling them of the love of Jesus Christ, and educating them as well. Rafiki provides schools, homes, and medical care.
Written and photographed by Rosemary Jensen’s daughter, Annie Jensen, the photos in A Heart for Africa will tug at your heart and delight the senses. Breathtaking photos of Africa’s landscapes and beauty stand in stark contrast to several heart wrenching stories in the text. If you have ever felt a burden in your heart for the spiritual and physical well-being of children in Africa, you’ll be inspired by this message of purpose and ‘hope against all odds.’
Hardcover: 80 pages
Publisher: Kregel Publications (December 20, 2007)
During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through so many changes with emotions tumbling about. One way many moms get through this period without falling apart is by journaling. What if one book had diet and lifestyle advice, health tips, and journaling space? The Happy Baby, Healthy Mom Pregnancy Journal fits the bill.
Created by pregnancy expert, Dr. Robert A. Greene, the journal has a week-to-week plan for staying healthy and symptom-free during pregnancy and in the months following the baby’s birth. By keeping track of symptoms, the mother can bring them to her doctor’s attention. Pregnancy Pointers, Baby Milestones, and Symptom Soothers add up to well-rounded (no pun intended!) advice.
Staying informed every step of the way better allows moms the freedom to enjoy their pregnancies. When used as the authors intended, the Happy Baby, Healthy Mom Pregnancy Journal will be a cherished reminder of a mother’s physical and emotional state for the nine months it took to birth a miracle. Recommended especially for first-time moms.
Spiral-bound: 212 pages
Publisher: Potter Style (December 31, 2007)
Many people can identify with the main character in “One Extraordinary Day.” Daniel seems to have little control of his life. He’s overworked, tired, and depressed. His wife encourages him to get away for a day to re-energize. While walking in the woods, he meets a mysterious person. Is he simply a stranger or something more?
Harold Myra has crafted a story that has more of a ‘Twilight Zone’ feel than Christian fantasy. Stories filled with allegory entertain and fascinate me, but this book had more fact than fantasy, or was it the other way around? The book weaves the story of redemption in a simple and profound way, but I fear the message gets lost in the premise, and the loose threads of fantasy, of which there are many, are too tightly wrapped up in the end. It’s a pleasant enough book, but one I’d recommend only for readers with deep, theologically sound roots.
Hardcover: 112 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers (August 13, 2008)