Tuesday, December 07, 2010

What In The World Is Going On? by Dr. David Jeremiah

Trying to figure out what is going on this world is difficult. Trying to understand biblical prophecy is difficult. In What in the World Is Going On?, Dr. David Jeremiah has brought the two topics together in a more easily understandable fashion. Dr. Jeremiah gives the reader a well-researched perspective of bible prophecy as it is being fulfilled and maps out what will happen in the future with relevant scriptures.

With well-organized chapters, this book explains the end-times so that the reader can see a clearer picture of how current events are related to prophecy. The author also quotes many other authors, biblical scholars and scientists. As a Bible teacher, I so enjoyed the book that I tackled teaching its contents. I have been blessed as I read and then taught from this book, bringing hope in Jesus Christ and the reminder that God is on control. I recommend this book to anyone seeking a better understanding of current events in light of biblical eschatology.

Product Details:
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 10, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 078523117X
ISBN-13: 978-0785231172

Friday, November 26, 2010

His Name Is Jesus - The Promise of God's Love Fulfilled by Max Lucado

His Name Is Jesus – The Promise of Love Fulfilled by Max Lucado is a beautifully packaged gift book with a cardboard sleeve to protect it. Wonderful photos and backgrounds complement the text. If you've read any of Mr. Lucado's writings before, you know he writes in language easily understood, yet lyrical in its delivery. There are many excerpts from Mr. Lucado's best-selling books.

The book starts with the question, "Who is He?" and then begins to explore all the reasons Jesus came, the circumstances of His birth, and the environment of His life. We find out what the city where Jesus grew up is like and can more easily picture Him growing up.

I'm a visual person, so the lovely artwork and photos kept me turning pages to savor the writing and the layout. I'd highly recommend this book to give as a gift to someone or to keep for your own enjoyment. Why not give this along with the basket of candy and eggs on Resurrection Sunday? Or next Christmas, give this wonderful book to your family. I can picture a dad reading this to his family, or using this book to read to children before bedtime. Or really, anyone anytime.

Product Details:
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 17, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1404186735
ISBN-13: 978-1404186736

Kristin and the Santa Secret by Christopher Fenoglio (Illustrated by Natasha Tibbott)

Kristin and the Santa Secret is slightly old-fashioned, but in a good way. The style makes this poetic tale by Christopher Fenoglio timeless. The illustrations by Natasha Tibbott have an old world style that perfectly fits the heartwarming story of how Kristin comes to see Santa's role in a whole new light and find the true meaning of Christmas.

To read more about the book and hear an interview with the author, visit http://stopherpublishing.blogspot.com/.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Andrea Carter and the Price of Truth by Susan K. Marlow

A few months ago, I reviewed Andrea Carter and the Trouble with Treasure by Susan K. Marlow and loved it, so I was delighted to review Andrea Carter and the Price of Truth. The main character, "Andi," is a spitfire of a girl. Her adventurous and sometimes mischievous ways bring unexpected twists and turns in the story. Andrea Carter and the Price of Truth is a sweet and fun-filled story. I recommend it along with the other books in the series. Visit Susan's website for a free study guide, book trailers, puzzles, and more!

Product Details:
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Kregel Publications (June 14, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0825435897
ISBN-13: 978-0825435898

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

So You Want to Be a Work-at-Home Mom - Jill Hart and Diana Ennen

I first met Jill Hart, co-author of So You Want to be a Work-at-Home Mom a couple of years ago. We were both attending a writers' conference and without ever having met me in person, Jill offered to pick me up at the airport. It is with that kind of generous spirit that Jill and Diana Ennen wrote their excellent guide to starting a home-based business.

Jill and Diana pull no punches. They tell you that you need to set your priorities in your home and your business. When they overlap, you will need to be prepared for the difficulties that arise. The authors encourage you to analyze your heart first. Have you prayed about becoming a CWAHM – Christian Work-at-Home Mom?

Then the practical questions. Are you self-reliant? Self-motivated? Self-disciplined? If so, this is the book for you.

Systematically, the authors guide you through the steps to being a successful CWAHM all the while keeping faith and family at the forefront. Charts, logs, and lists will help you stay on task, organized, and motivated. If you're a Christian mom thinking of setting up a home-based business, pick up this book and learn from two women who have successfully worked from their homes and generously help you learn to do it, too!

Product Details:
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City (August 15, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0834124661
ISBN-13: 978-0834124660

Blog for CWAHM: http://cwahm.com/wordpress/

Friday, June 04, 2010

The Country House Courtship by Linore Rose Burkard

I am a novice when reading 'inspirational romance.' As I began reading The Country House Courtship, I was instantly drawn into the setting, learned new words and phrases, and enjoyed getting to know the characters. As I continued to read, I felt as if I had traveled through time. Linore's attention to detail is wonderful, and the glossary in the back helped me understand some of the terms used in the realistic dialogue. Reading an omniscient point-of-view was a refreshing change of pace.

The Country House Courtship is book 3 in Burkard's Inspirational Regency Romance series. I think I will go back now and read what I've missed in the first two books. It looks like I won't be a 'novice' much longer.

Rick & Bubba's Big Honkin' Book of Grub

A cookbook with bacon and Spam? Not often these days! With everyone so health-conscious, Rick and Bubba are definitely out of the norm. I wouldn't categorize Rick & Bubba's Big Honkin' Book of Grub as a cookbook anyway. It's more like a comedy book with a few recipes thrown in. They give their take on food, fairs, and festivals and live to eat, rather than eat to live. These guys love food. Most of the recipes are easily made with a few readily available ingredients. I didn't see one call for fancy mushrooms (canned will do) or fancy cheeses. A couple recipes even call for plain ol' American cheese.

If you're seriously looking for a cookbook, you'll be disappointed. If you like Rick and Bubba's brand of comedy, you'll be pleased with their book. It's a fun read with a few down-home recipes thrown in.

What Happened to My Life? by Danna Demetre

Have you ever asked yourself these questions: How did I get here? Where has the time gone? Has my life made an impact? If so, you should pick up a copy of Danna Demetre's book with another question in the title – What Happened to My Life?

In her fantastic book, Demetre's goal is to help the reader discover joy and passion for life and break the cycle of discontentment. In her own words, "Whether you are single or married, young or old, living a life of contentment is essential to fulfilling God's perfect plan for your life."

Danna starts by asking the hard questions worded in such a way that it makes you reflect deeply on where you are in your life in relation to your goals, ministry, and relationship to God and family and friends. Writing with almost painful transparency, Danna tells how she matured to a life of contentment in Christ and knows the steps you need to take in order to stop living in emotional or spiritual poverty.

After she takes her readers through the examination, Danna helps you embark on a 40-day journey to rediscover contentment and joy.

I highly recommend this book. It inspired me to examine my life and make some changes. As Danna says, "It's time to move from simply surviving to truly thriving once again!"

Danna Demetre is an author and popular conference and retreat speaker. She is the president and founder of Women of Purpose, an evangelistic outreach ministry. Danna lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, Lew, and adopted 13 year-old grandson, Jesse. They also have three grown children and are expecting a new grandchild.

Available May 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life. They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Beguiled by Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand

Deeanne Gist's romance writing combined with J. Mark Bertrand's suspense writing come together to weave an enjoyable story. The mystery was relatively easily solved, but the tale kept my attention because of the likeability of the main characters in the story. You'll find yourself rooting for the best for Rylee and hoping she'll learn how to let go and let love find her and for the reporter who is researching the case as he looks for clues and finds himself beguiled by the main suspect. The rich atmosphere of historic Charleston lends extra charm to Beguiled. Very entertaining.

Product Details:
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Bethany House; Original edition (February 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0764206281
ISBN-13: 978-0764206283

Monday, March 15, 2010

Thin Places, a Memoir by Mary E. Demuth

It used to be when I thought of a memoir, I associated the genre with someone in his later years with a lifetime of hard living under his belt. Not any more. In Thin Places, Mary E. DeMuth movingly shares how she has lived through hurts, disappointments, and violations, and yet still manages to see how God worked in and through all these events to bring her into a deeper, closer relationship with Him. Mary's ultimate realization that she lives in the midst of holy moments seen more clearly in retrospect helps us as readers see that God is always working in our lives, too.

Product Details:
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (February 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 031028418X
ISBN-13: 978-0310284185

Mary E. Demuth's Blog

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Andrea Carter and the Trouble with Treasure by Susan K. Marlow

When I began reading Trouble with Treasure, it felt like I had gone back in time to the age of 11 or 12 and living an adventure in the Old West. Susan K. Marlow writes about the escapades of Andrea Carter (Andi) and how trust and teamwork work together. Young readers will absorb the customs of the 1880's, new terms, and laugh at Andi's antics, all the while learning the importance of strong family ties and the value of friendship. Andi's Christian faith remains strong in the face of adversity, but author Susan Marlow never preaches at her readers. Fun book! I recommend it along with the other books in the series.

Product Details:
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Kregel Publications (January 18, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0825433525
ISBN-13: 978-0825433528

Visit Susan K. Marlow's website: Circle C Adventures

ADDED BONUS: A free study guide with activities like discussion questions, maps, crafts, crossword puzzle, and even a recipe for Rattlesnake Chili! Click HERE.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Katydidn't by Colleen L. Reece, Illustrations by K.C.Snider

Katy wants all her siblings to do what she wants to do, not the other way around. In this sweet story, author Colleen L. Reece helps Katy see that selfishness brings unhappiness, but treating people the way Jesus would results in a fulfilling day playing with her brothers and sisters all the while learning to appreciate that God makes every person unique. Lovely illustrations by K.C. Snider and the engaging story in Katydidn't (Guardian Angel Publishing) will help young readers learn in a subtle way to consider the desires and feelings of others.

Wings of Faith
Author: Colleen L. Reece
Artist: K.C. Snider http://www.kcsniderart.com/
PRINT: 978-1-61633-021-7; 161633021X
EBOOK: 978-1-61633-022-4; 1616330228
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Regret-Free Living by Stephen Arterburn with John Shore

In Chapter 2 of Regret-Free Living, Mr. Arterburn quotes poet May Angelou who once wrote, "History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again." In the book, Steve urges the reader to step back into the past to analyze past mistakes and learn from personal history how not to repeat the errors and missteps.

What has caused your regret? What was your part in the situation? Do you need to grant forgiveness in order to move on? With a voice of experience and his relatable style, Steve is fantastic at thinking up humorous hypothetical situations and sharing very real situations, some positive, many painful, from his own life to show the reader how to avoid living a life of regret, and is careful to give scriptural foundation for his advice.

My advice? Make yourself a big, squishy peanut butter and jelly sandwich (you'll know why when you read the book) and get ready to examine your past and make plans to live regret-free in the future.

Highly recommended!

Product Details:
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Bethany House (October 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0764204246
ISBN-13: 978-0764204241
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