Wednesday, October 22, 2014

An Insider's Guide to Spiritual Warfare by Kristine McGuire

 Kristine McGuire hits a home run with this book. An Insider's Guide to Spiritual Warfare approaches the topic from the point of view of a former witch. This lady knows what she's talking about.
From explaining spiritual warfare, to how to dress for battle, everything is written so the reader grasps a full understanding of the topics. She leaves no stone unturned.
The book is divided into five sections, including one on common battlegrounds. Worry, fear, anger, lust, gossip, and more are clearly addressed here. She isn't afraid of offending anyone with these topics. This book was written to help others and it is an invaluable tool for the church.
I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about spiritual warfare and why it is important.
This book was provided for review by Glass Road Media

Friday, October 17, 2014

Keepers of the Covenant by Lynn Austin

 Keepers of the Covenant is the second in Lynn Austin's Restoration Chronicles series. Biblical based fiction has never been more exciting. Reading these novels is like stepping back in time and meeting the characters that we've read about and learned about all of our lives.
In this ample novel (475 pages!) we follow Ezra as he leads the Jewish people. I really enjoyed watching the story of Esther unfold from the perspective of a Jew in the land and in the sights of persecution and facing death.
If you aren't familiar with Lynn Austin (one of my favorite authors in Christian fiction), this series might be a good place for you to start. Reading the Bible in the form of a story really helps you understand it and watching how God orchestrates through time is fascinating.
This book was provided for review by LitFuse.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Girl Talk - Unsolicited Advice for Modern Ladies by Christie Young

 At first glance Girl Talk looks like a fun book. It's got all these illustrated pages and funny glimpes of life. Advice on how to keep in touch with people (and how to send a real postcard!), how to eat on the cheap, diet and exercise, and a lot of other things.
Some other things that I really was not prepared for. In all honesty I could never recommend this book to anyone. There are some pictures (drawings) that made me blush and I've been married for 22+ years. 
References to masterbating and lots of references to sex.
What I thought was a fun little book is now something that I'm getting rid of as fast as I can.

This book was provided for review by Blogging for Books

Monday, October 13, 2014

Manic Drive VIP

I'd not heard of the band Manic Drive before being offered their new CD, VIP, to review.
At first listen I thought I might be a little too old for this music, that was only the first song though. If the entire CD was like the first song I would have stopped listening. I found Electric to be annoying and not at all what I wanted to listen to.
The CD changed course immediately after that one. VIP reminded me of a 70s disco tune. Not my favorite.
King of Mercy about brought me to tears. 
My favorite song on the CD though has to be Song to Sing. I wanted to open the windows and crank up the volume. The lyrics are beautiful and they spoke to my  heart. 
Manic Drive sounds a little boy band/worship band. As though they aren't sure what they want to be. Good music though, and definitely what the young people are into these days.

This CD was provided for review by FlyBy Promotions

About the band:
 Manic Drive has been widely known as a Canadian band who always delivers a great show, but over the past few years and project releases, they have added to their extensive touring of Canadian and US markets multiple Billboard Top 10 & 20 singles on CHR & Christian Rock Radio. Manic Drive is clearly very intentional about reaching their generation and inspiring them to pursue a deeper walk with Christ and to get involved in changing the world they are inheriting. And they are uniquely equipped to do so. The band members, all in their early-mid twenties, have made sacrifices to pursue God’s call on their lives. Their life experience, spiritual maturity and ministry have opened doors to speak into the lives of their own generation and that is perhaps the most defining characteristic of this group of guys.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Geoffrey Zakarian's My Perfect Pantry

There are cookbooks and then there are cookbooks. I am fairly certain that I've never been as excited about a cookbook as I am this one. I've long enjoyed watching Geoffrey Zakarian on The Food Network, he's always seemed like a great person and he can cook. This book is unique in that it takes one ingredient at a time, one that you probably already have in your pantry, and then introduces several recipes based on that one ingredient. Very clever idea. 15o easy recipes from 50 essential ingredients. Check out some of these pictures:
Salad Nicoise

Tuna Aioli dip with Balsamic Drizzle and Tuna Salad Sandwich

Maple Candied Apples

Grilled Maple-Mustard Chicken Skewers

There's even a section for popcorn! Evaporated milk, mustard, bread crumbs, pecans, rice. Really a very nice book full of all kinds of foods. I will be turning to this one for years to come!

This book was provided for review by Blogging For Books. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Prescription for Life by Richard Furman, MD

We've all heard that you need to diet and exercise in order to live a healthy life. In Prescription for Life Dr Richard Furman explains why. He goes into great detail about what poor eating habits do to the body and how they cause you to age, countered with what healthy eating habits do to keep your body younger than your years.
I've been fascinated for a long time with this subject. God gave us food to eat and things to do to live a healthy life, and then we invented things like Dorito's and Oreo's. But those aren't even what's killing us. In this book you will learn how to protect yourself from heart attack, stroke, and even cancer. A few changes now can give you a longer life.
Start making changes to live a fuller life. This book has the ability to save lives and to change generations. Begin today by reading it and putting the suggestions into action.
You only have one body, why not treat it the best that you can, it will then in turn return the favor.
This book was provided for review by Revell.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Deceived by Irene Hannon

Deceived by Irene Hannon is the third and final installment in her Private Justice series. These can all be read as stand-alone novels. This one had me on the edge of my seat all day long. I started it this morning and just finished it before dinner. Wow! What a great read!
Hannon is a master at putting together a story with enough suspense to keep you peeking over your shoulder and enough romance to calm you back down.
This is probably my favorite of the books I've read of hers. 

From the back cover:
For three years, Kate Marshall has been mourning the loss of her husband and four-year-old son in a boating accident. But when she spots a familiar looking child on a mall escalator, she's convinced it's her son. With police skeptical of her story, she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan for help. As the former Secret Service agent digs into the case, the boating "accident" begins to look increasingly suspicious. But if Kate's son is alive, someone is intent on keeping him hidden--and may go to lethal lengths to protect a sinister secret.
As Irene Hannon's many fans have come to expect, Deceived is filled with complex characters, unexpected twists, and a riveting plotline that accelerates to an explosive finish.

This book was provided for review by Revell.