Friday, February 5, 2016

Risen by Angela Hunt

 Angela Hunt is one of my all-time favorite authors. She lends her skills to the novelization of the book Risen, based on the story by Paul Aiello and Screenplay by Kevin Reynolds and Paul Aiello. I wasn't sure if this book would pull me in and keep my interest, but master storyteller Hunt did it again. The story is told from a Roman soldier's point of view and it is beautiful. I truly could not put this book down and devoured it in just a couple of hours.
As always, more people will watch the movie than read the book, but I feel that the emotion in the book and the meaning is much deeper in written word than what will play out on the screen. In the book we get to be inside the character's heads and see what they are thinking. 
Fantastic and highly recommended
This book provided for review by Bethany House

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership by Jenni Catron


Learning about leadership from someone so well-versed in it and willing to share her experiences is priceless. In the 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership, Jenni Catron reminds the reader that the basis of Godly leadership is to remember what Jesus Himself told us to do: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and love others. Once we get that down we are able to lead others to do the same. It sounds simple but life gets complicated. Jenni freely shares stories of her own struggles and helps us learn ways to grow stronger as a leader, all by using Godly principles. This book is good for anyone who not only wants to strengthen their muscles as a church leader, but for those in any leadership position. 
About the Author
Jenni Catron is part of the central leadership team at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California. She served for nine years as the executive director of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, where she led the staff and oversaw the ministry of its five campuses. Prior to joining Cross Point, she worked as an Artist Development Director in the Christian music industry for nine years. She lives in Menlo Park, California.

This book provided for review by BookLook

The Chasm by Randy Alcorn

 The Chasm by Randy Alcorn is a small volume that was a brief escape from the mundane. At only 110 pages, it whisks you away to this other world where the strange is the normal. Through the addition of several pictures included in the book we are given a real glimpse of this world imagined by the author. Reminiscent of Pilgrim's Progress and Hinds Feet on High Places, this book will cause you to reflect on  your own life and your own purpose here on earth as we watch the traveler wrestle in finding his own answers. 
Though it is a stand-alone novella, it is recommended (at the end of the book) to read Edge of Eternity to find out Nick's story before he entered the chasm.
This book provided for review by BookLook

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Love & Care For the One and Only YOU by Michelle Medlock Adams

 Love and Care for the One and Only YOU by Michelle Medlock Adams is the perfect little book for any woman who has struggled with her weight and with self-esteem because of it. Michelle's words will inspire and motivate you to do more to weigh less. She writes in a way easy to understand and includes a lot of her own stories. 
There are fifty-two small (2-3 page) sections to this book and it can be read as a devotional or all at once. 
Michelle also includes some recipes and stories from some of her favorite people at the end of the book.
This little book could change your life.

This book provided for review by First Look and Worthy Publishing

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Lifedeck by Greg Lull



 Lifedeck by Greg Lull is a 130 page guide to getting your life back under control. If you are stuck in a rut or feel like everything is spinning out of control then you may want to check this one out. There are ten chapters dealing with things like living life to the full, balancing it when it get crazy, the spiritual, physical, relational, and financial aspects of life, and even what to do with intentions. 
While I didn't find this as captivating as I'd hoped, it may be more geared to men than to women. I prefer self-help books that have a lot more real-life scenarios in them.

This book provided for review by Book Crash

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund

 Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund is the third in her Beacons of Hope series and is by far my favorite of the three. This was a delight to read and I finished it in just a few hours. Hard to put down with the romance intermingled with the inner turmoil of the main characters, this one has a strong female main character who will stop at nothing to ensure the children she teaches are in a safe environment. 
I recommend this series to anyone who loves historical American fiction.
This book provided for review by Bethany House

Saturday, January 2, 2016

2016 Reading List

January

1. They Almost Always Come Home by Cynthia Ruchti (kindle)
2. Broken on the Back Row by Sandi Patty
3. An Open Heart by Harry Kraus (kindle)
4. Love in Disguise by Carol Cox (kindle)
5. Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund
6. The Deepest Waters by Dan Walsh (kindle)
7. From Bags to Riches by Sandra D. Bricker
8. Astray (Gated sequel) by Amy Christine Parker (kindle)
9. Every Waking Moment by Chris Fabry
10. The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn
11. The Amethyst Heart by Penelope J Stokes (re-read)
12. Solemnly Swear by Nancy Moser 
13. Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl (Kindle)
14. To Heaven and Back  by Mary C. Neal, MD (I don't recommend)

February

15. Offworld by Robin Parrish
16. The Offering by Angela Hunt
17. Risen by Angela Hunt
18. Vigilante by Robin Parrish