Seldom do I read a book cover to cover without stopping, but that's what I did with "Happy, Happy, Happy...moreJust makes you happy, happy, happy reading it!
Seldom do I read a book cover to cover without stopping, but that's what I did with "Happy, Happy, Happy"; once I started reading I just could not put it down.
I will admit that I am a HUGE fan of the Duck Dynasty T.V. show, having followed the Robertson family since the show was first televised. Quirky (or quacky as the case may be :), the family antics are humourous and entertaining, but also filled with pathos and laced with family values and Godly wisdom.
Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the Robertson clan, writes a book that does not detour from the message and ministry of the T.V. show. God is glorified throughout the book. In fact he admits wholeheartedly that the prime reason for the book and their popular T.V. show is to draw people closer to God.
The book is the powerful testimony of a man who struggled with alcohol and anger until, as Phil says, he "repented" and God powerfully changed his life. It was after his conversion that he sought to invent the best duck call and with God's direction able to see his dream realized.
This is a book that is filled with redneck wit, hard-working know-how, and family devotion. I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish! (less)
Editorial Reviews Review "I couldn't put the book down ... It is a wonderful, good, clean book with twists and turns about issues on a young adult level...moreEditorial Reviews Review "I couldn't put the book down ... It is a wonderful, good, clean book with twists and turns about issues on a young adult level that they will enjoy reading." Readers Favorite
"A personal story of honest truth - offer(s) an uplifting and spiritual message" - Cochrane Times
(A) dramatic ending to a wonderful series about five teenagers and their families who are struggling through life,...
Lynn Dove has created a cast of teenage characters we grow to love over this three book series,... (A) wonderful, good, clean book with twists and turns on a young adult level that (all) will enjoy reading. - Readers Favorite
From the Back Cover Why do bad things happen to good people?
Leigh blinked back tears and heartfelt regret as she read Jake's text over and over. She glanced out the window again, assuming Jake would have no idea she was watching him from the darkened window across the street. The shadow in his room moved again and she gasped when he pushed the curtains aside. She saw his face staring back at her as if he knew she was there.
"Lynn Dove weaves contemporary teen issues with excitement and action around every corner. She'll leave you breathless for the final installment of this three-part series." - Shellie Neumeier, Author of Driven.
"(These are books) you'll want to stuff stockings with, give as grad gifts, a birthday present, or 'just because.'...Buy in bunches!" - Connie Cavanaugh, Author of Following God One Yes at a Time
About the Author Lynn Dove calls herself a Christ-follower, a wife, a mom, a grandmother, a teacher, and a writer (in that order). Lynn is also an avid blogger. Her Journey Thoughts blog won a Canadian Christian Writing Award in 2011. The three books in the Wounded Trilogy have won accolades in Canada, the United States, and around the world for their sensitivity towards social issues such as bullying, teen pregnancy and cancer. (less)
Tracy Krauss, a fellow Canadian author, writes another captivating story set in the bar and music scene of...moreEdgy Christian Fiction with a Musical Twist
Tracy Krauss, a fellow Canadian author, writes another captivating story set in the bar and music scene of the 80’s. Russ Graham meets Deanie Burton at a resort where her father is performing with his jazz band. Instantly attracted to one another, the two share an intimate evening together but Russ is still suffering the consequences of poor choices and a failed marriage and for the most part unable to emotionally commit to a new relationship.
Edgy and raw at times, my conservative Baptist sensibilities cringed when reading some of the language but admittedly, the language was not entirely out of place for the characters. Tracy writes about flawed, sinful, real characters, who make mistakes, live imperfect lives and are in need of a Savior.
If you are looking for edgy Christian fiction at its best, Tracy Krauss’ books definitely deliver. (less)
I read S.E. Gregg's book as I prepare to watch the Summer Olympics from London in a few weeks. Using the Olympic...moreThe Christian Olympics - Run the Race!
I read S.E. Gregg's book as I prepare to watch the Summer Olympics from London in a few weeks. Using the Olympic games as the analogy, the author invites all Christians to not just be spectators in the “game of Life” but to be participants, running the race to attain the ultimate prize (the Golden Crown) God wants for each of his children to win.
Filled with practical advice and sound tools to help achieve the goal, I was reminded of a LifeWay Vacation Bible School theme a few years ago that had as its motto: “Run, run, run the race…keep, keep, keep the pace…run the race, keep the pace…fix your eyes on Jesus!”
We are in a spiritual competition but it is a marathon, not a sprint towards the finish line. Christians require endurance, (patience) as well as training and discipline to finish well.
It is a practical book, a fast read for the most part, a great little book to add to your library. (less)
Having read the first two of the Deer Run series by Elaine Cooper, I was definitely looking forward to the third book in the saga.
The author is a stic...moreHaving read the first two of the Deer Run series by Elaine Cooper, I was definitely looking forward to the third book in the saga.
The author is a stickler when it comes to researching out the era and setting in her books, and the Legacy of Deer Run is no exception. Historical content abounds as well as an accurate portrayal of life and death during this time in American history.
Mary and Daniel's Lowe's children are now grandparents, and a new love story between Danny and Susannah emerges. Romantic and tender, without being graphic, this story has enough emotional angst to keep us intrigued and interested in the characters.
Legacy of Deer Run is a truly beautiful, heart-warming tale that will appeal to readers who enjoy historical romantic Christian fiction. (less)
Having grown up with a mother who defines herself based on relationships with men, it is no wonder that Katie finds herself making the same mistakes a...moreHaving grown up with a mother who defines herself based on relationships with men, it is no wonder that Katie finds herself making the same mistakes as her mother did. When she finds herself pregnant and facing the possibility of being a single Mom with no hope or future for herself or her child, she takes the advice of her mother and gets an abortion. Katie must live with the consequences of this decision and the guilt and remorse she feels even years after the abortion.
The first half of the book is an honest portrayal of what a teenager in a crisis pregnancy is thinking and feeling. The author did a good job of showing the angst young unwed mothers face as well as how they rationalize their decisions for an abortion. It is only after the abortion, that women find themselves experiencing post-abortion trauma and regret what they have done and I am glad that the author chose to address this in detail in her book.
The book is written from a Christian world-view, which I also appreciated.
The book bogs down a bit in the middle, and admittedly I didn't quite understand the Kaleo (gray wolf) nightmares that Katie kept having...it brought a supernatural element into the storyline that was a bit out of place to the rest of the story. That said, it was still a good book, with a great message, and definitely worth the read. (less)
Kate Donovan, a thirty something woman, is frustrated trying to find “Mr. Right” but never finding the perfect man of her dreams. When she is invited...moreKate Donovan, a thirty something woman, is frustrated trying to find “Mr. Right” but never finding the perfect man of her dreams. When she is invited by her grandmother to Redbud, Pennsylvania to restore the beautiful family home, she meets Matt Jarreau, a young widower, who is a man who captivates her attention with his good looks and charm, but also his broodiness with a hint of mystery.
The emotional love story is a bit too predictable, and I did not particularly like the language since the book is touted as contemporary Christian. I’ve read other “edgy” Christian fiction where language is used for effect but in this case the language is not necessary for the storyline and actually detracts from the overall enjoyment of the book.
Still, I found the story and the characters for the most part engaging and interesting.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers via LitFuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review. (less)
A beautifully illustrated little book that tells the story of redemption in a gentle manner that all children (and adults reading to their child) will...moreA beautifully illustrated little book that tells the story of redemption in a gentle manner that all children (and adults reading to their child) will understand.
Children will love the different animals as they lead the little runaway donkey, Baruch to see that he is much loved by the King, even if he feels he is not worthy of love.
There are a couple biblical storylines alluded to in the book, "The Prodigal Son" being one of them. If I were reading to a child, I would use the book as a jumping off point to also share other Bible stories that fit the message of the book.
I loved the redemptive message of the book, but the illustrations will captivate a child's imagination. It will be a story they will want to read over and over again.
I see this book as one I would definitely read to my grandchildren!(less)
I suppose timing is everything right now, and I downloaded this book on Kindle when it was free quite a while ago, but did not start reading it until...moreI suppose timing is everything right now, and I downloaded this book on Kindle when it was free quite a while ago, but did not start reading it until this week.
With the viral explosion of Kony 2012 on YouTube, and the upcoming world-wide event that will try to bring to light the decades old atrocities that this man has perpetrated on the children (the invisible children) of Uganda, it is timely I would read this book.
When a book is written by two authors (as this one is), it is oftentimes difficult for a story to "flow", and certainly such was the case with this book, however, I appreciated the historical details that made up at least three quarters of the book.
Sprinkled in between the historical and political background of Uganda as a nation torn apart by civil, and tribal war and the rise of tyranical bullies like Joseph Kony, is one young girl's story of being abducted and then indoctrinated into the child army of Kony.
As a westerner reading the book, I cannot imagine the life the children of Uganda are experiencing nightly as countless thousands "commute" to cities to sleep because of their fear of being abducted from their families every night. We have no concept in the U.S. and Canada what it is like for all Ugandans at this time in their history.
Books of this nature, are important to bring the plight of a nation to our conscious awareness.
Read the book and pray for those children daily. God is still in control, even in the midst of such hardship. (less)
Married for well over 50 years, Nonna has kept a secret hidden from her entire family. Written memories locked away and sewn inside a tattered pillow...moreMarried for well over 50 years, Nonna has kept a secret hidden from her entire family. Written memories locked away and sewn inside a tattered pillow case are suddenly brought to light as Nonna shares her past with her husband and children. Raised in a well-to-do Russian family, the quiet life of a young girl is torn apart when Germany invades Poland.
Trying to flee persecution not only from the Russians because of her family's ties to Csarist Russia, as well as the Germans as they eradicate all who stand in their way as war tears about Europe and Russia, Nonna and her family are innocents caught in the crossfire.
Nonna is the only member of her family who survives the war and the work/concentration camps she is sent to.
Nonna shares her story, mostly told from her recollections of the time as a young girl. Occasionally her memories do not match with historical accuracy, and her family (who published the book) interjects her story with additional information that gives historical detail to match Nonna's time line of events.
There a scenes of great joy, of rejoicing in God's goodness and grace as Nonna tells of her childhood and recounts family times with her grandmother, cousins, brother and parents. This contrasted to the memories of war, when her father is brutally beaten by German soldiers and everyone she has ever loved is taken away from her, adds to the poignancy and shock of this book.
We often think of the holocaust only from the perspective of the atrocities perpetuated on the Jewish people. Nonna and her family were not Jewish, neither were their neighbours and friends, but all suffered greatly, persecuted for their Christian faith and for their political ties.
If I had a negative about the book, was the fact that because most of Nonna's story is told as "memories" or diary entries, occasionally the book bounced around a little and was hard to follow.
Still, it was a good read and I would recommend it highly.
Alive & Well – Discovering God’s Presence in the Midst of Everyday Life, is author, Diane S. Knight’s personal story of raising a special needs so...moreAlive & Well – Discovering God’s Presence in the Midst of Everyday Life, is author, Diane S. Knight’s personal story of raising a special needs son, Justin, and the heartbreak of loss when he died of pneumonia at the age of seventeen.
Poignantly written, the author shares how God prepared her and encouraged her as time and time again, He provided caregivers and helpers to support her as she raised her special needs son. God continued to pour blessings upon her through a supportive husband and an equally supportive church family.
Perhaps the most endearing part of this book is the honesty in which the author describes her grief after the death of Justin. She shares her anger with God, the fact that grief is not easily silenced but a journey with God that requires time spent abiding, celebrating anniversaries and discovering new life for herself and her husband after the death of Justin.
The author shares precious memories of time well-spent with her son. Definitely an encouraging book to those who are parenting a special needs child.
The author then gives practical suggestions based on her own experiences on how to overcome grief after the death of a loved one.
This book is sweet and sincere. I highly recommend picking this book up. (less)
“The Voice™ is a faithful dynamic equivalent translation that reads like a story with all the truth and wisdom of God's Word. Through compelling narra...more“The Voice™ is a faithful dynamic equivalent translation that reads like a story with all the truth and wisdom of God's Word. Through compelling narratives, poetry, and teaching, The Voice invites readers to enter into the whole story of God with their heart, soul, and mind, enabling them to hear God speaking and to experience His presence in their lives. Through a collaboration of more than 120 biblical scholars, pastors, writers, musicians, poets, and artists, The Voice recaptures the passion, grit, humor, and beauty that is often lost in the translation process. The result is a retelling of the story of the Bible in a form as fluid as modern literary works, yet remaining painstakingly true to the original manuscripts.
Features include: • Italicized information added to help contemporary readers understand what the original readers would have known intuitively • In-text commentary notes include cultural, historical, theological, or devotional thoughts • Screenplay format, ideal for public readings and group studies • Book introductions” (Book Description taken from Amazon.com)
I am always a little tentative when I review another “version, translation” of the Bible. There are so many varying translations out there and I have copies of a good many of them. Some of the translations are exemplary; others are not, so when I was asked to review the Voice NT I did so with some trepidation.
Luckily the Voice NT is one of the good ones!!
Granted I can only base my initial review on the New Testament version of this Bible translation but am already looking forward to receiving the full version of the Voice when it is released later in the year.
I really liked the layout of the Voice NT. There are several suggested daily reading plans celebrating Advent, Lent, Easter, Personal Growth and a great guide to read through the New Testament in 24 weeks. I also appreciated the Topical Guide found at the end of the Voice as well as a detailed explanation of the Titles of Jesus. There was great notation throughout the book, commentaries that gave historical and theological insight into the scripture passage.
I also quite liked how the Voice NT accentuated the speakers or individuals in scripture by highlighting the names boldly. For example Acts 5:12 vs. 20 reads: Messenger of the Lord: “Go the temple…”, vs.23 Temple Police: “The prison was secure…”, vs. 25 Temple Messenger: “You know those men…”, vs. 28 High Priest: “Didn’t we give you strict orders…”, vs. 29 Peter and the Apostles: “If we have to choose between obedience to God…”, vs. 35 Gamaliel: “Fellow Jews…”
I found this way of blocking off and highlighting the speakers to be a helpful, distinctive and decidedly different approach to focus on the individual voices in the scripture passage.
The translation itself is very readable in contemporary language. For those of us who have memorized John 3:16,17 from the King James version or the NIV the Voice’s translation will appear very different but still as impacting: “For God expressed His love for the world this way: He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not face everlasting destruction, but will have everlasting life. Here’s the point, God didn’t send His Son into the world to judge it; instead, He is here to rescue a world headed toward certain destruction.”
If I have a negative, it is the fact that the copy of the Voice I was asked to review is only the New Testament. I am not a fan of Bibles that do not have both the Old and New Testaments included in them. That is a personal bias. That said, I understand that the “full” version of the Voice will be released in March so I am looking forward to adding more to this review when I have seen the entire translation.
Overall, I recommend picking up the Voice for individual and group study opportunities.
(New Testament has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Thomas Nelson) (less)
I'm a mom of a teenaged girl, and I am a youth leader so I try to make sure I'm at least aware of what's going on in today's "pop culture" since I kno...moreI'm a mom of a teenaged girl, and I am a youth leader so I try to make sure I'm at least aware of what's going on in today's "pop culture" since I know so well that pop culture definitely has influence over today's youth. If you don't believe me, turn on any television program, listen to any radio station,...better yet...just ask your kids! Everyday our kids are colliding head on with the world when it comes to pop culture. Authors Mike and Daniel Blackaby have written a great book on how youth may "embrace" pop culture, while at the same time staying true to their Christian faith.
Having watched these two young men grow up in our church, (I heard them each preach their first sermon), to now seeing how God is using them both in ministry, I can testify to their Godly character! Their book is a must-read for today's youth, college and career, and parent. Mike and Dan have stood true to their Christian heritage and to their beliefs while still running around in Star Wars and Harry Potter paraphernalia :)
What I appreciate about Mike and Daniel is their self-deprecating humour sprinkled liberally throughout the book. They don't take themselves too seriously, but they are very serious when it comes to young people "colliding" intentionally with the world.
As Mike and Dan write in their book: "Surely nothing galls (or delights) the world more than Christians who act holy on Sunday but live the rest of the week the same way everyone else does. It's something to think about when we are tempted to "blend in so we can witness." Should we wonder when the world concludes: "If their faith is so important, why do they try so hard to act just like us?"
This is a must-read book for youth, college and career and parents alike! (less)
“Written in partnership with Sherwood Pictures’ upcoming film, COURAGEOUS, in The Resolution for Women, popular speaker and author Priscilla Shirer ch...more“Written in partnership with Sherwood Pictures’ upcoming film, COURAGEOUS, in The Resolution for Women, popular speaker and author Priscilla Shirer challenges all women to be intentional about embracing and thriving in God’s beautiful and eternal calling on their lives.
Like the men in the movie who resolve to fully accept their responsibilities before God, Shirer explains how today’s women can and should live out their own resolution. It is “a defining banner that hangs over your life, written in the ink of your own choices.” A woman’s banner should be an accurate reflection of who she desires to be-someone completely Christ-centered who blesses and changes things in her world for the better.
The Resolution for Women inspires women with intentional, spirit-filled living from three unique angles. Section one, entitled, “This Is Who I Am,” helps a woman define herself as “authentically me, purposefully feminine, surprisingly satisfied, and faithfully His.” Section two, “This Is What I Have,” invites her to value “my best, my blessing, my honor, and my heart.” And Section three, “This Is What Matters To Me,” focuses on joyfully honoring God as a wife, mother, and family member while resolving to live with the grace that leaves a godly legacy. The Resolution for Women is designed to inspire a revolution.”
This book written specifically for women defines the biblical role of the woman in the home by giving practical suggestions on how to support the role of her husband as the spiritual leader and then by being content in her role as wife, mother and follower of Christ.
In a postfeminist culture, this book challenges a woman to be champions for God’s model for womanhood. The message asks women to embrace their femininity, draw on God’s strength and wisdom in raising children and supporting men in their God-given responsibility as spiritual leaders in the home.
Like in the book, The Resolution for Men, where there is a “resolution” (a list) that men are encouraged to print off and sign, there is a similar “resolution” for women that I intend to print off and frame for myself.
A great book for working mothers, stay-at-home moms, newly marrieds and grandmothers. It bridges all age groups giving relevance to women in every “season” of their life.
Like the Resolution for Men, this book is not meant to be read and then shelved. It needs to be read, shared with other women, discussed, and pondered upon so that the message is ingrained and applied in daily living.
“Book has been provided courtesy of David C Cook and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from B&H Publishing Group”. (less)
“A man cannot be passive about what Scripture tells him to do for his family and expect to be found faithful to God in the end. He must see with spiri...more“A man cannot be passive about what Scripture tells him to do for his family and expect to be found faithful to God in the end. He must see with spiritual eyes and realize that future generations are directly impacted by his daily decisions.” –The Resolution for Men
The Resolution for Men is the inspiring book born out of Courageous, a new film by the makers of Fireproof coming to theaters nationwide in fall 2011. The movie, which presents a powerful story of strong male leadership, is an emotionally charged wake-up call to fathers whose influence upon their children and society is immeasurable. The Resolution for Men follows to challenge men of all ages to become as bold and intentional about embracing their responsibilities as leaders of their homes, marriages, and children.
Written by Stephen and Alex Kendrick, screenwriters of Courageous and authors of New York Times No. 1 best seller The Love Dare (five million copies sold), The Resolution for Men strategically inspires men to reconcile with their past, re-engage in the present by taking full responsibility for their wives and children, and then move forward with a bold and clear resolution for the future. Written in partnership with the movie and Priscilla Shirer’s new book, The Resolution for Women, it is designed to inspire a revolution.”
After seeing the widely popular “Courageous” movie, I was determined to follow up by reading the book by Randy Alcorn as well as the “Resolution” books for men and for women.
An important point that is stressed in all of the books is the fact that there is an ongoing attack on the men’s role in the family and in the church. Men are relinquishing their spiritual role in the home and within the church while pursuing career and lifestyle. This is not a new idea. The erosion of the family has been an ongoing attack of the enemy (Satan) since the dawn of man. The result however in a world where divorce is rampant, alternative lifestyles are accepted as normal and children are raised more and more by a single parent, women are fast becoming the spiritual leaders in the home, and while that may not seem bad, (especially in a single parent home) it is not biblical.
The book is meant to inspire, challenge and encourage men pointing them to accept their God-given responsibility to lead by example and be courageous even in the face of great opposition and adversity.
I highly recommend reading this book and the other “Courageous” books. As several of the reviewers have stated, these books are not meant to be read and then shelved. They need to be read, discussed, pondered upon so that the message is ingrained and applied daily.
“Book has been provided courtesy of David C Cook and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from B&H Publishing Group”. (less)