This little book convicted me in so many ways and in so many areas. I decided to put a sticky note on the "ifs" that were especially meaningful to me,...moreThis little book convicted me in so many ways and in so many areas. I decided to put a sticky note on the "ifs" that were especially meaningful to me, so that I can go through later and be reminded.
"If" is a book about true love. Not mushy, gushy, feel-good love, but hard and overwhelming love that brings victory.
Were I to give this book as a gift, I would bundle it together with The Greatest Thing In the World by Henry Drummond. If you want to learn more about love, these two books are a wonderful place to start.(less)
"This is an upside-down way of feeding the hungry. It is neither revolution by angry peasants not miraculous loaves from Heaven. Rather, those with a...more
"This is an upside-down way of feeding the hungry. It is neither revolution by angry peasants not miraculous loaves from Heaven. Rather, those with abundance, those moved by God's mercy, stop hoarding and give generously." (pg. 82) (less)
Usually when we think of becoming a missionary, or read stories of those who were missionaries, we hear of having to go through the mission board. The...moreUsually when we think of becoming a missionary, or read stories of those who were missionaries, we hear of having to go through the mission board. There's nothing wrong with that, and that is how many missions are supported, but it was amazing to read the story of Bruce Olsen who only had enough money to get him to Venezuela and had no idea what he was going to do once he arrived. The only thing he knew was that God had called him to serve the Indians in South America, and so he went.
Beginning with an unhappy childhood, Bruchko follows young Bruce through his conversion to Christianity, his call to become a missionary, and how he followed that call to serve the Motilone tribe in Columbia. It took time for the Indians to accept him, and then it took time for them to accept the gospel message, but once they did it spread like wildfire, reaching into the souls of many tribes. In many ways, it was the Indians' faith that strengthened Bruce's. Their simple belief would bring him back to the ground time and again with it's brilliant truth.
Another fascinating aspect to Bruce's work is that he never tried to make the Indian's become like North American people. He didn't try to force away their customs or try to get them to wear the clothes that he felt they should wear. He simply introduced the Gospel, medicine, and schools to teach them to read the Gospel.
It was beautiful to read of God's work in South America and to see a different method to overseas missions. Although this is probably not my favorite missionary story simply due to how brief I felt it was in the telling, it is a very interesting account of what the Lord has done in Columbia. I would definitely recommend Bruchko.(less)
The first in a trilogy, The Paradise War follows the amazing and fantastic adventure of a young college student by the name of Lewis Gillies. When he...moreThe first in a trilogy, The Paradise War follows the amazing and fantastic adventure of a young college student by the name of Lewis Gillies. When he follows his friend on an sudden and unlikely urge to explore the strange appearance of a long extinct beast in Scotland, he is shocked when his friend disappears inside a cairn and does not return. It is only when he attempts to follow Simon that he understands why.
Albion is where he finds himself. It is the Otherworld, and he is thrust into it so quickly and violently that he doesn't even have time to protest the series of events that lead to his warrior training and the events that will follow. Lewis is in Albion, a land so steeped in Celtic myth, lore, legend, and culture that the novel resonates with this fantastic framework and thrills the reader with their own discovery of it.
Lewis comes to love Albion so well that the thought of returning to the drab, gray, meaningless life that he left behind him makes him sick. How could a person desire to take a shadow of a thing over the reality? He comes to realize, though, that the presence of strangers has brought a new influence in to the ancient ways and traditions of the country, and that it is steadily bringing about the downfall of the world. Simon is a changed man, and his greedy words of dissent whispered into the right ear causes waves that cannot be stopped. Lewis realizes that he must prevent anything else from taking place, and though it grieves his heart, he tries to force Simon back to their own world, only to be met with surprise.
This book is my introduction to the works of Stephen Lawhead, and I must say that I am very impressed. He has created a rich and colorful world that so thoroughly held me captive in a way that books have not done for a while. I fell in love with the beautiful descriptions, the wonderful lore that made the skillful foundation for the work, and the very characters themselves caught at my mind and are still clinging there.
I personally loved The Paradise War and can't wait to finish the second book in the series, The Silver Hand, although I would probably not recommend the series for younger teens and below.
Finally, I just want to say, I think I love Great Britain more than ever! At the very least I find the ancient history and mythology fascinating. (less)
From childhood, Darlene had promised the Lord that she would go where ever he wanted her too, that she wanted to be a missionary. How the Lord used he...moreFrom childhood, Darlene had promised the Lord that she would go where ever he wanted her too, that she wanted to be a missionary. How the Lord used her, and where He took her is an incredible story of faith and miracles, and blessings amidst unbelievable hardships.
Evidence Not Seen is the story of Darlene Deibler, who lived, survived, and perhaps in an odd way, thrived in a Japanese prison camp during World War II. It details how she was captured, and many of the day to day occurrences that took place in a camp full of undernourished and overworked women separated from their husbands, brothers, and sons.
It is amazing to read of the many, many miracles which the Lord blessed Darlene with. She thought herself foolish to ask her Heavenly Father for one banana, and yet He gave her 92 bananas as a gift. The camp commander was a horrible, hateful man, and yet Darlene's hope for a bright, eternal future changed him, and he in turn was able to save her. Prayers for healing were answered, and so much more that can only be discovered by reading the book.
I was extremely impressed by this book. It was inspiring to me to be faithful in the little things, and "bloom where you're planted" for that is exactly what Darlene did. It was also an amazing reminder to me to serve others and not myself.
I would highly recommend this book to others!(less)
When I first had the idea for writing a review about this book, I wondered if I would even be able to make it beyond a few sentences. I mean, writing...moreWhen I first had the idea for writing a review about this book, I wondered if I would even be able to make it beyond a few sentences. I mean, writing a review for a silly children's story isn't exactly groundbreaking material.
However, just because it's a kid's book doesn't mean I can't share it with you, does it?
The Monster at the End of this Book let's us communicate with the Sesame Street friend, Grover, as he struggles with overcoming his fear of Monsters. Having read the title page, he's desperate to prevent you, as the reader, from getting to the end of the book, and thus the monster! What he doesn't know, and what the reader is surprised to discover is a mystery that will keep you and your small friends reading it again and again.
The Monster at the End of this Book is a super fun, interactive reading experience that draws a child into it in a way that many static books can never hope to achieve. Each page presents the new, and increasingly funny obstacle of turning the next page, and watching with bright eyes for Grover's hilarious response.
Of course, the book was meant to be read with specific energy. In fact, how could the reader not read it with the excitement that it demands? It draws older audiences in too, entertaining them with the child's delight, and the creative story.
Not only that, but for us older readers, if we really look, we can see a lesson of ourselves. It might be a bit of a stretch to say such a thing. It's true, though! How often do we get worked up about something that proves to have been nothing after all? We build walls and barricades in an effort to prevent our fears from approaching, only to have it dodge our walls and discover that it was nothing that we couldn't handle, especially with help from the Lord. Unlike Grover, though, who leaves embarrassed, we are given grace to pick us back up from our embarrassment and set us back on the way again.
My recommendation? Definitely read this book. It's a reading experience that you and your little friend's will never forget. :)(less)
That Printer of Udell's follows the path of young Dick Falkner, whose mother is dead and whose father is a drunk. From a very young age, he...moreMy Synopsis
That Printer of Udell's follows the path of young Dick Falkner, whose mother is dead and whose father is a drunk. From a very young age, he makes his own way in the world, until he finds himself looking for work among the "kind" Christian people of Boyd City.
Unfortunately, their hypocrisy is all too clear to him; they go to church and nod their heads as the pastor preaches goodwill to all men, but their lives reflect that of self-centered socialites. Disgusted, he applies for work from a man who, like himself, sees the falsity of the church people.
In time, the people of Boyd City, with young Dick as their catalyst, slowly begin changing that first impression that he had formed of them. More and more, the young people start reaching out with ideas to change things for the better in their city, and before too long many of the older folks are engaged in helping their fellow man as well.
Before you know it, Dick Falkner is a fairly influential man in the community, but he is not without troubles of his own, which make his character all the deeper and admirable.
I began reading this book in fits and starts, but before I knew it I was drawn into a book that grabbed me in a way that many of today's contemporary works will not do. Many of those works employ sensation as their means of drawing you on and you want to read until the next shock, but in this book, I believe I was drawn on because I really began to know, love, and care about the characters.
It's a story of faith, but more than that, it's a story that cries out against the apathy that even churches of today are often dwelling in. This book was not written for those who are lost and need to be saved, but for those who are saved and need to help the lost.
Harold Bell Wright, a American pastor during the first half of the 20th century, experienced much of what his main character does. This book was his first attempt in the writing field, and I have to say that he did a good job. I loved the fairly simple style in which the story was told.
All in all, I loved this book, and have added it to my favorites shelf. If anyone were to ask me, I would recommend it in a heartbeat. It's one of those books for me, that although the people may appear to be slightly more perfect than what each of us think we can be, it gives me something to strive for. That is the kind of book that edifies me the most.
Before I go, I would like to point you to the Wikipedia page on That Printer of Udell's. I especially want to point out the last paragraph about Ronald Reagan. It just provides an interesting tidbit of information.
Finally, I would like to ask for your help. I'm not that great at writing book reviews and could use all the help I can get! What can I add to make a book review more helpful or informative? What kind of questions would you like to see answered in a book review? Leave your thoughts on this particular book, and these questions in the comments below!(less)
What a lovely tale! You always think of children being read fairy tales before bed? Here is a new fairy tale to enchant the evening with. If you like...moreWhat a lovely tale! You always think of children being read fairy tales before bed? Here is a new fairy tale to enchant the evening with. If you like fairy tales, then I highly recommend it!(less)