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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Guiltless Living by Ginger Hubbard (Review)

Guiltless Living:

Confessions of a Serial Sinner Captured by the Grace of God

By Ginger Hubbard

(I received this book for review purposes.)

Guilgless-Living-by-Ginger-HubbardGenre- Religion / Christian Life

Published by- Shepherd Press

Copyrighted- 2013

Number of pages- 120

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback (ISBN: 978-1-936908-639, $12.99)

In Guiltless Living, by Ginger Hubbard, you will learn that you are a sinner saved by grace.  The grace will give you the freedom you need to live in Christ.

Each chapter begins with a narrative of Hubbard’s sin, like selfishness, then continues with God’s grace, in this case, serving.  There is a conclusion at the end of the book that serves for hope.  The chapter questions are also there.

She discusses seven types of serial sinners:

  • Critical
  • Proud
  • Controlling
  • Impatient
  • Miserly
  • Selfish
  • Religious 

About the Author-

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Ginger Hubbard has written two other books and is a speaker at women’s events and parenting conferences.  She is the founder of Preparing the Way Ministries.  Her website is www.gingerhubbard.com

 

 

 

 

My thoughts-  Guiltless Living, by Ginger Hubbard, is a gem.  It took a lot of courage for her to show her sins to the public.  It was because of her honesty and the depth of her confessions that I was able to discover sins I didn’t know I had.

I was very glad to read the sections after her confessions which related to the sin, like impatience to the patient grace of God.  It showed me hope and knowledge about what I can do to change.  I do not want to be the person that I was.

The one thing I would change about this books is that all the chapter questions are at the end of the book.  I find it much easier to have the questions at the end of each chapter, so I don’t have to flip back-and-forth so much.

Hubbard is a wonderful author.  I hope I am able to find her other books to read.

I highly recommend Guiltless Living.  We all need to learn how we are sinners saved by grace.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Guiltless Living: Confessions of a Serial Sinner Captured by the Grace of God, by Ginger Hubbard, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Draw of Kings by Patrick Carr (Review)

A Draw of Kings (Book 3 of The Staff and the Sword Series)

by Patrick W. Carr

(I received this book for review purposes.)

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Genre- Fantasy

Publisher- Bethany House

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 464

Age Group- Older Teen and Adult

Description of book- Paperback, $14.99, ISBN: 978-0-7642-1045-7 

In the last book, A Draw of Kings, in The Staff and the Sword series, by Patrick Carr, the battle between good and evil has truly begun.

The king has passed away and now Duke Weir is acting ruler.  He plans to marry Adora.  Errol and the others have different plans, there is one big problem.  They have been imprisoned by the Duke.

There is still no rightful heir, the country of Illustra is on the verge of a civil war, and the barrier has fallen.  What will happen to Illustra and its citizens?  Will Errol be freed?  Who will become king?

My thoughts:

I am always sad when a good series comes to an end.  I really enjoyed A Draw of Kings, by Patrick W. Carr, the last book in The Staff and the Sword series.

There were so many twists and turns.  I was not sure who was going to win or who was going to be the new king.  I could not make up my mind whether to root for Errol or Liam.  They were both people who would have made a good king.  I must say though, I was very surprised by the ending.

The one thing I would change about this book is that there was no description of the previous books, A Cast of Stones and The Hero’s Lot.  I always like to catch up when I begin the next book in the series.

I highly recommend A Draw of Kings to all older teens and adults.  Please buy a copy today and tell your local library if you like the book. 

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A Draw of Kingshttp://www.amazon.com/Draw-Kings-Staff-Sword-Patrick/dp/0764210459/

Author Website - http://patrickwcarr.com/

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Disclosure of Material Connection- I received a free copy of A Draw of Kings, by Patrick W. Carr, to review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.  I am part of CSFF Blog TourAll links were current when posted.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Captivated by Thabiti M. Anyabwile (Review)

Captivated:

Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

By Thabiti M. Anyabwile

(I received this book for review purposes.)

Captivated: Beholding The Mystery of Jesus' Death and Resurrection Book Cover Genre- Religion / Christian Life / Resurrection

Published by- Reformation Heritage Books

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 95

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback (ISBN: 978-1-60178-300-4, $10.00)

In Captivated, by Thabiti M. Anyabwile, we are asked to delve into the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Each of the chapters is written as a question, such as “Why Have You Forsaken Me? (Matthew 27:45-46)” and Why Do You Look for the Living among the Dead? Luke 24:5.”

It is only by looking carefully at the text will we understand the meaning.

Interview on Confessing Baptist Podcast:  http://confessingbaptist.com/podcast041/ with Thabiti M. Anyabwile.

Sample chapter from Captivated.

The video does an excellent job of describing this book, so please watch it.

About the Author-

Thabiti M. Anyabwile currently lives in the Cayman Islands with his wife and three children where he is a senior pastor of First Baptist Church.

My thoughts-

I was impressed with Captivated, by Thabiti M. Anyabwile.  It was interesting that these chapters were begun as an Easter sermon and developed into a book.  I thought Anyabwile did an excellent job in the transition, between sermons and a book.    

My favorite chapter was the last one called, “Do You Not Know These Things?”  I liked this chapter, because it gave a lot of detail about how we should study the Bible and grow closer to Jesus.  Jesus is the key to our success as a Christian and we need this book to understand Jesus’s death and resurrection.

I would recommend this book to all adults who wish to understand why Jesus’s death and resurrection is so important.  Jesus died for each of us and we need to understand what he did for us and what he can still do for us.

Pick up your copy today!

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Captivated: Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection, by Thabiti M. Anyabwile, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Eternity Changes Everything by Stephen Witmer (Review)

Eternity Changes Everything:

How to Live Now in the Light of Your Future

By Stephen Witmer

(I received this book for review purposes.)

Eternity Changes Everything: How To Live Now in the Light of Your Future Book Cover Genre- Religion / Christian Life

Published by- The Good Book Company

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 128

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback (ISBN: 978-1-90955-991-2, $12.99)

Knowing that we have a secure future in God is something to celebrate, but what do we do after we know our future is secure?  Eternity Changes Everything, by Stephen Witmer, show what to do and how to do it without becoming impatient.  There are many tips and illustrations on how to proceed.

The video does an excellent job of describing this book, so please watch it.

About the Author-

Stephen Witmer current lives in Massachusetts with his wife and three children.  He is also a pastor. 

My thoughts- I thought Eternity Changes Everything was well written, but I would have liked a summary at the end of each chapter.  A summary would have helped me take the most important points in the chapter and apply them in my life.

I liked the personal anecdotes that Witmer gave of his time in England and in America growing up.  When he related those events to our future with God it helped me to understand how and what we should be doing in the present. 

One of the best illustrations was that of Nik Wallenda when he crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope.  It showed how we need to keep balancing, so we don’t fall off.  Some of those ways are practicing waiting, practicing patience, and ask for patience.

I thought this book was very interesting and pertinent to all Christians today.  All Christians need to read and study this book, so they can understand what they should be doing in the days ahead.

I recommend this book. 

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Eternity Changes Everything: How to Live Now in the Light of Your Future, by Stephen Witmer, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Spiritual Warfare by Brian Borgman and Rob Ventura (Review)

Spiritual Warfare: A Biblical & Balanced Perspective

By Brian Borgman and Rob Ventura

(I received this book for review purposes.)

Spiritual-WarfareGenre- Religion / Christian Life / Spiritual Warfare

Published by- Reformation Heritage Books

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 124

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback (ISBN: 978-1-60178-284-7, $13.00)

Are you prepared to face and fight the battles you will have with the principalities and powers? 

Brian Borgman and Rob Ventura will help you prepare for the battle in Spiritual Warfare.  Their plans are based on Ephesians 6:10-20, which discusses the armor of God and how to use it.  Borgman and Venture use quotes from the Bible, commentaries from well known Christians, and their own views on how and why we should put on the full armor of God.

About the Authors-

Rob Ventura is currently a pastor in Rhode Island.

Brian Borgman is a pastor in Nevada.

My thoughts- I really enjoyed learning about how and why it is so important to wear the armor of God in Spiritual Warfare, by Brian Borgman and Rob Ventura.  I have read Ephesians 6:10-20 to learn about the armor of God.  I have also read other books, such as the fictional book, The Sword, the Garden, and the King, by Michael Phillips, which discussed God’s armor.  I have not however read a book that covered it in enough detail for me to truly understand why I really need to wear it and how to wear it.  This book was exactly what I needed, so I can grow into a strong Christian.

Usually when I read a book I don’t like reading a lot of long quotes from outside sources.  I did like it in this book, because it helped me to understand the importance of each piece of armor from different perspectives.  Part of the quote from Martin Lloyd-Jones about the spiritual world not taking holidays struck me as very important.  I am sure that many times I begin to let down my guard, because I think I have everything under control.  That is when the ever present spiritual world decides to zoom in and catch me off guard.  I know now that I always need to be on guard and I need to focus on God’s armor.

I enjoyed reading the parts about prayer, because I have seen how important it is to pray.  The part that encouraged parishioners to pray for their pastors was extremely important.  As I read it I realized that I often forget to pray for the pastors that I know.  It is something I need to remember to do.

I really enjoyed read and learning from Spiritual Warfare.  I highly recommend that you read it too.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Spiritual Warfare: A Biblical and Balanced Perspective, by Brian Borgman and Rob Ventura, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

One Realm Beyond by Donita K. Paul (Review)

One Realm Beyond (Book One of the Realm Walkers)

by Donita K. Paul

(I received this book for review purposes.)

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Genre- Teen Fiction

Publisher- Zondervan

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of Pages- 416

Age Group- Young Adult and Adult 

Description of Book- paperback, $12.99, ISBN: 978-0-310-73580-9 

In One Realm Beyond, by Donita K. Paul, Cantor D’Ahma is ready to become a realm walker.  He leaves his mentor and goes through the portal to the realm where he will find the dragon who will help him on his adventures.

A mor dragon named Bridger finds Cantor and is determined to stay with him.  Cantor wants to find a different dragon.  They find that the realm is unlike what his mentor taught him.  It is a lot more dangerous and most of the Walkers Guild had become corrupt. 

He makes friends with Bixby and Dukmee, but will they be able to help Cantor?  Are they to be trusted?

About the Author- Donita K. Paul currently lives in Colorado.  She is a former teacher and has won multiple awards.

My Thoughts- One Realm Beyond, by Donita K. Paul, was an awesome book!  I could not stop reading it.  The dialogue were very well done.  I was able to laugh and cry with them.  With the seriousness of their various situations, it was great to have a comedian like Bridger. 

Bridger was not only an extremely talented shape shifting mor dragon, but he was very funny.  He would use his humor to diffuse situations and draw people to him, especially Cantor.  Cantor did not want Bridger as his constant.

Paul did a wonderful job of including the idea of God and the spiritual world as C.S. Lewis and Chuck Black did in their series.  There were many times that I would come across phrases about character and strength that really struck me.  They made me want to be stronger in the Lord, read His word, and be more like Him.  Paul has written a book which will be a classic for many generations.  The Lord has blessed her with a gift that she has fortunately shared with us, the readers.

I highly recommend that both teens and adults read One Realm Beyond, Book One in the Realm Walkers.  You won’t be disappointed.

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Disclosure of Material Connection- I received a free copy of One Realm Beyond, by Donita K. Paul, to review from Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour and Zondervan.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.  I am part of CSFF Blog TourAll links were current when posted.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Prophet on the Run by Baruch Maoz (Review)

Prophet on the Run: A Devotional Commentary on the Book of Jonah

By Baruch Maoz

(I received this book for review purposes.)

Genre- Religion / Christian  / JonahProphet On The Run by Baruch Maoz

Published by- Shepherd Press

Copyrighted- 2013

Number of pages- 96

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback (ISBN: 978-1-936908-844, $5.99)

Can anyone escape God?  No.  Jonah is a perfect example of a person who tried to escape and failed, because God caught up to him. 

Prophet on the Run, by Baruch Maoz, was written as a devotional commentary for Christen who want to apply the lessons learned in the book of Jonah.  This book has seven chapters which contain Bible verses, information, a summary, prayer, and discussion questions.

My thoughts- I thought Prophet on the Run, by Baruch Maoz was a thought provoking book and I learned how important it is to listen when God speaks to me.  There were many times when God spoke to Jonah and he failed to listen.  It was only when he listened that God was able to help him learn and see the errors of his ways. 

There were many great parts to Prophet on the Run.  The ones I liked the best were the very involved summaries and thought provoking questions.  The summaries were so helpful when when I came to the end of each chapter.  I could really take away the most important parts of the chapter and spend time thinking about how they applied to my life.  After I spent time on the summaries, I could then answer the questions.  There were prayers in each chapter as well, so I spent time on them after I finished everything else in the chapter.  I learned that I should never turn down what God asks of me.

This is an important book for everyone to read and learn from.  I highly recommend it. 

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Prophet on the Run: A Devotional Commentary on the Book of Jonah, by Baruch Maoz, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.
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