Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Gift for all People by Max Lucado

This little book packs a powerful spiritual punch!  Whether you’re a lifelong Christian or investigating the story of Jesus for the first time – this book will give you some wonderful thoughts to ponder and cherish.  Max Lucado has a beautiful God-given talent for explaining things in terms that at once resonant with the reader because of their simplicity and yet draw you into a profound sense of God’s love.  Whenever I’ve read Lucado’s books I find myself realizing that even if I think I understand a spiritual concept that Lucado brings me to a deeper, more personal level of understanding.  This book is appealing physically because it is small, easy to carry in briefcase, purse, backpack or totebag.  It doesn’t overwhelm the new believer with its innumerable pages or technical, theological jargon.  Lucado uses words a real life, ordinary person can understand.  This book can be read at Christmas or Easter as it tells the story of Christ.  It is a look into the story of salvation.  If you have never read a book by Max Lucado I can tell that each time I’ve read one of his books it makes me love Jesus more and feel Jesus love for me even more deeply.

I received this book free from the publishers and was not required to write a positive review.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Little One God Made You by Amy Warren Hilliker

In simple prose the important concept of the priceless worth of a child is told.  Author Amy Warrne Hilliker sets each page with words to comfort, soothe and affirm a young child in their unique place in God’s heart and this world.  The theme of no one is like you is told over and over through words of love.  The young child will enjoy words such as:  wiggly, squiggly toes and silly laugh in the bubble bath.  This Book is perfectly illustrated by Polona Lovsin to show loving interactions between an animal parent and animal child.  Scenes of tossing a baby squirrel, bear hugs, duckling tickles, fawn nose touches, smiles, grins and other expressions of joy and love are created through Lovsin’s adorable illustrations.

I received this book free from the publishers and was not required to write a positive review.

The Quieting – Book 2 of THE BISHOP’s FAMILY series by Suzanne Woods Fisher

The plot thickens as David Stoltzfus seeks counsel on what to do about his wayward Bishop.  His niece Abigail uncovers family secrets that generations have determined to hide and forget.  There are budding romances afoot, but will they ever bloom into fulfilling relationships?  And what to do about meddlesome Mammi who means well but can’t leave well enough alone?  These are just some of the situations the reader will encounter in the pages of this fun yet very meaningful book.  I appreciate how Suzanne Woods Fisher knows how to have some light hearted dialogue along with deep, insightful conversations between her characters.  This book especially deals with redemption discipline which I found inspirational.

I received this book free from the publishers and was not required to write a positive review.

Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin

There is plenty of intrigue in these pages with drug rings, addiction, shell shock, emotional scars, physical disabilities, friendships and romances on the brink.  All this and more you'll find in this book by Sarah Sundin.  The best thing about this book is that the characters struggle through their problems and wrestle with their choices.  In the process the author brings out their doubts, anger and longing for a God who truly cares about the details of their life.  Amazing things happen when each character surrenders their own strength to God's strength.  As the characters grapple with self-doubt, guilt and trust issues they evolve into more peaceful, loving and sincere human beings.  What each thought was impossible becomes possible through the grace and power of a loving Heavenly Father. 

I received this book free from the publishers and was not required to write a positive review.