Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible, NKJV" By Max Lucado

What I have to say...
When most people hear the phrase “King James Version” they think of old-fashioned dialect that there is absolutely no way they will understand.  However, I bid you to focus on the word “NEW” that stands in front of the fore mentioned phrase when picking up Max Lucado’s, The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible, NKJV.  I promise you there is no hint of this foreign language we know as the King James Version when it comes to this publishing of the Bible.  The language is in fact quite modern and Lucado’s poetic reflections will help you to understand each section you read in a new way.  In this edition, Lucado offers various studies, verses personalized by topic, reading plans, an index that’s broken down for different complications of life, and daily devotionals.  Sometimes I find that “special editions” have so much packed into them but no way to find what you need when you need it.  However, the organization of the layout of the above features is impeccable.  I love everything about this book so much that I do not want to allow anyone to borrow it! This should be the next book that you add to your collection, and read!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

"The Canary List" by Sigmund Brouwer

What I have to say...
     The Canary List, by Sigmund Brouwer, is one of those novels that the synopsis doesn’t quite assure you what you’re going to get when you crack open the cover. You know, the ones where the author let’s you in just enough to peak your interest but not enough for you to actually know if it’s “the kind of book you’ll like?”

     Darkness is chasing twelve-year-old foster child Jamie, She has three things: a bracelet; a therapist; and hope that her teacher, Mr. G, is someone who can help her. Said teacher is ceremonially mourning the anniversary of his daughter’s death when the image of her appears in his window. In a drunken state he doesn’t think much of it. This “image” turn’s out to be his student Jamie who is part of a conspiracy due to her unknown position on “The Canary List” and the gifts that come with it. The two, along with Mr. G’s elderly neighbor are dragged into a conspiracy involving the Vatican and witch craft that completely turns their lives upside down. I can’t say that there is an overwhelming “message” to be had from this story, however if you are looking to just get lost in a good story for a while then read it.

*This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.*
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Saturday, March 19, 2011

"The Miracle of Mercy Land" by River Jordan

What I have to say...
The Miracle of Mercy Land, by River Jordan, is unlike any other story I’ve ever encountered.  It is full of life, seasoned with mystery, hope, and the complications of the past.  It is written in an almost rhythmic form, not quite poetic, but has a distinct voice.  For lack of a better description word it reads like honey.  I promise you when you read it this will make perfect sense to you.  I think this quote from the novel best sums up the story: “But if we learn our lessons from the stories, if they change us for the better, then the stories are worth fighting for and keeping (333).”  Main character Mercy Land receives a phone call from her boss that sets her on a journey.  Little does she know it leads her straight to her past, and sets her on the way to her future.  She learns the most important lesson that perhaps one can learn, and that’s exactly who she is, Mercy Land.  This novel crosses the line from the imaginable to the unimaginable, allowing the reader that brief moment of escape.  Enter the magical world of Mercy Land and find your story that’s worth fighting for and keeping!
*This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.*

Thursday, February 3, 2011

"Mere Churchianity" by Michael Spencer

What I have to say...
     To most Christians, Michael Spencer’s Mere Churchianity may seem to be a scary book.  And it is if you focus less on a relationship with Jesus and more on churchianity, or a “church-dependent religion.” (186)  This book should come with a warning to not be quick to judge.  I fear that most would start reading and assume that Michael Spencer is against Christianity or even Christian communities in general.  This however is not the case.  I believe that he has a ministry that is reaching out to people that most Christians miss.  Those that are leaving the church, not because they don’t believe in God, but because they don’t believe in what “His followers” are doing.  And the reason why Christians miss this people group is because they are the ones pushing them away.  Spencer gives the reader the freedom to actually read your bible and grow in a relationship with God that is in no way dependent on other people.  He also highly encourages you to find a community.  Maybe it’s not the typical Christian community most call the church; it could be as simple as a community consisting of all the neighborhood moms.  So find a Jesus-shaped spirituality and read this book, maybe you’ll find your own journey.
*This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.*