Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Blessing of Adversity-Barry C Black

This is a wonderful book on how you can turn your most difficult times into positive times. Dr Barry Black, chaplain of the U.S. Senate presents 3 different sections in his books to lead you through the process.
First is "Mastering the Basics" which is like a basic guide to realizing our troubles, facing them and then at the end of each section a way of dealing with each type of trouble(he has an action plan list which I thought was most helpful!).
Secondly he shares how to avoid sources of trouble if you can. This section also included at the end of each chapter the action plan list. Than the third part, in two powerful chapters, sums up how you can turn your adversity into advantage.
This book is not a "preachy" type book but one that shows that Dr Black has been there , done that and truly relate to the subject. I would highly recommend this book.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review.

The Blessing of Adversity: Finding Your God-given Purpose in Life's Troubles

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Chasing Francis-Ian Morgan Cron

What a wonderful combination of fiction, nonfiction,pilgrimage and teaching on Saint Francis.
Chase Falson is a pastor of a large evangelical church and has lost his faith, so he travels overseas to visit his Uncle who is a Franciscan priest. There he travels with his Uncle on a journey to follow the footsteps of St Francis and rediscovers his faith.
The author does such a wonderful job of describing the locations, places and the feelings of the travels that I feel as though I am actually there. And he really helps us like the main Character Chase from the beginning. As he travels he writes a journal that he shares with the reading which is very delightful. Also there is lots of history but you don't get bogged down in it because it is so well placed within the story.
Love this one!

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Same Life, New Story-Jan Silvious

From the back of the book: Each chapter examines the life of a woman from the bible, providing unique insights into scripture as well as questions for personal reflection and journal exercises. Learn how to overcome the past, conquer fear, say "I Can", face adversity and harness resilience.
This really great 10 week bible study for women is set up in a way that it can be used for personal study, small group study or just read through as a novel with personal journal entries. I learned so much about each of the women of the Bible and how they related to my life. Jan has written this wonderful book in a way that all women can relate and understand more about themselves. There is one section on decluttering your life that really hit home and I actually took action almost immediately after reading.

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Deadly Ties-Vicki Hinze

Deadly Ties-Vicki Hinze.
From the beginning this book pulls you into Lisa Harper's difficult world and the monster, Dutch, she has to deal with on a daily basis. There seems to be lots of symbolism within the story and lots of suspense. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. It is not just a action packed thriller but also has a heart and I could feel myself pulling for the good characters and cheering against the bad ones. I love the settings for the book also. It is a fast pace read and look forward to more books from Vicki Hinze in the future.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?isbn=9781601422064&view=excerpt