Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas at Harrington's

As I've mentioned before, I love reading books by authors I've come to know and love to read. So I was super excited to see that Melody Carlson had a new Christmas book out!! I loved last year's "The Christmas Dog" so I had some high expectations when I saw this book! I wasn't disappointed in the least bit, the book was wonderful. Its a great Christmas story of redemption and forgiveness, of the joy of giving the the benefits of loving.
This is one of those books that will be on my main book shelf for a long time, and will be read a great many times as well. Its a beautiful Christmas story that warms the heart and opens our eyes to the wonder's of how much God loves His children!
I highly recommend this book!!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Within My Heart

I generally don't starting a book in a series before I read the first book, I sometimes have a hard time understanding the characters and can feel the lack of a back story. This book was quite different though, although I hadn't read the previous two books in the series I really didn't fee like I was missing out on important information, or coming in to the middle of the story! Honestly I think this book would easily stand on its own, and doesn't really feel like its a series book! (and now I have to look of the rest of the books in the series, this one was so good that I can't wait to read the rest!)
I love historical books too, so this book was really up my alley!
The main character in the story is Rachel Boyd, who after loosing her husband finds herself raising two energetic (and slightly unruly at times) boys on her own. Throughout the book we share in her struggles and frustrations as she goes on with life. 
This was a fantastic read, I loved it! (And ended up sitting up half the night reading it, it was too good to put down!!)

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Flourish: Discover the Daily Joy of Abundant, Vibrant Living

I've said it many times on here, I'm not much of a fan of the self-help genre of books, I find they tend to give a band aid, all encompassing solution to people's unique problems. So I wasn't horribly excited to start this book, and prepared myself to sit down for a long read. I'm so glad though that I was mistaken! Catherine Hart Weber provided a book that didn't just try to give a band aid solution to people's problems, but instead gave some great insights and provided the tools! I loved that she included some real life situations within her book, it helped show me personally how to apply some of the principles she was teaching about. I would have preferred more scripture within the book (I'm one of those of the opinion that when you write a Christian based book, that Scripture should be an important part of it), but then again, I'm not an author so I don't know anything about writing a book! As a PW my life is a constant surrounding of stressful situations, so I have to say I really enjoyed that portion of her book. I found the tools she provided were quite helpful in dealing with those day to day stresses!
Overall, I think I would easily recommend this book to anyone, regardless of their beliefs and place in life. I think the book offers some good to everyone!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

The Power of Persistent Prayer: Praying with Greater Purpose and Passion

What an absolutely fantastic book! I've heard so much about Cindy Jacobs but hadn't really had much of a chance to read any of her books. So I was really excited when I saw that one of her books were up for review!
I really enjoyed reading this book, I found that alot of what she wrote about was although simple (Especially the first chapter) but at the same time quite deep and something I really needed to read! Her first Chapter "Why to pray" was something that we as Christians should already know, but it was so great to be reminded and see some of that through new eyes!
I really found that Jacobs got right to the heart of not only why to pray, how to pray with purpose, but also I found she really helped deepen my prayer life. Even though I've been a Christian for a long time, I found I was learning a lot, especially when it came to fasting and warfare. There are so many things as Christians that we tend to sometimes over look or take for granted, and Jacobs not only brought them back into light, but also challenged me to have a deeper understand (Which also deepened my relationship with Christ and my prayer life).
I Highly recommend this book, I think its something that Everyone should read!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Monday, December 20, 2010

Tysdale Compititions!!

I wanted to fill you in on an exciting contest that is currently being run and sponsored by the New Living Translation. We’re highlighting three ministries, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Oasis International, and The Dream Center, (click on the link to learn more details about these ministries) and by voting for one of these ministries you’ll be entered to win one of many prizes.

To enter, visit the NLT Facebook page by clicking:

There are several levels of prizes you can win, here are the details:

With the Give the Word Bible Contest and Giveaway:

• Ministries win: Each time the NLT Facebook Page reaches a fan count milestone, votes will be tallied and the three ministries will receive cash donations from the New Living Translation and Tyndale House Publishers.

• Everyone wins: Everyone who enters on the Bible Contest website wins a free download of Matthew West reading the Christmas story.

• Daily NLT Study Bible winners: Vote on the NLT Facebook page and you will be entered to win two NLT Study Bibles—one to keep and one to give away. A new winner will be chosen every day.

• Weekly Give the Word Locally winners: Tell us about a deserving local ministry on the NLT Bible Contest website and they could win five NLT Study Bibles and $250 worth of NLT products.

• One Grand Prize winner will enjoy a unique trip customized just for them and their family (or three guests of their choice), to Wycliffe Bible Translators world headquarters and the WordSpring Discovery Center where they will experience firsthand the exciting world of Bible translation. The Grand Prize winner could also choose to donate the value of the trip--$2000--to Wycliffe instead.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Amish love

After reading one of the previous compilation Amish books (An Amish Christmas) I was beyond excited to see that they were putting together another one! I loved the first book, (its the book that got me hooked on Amish fiction!) so I had some very high expectations for this book! I have to say, they did not disappoint!! "Amish love" was well put together and even more than what I expected. The book consists of three short "novellas" focusing around the lives of three different Characters. In the first story we have "A Marriage of the Heart" by Kelly Long,  with the story focusing around 2 Characters, one a young girl looking for a way to escape her dominating father, and a young man looking to find his way back into the Amish community. They marry for convenience but along the way something more blossoms!
The second novella is "What the Heart Sees" by Kathleen Fuller, and focuses around a young woman who after being involved in a horrific accident not only looses her eyesight, but a good friend as well. Throughout the novella we see her struggles and secrets that she holds onto!
And Finally the last novella is "The Healing Hearts" by Beth Wiseman, and focuses on a woman who's husband left to visit family and didn't return until 11 months later. As they struggle to find forgiveness and a way to live together again, we can slowly see love starting to blossom once again.
All in all, i loved this book, and would highly recommend it to anyone!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bonhoeffer: pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

I have to begin by saying how much I truly love reading books about the courage and bravery of those who stood up against the evil that was the Nazi party. Its one thing for us today to stand up and say its wrong and pay no cost/punishment for it. But for those who not only were in the midst of it, who not only said it was wrong, but also stood up against the evil that took place. I have the deepest respect and admiration for them, and hope that the lessons I've learned from them will make me even half the person they've shown to be.
It took me a bit to get into this book, it was so unlike many that I've read (not in a bad way though). It was thought provoking, one can't read this book mindlessly looking solely for entertainment. Bonhoeffer was one of those books that although its a difficult read is well worth the effort to hear the amazing acts of courage displayed. Honestly, this is one of those books that I don't care what religion you are, You NEED to read this. It gives you a deeper respect and look into the sacrifices that so many went to to defeat such an evil empire. Its one thing to live a life of faith, (such as Bonhoeffer did) but to face certain death and hold unwaveringly to that faith is something to be commended.
Truly, this is a book that I will be recommending to anyone and everyone.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available now at your favourite bookseller.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

A time to Embrace

I cannot say enough good things about Karen Kingsbury's books! I absolutely love reading all her books and am so excited to have a chance to review this one!

Like many of her other Books Kingsbury brings her characters to life, giving them depth and giving enough detail on them that you begin feeling like you know them! I've read "A time to dance" and loved that book so I knew that this one would be fantastic as well! (I wasn't disappointed)

The book focuses on the main characters Abby and John and after living through huge trials and temptations (you can read about that in "A time to dance"!) they are faced yet again with tragedy. Kingsbury takes us through their struggles, pains and joys as they face this new chapter of their life.

Wonderful book, I fully recommend it!!