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Friday, March 27, 2015

Facing the Blitz

FACING THE BLITZ

By Jeff Kemp

We all have trials in our lives; Jeff Kemp compares the trials to blitzes in football. Jeff is a retired NFL quarterback and uses his football background to help others with, what he calls, blitzes in their lives. There are three strategies for turning trials into triumphs;

1. Take a long-term view,
2. Be willing to change,
3. Reach out to others.

Jeff divides each of these into different parts. He uses scripture verses and stories to explain his points. At the end of each chapter, he includes questions divided into two sections,

Time out for self-reflection,
Run the play: practical application,

These are helpful in understanding and putting into use the information you have read.

If you enjoy and understand football, you will enjoy this book. I found the points that Jeff was making easy to understand with my minimum understanding of football, so do not let the football reference keep you from reading this book and finding help with trials that come your way. This book will help you to handle them. The last chapter is about finding your power source, God is there to help.

I received this book free from Bethany House for purpose of this review, I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions I have expressed are my own.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bible in Pop Culture

All You Want to Know About

THE BIBLE IN POP CULTURE

By Kevin Harvey

Kevin Harvey offers a different view on superheroes in comics, popular movies and pop songs. His view is one that many would not even think of as a Biblical view. This book shows that God shows up in the most unusual places and that God can use anything to communicate with us.

Kevin compares the stores of superheroes, such as Superman and Spiderman, how their values and lives compare to the Bible teachings. The movie The Book of Eli and the TV show Lost are just two offerings that have Biblical values to share. Each chapter has a section on everyday quotes that we all have used and shows the Bible verses where they came from. A trivia quiz section is offered in each chapter and at the end of the book. Also at the end of the book, there is a collection of games and puzzles with a Biblical theme.

Not everyone will agree with Kevin in what he sees in these pop culture items. Is it possible that having pop culture offer redeeming values is a part of God's plan? God directed men in the writing of His Word, the Bible, so why, couldn't He use the writers of comics, movies, TV shows and songs to communicate with the non-believers and believers.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. 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

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Harvest of Hope

A HARVEST OF HOPE

Song of Blessing -Book 2

By Lauraine Snelling

This book is part of the Song of Blessing collection, if you are not familiar with the collection, do not worry. The author introduces you to each character, so you will not miss out on the story. The time is 1905 in Blessing, ND, a small growing town with a new hospital and some growing pains. Miriam, a nursing student, is returning after a family emergency in Chicago. She is in Blessing working at the hospital as part of her schooling.

Lauraine does a great job describing the time period and the people of Blessing, she makes you feel like you are there and part of the story. There is romance, humor and troubles in the town, but most of all there is God. Lauraine uses scripture verses throughout the story and shows how a belief in God is very important in all parts of our lives. The people come together to face many problems that take place in their small town and the author shows how their faith gets them through each problem.

I have not read any of the other books in this collection, but would definitely read the others and would recommend any books by this author.

I received this book free from Bethany House for purpose of this review, I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions I have expressed are my own.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Easter Stories

EASTER STORIES

Classic Tales for the Holy Season

A collection of twenty-seven stories by different authors sharing the true meaning of Easter. Easter is not colored eggs and bunny rabbits; Easter is about Jesus Christ and what he has done for us. The stories in this book share that story. There are tales of forgiveness, repentance and taking our sin upon Himself.

Some of the authors are, the Grimm brothers, C S Lewis, Walter Wangerin Jr. Elizabeth Goudge and others great authors sharing the true Easter story. Some of them are short and to the point, but all are short enough that they can be read aloud for a great family time or group session.

The book, not only has great stories, compiled by Miriam LeBlanc, but has beautiful original woodcuts by Lisa Toth.

I found the stories very inspiring and especially liked the stories titled The Ragman and Robin Redbreast. These two stories were very enjoyable reading and would be great to share at a family get-together. This book would make a great gift for Easter and/or a great gift anytime.

I received this book free from Handlebar Marketing for purpose of this review, I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions I have expressed are my own.
http://www.plough.com/en/ebooks/e/easter-stories

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Think Act Be Like Jesus

THINK ACT BE LIKE JESUS

Becoming a New Person in Christ

By Randy Frazee with Robert Noland

A companion to the author’s book Believe, which was about living like Jesus and had scripture verses to help us how to be like Jesus. Randy takes the same categories of Think like Jesus, Act like Jesus, Be like Jesus and add to them with examples from his life. The information in this book may be used with the information of the Believe book, which will give us a new way of looking at ourselves and the need for us to grow and help us become more like Jesus. He divides each section into ten parts and adds key questions, ideas and applications to explain those areas that we may need to work on in our lives.. He added a fourth part to this book called the transformation. This is where we take what we have learned in the other sections and put them to work in our lives to accomplish our goal of developing a plan for our own beliefs, practices, and virtues--to make the move from head to heart, for blessing others and glorifying God, as Jesus would have us do.

A few of the subjects covered under Think like Jesus, are God, salvation, and identity in Christ. Subjects under Act like Jesus include worship, prayer, and total surrender. Under Be like Jesus the subjects include love, joy and self-control. I found the information in this book very helpful and combining it with the book Believe, to be a excellent way to reach a goal of being like Jesus.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers. 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

Monday, March 2, 2015

Are they real?

VISITS TO HEAVEN AND BACK
ARE THEY REAL?

By Mark Hitchcock

Near Death Experience (NDE) - is the subject of many bestselling books and Mark Hitchcock offers his opinion on the subject. He gives a list of forty books that are about NDE and out of those gives a report on four of the bestsellers. In these reports, he gives a complete outline of what the books covers. He explains why this type of book is popular and compares the ideas covered in each book. There are discrepancies and contradictions in each story, which Mark discusses. Mark devotes a full chapter, with information, about how the Bible describes Heaven.

He discusses Death Bed Visions (DBV) and gives some examples.

One of the Appendixes at the end of the book, Mark answers to commons questions about death and Heaven. Some of the questions he answers are; What happens when you die? Will we know each other in Heaven? Etc. Scripture verses about Heaven are in another of the appendixes.

I found the book easy to read and covered the subject of NDE very well. The information given will help you to understand Heaven and Hell and what the Bible tells us about them.

A quote by Billy Graham included in this book:

"Only in Heaven will we know exactly what heaven is like."

I received this book free from the Tyndale House Publishers. 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