Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Mission Walker: I was given three months to live... by Edie Littlefield Sundby

The Mission Walker: I was given three months to live...

What a story this is! I love reading autobiographies- they are one of my absolute favorite genres of books. I have been blown away by several books written about and by people who, through God's grace have conquered death. In this particular one, the author documents her life battling cancer which threatened to take her life within three months. I was amazed by her desire to live and her strength to fight through each day of pain and the daily rigour of treatments and doctor's visits and bad news. 
Personally, I was a little confused by the faith held by the author, Edie Sundby. The beliefs expressed in this book would not offend anyone of Christian, Catholic, Orthodox (the author thought highly of a blessing given to her by an Orthodox priest) and maybe even Buddhist? I just found the author didn't attribute her healing to Jesus as much as she ought to have. However, this was an inspiring read and I would hope to have as much strength and will to fight cancer as she did. 
  Of course, that is not all there is to this book. As the title suggests, this book focuses on the author's miraculous walking journey  across southwestern America. Edie's goal was to live the last days of her life to the fullest and she truly enjoyed herself and continues to find zest in life. Personally, I don't know how necessary it is to walk across difficult terrain when you could die any day. I would rather invest in different relationships while staying active if possible as well as sharing the love of Jesus during my last days. However, as I'm sure is the case already, Edie's tenacity is an example and encouragemt to other cancer victimes to fight to live.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
When Edie Sundby was diagnosed with metastatic cancer and given only three months to live, she vowed to fight. She sought out the best care that the medical community could offer, and she relied on the faith she had inherited from her cotton-farmer parents. But Edie also found healing through movement. Edie knew that if she was still walking, she was still alive.

"The Mission Walker" is both an adventure story and a reflection on the universal experience of confronting our own mortality. A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.

Edie’s story shows that the sum of a million steps is a life forever changed.

Girl Talk Guy Talk: Devotions for Teens by Jesse Florea, Karen Whiting

Girl Talk Guy Talk: Devotions for Teens

This is a good book for young teens. As I read this book, I thought the advice a little basic so decided this book is best for the early teen years. I thought it interesting that the page-long chapters alternated between ''girl talk'' and ''guy talk'', making this book good for both boys and girls. Although this book is geared towards both, I assure you there was nothing in the girl chapters a guy shouldn't read and vice versa. I always appreciate when a book for young teens focuses on Biblical values and this one does. This is a good book to give a teen to read on his or her own or to use in a study. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

One of the most awkward things about growing up is learning to communicate with the opposite sex. What is she thinking? Why did he do that? Teen guys and girls know they often don't understand the opposite sex or know how to talk to one another.

Communication is a key tool in life. We interact with words, gestures, and movements. The devotions in Girl Talk Guy Talk give insights that focus on different aspects of teen life to help both guys and girls better understand and communicate with the opposite sex. Various styles of devotions, including stories, checklists, quizzes, fact-based news, text messages, and skill-building tips will encourage and equip young girls and guys to understand how the opposite sex is wired and how to best relate with them.

God's Crime Scene by J. Warner Wallace

God's Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe (Paperback) 
I was pleasantly surprised by this unique book! The author put a lot of thought and preparation into this book! Kids of a variety of ages will find this book fun to read. I absolutely loved how the author manages to keep young reader's attention (I know because as I read this I imagined myself reading it at age 8 or a little older), while introducing Bible facts concerning God's creation of the world, and salvation! I was immensely pleased with the book. Of course, older children might be a little disappointed that there is no real mystery. However, with a little word of preparation they will still read and enjoy the book. Younger (age 7, 8) readers will of course love it either way!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

NIV Kids' Visual Study Bible by Zondervan

NIV Kids' Visual Study Bible, Full Color Interior: Explore the Story of the Bible---People, Places, and History

NIV Kids' Visual Study Bible, Full Color Interior: Explore the Story of the Bible---People, Places, and History

   An excellent Bible for children to use! Young Bible readers will find the numerous visual aids interesting and helpful. There are also notes in the margins of every page, intriguing for not only children but adults as well. I speak from personal experience. This Bible has the popular NIV translation text paired with helpful explanations of different portions and words from the Bible. Parents will find the notes appropriate for younger readers (not going too in-depth with sexual portions of the Old Testament). This is a good beginner's Bible.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

The NIV Kids’ Visual Study Bible, for ages 8–12, brings the Bible to life in four-color illustrated splendor. This study Bible includes a spectacular full-color interior featuring over 700 illustrations, photos, infographics, and maps on every page that visually represent key Bible information. Each page also features important facts located near the relevant verse. Intriguing facts; colorful, engaging maps; photographs; and illustrations make this a Bible they’ll want to explore.

Over 700 four-color photographs, illustrations, infographics, and maps throughout 
Full-color design 
Book introductions, including important facts and an image to orient the reader 
One-column format with side bar study notes for ease of reading 
Presentation page 
The complete text of the New International Version (NIV) translation of the Bible 

Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul by Hannah Anderson

Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul

Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Run with Me: The Story of a U.S. Olympic Champion by Sanya Richards-Ross

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Grounded Hearts book review

Grounded HeartsGrounded Hearts
Although this is not a terribly sinful romance, it still is cheap. When one reads a book, one doesn't want to know that the heroine had every possible thought and temptation about the wounded soldier in her home. We want to admire the woman in the story. We want powerful characters who overcome sin and temptation and eventually discover they love each other. Not two humans attracted to each other simply....because. This is probably a confusing review. On a spiritual aspect, Nan is Catholic and there is a strong emphasis on how her sins (even of thoughts) have to be confessed to the Priest (who is not the best character, by the way). There is a good picture of how Catholicism is not true redemption and salvation from sin. Note how I am not expecting the main characters to be perfect, Catholic or Christian. I want to emphasize this. But either way, I would expect stronger characters in a book of this sort. For instance, this story would make a terrible movie. Every scene would be either of sexual temptation (thoughts or actions) or kissing scenes. Thankfully nothing worse, but still. Seriously. Who wants to watch such a story? There is some action, but it is useless when paired with such romance.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
In the midst of World War II, Ireland has declared herself neutral. Troops found on Irish soil must be reported and interned, no matter which side they are fighting for. When midwife Nan O’Neil finds a wounded young Canadian pilot at her door, she knows she’s taking a huge risk by letting him in. Not only is she a widow living alone, but if caught harboring a combatant, she’ll face imprisonment.

Still, something compels Nan to take in “flyboy” Dutch Whitney, an RAF pilot whose bomber has just crashed over County Clare. While she tends to his wounds and gives him a secret place of refuge, the two begin to form a mutual affection—and an unbreakable bond.

But Nan has another secret, one that has racked her with guilt since her husband’s death and made her question ever loving again. As Nan and Dutch plan his escape, can he help restore her faith?
Grounded Hearts Jeanne M. Dickson