Thursday, December 23, 2010

One Thousand Gifts

I do not normally do this as this will be a book that I buy and am not obliged to review, but the author (Ann Voskamp) of a luminous blog that I am a regular reader of has written a book to be released soon and I cannot wait to read it.  For a preview of her wonderfully deep, yet uplifiting prose you must visit her blog and sink deep in the rich words and images.  You may find her book here to pre-order. 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Next up!

Life Without Limits

by Nick Vujicic
 I am super excited about the next book on it's way to me from Waterbrook Multnomah!  Maybe you have heard of this amazing man on a video or a forward from a friend, but in this book, Mr. Vujicic tells his life story and how he not only makes it through, but lives a victorious life.   Stay tuned for the review!

What a book!

I received my copy of Under the Overpass by Mike Yankoski yesterday in the mail and had finished it before I went to bed last night.  I could not put down this attention-catching book!  Rarely does a book captivate me so deeply, but the conviction on this young man's heart, place there by the Holy Spirit, to walk 5 months in the life of the homeless was clear.  Five months and 5 major US cities later and the understanding of what the homeless in our nation face was more real than he ever expected it to be.  This book is not a challenge for believers to do the same as the author did, but to listen to the Holy Spirit and respond in complete willingness to conviction.  The challenge is clear- how do you live out what you believe?  Do you DO anything about the needs in those around you or just give lip service to their pain?  I highly recommend this book to any believer, young or old.  It crosses age and denominational lines and gets to the heart of the matter.  Get it today!

*Please note: this book was provided free of charge by Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my unbiased review.

*Updated: What can you do about the homeless in America?  Here are some links to find out:
Christmas Under the Overpass
Read the first chapter of Under the Overpass

Monday, November 15, 2010

A New Blogging resource AND Book on the way!

Big news!  I am adding another blogging source to my repertoire and it is open to you as well without an application process!  Blogging for Books by Waterbrook Multnomah is looking for more book reviewers.  Click on the link to the left and check them out for yourself!  I was impressed at their selection and the easy usefulness of their site.  Let me know what you think! 

My first selection from their company is one I am very excited about.  Under The Overpass by Mike Yankioski captured my attention even in the midst of the plethora of other offered titles.  It is on it's way to me now so look for a review very soon. 

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Grace Of God- upcoming!

A bonus book to review from Thomas Nelson!  Occasionally they will throw one in there and it is always exciting when it does.  This one comes from one of my favorite speakers, Andy Stanley.  You will have to wait for the review until October 19th when it will be released, but here is what Thomas Nelson has to say about it:

Learn how God's grace can and will transform you.
None of us deserve what God offers, a life free from sin and hope for a glorious future, but unbelievably it's ours for the taking. Why? Because of God's grace. The unmerited favor, the lavish love and kindness he pours out on us, and has, since Creation.
But if it's so available then why do we live a grace-less life? Why are our churches filled with disillusioned Christians, weary of religion's demands, struggling with personal defeat because of issues or behaviors?
Join pastor Andy Stanley as he traces grace through the Old and New Testament, observing God's grace at work in the lives of some of the best, and worst, characters. He also uses personal stories from his own life to reveal how grace is not a natural response but is the most essential one. Together these stories unravel the mystery of grace and tell of its transforming power to set us free.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

On it's way: The Big Red Bible!

My 7 year old will be my review buddy on the next selection from Thomas Nelson!  On it's way to me now!  Here is what the publisher has to say about this one:

The same "Big Red" Bible that you've trusted for 25 years . . . now with updated, fresh, 3-D art for today's video-game generation. A full-text of the International Children’s Bible translation with bright Red cover and ALL NEW contemporary art, that was created especially for children ages 6 to 12. “Big Red” has been updated with an all new collection of beautiful full color pages, illustrating treasured Bible stories. Inside the type is big and readable for this age group. Kids will love having a Bible to take to church that’s easy-to-read and understand!

Searching for God Knows What

Searching For God Knows What by Donald Miller is a though provoking look at redemption.  His unique memoir-styled writing can take some getting used to, but when you glimpse the gold nuggets of truth in what he has crafted it is well worth the look.  Mr. Miller challenges the reader to think, look at things from a different perspective and challenges long held customs and attitudes held by "the church" in comparison to what the bible actually says.  It is a personal journey, when you read one of his books and this one no less.  Do you really know what you are searching for?  Do you even know why you are searching?  God does and he longs to share it with you!  Though it takes some discipline to stick with this book until it begins to pull together and make cohesive sense (at least for this blogger) it is well worth it. 

*Note: a copy of this book was provided compliments of Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for the honest review of this blogger.