Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Charlatan's Boy by Jonathan Rogers

I loved this book. Wildly creative, and wonderfully written!! This book is narrated by a young boy named Grady who is traveling with a con man named Floyd. Floyd tells Grady that he found him during his travels and Floyd is all Grady has, but all Grady wants is to be loved and Floyd has no love to spare. As they travel they pretend that Grady is a "feechie" a rare breed of human found deep in the swamps that no one has ever seen before. They make a decent living for awhile with this scam until people start to wise up and they have to up the ante. They try several different ideas one of which is to have Grady be the "world's ugliest boy." The desire he feels to actually BE the world's ugliest boy so that he is the best at something comes off the page and just punches you in the stomach, his longing to belong and be loved is palpable. The story moves a great pace and keeps you fully engaged and the message is wonderful, we all want to be loved and belong and we do, we all belong, somewhere. The story did not end the way I expected, it was much better! This is a wonderful book for kids, but I also enjoyed it very much as an adult!! I think you will love it just as much, click here and enjoy! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my review from WaterBrook Press, the opinions are entirely my own.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Finding Our Way Home - Charlene Ann Baumbich

What a great love story.

When I say love story, I don't just mean romantic love, although there is certainly a wonderful romantic love story in this book. The best part, is there is not just one. It is a love story of the love and a pride a mother feels for her daughter, a love that lifts her up and carries her through hard times and gives her the wings to fly and become a world famous ballet dancer.

It is a love story of a married couple whose marriage is forever altered after a terrible accident, forever altered, but not over. Their story is a story of faith, commitment and the hurdle that seemed perhaps insurmountable but when handled with love and prayer, wasn't.

It is a love story of young lovers who found something in each other that they were missing, who were able to see each other as they were and eventually realized that the feeling of love often doesn't fix everything. And that even when it is for the best, the end of a relationship is so very painful.

It is a love story of a family that acts as an umbrella when the storms come, a safe haven, even when someone is doing their best to push away. It is learning that you can grow up but the comfort of your parents and grandparents arms and unconditional love will be there waiting whenever you need it.

It is a love story of friendship. It is the story of feeling so broken and unlikable and then suddenly realizing that someone you never expected is there by your side, walking along a dark path with you, sharing their light.

It is also a love story of self, learning to stand on your own two feet while looking to heaven to keep you balanced.

I really loved this book, I think you will too! Click here and happy reading.

**I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, by WaterBrook Press. My opinions about this book are totally my own.**

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Lazarus Awakening - Joanna Weaver

Books have played a huge part in my life; because of this I treat them reverently. It is difficult for me to even highlight in a textbook so most of the time I painstakingly rewrite whatever material I want to remember into a notebook. A notebook that always gets lost in the shuffle after the course ends.

When I received the book I was a little worried because I have not read Joanna’s previous book Having a Mary heart in a Martha World, and I thought I would miss something. I was wrong, so, so wrong. From the start I was hooked, and immediately had to smile and thank God for once again, sending me what I needed because I am often too stubborn to do the work on my own.
The book tells the story of Jesus and Lazarus, a story of love and friendship, faith and strength. It also tells the story of our importance, how much God loves us and why we are so important to Him.

What hooked me in the first chapter? It was actually in the second paragraph of the first chapter. Joanna tells the story of a woman who asked to speak to her after Bible study, the woman says “ I don’t know what’s wrong with me, I could go to the worst criminal or a drug addict living on the street, and I could look him in the eye and tell him “Jesus loves you!” and meant it from the bottom of my heart” “But, Joanna, she said, I can’t seem to look in the mirror and convince myself.”

That brief conversation brought me to tears, because I could be the person talking to her, and I am sure that there are a lot of other people who feel the same way.

The book includes a 10-week study guide and TONS of information that is so incredibly useful. I was not out of the first chapter before I went to find a highlighter to mark what I felt was important and what I needed to work on. I was highlighting like crazy and then it dawned on me, WHAT was I doing?!?! I was marking up a book, and in doing so I was feeling such a huge sense of peace, this is not information that is going in a notebook to be lost. I can refer to this information any time that I need to do so, and for that I am thankful.

Don't miss out, grab a highlighter, click here and happy reading!

I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah press in exchange for this review. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Man Alive by Patrick Morley

I am going to be totally honest, I choose this book to review because it was the only one I could get in print.

I also know that God works in mysterious ways, and that this is actually the book I was meant to read. As a divorced woman I have had my share of bad relationships with the wrong men and I have been wondering lately if maybe I am just meant to be alone because maybe, there really are no more “good” men left. As a mom raising boys, I want more than anything to raise good men but I often feel like the odds are stacked against me, and them.

The media and society bombard us daily with images and idea’s of what a “good” man looks like, what a man wants, and needs and often those ideals are not in line with what I want or need.

This book is written by a man, not just for men, but to men. I felt sort of like I was doing something sneaky by reading it, that the information within was not for my knowledge, which of course made me even more curious!

I was hooked from the beginning “Over the last four decades, I’ve met one-on-one with thousands of men. Most of them know that Jesus promised a “rich and satisfying life” (John 10:10). But most men are confused about what this looks lie. In fact, I’d estimate that 90% of Christian men lead lukewarm, stagnant, defeated lives – and they hate it.”

Then, he shared some interesting statistics:
80% of men are so emotionally impaired that not only are they unable to express their feelings, but they are unable to identify their feelings.
55% percent of marriages experience financial dishonesty and it's usually the husband.
50% of men who attend church actively seek out pornography.
40% of men get divorced, affecting one million children each year.
1/3 of America's 72 million children will go to bed in a home without their biological dad. My children are included in that statistic.

And then: "the greatest cost to the physical absence of father's is the practical absence of mother. Essentially, one person must now do the work of two..."

Wow. If that is not powerful, not sure what is. Another thing Patrick Morley pointed out was that “these inner aches and pains correspond to seven primal God-given needs that all men feel deeply”

I realized while reading this that there ARE still good men out there, maybe the problem is I have been looking based on the media’s interpretation of a good man, and not God’s. Patrick states that his first book The Man in the Mirror has helped well over 3,000,000 take a deeper look at their lives. Not to shabby! So, yes, there are good men out there and this book helps all men realize their potential and gives direction on how to lead a fully alive life, which is really all we want both women and men.

I recommend this book for both men and women! Click here and happy reading!

I was given a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, my opinion is totally my own.