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Voices of the Faithful Book 2

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Book Description:

A new year’s worth of inspiring stories from the front lines of faith.

“A willingness to go is all they have in common,” exclaim Beth Moore and Kim P. Davis, speaking of their friends on the front lines who are spreading the gospel around the world and with whom they collaborated to create this book. This second book of 366 daily devotionals features stories of God’s faithfulness, written by hundreds of missionaries worldwide.

From stirring miracles to heroic adventures, this second volume highlights those who daily go to the outer limits of spiritual devotion.

A follow-up to the first book which has now sold over 300,000 copies.

My Thoughts:

This book features daily entries written by missionary serving throughout the world  in their struggles, joys, and inspirations of every day life. When reading through this devotional book, you’ll find numerous sections each month that deal with specific topics such as the “Lesson’s From The Young” which is the section for the month of  September and it’s one of my favorite throughout the whole book.

Each of the stories you’ll find have specific title, an entry, of which is then followed by a daily prayer. This is just enough to get you going through out your day. I found myself, after reading one of the entries for September ( the 12th) pondering it, and taking the verse mentioned as well as the life lesson to heart ( may we all be bold! Mathew 18:3-4)).

I think this book would make a great devotional for someone in the mission field or someone that may be considering it.  Kim Davis and Beth Moore have done an excellent job! Five stars!

I review for Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers

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Forever Richard by Sue Dent

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The saga of redemption and spiritual triumph readers enjoyed in Never Ceese continues in Forever Richard. Cassie Felts, graduate student and reluctant believer of such things as vampires and werewolves, couldn’t be happier for Richard and Ceese Porter. Their curses lifted and after hundreds of years apart, they can now celebrate being brother and sister once more. Even Rodney, Cassie’s college roommate and former nemesis, shares her relief. But will the faith that saved Richard and Ceese be enough to defeat the new evil that threatens them all? Cassie learns that Dr. Clayton Henderson, the corrupt stem-cell researcher, has acquired the vampire’s curse and has managed to transfer it to Rodney’s troubled, drug-addicted buddy Josh. Addict or vampire, Cassie can see Josh isn’t handling his new cravings for blood any better than he did his old habit. Their best hope seems to be taking Josh to Richard’s isolated country estate in England. There, Josh can learn to temper his desire to curse another while they try to figure out how to deal with the impossible-to-kill Dr. Henderson. Their mission becomes more complicated when they find a new vampire inhabiting Richard’s castle, a malevolent werewolf stalking Ceese, and a long-lost relative who shows up carrying a sawed-off shotgun and an ancient knife he claims has supernatural powers. Will the faith that redeemed two lost souls before be enough to overcome the wicked forces that now threaten to destroy them all?

My Thoughts:

I felt a little lost in reading this book. The prologue had me quite confused as it jumped all over the place so I had a really hard time getting into the story. I felt like I was thrown midway in, questioning everything, and struggling to understand each character. I’m sure if I read the first book in this series that I would’ve enjoyed this book more.

I did enjoy the aspects of the characters that were vampires and werewolves in search of being cured from their curse.  This is a twist I haven’t heard or read of in common vampire/werewolf themed stories. I also like how the book wasn’t dreadfully dark and depressing either.

I would recommend picking this book up if you are looking for something a little different and particularly clean for once in vampire/ werewolf oriented story. Overall, I’ll say it’s best to read each of these books in the order they were written.

Three Stars ***

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Redemption, Redemption Series #1 by Karen Kingsbury & Gary Smalley

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My Thoughts…
By Karen Kingsbury & Gary Smalley / Tyndale House

Kari Baxter Jacobs is furious, hurt, and confused. Her husband, Tim, a respected professor of journalism, is having an affair with a student. Stunned, Kari returns home to the Baxter family to sort things out. But when an old flame comes back into her life, she is more confused than ever. How can Kari forgive her husband? What could possibly ease the pain? And what about her own revived feelings for Ryan, a man she knows she should avoid? As Kari searches for answers, an unexpected discovery gives her hope for the future. But when she faces her darkest hour, can she find the faith and strength she needs to move on? A story of redemption and love at all costs.

My Thoughts:

I found this book to be refreshing and easy to follow, which is something I highly value in books. Throughout this story you’ll learn about the Baxter family and other’s in close relationship to them, though the main focus is on Kari Baxter and the struggles she encounters with her husband Tim.

I personally like how prayer and  scripture was added into this book. The characters I found believable and enjoyed getting to know bits and pieces of who they were. I  definitely will pick up the next few books in this serious to learn more about the Baxter’s walk with Lord in life through joys, struggles, and heartache…all which most people go through in their own lives daily. It’s nice  to have a book to relate too that tackles the harder questions and topics not commonly mentioned in christian fictional stories.

I recommend this book if you are looking for a great christian series to keep you captivated for awhile. I give this book 4 stars.

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Book Review:Religion Saves: And Nine Other Misconceptions by: Mark Driscoll

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By Mark Driscoll / Crossway Books & Bibles

Inspired by 1 Corinthians, in which Paul answers a series of questions posed by the people in the Corinthian church, Pastor Mark Driscoll set out to determine the most controversial questions among visitors to the Mars Hill Church website. In the end, 893 questions were asked and 343,203 votes were cast. The top nine questions: birth control, humor, predestination, grace, sexual sin, faith and works, dating, the emerging church, and the regulative principle are now each answered in a chapter of Religion Saves.

My Thoughts:

First, I’d like to state that this book is not for the faint of heart. I think to properly receive when reading this book, you have to come into it with an open mind and with that being said, let me enlighten you with my own thoughts on this read.

Author and Pastor Mark Driscoll has written this book in the means to shed light on questions that may seem hard to answer, questions certain people tend to draw the line  on and never bring up again. As being a believer myself, seeking to be scriptural correct and wanting to have Bible based theological answers is important, when those hard question do come up. I enjoyed reading reading Driscoll’s bold, firm and very straightforward views. I’m sure most believers would agree that sexual sin, and the other issue brought up in this book shouldn’t be patted down and should be hit head on.

Though I don’t necessarily agree with all that this Pastor believes and brings forward, I would still recommend this book to those that would like to delve deeper into the issues he covers.

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My Story Bible: 66 Favorite Stores by Godfrey & Grudina

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My Story Bible: 66 Favorite Stories

By Jan Godfrey & Paola Bertolini Grudina / Tyndale House

Pique your 3- to 6-year-olds’ interest about the Word of God! This colorful storybook features charming illustrations that will capture kids’ attention and a writing style that combines imaginative text, repetitive phrases, and engaging descriptions to bring the characters alive. Your children will remember these popular and lesser-known Bible stories for years to come. 144 pages, hardcover from Tyndale.

My Thoughts…

I don’t know what more you could ask for in Bible Story book than what this book has to offer.  Jan Godfrey author of this book, has done a wonderful job in breaking down sometimes difficult to comprehend Bible stories .  The simplicity of this book is perfect for children to read on their own as well as being read to during family Bible time.

Throughout this book, you’ll find 66  stories taken from Genesis all the way to Revelations.  You’ll learn about Noah, Moses, Jesus, Naaman, and more. I love that stories that may not be commonly heard at church like the story of Naaman are added into the mix.

Being a graphic designer myself and a fellow believer, I appreciate the beautiful faith inspired illustrations by Paola Bertolini Grudina, in which I am sure children will as well.

I imagine when reading through these stories that children will have engaging questions, which is wonderful in growing their knowledge in God and challenging whomever may be reading the book to answer.

This book is written for 3-6 year olds. I’m waiting to read it to my daughter but I am sure we’ll both be enjoying it together for years and years to come!

I highly recommend this book!  It’s a wonderful way to share many Bible stories with your children or the children in your life.  It would also make a wonderful gift!

Stars 5 *****

Take a Peek:

Feel free to read the first chapter at Tyndale Media Center. (PDF file)

I am a reviewer for Tyndale Media Center. You can browse other Tyndale for Kids Books at www.tyndale.com/kids.

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Veiled Freedom by J. M. Windle

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By J.M. Windle / Tyndale House

Naive and idealistic, relief worker Amy Mallory arrives in Kabul ready to change the world. She soon discovers that as a woman in Afghanistan, the challenges she faces are monumental. As the new security chief to the Minister of the Interior, former Special Forces veteran Steve Wilson is disillusioned to find that the country he fought to set free has fallen into its old habits of greed and corruption. Afghani native Jamil returns to his homeland seeking a job while his painful past continues to haunt him. All three search for truth…and freedom…but at what cost?

My thoughts …

Veiled Freedom is one of those books that draws you into the story and you find yourself not wanting to put it down. Author Jeannette Windle has done an excellent job in capturing her readers with an impacting story of real characters dealing with very real situations. The intricate detail is spot on placing you right there visually in each atmosphere and  situation.

Not many books lately have drawn me in as this one has. I found myself learning lots of new things and questioning others.This book is a perfect story of perseverance and hurt and trials.

If you like realism, love, trust, friendships, action, adventure, twist and turns that will have you on the edge of your seat, then this book is for you! I will definitely be reading more titles by this author.

You can read the first chapter of Veiled Freedom by following this link.

I am a reviewer for Tyndale Media Center. You can browse other Tyndale Books at www.tyndale.com

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