Monday, December 27, 2010

The Prophecy Answer Book

The Prophecy Answer Book

David Jeremiah

The Prophecy Answer Book is a little book about a lot of things! It answers questions regarding current events—like the place of Israel in end times and if oil holds a key to the prophetic events of the future—to the new Heaven and the new Earth and what we will do there. All this is backed by scriptures in the Bible. You can find out why David Jeremiah believes American isn’t mentioned in the Bible, and everything you need to know about the Tribulation. This is a very concise book, directly answering specific questions.
This book is very in depth in its answers regarding the questions. It has sections on Current Events, the Rapture, the Tribulation, the Antichrist, the Second Coming, the Millennium, and the New Heaven and the New Earth. One thing I learned was I had always heard the rapture would take place when every one had heard the Gospel. You hear, “The entire world will hear the Gospel before Christ returns…” and “Jesus could come at any time…” According to this book, for both of these statements to be true, the command to take the Gospel into the whole world is a condition not of the Rapture, but of the Second Coming of Christ. So, it would be correct to say Jesus could come at any time.
In the conclusion of the book, David Jeremiah asks, “As we see the signs of the End Times appearing, what shall we do?” His simple answer is, “When we know that Christ is coming again to this earth, we cannot go on being the same people.” I loved this book, and would recommend it to anyone who would like the prophecy questions answered by Biblical standards. I understood so much more after reading this book!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Angel Song by Sheila Walsh & Kathryn Cushman

Angel Song

Sheila Walsh &

Kahtryn Cushman

Angel Song will grip your heart from page one, and never let go. Anne experiences her sister’s death, and gets to know her sister Sarah’s neighbors as she is preparing her house to be sold. Between Ethan, Tammy, and Tammy’s son, Keith, who see angels, Anne discovers her faith in God.
Angel Song is an inspirational romance. You follow the story of Anne, who doesn’t realize her need for God. You feel Anne’s pain at her sister’s death. You see her love grow for Keith, who has Down syndrome. Ethan plays a big part in Anne’s rediscovering her faith. The characters’ development is believable, and has you rooting for them. The plot keeps you turning pages, waiting to see what happens. Anne asks, “If there is a God, why wouldn’t He take better care of the people who actually believe in Him?” This book answers this question for Anne. You will have to read the book to find the answer! You won’t be disappointed. You’ll be glad you did. This book will help you draw closer to God, and find your way. Read this book, and enjoy!

Street Judge by Judge Greg Mathis

Street Judge
Judge Greg Mathis

Street Judge is a fictionalized look at Judge Greg Mathis’ time as a Judge. We get to see his first day as a Judge, the cases he is dealing with, and the people he comes in contact with. As you start the first page, you won’t be able to put the book down. From an unsolved murder, to being accused of taking bribes, to setting up Shelia’s house, you get a bird’s eye view of what Judge Greg Mathis has to deal with.
If you like mystery, suspense, and intrigue, you will love this book. Judge Greg Mathis weaves a powerful tale. The compromising videotapes coming in the mail makes you want to help solve what is going on. This is a very engaging tale from page one. Reading Judge Greg Mathis’ reasons for opening Shelia’s House makes you realize how sincere he is with helping the youth. In real life he is the founder of Young Adults Asserting Themselves. Shelia’s House gives you an inside look to some of the issues affecting the youth.
I highly recommend Street Judge to anyone who enjoys a great book. This book makes references to the time before the Judge became Judge. If you’re interested in seeing how he became Judge, and what he overcame, I recommend his memoir Inner City Miracle.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Devil Amongst the Lawyers by Sharyn McCrumb

The Devil Amongst the Lawyers
Sharyn McCrumb
The Devil Amongst the Lawyers is one of Sharyn McCrumb’s best books yet. According to the acknowledgments in the book, it is a fictionalized version of the 1935 murder trial of Edith Maxwell, which took place in Wise County, Virginia. I was hooked on this story from page one. You follow some of the reporters traveling to Wise by way of Abingdon to cover the trial. The descriptions of Abingdon, the Martha Washington Inn, and the Barter Theater in 1935 are very interesting. They stay overnight in Abingdon, and then head on to Wise, VA. A young lady has been accused of killing her father because of a dispute over her curfew. The story unfolds of the life of the young lady and her family, and their life in Wise.
This story was very entertaining and thought provoking. You follow along and learn what is going on as the reporters learn. The dialogue is easy to follow, and you can keep up with the characters and what is going on with them. The big city reporters describe the scene as a “back of beyond” place, a phrase from the book. Another reporter decides to tell the truth about what he sees. He ends up getting fired from his job for reporting the truth. Between following the trial, learning some of the history of Abingdon and Wise, and having some characters with the Sight, this book was a delight. I would recommend it to anyone who likes trials, history, suspense, or other Sharyn McCrumb books.
I was left with one question while reading the book. When Nora Bonesteel was traveling to Wise, she encountered another woman on the train. Nora says to herself, “There wasn’t any point in telling the woman something that she wouldn’t believe anyhow. She would find out for herself soon enough.” What did the lady find out when she got to Knoxville? It is never revealed.
The side story of Henry, one of the reporters, is very touching. I cried at a couple of places. The descriptions of what he goes through, and how he got to where he was in the book, will touch your heart. I recommend this book wholeheartedly.

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Spine of the Virginias by Michael Abraham

The Spine of the Virginias
By: Michael Abraham

This book is about the counties bordering Virginia and West Virginia. Michael Abraham talks to people and records their stories here. You will feel a connection to the people portrayed here, as well as learn the history relative to each area. Whether you are from this area or not, you will be drawn in by the stories of hope, faith, love, and loss.
I loved this book! Reading about how West Virginia was formed, learning Mountain Lake Hotel’s original purpose, capturing the history of coal mining, and getting Dreama Denver’s (Bob Denver’s wife) perspective on West Virginia keep you turning the pages.
Sis and Ivan Puffenbarger owned a sugar-maple business. As you read their story, you will be cheering them on, and then crying with them. You will experience Grundy’s dilemma with flooding, and see how they are coping and revitalizing. The most poignant section of the book is Michael Abraham’s insight to McDowell County, West Virginia.
I came away with two quotes from the book that really spoke to me. One is “Education is the key to achievement”. The other appeared on the last page, “Tough times don’t last. Tough people do”. Throughout this book, these quotes are expounded upon and brought to light. Some of the people included in the stories went on to college, but came back to the area they were from. All faced hardships, but read how they persevered. When you finish this book, you will still be thinking about it.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Cast of Characters by Max Lucado

Cast of Characters
Common People in the Hands of an Uncommon God
By: Max Lucado

Cast of Characters is about the people of the Bible. How did God use them? Can God use us, too? Learn about Joseph, Matthew, John, Paul, and others from the Bible. See how imperfect they were, how God used them anyway, and be encouraged! God can take little and make it much; He can take common people and change the world!

After reading this book, I felt so encouraged. Seeing how God used Matthew—the tax collector who cheated people; Moses—the murderer; and David—a man after God’s own heart, who stumbled often, for example, I am reassured. God takes the common and does extraordinary things!

Max Lucado takes these people of the Bible, and their situations, and lets you see how easy it could be one of us. For example, Moses and the burning bush is a well-known story. How about “The Voice from the Mop Bucket?” Hank is a janitor who used to be an executive, before he killed a mugger. He would rather hide than go to jail. Moses killed the Egyptian and went into hiding. Then God called him to lead the Israelites. Then there’s David facing the giant. We face giants everyday—divorce, depression, alcohol, insecurity, and many, many others. We need to face these like David did; rush your giant with a God-saturated soul. Two sentences stick with me after reading this book: Focus on giants—you stumble. Focus on God—your giants tumble. Read this book and watch your faith increase!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

A Man of His Word by Kathleen Fuller

You will not want this book, A Man of His Word by Kathleen Fuller, to end. From the moment you find out she is going to be Mrs. Levi Miller, you are hooked. This story is about an Amish girl who is going to marry her dream guy. Of course, like real life, something goes wrong. Following her story throughout the book instills faith and love. By following how she deals with a husband who has abandoned her, left the Amish faith, and turned his back on their baby, you realize God has so much more in store for her. Seeing how she comes to terms with what life has dealt her will give you encouragement in the trials you face.
This romantic story challenges your faith, and helps you see God will be there for you. The plot is very well developed, as are the characters. You find yourself rooting for Gabriel and for Moriah to figure out who she really loves. You feel the struggles of Gabriel’s father. It is very interesting learning more about the Amish faith. There is even a listing of what the words mean in the front of the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romances and especially books about the Amish faith.

The Well-Behaved Child by John Rosemond

The Well-Behaved Child

John Rosemond

This book is about how to raise a well-behaved child. Part of the title says discipline that works. Does this book provide the answers? Can it help you raise a well-behaved child? I have read the book and I say it can lay the ground work to a well-behaved child. It is geared more toward the 2-12 age range, but if you have an older child, I would implement these rules first and proceed from there. In this book are many tried and true ways to have a well-behaved child. One quote I like from the book is “Children like to misbehave..misbehavior is addictive.” The child learns they get a reaction from their parents when they misbehave, but they really want to do better.

This book is about ways to cultivate a well-behaved child. “Punishment is every bit as necessary to raising a well-behaved child as weeding is to growing a successful garden.” “A garden cannot weed itself, and children cannot discipline themselves.” Parents have to take an active role in the discipline of their children. “Parental yelling is a sign that parents have lost confidence in themselves.” This book shows you how to deal effectively with your child and teach them discipline in a loving way. “Effective punishment can only be done out of love.”

I like the way this book is set up and the ways John Rosemond shows you how to have a well-behaved child. It is very straightforward and filled with loving and understanding ways to get through to your child and teach them.

The Long Way Home by Andrew Klavan



When I first picked this book up, I was excited about reading it. Charlie West is an accused murderer and supposed terrorist. This book is about him proving his innocence. From the first page, you are hooked and don’t want to put the book down. The story is told in an energizing, energetic manner. You find out how his friends help him along the way, and the different situations Charlie gets in to prove who the murderer really is.
This story is suspenseful, romantic and entertaining. The action doesn’t stop from page one. This is the second book in a series. The first book is “The Last Thing I Remember”. I recommend reading the books in order. You can then relate better to the characters in the story. The back of the book tells you all this action is going to happen. You are not disappointed. From the attack at the library to the surprise visitor at the mansion, you are kept on your toes wondering what is going to happen next. The title of the book, “The Long Way Home”, is appropriate. He has to go home to find out who he is. It is there he realizes who his friends are and who the murderer is. Sometimes you can’t do it by yourself. It is then you find out who your true friends are. The romantic side plot adds another dimension to the mix, as well as his faith in God. I highly recommend this book. This book is listed as for young adults, but I found it very engaging. I can not wait until the next book comes out in this series.

The Lightkeeper's Daughter by Colleen Coble

The Lightkeeper’s Daughter

Colleen Coble

This story is about a woman who grew up thinking she knew who she was. Addie Sullivan lives in a lighthouse with her mother and father. Her father dies and it is just her and her mother. Then a stranger comes along who tells her she is not who she thinks she is and she begins a journey to find out who she really is. Along the way, she realizes the strength of her faith and her love.
The Lightkeeper’s Daughter held me from the first page. I didn’t want to put the book down. The struggles this woman faced, like having a complete stranger tell her she wasn’t who she thought she was, really brought home the fact that each one of us must learn who we are and what we believe in. Your parents can tell you, your friends can tell you, but only as you live and learn about yourself, can you truly appreciate who you are and what you stand for. What we endure in life and how we react to it, defines what kind of person we are. As Addie discovers the life she would have had, she discovers the person she is. This book has romance, intrigue and inspiration. See for yourself what a great book this is!

Going Rogue by Sarah Palin

Going Rogue

Sarah Palin

I have waited so long to read this book by Sarah Palin. I was not disappointed! This book is straightforward, funny, enlightening and inspiring. Hard to believe you could get all that from a politician!! One quote from the book that defines what this book is about is: “Sometimes life throws you a curveball, but how thankful we should be that life is never boring. Sometimes surprising challenges pop up; then we see what we’re made of as we make choices about how to react to the circumstances.”
This book follows Sarah Palin’s journey from growing up in Alaska to the Presidential campaign trail with John McCain. You find out about her love of Alaska, her loyalty to America and why she is the way she is. It was very interesting to find out where she got her kids’ names from. I enjoyed learning how she trimmed the budget when she became governor of Alaska. I would love for her to become President and see what she could do to the national debt! She went against all normal guidelines for politicians and turned things around for her state. Her work and family issues helped shape her into the person she is today.
On the Presidential campaign trail, she goes into detail of what she faced and how she faced it. Most of her family traveled with her. Her oldest son, Track, was in the army at this time and wasn’t with her. Her husband, Todd, was very supportive. This book gave an in depth look at life on the campaign trail. From the many cities they traveled to, to the many different people they met along the way. It was very grueling, but she found many highlights along the way.
After finding out they lost the election, she went back to Alaska. This book also details all the ethics violations that were thrown her way when she got back home, and all the other difficulties that she had to deal with. I don’t think she wanted to resign being governor of Alaska, however, she has left it in God’s hands and looks forward to what will happen next.
Going Rogue is very open and straightforward. If you have any questions about Sarah Palin, they are answered in this book. One surprising facet of this book is her faith in God. It is inspiring to hear her talk of her faith in God and how He helped her through the things she had to deal with. She had to rely on him when she fought the oil companies and again when her son Trig was born with Down’s syndrome. This book is very inspirational and has left me with a feeling that I can accomplish anything I set out to do. For a great read pick up Sarah Palin’s book, Going Rogue, today

Fearless by Max Lucado


Max Lucado

This book is about the different fears we face and how to overcome them. A quote from the book: “Fear may fill our world, but it doesn’t have to fill our hearts.” That is the scope of this book. Fearless shows you exactly how to become fearless. It gives you 8 worry-stoppers and tells you God never sends you out alone. The best quote from the book is, “These little troubles are getting us ready for an eternal glory that will make all our troubles seem like nothing”. No matter what you are worried about or are afraid of, read this book and see how to overcome. You can live a life without fear.
Fearless is a very inspiring book. While reading it, you see where you could change to make yourself feel better about your situation. The eight worry-stoppers are a great example: pray first, easy now, act on it, compile a worry list, evaluate your worry categories, focus on today, unleash a worry army, and the best one, let God be enough. “Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need”. I recommend this book to anyone who is worried or afraid about anything. God doesn’t want us to live that way, and this book is a great help in how to overcome.

Everyday Greatness by Stephen Covey

Are you looking for a book to inspire and challenge you to go above and beyond what you are doing now? Then this book is for you!! The book, Everyday Greatness by Stephen R Covey, sets out to apply “character-driven living” principles to our own lives using adversity and challenge. The inside cover says “Everyday Greatness will help you discover inspiring, mind-expanding insight and solutions to your personal challenges.” I love this book because the stories in it are very inspiring. Each one speaks to you in a different way. Some of the stories are from famous people like Chuck Norris, Betty Ford, and Henry David Thoreau. Other stories are from people you would never hear about. The quotes that are used after each section mean just as much as the stories themselves.

The stories are very personal and each one has you feeling like you can do more than you are doing now. Every story has you thinking, “How can I be a better person, how can I help someone?” Betty Ford talks about her alcohol and drug addictions and how she overcame them. Chuck Norris talks about creating your own breaks. “If you want to accomplish anything in life, you can’t just sit back and hope it will happen. You’ve got to make it happen.” There are also stories where one person changed one life. If we can only help one person, it is worth it. The story of “The Boy Who Couldn’t Read” was very inspiring. Tyler Currie finds out a student in his classroom can’t read. The boy has been passed along each year from one grade to the next. This teacher decides to do something. He teaches the boy to read. It took one person to feel compassion and to find what would trigger the child’s learning.

This book is for anyone who wants to be nudged to do more. If you feel there is more you should be getting out of life, this book will help you find it. You cannot fully appreciate this book “Everyday Greatness” until you read it from cover to cover. Parts will make you cry, some will make you laugh, and others will make you think. But through it all, you are being motivated to do your best in all that you do. And what more could anyone ask?

Called to Worship by Vernon Whaley

Called to Worship

Vernon M Whaley

As I read this book, Called to Worship, I felt a pull to worship more and learn all I could about worship. This book describes worship from Genesis to Revelation, and beyond to Eternity. Using stories about everyday people, events, and biblical heroes, Vernon Whaley articulates what worship is, and how we can more fully worship God as He would have us worship Him. This book is not about the routine of worship, but why we worship.
A quote from the book, “God expects us to reserve time for Him so that He can refresh us as we fellowship with Him”, really touched my heart. I stay so busy all the time, and forget I need to stop and rest just as God did on the 7th day. The book showed me how to rest more productively and to get all I could from worshipping God, from understanding why to giving worship to God. The last section of the book discusses worship in Eternity. I can’t wait to experience it!! Read this book so you can too.

Buried Alive by Roy Hallums

Buried Alive

Roy Hallums

I was really anticipating getting to read this book. Buried Alive is about a man, Roy Hallums, who is held captive in Iraq for 311 days from 2004-2005.. This book is about his struggle to stay alive and make it back home. This is a true story told by Roy Hallums after he was rescued by coalition forces.
This story is very frightening and opens your eyes as to what is going on in Iraq. It is very scary what the prisoners of war deal with. You get a bird’s eye view of the horrors they face. Roy Hallums gives you the whole story by including when and how his family found out about his capture. You are also updated throughout the book as to how they felt and what they went through to have his capture revealed. At first his capture was kept secret until the family went to the news. I felt very sad and and discouraged while reading this true account. No one knew where he was. No one knew where he had gone. Reading how his rescuers brought him back home makes you wish they could go in and get all the prisoners. But some prisoners get killed before they have a chance of being rescued and some are never found. This book left me glad that he was rescued but overall sad about the whole situation in Iraq.

The Money Answer Book by Dave Ramsey

The Money Answer Book
By Dave Ramsey
This book is a handy little book of money questions and answers. I have read Dave Ramsey’s other books, The Total Money Makeover and others, but this book takes specific questions and gives exact answers. The book is divided into sections, so you know where to go look for your question. Along the way, you just might learn something about a different topic.

I really like this book. I like the fact that I don’t have to read a whole chapter to find an answer. It is right on the page. Ramsey does have advice interwoven throughout the book also. He states, “Fun can be bought with money, but happiness cannot.” You need to have savings to catch the items you know you are going to have to pay for, such as another car, college, retirement, or you will always be broke. Questions dealing with credit cards, bankruptcy, insurance, and mortgages are answered in this book. I feel like this book would be best to go along with Dave Ramsey’s other books, but as long as you know his general ideas, it is a great book to have. He goes into some detail about the emergency fund, debt snowball, and investing, but I feel his other books explain more about the processes.

A Summer Secret by Kathleen Fuller

A Summer Secret
By: Kathleen Fuller

This is another great story by Kathleen Fuller. A Summer Secret is about an Amish girl, Mary Beth, who finds a Yankee boy, Sawyer, in an abandoned barn—which is where she escapes to when she needs time alone. Mary Beth, and her brother Johnny, discover Sawyer hiding out in the barn. They decide to keep him a secret from their parents. This is the story of how faith and trust come into play in ordinary lives. Read about Mary Beth’s journey from a young girl—wanting to slip away for some alone time, to a young adult—realizing what family, love, and trust is all about.
I really liked this book; once I started it, I couldn’t put it down. Kathleen Fuller has done her research on Amish families and ways of life. Whatever is going on in the story, she explains it so the reader can see what is happening. This is the book for a great Christian Amish romance. Finding out what caused Sawyer to be in the barn to begin with—and what happens to him in the end—keeps you intrigued throughout the book.

A Century Turns by William J Bennett

“A Century Turns” is a book about the historical events over the last 20 years. This book, by William J Bennett, talks about the changes in politics, economics, war, and other facets that transformed America. If you enjoy a good history book, this book is for you. Everything is discussed—from the 1988 election to the 2008 Presidential Race.

I was hooked on this book from the very beginning. Bennett’s writing style makes for an easy read, but his subjects keep you interested. He is very knowledgeable about the multifaceted events of what is going on. Reading about the true events that have occurred in the last 20 years brought back many emotions. The terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the OJ Simpson car chase are just a few events discussed. If you want to read more about Bill Clinton, George W Bush Sr. and Jr., and President Barack Obama this is the book to read!