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.