Becoming Resilient: How to Move through Suffering and Come Back Stronger by Donna Gibbs – Book Review

Becoming Resilient: How to Move Through Suffering and Come Back StrongerBecoming Resilient: How to Move through Suffering and Come Back Stronger by Donna Gibbs has an expected publication date of September 5th 2017 by Fleming H. Revell Company. Everyone suffers disappointment, rejection, injustices, and losses, perhaps even traumatic ones. The spiritual pain born of such suffering can paralyze us, leaving us broken inside and barely getting by with the motions of life. Whether we remain stuck or move forward is determined in large part by our resilience. Continue reading

A Place Called Heaven: 10 Surprising Truths about Your Eternal Home by Dr. Robert Jeffress – Book Review

A Place Called Heaven: 10 Surprising Truths about Your Eternal Home by Dr. Robert Jeffress has an expected publication date of September 5, 2017 by Baker Books. If any of us learned we were going to move to a foreign country, we’d do everything we could to learn about that place so that we’d be prepared when moving day arrived. As Christians, we know some day we will leave our familiar country and be united with God in heaven. And yet many of us know very little about this place called heaven. In this enlightening book, bestselling author Dr. Robert Jeffress opens the Scriptures to unpack ten surprising truths about heaven and explain who we will see there and how we can prepare to go there someday. Perfect for believers or skeptics who are curious about heaven. Continue reading

The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker – Book Review

The Day the Angels FellThe Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker has an expected publication date of September 5th, 2017 by Fleming H. Revell Company and is a fiction novel. It was the summer of storms and strays and strangers. The summer that lightning struck the big oak tree in the front yard. The summer his mother died in a tragic accident. As he recalls the tumultuous events that launched a surprising journey, Samuel can still hardly believe it all happened.
After his mother’s death, twelve-year-old Samuel Chambers would do anything to turn back time. Prompted by three strange carnival fortune-tellers and the surfacing of his mysterious and reclusive neighbor, Samuel begins his search for the Tree of Life–the only thing that could possibly bring his mother back. His quest to defeat death entangles him and his best friend Abra in an ancient conflict and forces Samuel to grapple with an unwelcome question: could it be possible that death is a gift?  Continue reading

All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick – Book Review

All She Left BehindAll She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick has an expected publication date of September 5th, 2017 by Fleming H. Revell Company and is a historical fiction novel. Already well-versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s doesn’t approve of such innovations as women attending medical school. To leave grief and guilt behind, as well as support herself and her challenging young son, Jennie cares for an elderly woman using skills she’s developed on her own. When her patient dies, Jennie discovers that her heart has become entangled with the woman’s widowed husband, a man many years her senior. Their unlikely romance may lead her to her ultimate goal–but the road will be winding and the way forward will not always be clear. Will Jennie find shelter in life’s storms? Will she discover where healing truly lives?  Continue reading

Loving My Actual Christmas: An Experiment in Relishing the Season by Alexandra Kuykendall – Book Review

Loving My Actual Christmas: An Experiment in Relishing the SeasonLoving My Actual Christmas: An Experiment in Relishing the Season by Alexandra Kuykendall has an expected publication date of September 5th 2017 by Baker Books and is a Christian Living/Personal Growth Book. The Christmas season is a particularly difficult time for women to slow down and relish what’s right in front of them. An annual marker for many, it is a holiday that can often remind us how life is not going as we’d planned. Our family relationships remain strained, our finances stretched, and our schedules stuffed with too much to do in too little time. Following the formula of her successful Loving My Actual Life, Alexandra Kuykendall shares with readers her own personal experiment to be completely present in her life as it is during the holiday season. Addressing the themes of Advent and Christmas, she reflects on hope, love, joy, peace, and relishing the season, with practical pullouts on common Christmas stressors, such as finances, schedules, and extended family. Kuykendall’s signature candor helps women go easy on themselves, remember what truly matters, and find joy in their imperfect Christmases.  Continue reading

The Holy Land for Christian Travelers: An Illustrated Guide to Israel by John A. Beck

32510932The Holy Land for Christian Travelers: An Illustrated Guide to Israel by John A. Beck was published on August 1st 2017 by Baker Books. A trip to the Holy Land is on the bucket list of many Christians. But planning a meaningful trip in a place so filled with significant sites is an imposing task. Most travel guides are not prepared to link the Bible and land in an accurate and meaningful way because they are written for people of all faiths. So how can a Christian traveler prepare a trip that will illuminate God’s Word and reveal the Lord’s presence? Continue reading

The Whole Bible Story: Everything That Happens in the Bible in Plain English by William H. Marty – Book Review

32510961The Whole Bible Story: Everything That Happens in the Bible in Plain English by William H. Marty was published on August 1st 2017 by Baker Books. The Bible tells a story. The events of the Bible are exciting and awe inspiring, but often the story can get lost among the laws, genealogies, and poetry. Here, Dr. William Marty retells the entire story of the Bible in one easy-to-read, chronological account. All the stories you remember, and many of those you don’t, are part of one grand narrative. It’s the page-turning story of God’s pursuit of you–one you’ll want to read again and again. Now fully illustrated. Continue reading

The God Guarantee: Finding Freedom from the Fear of Not Having Enough by Jack Alexander with Timothy J. Keller – Book Review

32510951The God Guarantee: Finding Freedom from the Fear of Not Having Enough by Jack Alexander with Timothy J. Keller with an expected publication date of August 1st 2017 by Baker Publishing Group and is a Christian Living/Stewardship.  “Not enough” is the theme of our day. Fear, scarcity, and inequality dominate the media cycle and are constant companions in our culture. While 74 percent of Americans believe in God, we can feel our world changing in ways that simply seem out of control. We want to cling to a sovereign and loving God who tells us repeatedly in Scripture to “fear not,” yet it is estimated that nearly 90 percent of his followers have a scarcity mentality rooted in fear.  Continue reading

Every Piece of Me: Discovering the Real You by Jerusha Clark – Book Review

32510926Every Piece of Me: Discovering the Real You by Jerusha Clark with an expected publication date of August 1st 2017 by Baker Publishing Group and is a spiritual growth for women book. Throughout Scripture, God reveals himself as the great I Am. He does not define himself with reference to any thing, person, or trait. He isand that is enough. Women find themselves in a far different situation. When we introduce ourselves, we typically describe ourselves in terms of our relationships (the wife, mother, daughter, sister, or friend of someone else) or in terms of our accomplishments (our title, position, education, or accolades). When our identity is wrapped up in these external things, we inevitably (and exhaustingly!) strive to prove ourselves worthy of love, attention, or affirmation. Continue reading

Hope for the Prodigal: Bringing the Lost, Wandering, and Rebellious Home by Jim Putman with Bill Putman – Book Review

32510935Hope for the Prodigal: Bringing the Lost, Wandering, and Rebellious Home by Jim Putman with Bill Putman with an expected publication date of August 1st 2017 by Baker Publishing Group and is a Christian Living/Discipleship book. The statistics are sobering: between 80 and 90 percent of kids who have grown up in the church are leaving the church after age eighteen. Children slipping away into a culture that tells them the Bible isn’t true, sin is no big deal, God isn’t real, or there are many ways to get into heaven. Whether parents may blame themselves or the culture, the result is the same: lost souls. Continue reading