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

Chasing Secrets: Elite Guardians, Book #4 by Lynette Eason – Book Review

32496983Chasing Secrets: Elite Guardians, Book #4 by Lynette Eason with an expected publication date of August 2017 by Revell. Synopsis: Elite Guardians bodyguard Haley Callaghan may be in South Carolina, but when a photo leads investigators in West Ireland to open a twenty-five-year-old cold case, her life is suddenly in danger. Haley knows how to take care of herself; after all, she’s made a career out of taking care of others. But after an uncomfortably close call, Detective Steven Rothwell takes it upon himself to stay with her–and the young client she has taken under her wing. A protector at heart, he’s not about to let Haley fight this battle alone. Continue reading

Fault Lines by Thomas Locke – Book Review

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Fault Lines by Thomas Locke has an expected publication date of August 1st 2017 by Fleming H. Revell Company and is a suspense novel. Synopsis: As a security expert, Charlie Hazard is all about taking control of the situation. But when the stunning Dr. Gabriella Speciale draws him into a secret psychological project, risk parameters are shattered. Every move brings him to the edge of one fault line after another, and Charlie struggles to stay clear of a maelstrom of entangled dangers. The research team abandons the lab on the Florida coast and flees to a mountain refuge in Italy. The battles in Charlie’s mind are overtaken by real life attacks. He must grapple with the daunting realization that a conspiracy is taking hold on both internal and external levels. Can Gabriella be trusted, or is she just part of the scheme?  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