Sunday, December 9, 2012

Call of a Coward by Marcia Moston

In her book Call of a Coward The God of Moses and the Middle-Class Housewife, Marcia Moston recounts the brief time her family spent as missionaries in Guatemala.

Through honest reflections and stories, Ms. Moston tells her readers that she was reluctant to go to Guatemala and then once their time there was done, she tried to find ways to go back. I loved all the stories and testimonies of how God came through - in big ways and small details - over and over again for Marcia and her family.

This book was an easy, quick read and was very enjoyable.

I received this book free form the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Everything by Mary DeMuth

In her new book Everything, Mary DeMuth uses her own spiritual journey to examine what it means to follow Jesus with our head (what we think), our heart (who we are) and our hands (how we live).

This is not a "how to" book. The author herself writes, "The last thing I want to do is provide a 'how to be the best Christian in ten easy steps' guide. I pen these words as a fellow struggles who is learning that what we think about God matters, now we allow Him to reign in our hearts matters and how we obey Him in the moment matters. It all matters. Everything."

I think that's what I like most about this book. It is an honest look into one woman's life and struggles as she genuinely tries to give God her everything, yet she does offer some practical tips and suggestions.

In each of the three areas Mary DeMuth examines (head, heart and hands), she thoroughly disucusses what it looks like to give God our everything in these areas. Each section had six chapters that delve into these issues.

The book is so full of ideas, concepts and scripture that it's not easily digestible. In fact, I was more than half way through the book when I decided I needed to go back to the beginning and start over and read it more slowly. I also love that each chapter ends with a set of questions that help the reader really chew on what they just read.

This is a book I will likely read more than once...a book I can easily recommend to friends and anyone looking to deepen their relationship with God.

I received this book free form the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Undaunted by Josh McDowell

In his book Undaunted, Josh McDowell recounts his life as a young boy growing into a young man. This is a story of boy who grew up in very difficult circumstances that led him to reject the idea of God. While in college, he sets out to prove to a group of Christians that the resurrection could not have happened. Instead what he finds is evidence for God and evidence for the resurrection of Jesus.

Eventually Josh surrenders his life to God and, in a wonderful turn of events, also sees his earthly father come to know the power of redemption. It's heartwarming and inspiring to see how God worked in Josh's life and how, ultimately, Josh used his life to serve the Lord.

I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Running For My Life by Lopez Lomong

Running For My Life by Lopez Lomong is an amazing story of courage, determination and faith. In this memoir, the author recounts the terrifying experience of running for his life as he escapes captivity and flees to a refugee camp in Kenya. Life in the refugee camp is hard, but Lomong finds solace and purpose in playing soccer. Every day he runs around the camp (approximately 18 miles) so that he can earn a spot on the soccer field to play. He has no idea he is such a gifted runner. For him, running is a means to an end. If he runs, he can play soccer. 

After 10 years of living in the refugee camp, Lomong has the opportunity to come to America to live with an amazing couple who become his parents. As Lomong recounts his first days in America, you cannot help but realize how much we take for granted. Eventually Lomong begins running track and finds himself on his way to becoming an Olympic athlete. Over the next several years, Lomong finishes high school, becomes a US citizen, competes in the Olympics, finishes college and is reunited with his Sudanese family.

I loved this book. It was inspiring and full of hope. Because of faith, Lopez Lomong overcame some of the most difficult circumstances and is a role model to us all. 

I received this book free form the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Fully Alive by Ken Davis

Let me start out by saying that I am so glad Mr. Davis wrote this book. Not only is his writing style easy to read, the message is an important one. Ken tells his story of realizing that not only was he not in shape, but his physical condition was keeping him from living the life God had designed for him.

In the book Ken offers insight, stories (both his own and others), inspiration and practical steps for the reader to begin making changes that will affect his or her ability to live more fully.

I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone. As a fairly active and fit person, I took away encouragement and inspiration to make the most of my life.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through the book review bloggers program in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.