Monday, April 20, 2015

Book Review: Regain Your Spiritual Poise

Regain Your Spiritual Poise by Rob Wingerter is a book outlining the importance of a spiritual retreat to block out any distraction and focus on God and your relationship.  The author takes your through many benefits of it, its outline in the bible, and how historically it was a common practice.

I have to say I really struggled reading this book.  I do not think I was the correct audience.  I think it was made for older pastors who are really looking to dig into the subject.  But as a layperson who love to read, this was not the book for me.

I think the hardest thing about this book is the way it was written.  I felt like I was being lectured by a really boring (albeit very knowledgeable) professor who likes to kind of speak above the audience. 

Sadly I will not be passing on this book or recommending it to other readers.  I think this book was written with the best intentions but fell short for me.  I do with the author and the audience readers the best.  I hope the find the peace and rest they were searching for.

Note: I was given a copy of this book to read and review.  The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Book Review: Miracle on Voodoo Mountain

Miracle on Voodoo Mountain by Megan Boudreaux is an amazing story about a 24 year old girl that head the call of God for her to move from her home town on Louisiana, leave everything and everyone she knew, to go live in Haiti.  She didn’t know what she would be doing or how she would support herself, but she went.  In her first few days there she was scared, confused, and lonely and slowly God placed people into her life so she could accomplish great things for Him.  In less than a year she had helped close down a corrupt orphanage, adopted two girls, start the non-profit organization Respire Haiti, fed thousands of children, open a school, built a new larger school, educated hundreds of children who wouldn’t have been able to afford or attend any other school, found love, and got married. 

Through all her struggles she has seen many miracles from God and provisions given to her by prayer and faith.  This book is one that left me not wanting to put it down.  I love the flow of the stories and have they come together. This book has encouraged me and inspired me.  I really enjoyed reading it.  It also makes me want to go to Haiti and help.

 Note: I was given a copy of this book to read and review.  The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Book Review: Time to Choose

Time to Choose by Dawn Kazmierzak is the story about her mother as a child living through world war two under Nazi regime. 

This book leads the reader through the story of the occupations and how the Nazi government and the war drastically changed their lives.  At the end of each chapter she gives an insight on what the reader should think about to ensure that similar circumstances to do not happen again.

This book for the publishing synopsis interested me but I found the story of the author’s family life very interesting.  What I did have a problem was some of the “Connecting the dots” thoughts at the end of each chapter.  She is very judgmental in some of her comments.  I understand the background she is coming from but just because you choose something like public school or day care does not mean you don’t care about your child’s education.

I don’t know if I would recommend this book to anyone although I did find the story and some of the “connecting the dots” interesting.  If I did tell someone about this book it would come with a lot of cautions about the content and the single-minded judgmental mindset on many touchy topics.

Note: I was given a copy of this book to read and review.  The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.

Book Review: Think Act Believe like Jesus

Think Act Believe Like Jesus; becoming a new person in Christ is a companion 40-day devotion to the move Believe by Randy Frazee and Robert Noland.  This book takes you through he basic concepts of faith and how to be more like Jesus as seen in the movie.

I really enjoyed this devotional.  I saw the movie at a conference I attended.  It was wonderful, emotional, insightful, and convicting.  I really enjoyed the movie and was excited when I saw there was an accompanying devotional.  I found this devotional to hold all the same emotions as the movie.

This book would be great book for individuals or groups, for people who have seen the movie and those who haven’t.  Even if you haven’t seen the movie the devotional does a great job describing the accompanying scenes of the movie and how they correspond to the theme of each devotional.

I am excited to have this book in my library.  I can’t wait to get the movie and have them as a group. 

Note: I was given a copy of this book to read and review.  The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Book Review: Rasmus and the Vagabond

Rasmus and the Vagabond by Astrid Lindgren is a story about Rasmus, an orphan boy, who runs away from the orphanage to try and find a family.  Soon after cold and hungry he runs into a tramp that claims to be God best friend.  As they travel together Rasmus and the vagabond have many adventures and slowly learns what it means to be part of a family.

The author of this book also wrote Pippy Longstocking.  It has a very similar feel and writing style.  I enjoyed Pippy when I was a kid and was excited to read this book.  I enjoyed it.  It is meant for children, but as an adult I found it a fun quick read.  I would think some kids younger than 10 or so would have trouble reading this book.  Its sentence structure makes some of it hard to understand without slowing down and really paying attention.

I’m am excited to have a copy of this book in my family library.  We will read and reread this book with all our children.

Note: I was given a copy of this book to read and review.  The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Book Review: Wrestling for my Life

Wrestling for my Life; the legend, the reality, and the faith of a WWE superstar by Shawn Michaels is a book about Shawn “The Heartbreak Kid” Michaels life and conversion to a strong Christian faith.  Michaels uses this book to discuss how becoming a Christian changed his life and purpose in and out of the wrestling ring, his family and his self worth.

I must say I know nothing about wrestling.  I know a very few names of the more famous wrestlers and I only recognized Michaels by the pictures inside as “maybe a wrestler Ive seen while flipping channels.”  But with all that I found this book really interesting and easy to read.  I enjoyed reading about how his faith drastically changed his life yet he was still able to use his gifts as a wrestler and his fame as a platform for his new faith. 

I also enjoyed how he stood up for the WWE and wresting in general.  He admits that there are some bad parts of wrestling but as a whole defends the organization as fun, entertaining, and make believe.  I like this about him.  I was one of those people that assumed wrestling was a bad company with horrible messages and images.  I enjoyed his insight and viewpoint on the organization.  I may have to try watching wrestling soon.

Note:  There are a few topics that he discusses that might not be appropriate for younger kids.  For instance he uses terms like “chasing women”, he discusses porn, and he discusses what he calls the “damn” instance (where he said the word damn after being saved in a WWE commercial). 

Note: I did receive a free copy of this book to read and review.  The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a  positive review.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Book Review: The Plague of Unicorns

A plague of Unicorns by Jane Yolen is a fun youth novel about young boy James who is full of questions and wonder.  In the orchard of a abbey where the golden apples grow, the unicorns gather every season to eat the special golden apples not letting the monks get more than a few that stay on the top of the trees.  As the monks are exhausted from trying to stop the unicorns, James is sent to the abbey to be taught from the monks.  But how could a young boy change their dire situation.

I really enjoyed reading this book as an adult.   I can’t wait to see how my 8-year-old daughter likes it.   I am huge fan of Jane Yolens book for kids.  We have many of them in our kids library.

I am excited to have this book in our collection.  I think we will read and reread this book with our kids.  It is 185 pages long so it will be take multiple nights to read and be better for kids 7 and above that can stay with a longer story line.

Note: I was given a copy of this book to read and review.  I was not compensated for a positive review and the opinions above are my own.