Friday, July 18, 2014

Book Review: Healing Lives by Tobe Momah

Healing Lives by Tobe Momah is a collection of stories about miracles.  He has recorded miracles in physical healing, restoration of relationships, and restoration from abuse (physical, mental, drugs, alcohol, etc.). There is even one amazing story about how a trained assassin was unable after many tries to take out his target, an outspoken evangelist.  All of these stories have been verified by Tobe to ensure he is not passing on false information.  Dr. Momah is a working doctor along with a evangelist and faith healer.  Through he and his wife hundreds of people have been healed.

This is a very book to read.  It includes 100 stories of miracle.  Each story is 1-2 pages long and includes a verse and final statement.  It was nice to sit down and read five or six stories quickly while I had a break for a few minutes.  After getting up I always felt refreshed, like I could take on the world, because God truly in in control.

 I would recommend this book as a quick read to someone who needed assurance miracles still happen today.   I think the mentality of this book to look around in life and find the miracles and then acknowledge God’s work in them in amazing.  So many times we push thing off to a fluke, good luck, or good medicine but it’s so much more.  It’s God visible touch in our lives, if we ask for it.  So many times we hear the bad new and don’t take it to Him.  We don’t trust Him to give us a miracle, so we do not ask, so we do not receive.    How powerful a believing heart and lips that is truly can be.
Note: I did receive a copy of this book for free from the publisher to read and review.  The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Book Review: Beyond Discipleship to Relationship

Beyond Discipleship to Relationship by Barbara A. F. Brehon is a devotional book going through all the points of how to increase your relationship with Christ from an admirer to a follower and a follower to a Christ-like life. 

This book is intended for people who have already a Christian but want to become closer to God and more Christ-like.  The books intent is to inspire intimacy with God, nurture the desire to be connected daily (hourly/minute-ly) with Christ, and cause one to delve into the bible looking for answers and reveling in the presence of God.

In truth I had this book with me when I had a few minutes to read and sadly it was not hard for me to put it down when I needed to.  Although she did an amazing job laying out the different topics and discussing them, I personally had a really hard time keeping focused while reading.

Even though I struggled getting through this book I would still recommend. The struggle was more my attention and method, time frame, and location of reading. I hope.  This book is great at laying out all the ways to consider allowing Christ to pour into your life and fill you.

Good luck to all who read this review and hopefully the book. May God bless you in your life.

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

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Book Review: Stress and Peace

Stress and peace by Stanley Johnson is a book about all the areas of stress in our lives and where we can find peace.  In this book the author look at every facet of our lives and details out the stress areas like children- what if there’s something wrong, what if they’re not smart or pretty, what if they make a bad decision, what if they get picked on, what if…..

In my opinion this book caused more stress then peace.  This is literally a book that lists all the area that could/should stress you out in your life.  There is very little peace in just recognizing it.  Although he does give some peaceful resolutions or helpful hints on how to reduce/remove the stressful factors in your life, it is not near enough for his long list. 

I also found this book very hard to read.  Though the chapters were outlined well the general flow and paragraphs made it very hard to stick with it.  I can’t even count how many times I started and stopped this book, not because the stress was too high but because I just got bored easily and needed to move on.

Lastly, there is one answer to all this stress.  It’s not easy but it’s simple.  Give it to God.  I can guarantee your children will fail and will not be the prettiest or smartest and they will make bad decisions.  Because none of us are perfect and we all make bad decisions every day.  Some are worse than others. Some have consequences and some don’t but we all do it because we are an imperfect being because of sin.  No matter what your stress is or what has happened in the past you can give it to God.

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

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cookbook review: Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook

Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook is an amazing collection of seasonal recipes put together by Nancy Vienneau and Gigi Gaskins.

These recipes look amazing.  I can’t wait to try them.  A lot of them.  One of the main thing I love about the collection of recipes is that none of the recipes use cream of…, or any other premade concoction.  The recipes are organized by months and what is in season at that time.  Summer recipes are cooler and lighter.  Winter recipes are heartier and warmer.

This cookbook includes all kinds of recipes.  Main courses, sides, veggies, dips, soups, desserts, etc.  There is also a special cocktail or mixed drink for each month highlighting some ingredient in season.  And in December’s chapter they include a few gift ideas – bath salt soaks, spice mixes, etc.

Some of the recipes call for finer/pricier/harder to come by ingredients.  I’m okay with that considering this book is not meant to be a everyday use cookbook but more of a special occasion cookbook.

I am very excited about adding this to my library collection of cookbooks.  As soon as my pears and figs are ripe in our orchard, I will be completing many recipes on my want to try list from this book. 

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

Book Review: NIV integrated study bible.

The NIV integrated study bible “written”/edited by John R. Kohlenberger III, published by Zondervan is a chronologically ordered study bible to help the reader understand where all the parts of the bible fall in a timeline.  The old testament is divided into 5 sections; creation through the patriarchs, exodus to conquest, conquest through united kingdom, divided kingdom to exile, and return to the land.  The New Testament is divided into two sections; the life of Jesus and the early church.

I really enjoy the setup of this study bible.  The editor did an amazing job of easily setting out the writings in order; showing parallel stories recorded in multiple books, showing references in place of quoted scripture from Old Testament in the New Testament, etc.  One of my favorite additions is the timeline on the bottom of each page showing the historical section the passages are from overall timeline. 

I am really looking forward to read more of this as a study bible to better understand how the individual books of the bible fit together in a cohesive timeline of God’s amazing story.  This book is a great addition to my devotional library. 

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

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Book Review: Where the Wind Leads

Where the Wind Leads: A Refugee Family’s story of loss, rescue, and redemption by Vinh Chung is the story of Vinh’s family journey from Vietnam to America.  The Chung family had a good life in Vietnam.  Everything changed with the communism overtook the country.  His family fled on a boat that floated aimlessly in the South China Sea left for dead from pirate attacks.  Miraculously they were found by the World Vision Mercy ship and relocated to a small town in Arkansas in the United States.  They spoke no English, they no one in America and had no distinct skill to rely on.  Through much adversity they family came together and made a home. They succeeded far beyond what they ever believe with children graduating from top colleges and having successful careers.

This story is an amazing tale of the strength of family, determination, faith, and overcoming any obstacle.  The book is very easy to read and hard to put down.  I enjoyed it immensely.  This is the kind of book that after reading you look around at your life and you realize the small obstacles in life are nothing and should not stop you from pushing through and succeeding.

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

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Book Review: The loving kitchen

The loving Kitchen by Leann Rice is a wonderful collection of homemade (from scratch) Southern cooking just like the ones she blogs about.  The cookbook covers every course and meal possible.

This book also contains a great discussion with the cook about where her passion from cooking comes from and why she enjoys spending all her time in the kitchen.  There are many pictures in the book.  Probably 50% of the recipes have a picture.  They pictures are beautiful.  I do wish all the pictures would have been labeled. Some were not and it was hard to tell if it was a picture of the recipe before or after it.

I enjoyed flipping through this cook book.  There were many recipes very similar the ones I already make and a few I’ve been wanting to try.  I also love her emphasis on tasting the love in your cooing. She also gives some great tips on how to make recipe turn out great.

I am happy about adding this cookbook to my (virtual) self of recipes.  I already have a few ear marked to make soon.

Please note I was given a copy of the book to read and review by the publisher.  My opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.