The Reason – How I Discovered A Life Worth Living By Lacey Sturm Book Review

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There is a reason you exist . . . 

The day Lacey Sturm planned to kill herself was the day her old life ended. As an atheist who hated Christians, she thought church was a place for hypocrites, fakers, and simpletons. After a screaming match with her grandmother, she ended up in the back of a sanctuary, hating everyone in the room. But what happened in that room is The Reason she is alive today.

With raw vulnerability, this hard rock princess tells her story of physical abuse, depression, suicidal struggles, and more–and her ultimate salvation. She asks the hard questions–Why am I here? Why am I empty? Why should I go on living?–showing that beyond the temporary highs and the soul-crushing lows is a reason each of us exists and a purpose for our lives. (Taken from Http://Bakerpublishinggroup.com.)

So, I’m just going to say this right off the bat, how many people are getting this book because they listen to Flyleaf?

To  be honest, you don’t even need to listen to Flyleaf to read this book. This is the story of one woman and how her life turned completely around, having one mind frame, and then having something completely different. It’s raw, crazy, beautiful, amazing – I could probably have a big long list of words I could use to describe this book, but I’m not sure if you would have time to finish reading this review.

The reason that I decided to get this book and review it is because I knew who Lacey was, being in Flyleaf. I only had heard a few of the songs before, but I recognized the name.

Why do I like this book so much? Because of the passion you can read in the words on the page as she’s writing them down. It’s just a beautiful and wonderful book, the ups and downs and everything in between and how God changed her life. It’s a crazy book, but that’s what makes it beautiful. She isn’t afraid to say what’s on her mind and you can definitely feel the raw emotion.
I was so absolutely excited to get this book. There were parts that I was reading, and I was thinking it’s kind of like me in a way.
It’s simply an absolutely, truly amazing book and you can just feel the thought and dedication she put into writing it.

Just go buy this book and have your mind blown at how amazing is it and how much you’re life will change.
Just do it.

Lacey Sturm is a mother, wife, writer, speaker, and musician. Originally the voice behind the platinum-selling international rock band Flyleaf, she is now a solo artist. But most of all, she is one of God’s works of art, and she wants others to know and understand how special, how beautiful, how kaleidoscopically wonderful we are all made. Lacey speaks for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and its Rock the River events. She cofounded the Whosoever Movement and helped begin the RESET movement as one of their key speakers. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family. For more information, visit http://www.laceysturm.com.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

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Do you NEGU? Never Ever Give Up by Erik Rees and Jenna Glatzer book review

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QUICK OVERVIEW:

When Jessica Joy Rees is diagnosed with two inoperable brain tumors at age 11, she focuses on bringing hope, joy, and love to other children fighting cancer through her Never Ever Give Up message and fun-filled JoyJars—64oz plastic jars filled with toys and love delivered throughout the world. (From The Zondervan Website.)

Some say one person can’t change the world, things are too far gone. Well I dare whoever thinks like that, read this book and think the same after. One person can definitely change the world, or the country, but that’s where things start. They only go uphill from there.

I’ll be honest. I got a blog review email about reading this book, somehow it ended in my junk mail which was weird, and I  don’t know why, but I didn’t respond right away when I got it. I do like real, true stories. When I did finally get the book, starting to read it I knew that I wouldn’t be able to put it down (I did sleep though, so don’t worry)

Here’s the story of one girl, who was absolutely fine her whole life, and then one day out of nowhere, things begin to change, things start happening that no one was expecting at all. And sometimes we have no control over what happens, but it does, and all we can think about is why? We don’t have all the answers though.

Jessie on the other hand, thought about others before her, even with what she was going through, and brought joy and smiles to everyone else with what she did.  Through her hurt and pain, she saw something else. She helped other kids who were joing through cancer, even when she was hurting! The world doesn’t think like that at all.

The Message of what Jessie started all those years ago is still around. Who knew how much of an impact one person could make and the lasting effects it has on us all.You want to read a story of determination, faith, selflessness, and God’s amazing love that in some way we have no idea what it really is? Go read this book. You cannot be moved, you cannot be challenged, you cannot be motived more from just this book alone.  You definitely might not have a dry eye after finishing this.Jessie started something, and I think wherever we are, that Erik would want us to do the same things that Jessie did, and help spread a little Joy all around, it might not have to be something like the Joy Jars, but that little bit of Joy could mean a whole lot more than you could ever imagine and it could start a whole chain reaction. The world be so much better.
Go ahead, even check out the foundation website – http://negu.org
This is an Advanced Reader’s copy courtesy of Zondervan for review purposes

Hope Runs by Claire Diaz-Ortiz, Samuel Gachagua Book Review

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Sammy Ikua Gachagua had lost his father to illness, his mother to abandonment, and his home to poverty. By age ten, he was living in a shack with  seven other children and very little food. He entered an orphanage seeing it as a miracle with three meals a day, a bed to sleep in, and clothes on his back.

When Claire Diaz-Ortiz arrived in Kenya at the end of an around-the-world journey, she decided to stay the night, climb Mt. Kenya, then head back home. She entered an orphanage seeing it as little more than a free place to spend the night before her mountain trek.
God had other plans.

Hope Runs
is the emotional story of an American tourist, a Kenyan orphan, and the day that would change the course of both of their lives forever. It”s about what it means to live in the now when the world is falling down around you. It”s about what it means to hope for the things you cannot see. Most of all, it”s about how God can change your life in the blink of an eye. (Taken from Chapters.ca)

What do you get when you have an American Tourist and a boy from Kenya? You get this crazy journey that I don’t think any of them planned on, and that’s what happens sometimes. Sometimes we think we have everything planned out for something, but when we get there what he have planned out is what doesn’t actually happen, and what does happen is something totally opposite from what we want. That’s kind of the case with this story. Here we have An American who goes off to a different country, and well, that’s only just the start of the story. It’s also about hope and love, and life and other things that I bet Claire and Sammy wouldn’t didn’t even realize would happen, but when it did, it was the greatest thing that ever happened, and the impact that it had along with the lasting rippling effect.

It’s a story of how God can take your plans for your life and change them in a way that seems crazy at first, but when you get the bigger picture that God’s showing you, your life will never be the same again.

Honestly, this is such an amazing book, with such a great story in it, and after reading it, you’ll be blown away as I was about the simple love that was poured about through this book.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that likes an amazing story, that afterwards makes yuo want to do something because you can’t sit still.

Claire Diaz-Ortiz leads social innovation at Twitter, Inc., and is the author of several books, including Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time. Named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, she is a frequent international speaker on social media, business, and innovation and writes a popular business blog at http://www.clairediazortiz.com. She holds an MBA from Oxford University and an MA and BA in anthropology from Stanford University. She is cofounder of Hope Runs, a non-profit organization operating in AIDS orphanages in Kenya. Claire has been called a “mover and shaker” by Mashable, “the woman who got the pope on Twitter” by The Washington Post, a “force for good” by Forbes, and “one of the most generous in social media” byFast Company. She has been widely written about in such publications as the New York Times, Business Week, The Washington Post, and Forbes. Find her on Twitter @claire.

Sammy Ikua Gachagua
was born in rural Kenya in 1992. After losing his family at a young age, he struggled to survive until he was placed in an orphanage in Nyeri, Kenya. In 2009 he received a full-ride scholarship to Maine Central Institute, granting him a rare US visa and the chance to begin his sophomore year of high school under the guardianship of Claire Diaz-Ortiz. He is an up-and-coming motivational speaker. Find him on Twitter @sammyikua.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Taylor’s Gift Book Review

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“In March 2010, thirteen-year-old Taylor Storch’s life was tragically cut short by a skiing accident. With only a few minutes to consider their options, her grieving family made the life-changing decision to donate her organs. Knowing Taylor’s caring spirit, they were sure this was what she would have wanted. Over the course of the next two years, Tara and Todd Storch connected with four of the five people who now live because of Taylor’s gift. And through these encounters, the Storches have discovered unexpected blessings that are changing countless lives.
Now Tara and Todd share their inspiring story, shining a light at the end of the tunnel for those enduring the suffering of losing a loved one.” (taken from Chapters.ca)

I’m not a parent, but with a book like this, I don’t think it matter’s if you’re a parent, or grandparent, or even single. This book is for everyone. It’s about a devastating accident that happened, and the journey of the parents, and also everyone else, that followed. It’s something amazing and positive that can happen out of such dark times.

It doesn’t matter what part of the world you live in, everyone should be aware of this, and how many people are waiting for organ donations. 5 people now have a new sense of live because of what The Storch’s did, and they’ve connected with 4 out of the 5 people.

This is a story that Tara and Todd have brought forth to everyone, helping people that are in this situation, and the importance of being an organ donor. It will help people know that lives can easily be saved, and the statistics are quite alarming. This is their story, what they weren’t through, how they were dealing with things.

What came out of this was the foundation that Tara and Todd started, The Taylor’s Gift Foundation, bringing awareness to this, and also hope for other’s that are going through this.

Even though this book is American. and talks about American statistics, being Canada, I quickly tried to find the same stats for Canadian organ donors, though I wasn’t successful. (I did only spend maybe 5 minutes on google, but will be looking into this more. If anyone does know these and how they compare with American Statistics, that would be really cool.

This isn’t just a book, this is a story. A story without an ending, as Taylor lives on through the 5 people that have her organs, through the foundation. It’s a story that I don’t believe that has an ending because it’s still going on.

Be an Organ Donor, save lives. Outlive yourself.

Here is the link to the Taylor’s gift Foundation Website so you can be more informed. Http://Taylorsgift.org

Jennifer Schuchmann did an excellent job helping the Storch’s put together this book and it also has a beautiful forward by Max Lucado

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group