Real by Jamie Snyder Book Review

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“Would people know I”m a Christian if they didn’t see me at church?”
This gut-check question was just what Jamie Snyder needed. Like many of us, he sensed his faith had become mechanical rather than meaningful, scheduled rather than passionate. Emboldened, Snyder set out to recapture the sold-out lifestyle of early followers of Jesus.
(Part of description  taken from Chapters.ca)

And, snap, that question in the description is one I think everyone should ask themselves, because it’s the truth. What would people say about me if they didn’t see me at church? Would they say that I’m still a Christian based on how I live my life? It’s an eye opener question because it’s the truth, because it’s real.

Along with everything that Jamie has to say in this, he brings in real life stories, which just bring more authenticity to it, and for me personally, real life stories are the way to go, because they bring more people together and they can relate with everything.

we all want to be 24/7 followers of Jesus, even though a lot of us get busy with everything else that boggles down our lives and gets us busy and a little distracted from what we really should be doing, and through this book, Jamie helps us bring everything around us into focus and that we can see what we need to see a little bit clearly, a little bit more real. Some of the stories in this book are just simply amazing and I want to tell you them all, but that would be ruining the book.

We all need to be 24/7 followers of Jesus, but the important thing is that we also need to be real, and Jamie Helps us along with things that he talks about in his book.

Jamie Snyder writes and preaches to thousands of people every week as pastor of Lakeside Christian Church. He previously served at the country”s fifth largest church, Southeast Christian Church, where Kyle Idleman pastors. Jamie and his wife, Alex, and their two young sons live in Lakeside Park, Kentucky. Learn more at http://www.lakeside.org.

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

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Blood And Bone By Don Hoesel Book Review

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More Archaeological Adventures from Popular Suspense Writer Don Hoesel
A decade after Serpent of Moses, Jack is married to Espy and back teaching at Evanston University. They have two sons, one of whom has cystic fibrosis. Despite this challenge, life is comfortable. But that all changes when the CIA, while combing through the papers of the late Gordon Reese, uncovers the secret of Elisha”s bones. Jack”s world is then turned upside down by an urgent call from his old friend Duckey, who”s been alerted to the CIA”s probing by one of his former contacts. Jack and his family escape from their home just ahead of the CIA, and he decides to do what he should have done long ago: recover the bones and destroy them. Except the bones aren”t where he left them.
So now Jack is in a race, for the last time, to find the bones. And he”s not the only one. Pitted against both the CIA and an organization that will kill to protect their secrets, Jack and Espy follow hard-to-decipher clues across the globe before arriving in the catacombs of Paris for a final showdown that will either save their family–or tear apart everything they hold dear forever. (Taken from Chapters.ca)

Blood and Bones is the third book in the Jack Hawthorne series, but you could also say it’s the sequel to Elisha’s Bones. I’ll be honest, I haven’t read Elisha’s Bones yet, (Shame on me) so some of the things, I would need to read Elisha’s Bones to fully grasp some things.
But what I can tell you, it is definitely a page turner. I read the previous book, Serpent of Moses, and found it to be quite thrilling, a la Indiana Jones and was absolutely excited about this. Time definitely went into research for this, the names of places, the details.

It’s chalk full of action, suspense, and thrilling archaeological thrills. I wasn’t aware of the time between serpent of Moses and This book, but Don wrote  something simply amazing, realizing what would happen after ten years.

I’m not sure why a decade long gap was written in, but it still makes for a fantastic read, how the characters react with the aging. Honestly, if you’re looking for a good action book, or if you’re an Indiana Jones/archaeology fan, this is a brilliant read. I mean, I would rather read this book than watch a certain newer movie in a certain series.

The only thing I can find fault in it, is that since this is a Christian book, there could be more if that theme in it? But What is in the book of that theme, it’s Honestly absolutely well done.

Who knows if we’ll get to read more about Jack in the future.

 

Don Hoesel was born and raised in Buffalo, NY but calls Spring Hill, TN home.

He works in the Communications Department for a Medicare carrier and hopes to one day sell enough books to just say that he’s a writer. You can help with that by buying whatever his newest novel happens to be. you can find out more about the author at Http://www.donhoesel.com
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist

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“As a follow up to her two bestselling books, Bittersweet and Cold Tangerines, author and blogger Shauna Niequist returns with the perfect read for those who love food and value the community and connection of family and friends around the table.” (Taken From Chapters.ca)

First off, if anyone’s thinking what I’m doing having a book with the word wine in the title, don’t worry, I’m not drinking nor will I ever.

Secondly, I like food, and I like to eat. This book has both, though I can’t eat the book, though I can eat the food that’s talked about in the book.

Why did I get this book in the first place? When I got the email regarding reviewing this, it said the  book had recipes in it and that’s what drew me to this book. Though I am a guy, some of the stuff, that’s talked about really wasn’t for me.

Another thing that I like are stories, I love to read and this book definitely has stories. Stories about food and cooking and meals and gathering with friends and family for a dinner party or just friends sharing a meal. I like to cook, and I absolutely agree with the author of the book. Food brings everyone together. People can laugh and cry at the table while sharing a meal or  just sit there because the meal was great and they can’t get up because they ate to much.

Life is kind of like cooking. We keep trying new recipes out, or some of the old ones with a new twist to it. We need to try new things with our day to day life or it will become stale like old bread.

I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet, but am planning on it sometime, just not sure when. Food connects with everyone no matter where you are. It’s like music, being a language that everyone connects with and you don’t have to say anything, food speaks for itself.

This is such a great book. and I had many favourite parts. I had one that I was going to put in here, but I completely forgot what it was, but a new part was brought to  my attention when reading this and it’s something that completely blew my mind away.

Shauna was talking about communion (I just got the book because recipes in it, I didn’t know it would have anything like this in it! exciting) and in referencing the title, I can’t remember the exact words, but she talks about how the bread is what the peasants would eat, and the wine is what the rich would drink. I never thought of it like that before, simply amazing. Basically saying, it doesn’t matter where you come from or what your background is. Anyone can follow Jesus whether you are rich or poor.

There’s Beauty in it, there’s beauty in food and cooking and sharing a meal with people you know, or sharing a meal with people who bring people that you on’t even know. It doesn’t have to be anything difficult at all.

Read this book for yourself and experience it. Spend time making the recipes. Come around the table with friends and family.

This is an Advanced Reader’s copy courtesy of Zondervan for review purposes

Judge by R.J. Larson Book Review

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“The last thing Kien Lantec expects on his first day of military leave is to receive marching orders from his Creator, the Infinite. Orders that don”t involve destroyer-racing or courting the love of his life, Ela. Adding to Kien”s frustration, his Infinite-ordained duties have little to do with his skills as a military judge-in-training. His mission? To warn the people of ToronSea against turning their backs to the Infinite to worship a new goddess. (Taken From Chapters.ca)”

Honestly, I was absolutely ecstatic that this book was up for the blogger review program. I was so absolutely excited. Why? Because a while ago, there was a book that had come up called Prophet (Book 1 in this series) and I’ll be honest, girl main character and everything, really wasn’t my cup of tea, but the description of it sounded really good. When I read it, I was amazed and blown away by it, a book that captivates and draws you in to it. and then I found out there was a second book and I was thinking about how cool it would be  to read it.

So I was excited and I was even more excited when I found out I was getting Judge! The book is absolutely amazing. Though if you want to  read this I would recommend you reading the first book Prophet.

Such an absolute page turner! I was captivated by the whole book. Every detail of everything has been written down and I absolutely imagined this as a movie as I read it. R.J. Larson has written a riveting book that anyone would enjoy read that likes adventure books with action in it. I found nothing wrong with this book except a few parts where I was like *Gasp* I was definitely drawn to the characters and oh my, it was just a great book overall. Everything you would want in a book is in this.

As We See the Adventure progressing through the book, it definitely gets better. Sometimes I couldn’t put it down because I’d want to know what happens next!

A Definite recommendation for anyone!

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

Real Life, Real Miracles Book Review

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“Fascinating Accounts of Modern-Day Miracles

Does God still play an active role in the world today? Readers are thrilled to discover that yes, he does, showing himself in countless miracles and unexplained events. In their signature style, trusted pastor Jim Garlow and writer Keith Wall tap into readers” fascination with miracles by gathering exciting, credible true stories of God”s supernatural activities in the lives of everyday people. These stories will encourage and inspire, making this a great gift or impulse buy.” (Description taken from Chapters.ca)

Do Miracles still exist today? Do we still believe in them? If the answer is yes, then this is a great book to read, as it just encourages you, and if your ever doubting about this topic, then take a read of this, and you might actually be surprised.

Miracles don’t always happen as the big even like  they do in the bible, they can be something small. They still happen. To anyone and everyone. You might not that something happening in your life is a miracle, but it is.

James L. Garlow and Keith Wall have collected some absolutely amazing stories from real people like you and me going through a whole range of topics. I just really like real life, true, personal stories because you can relate to them, maybe not to the exact event, but you can probably think of something in your life that’s happened and be like “Hey! that was a Miracle.”

Both of these men have done just an outstanding job collecting all of the stories here just like in another book that they’ve authored Miracles Are For Real. (Which I haven’t read yet.)

Real Life stories just bring things home for me, that I can relate to and like like woah. This book definitely moved me, and I definitely think this book will move you too.

James L. Garlow is the coauthor of Cracking DaVinci’s Code, with a half million copies in print. He is the senior pastor of Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego and a speaker at pastors’ and leaders’ conferences.

Keith Wall, a twenty-year publishing veteran, has served as an editor for Focus on the Family, Multnomah, and David C. Cook. He currently writes full time in collaboration with several bestselling authors.

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

Placebo By Steven James Book Review

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“While covertly investigating a controversial neurological research program, exposé filmmaker Jevin Banks is drawn into a far-reaching conspiracy involving one of the world”s largest pharmaceutical firms. After giving up his career as an escape artist and illusionist in the wake of his wife and sons” tragic death, Jevin is seeking not only answers about the questionable mind-to-mind communication program, but also answers to why his family suffered as they did.” (Taken From Chapter.ca)

Steven James has penned 30+ books spanning the genres of psychological thrillers, prayer collections, dramas, monologues, a nine book series on creative storytelling, YA fantasy, and inspirational nonfiction. He has received wide critical acclaim for his work including four Storytelling World Honor awards, two Publishers Weekly starred reviews, and 2009, 2011 and 2012 Christy Awards for best suspense. His latest thriller, The Queen, won a 2012 ECPA Book Award and the 2012 Christy Award for Best Suspense Novel. Steven earned a Master’s Degree in Storytelling from ETSU in 1997 and is an active member of International Thriller Writers, the Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, and International Association of Crime Writers.  He is a contributing editor to Writer’s Digest, and has taught writing and storytelling principles on three continents. (Taken from Stevenjames.net)

 

As soon as I read the description about this book, that it involved a pharmaceutical company, I had thought about The Circle Series by Ted Dekker. But Placebo is an action packed page turner. Even when I wasn’t reading this book, I was thinking about what was going to happen when I did read it next. It was an absolutely intense thrill ride. The scenes were descriptive such as you could picture things if they were a movie. The characters were brilliant and just everything was well written, especially the dialogue and the interaction between the characters.

I am a tech person and though some of the terms I didn’t really know, but some of the other terminology I kind of knew.

With everything that was involved with the book, I could almost say I’ve read a book like this, but also at the same time I haven’t read something likes this. The research for this was really well as Steven James knew what was going used and wrote a thoroughly enjoyed book.

If you like a good action oriented with everything else going on, I would highly recomend this book, and ever if you like reading at all you should read this book.

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

Jesus: Pure and Simple By Wayne Cordeiro

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“Large Church Pastor and Bestselling Author Offers Keys to a God-Centered Life

After several bestselling books and more than 25 years of ministry in Hawaii, Wayne Cordeiro knows how to touch the hearts of Christians. Too often people can get distracted by various programs and unimportant details of the faith, but in this book Wayne places the focus directly on drawing near to Jesus. And from that core focus, all other aspects of life will fall into place.

Filled with encouragement, stories, and practical guidelines, this book will help believers simplify their walks with the Lord a welcome message for readers looking for simplicity and peace in their anxious, overscheduled lives. Includes a built-in study guide for individuals and small groups (Description taken from Chapters.ca)

With a raise of hands, how any of us want to live simpler lives? OK, so I can’t see the number of hands that was hands, but I’m going to take a quick guess that it was a lot of you. I think we want to live simpler lives because we get so busy with everything that’s happening with us in the world. Work, school, jobs, etc., the list goes on with things we have in our lives that make it so busy. Maybe it’s time we take a moment and stop to smell the roses as the saying goes and just simplify our lives.

Pastor Wayne Cordeiro teaches us in this book through all kinds of examples and just knowledge how we can simplify our lives as CHristians so it doesn’t seem like we’re going going going every day all the time.

It’s like that title of the book – Jesus:Pure and Simple. We tend to make things seem a lot more difficult than they actually are. It’s like the scene in Blindside where Michael sees the picture of everyone eating at the table, and at thanksgiving everyone rushes to the tv to watch football, but where’s Michael in all of it? at the dinner table. We make the simplest things not so simple. It’s time that  something changes.

We need to get back to the simplicity of things, and if that’s something that you want to do, I would encourage you to read this book.

 

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