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.

Unwrapping Lazarus by Pete Carter Book Review

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You are invited by God into a life beyond imagining.

Do you wish your faith were greater? Do you suspect that bigger things are offered by a bigger God than you have dared to hope for? The destructive thoughts and behaviors that bind you can be unwrapped–just as Lazarus was unwrapped from his bindings at the mouth of his tomb–freeing you to walk into the supernatural. (Taken from Baker Publishing Group website.)

Do we want something bigger than what we have now? Do we want something, do we crave more than what we have right now in this life? It’s questions that I know I’ve been asking and you have possibly asked yourself. Something that’s holding us back from living in what God wants us to live is ourselves. We aren’t perfect, we are only human. We have pressures coming at us from the world around us and all of the influences that it holds.

It’s like Tug of War and we’re in the middle.

Pete Carter goes through some of the things in this book that can help us free ourselves from the struggles and everything else that we’re fighting with and helps us realize the potential we have and how we can live a bigger life of Faith with God. God doesn’t want us to hold back, he wants everything. We have to, we need unwrap ourselves from everything that keep ourselves closed in – the thoughts, the behaviours, everything that keeps us away from what God wants for us.

It’s like the Peanuts character Linus. He always has the same blanket that he holds onto. Now think of that as the security, the unGodly thoughts, everything that the world thinks we should have. Reading this book, it’s like unwrapping ourselves from that blue blanket, and giving ourselves totally to what God wants for us.

This book, is simple and easy to read. Also providing the real, true stories that he’s experienced helps with understanding everything a lot more, than someone whose written this book  with words that are way over everyone’s head.

Go out and read this book.
It’s one of the many tools that will help transform your life for the better.

About The Author
Pete Carter is part of the senior leadership team of North Kent Community Church in the United Kingdom. He has passion to see good medical practice and Christian healing work side by side. He is a popular speaker and part of the teaching staff of the Revival Alliance network of Bethel Church, Redding, California. He and his wife, Kim, live in New Ash Green in the southeast of England and enjoy being parents and grandparents.

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

A Draw of Kings, Staff and the Sword Series #3 – Patrick W. Carr

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Their journey to Merakh should have made Errol and his companions heroes of the realm. Instead, much is changed on their return. In the wake of the king’s death, Duke Weir is ruling the country–and his intentions are to marry Adora to bring an heir.

With Errol and the others imprisoned and the identity of the rightful heir to the throne still hidden in secrecy, Illustra is on the verge of civil war–and at growing risk from the armies of Merakh and Morgol.

A dangerous mission to free Errol succeeds, but the dangers facing the kingdom are mounting with every passing moment. The barrier has fallen, ferals are swarming toward the land, and their enemies draw near. Will the revelation of Illustra’s next true king come in time or will all be lost?” (Taken From Christianbook.com)

Can I say what a thrilling book this was? Well, I’m saying it alright, because it was absolutely amazing!

Patrick W. Carr, definitely hit the ball on the absolutely epic conclusion of the Staff and The Sword Series. Comparing it back to the first book, The Hero’s lot, Patrick still has the amazing writing ability that he’s carried though out the books. The detail and everything else has been phenomenal and especial with the last book, there’s no less of it! The Character’s and everything else I just love about the book, taking the time for all the little details that make this such an amazing book.

Remembering how the Characters were in the first book, and seeing how they are no, you can definitely tell that they’ve been on a grand adventure. This is a great and well written book, all of the different elects from Fantasy/Adventure/Action have been combined to create an amazing tale with a great meaning behind the story. Even when I had put this book down a few times, I wanted to pick it back up and finish the story right away and see what lied ahead for the characters. It made me at least del like I was part  of the book, imagining everything happened like it was before my very eyes.

I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
Patrick W. Carr is the author of the acclaimed fantasy A Cast of Stones and The Hero’s Lot. He teaches high school and makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, with his incredible wife, Mary, and their four sons, Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Learn more at http://www.patrickwcarr.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”.

 

Fighter: Five Keys to Conquering Fear And Reaching Your Dreams

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Named after his highest charted song, Fighter, this book is the story of how Chris conquered his fears and found success in five stages, which he calls the anatomy of a fighter—courage, perseverance, mindset, discipline, and willpower—the five resources we can all draw on in order to reach our dreams, no matter what they are. The message is simple; we have to replace fear with faith. If God can do something great with a skate punk from Pickering Ontario, imagine what he can do with your life!” (taken from Manafest.storenvy.com)

We all have fears in our lives, fear of not reaching what we should be reaching, fear of not doing this or that because of something, the fears and lies that Satan puts inside of our minds that we try not to believe, we need to punch fear in the face and get rid of believe any of it.

This book does exactly that, it goes through different ways that can help you conquer the fear inside of you, making the person that God intended you to be. The one thing that I really loved about this book was all of the true and personal stories that Manafest tells us through his life and how he got rid of the fear inside of him to grow to be the person that he is today. It’s his life story, all  of the hardships theta he faced, the struggles and all of the life lessons that he learned along the way.

This is one book that  had me drawn in to every page and, like a lot of other reviews for this book, this, I couldn’t put down because I  like real and true stories.

About The Author
Musician Chris “Manafest” Greenwood lost his father to suicide at the age of five, and found himself with nothing to cling to but a single mom and his childhood dream of moving to California to become a professional skateboarder. But God had different plans; by the age of 18 Chris fell in love with hip-hop music and quit his corporate job to join the ranks of Toronto’s competitive underground hip hop scene, choosing the name Manafest as a reflection of his goal to manifest his dreams. After years of fighting for success in one of the toughest industries in the world, he found himself living in his dream— a 3-time JUNO award nominee, Top 10 Billboard charted rock artist, living in southern California, selling hundreds of thousands of records worldwide.

This book is provided  courtesy of Manafest Productions and Graf-Martin Communications.

Today Is The Day by Bil Cornelius with James Pence

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We all have dreams God has placed in our hearts, but many things keep us from fulfilling them. Fear of failure, insecurity about our financial situation, self-doubt, and more erode those ambitions until they are little more than pipe dreams. But Bil Cornelius is here to tell readers that today is the day they are going to start reaching their full potential and fulfilling their dreams.

With upbeat encouragement, Cornelius motivates readers to make their dreams reality by helping them set goals, focus their time and energies, develop their unique gifts, steep everything in prayer, and take action that God will bless. Readers will be challenged and inspired to achieve all that God has set in their hearts–starting now!” (taken from Chapters.ca)

We all have things that we want to accomplish right? Things that we dream of one day that we’ll do, but we never get to do that? Well, if that’s you, then TODAY IS THE DAY! :D

Throughout this book Bil teaches us practical steps on how to get off the couch and start achieving our dreams. Maybe it’s something big that we want to do, but we have n idea where to start, Bil teaches throughout this book that anything that we want to do is absolutely accomplishable. There are so many thoughts and ideas and dreams that all of us have, but unless we act upon them, that’s all that they are, things that we want to do but never actually get around to do. Bil Cornelius teaches in this book that if we set our mind to it, that we can accomplish it. Along With personal stories, we’re that that anything that we dream of can be desireable.

Bil Cornelius is the founder and lead pastor of Bay Area Fellowship in Corpus Christi, Texas, which has in just twelve years grown to a membership of over 8,000 people between nine campuses, making it one of Outreach Magazine”s Top 100 Fastest-Growing Churches. In 2008, he launched Bil Cornelius Ministries, a TV ministry that brings his message of hope to South Texas. He can be seen hosting the Praise The Lord broadcast throughout the world on TBN. Bil is also a sought-after speaker and church health and growth consultant and lives in Texas with his wife, Jessica, and their three children.

James Pence is the author or coauthor of several books, both fiction and nonfiction, including Blind Trust and Terror by Night. James and his wife, Laurel, live near Dallas, Texas, and have two grown children and one granddaughter.
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“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from BakerBooks, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.

 

An Elegant Solution by Paul Robertson

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“For young Leonhard Euler, the Bernoulli family have been more than just friends. Master Johann has been a demanding mentor, and his sons have been Leonhard”s allies and companions. But it is also a family torn by jealousy and distrust. Father and sons are engaged in a ruthless competition for prestige among the mathematical elites of Europe, especially the greatest prize: the Chair of Mathematics at the University of Basel, which Johann holds and his sons want. And now, their aspirations may have turned deadly.
Lured into an investigation of the suspicious death of Uncle Jacob twenty years ago, Leonhard soon realizes there”s more at stake than even a prominent appointment. Surrounded by the most brilliant–and cunning–minds of his generation, Leonhard is forced to see how dangerous his world is. His studies in mathematics have always been entwined with his thoughts on theology, and now, caught in a deadly battle of wills, he’ll need both his genius and his faith to survive.” (Description taken from Chapters.ca)

Paul Robertson clearly knows how to write, and write well is one thing that he really knows how to do. Books are like time machines and they can take you to any place in any time setting and it feels like your there. Paul does a great job with this as the research he must have put in for this was amazing! Exquisite detail with everything, down to the last thing, He drew the reader in to the time setting and with a lot of books and with this one it felt like I could actually picture myself in the place setting along with the characters.

The plot in this is absolutely great, and like on the back cover description with the word Mathematics, I wasn’t the greatest in math, but you don’t even really need to be a math person to enjoy this book. The Characters, the  descriptions of places, the details, all such great things!

It’s also suspenseful, and it will lead you waning to not put the book down. It was a fantastic read, and I’m looking forward to what else Mr. Robertson has in store for us!

About the Author

Paul Robertson is a full-time software developer and the author of five novels, including Dark in the City of Light, Road to Nowhere, and The Heir. He is also a former Christian bookstore owner (for 15 years), who lives with his family in Blacksburg, Virginia.
“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from BakerBooks, a division of Baker Publishing Group”

The Message//REMIX – Eugene H. Peterson Review

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If you’re looking at the title, and thinking, is he reviewing the bible? and then you look down at the picture, and say to yourself, “Yep, he’s reviewing the bible.”
And then you think to yourself, “How does he review the Bible? I mean, it’s the BIBLE.”
Well everyone, I did review the Bible, The Message Bible. (I threw in a pun there if you got it.)

Can I say that I really like The Message Bible? Comparing different portions of scripture in  this with the ESV (English Standard Version), I really like how they have things in The Message Bible.

Making it more understandable for Modern Times, People will have an easier time reading this compared to if they don’t quite understand, let’s say, the King James Version. And if more people have an easy time reading this version of God’s Word, who knows what will happen?

One thing I really like about this is that everything’s just one column, instead of two or three. I like to read books, a lot of books as you might say. (If i wrote a review for every book I’ve read, it will take me quite a while) It looks and f eels with the one column of text, like a fiction or non fiction book, and that’s something else that might draw people towards reading this.

Another aspect I like about this, is that they have certain verses grouped together, and along the side they have V31-35, so it’s not every verse has the number beside it, also kind of making it easier to read, but maybe not, like taking it to a bible study or home group and trying to find the specific verse, but it shouldn’t be a problem with that. It is an absolutely great Bible, though as it’s just paraphrasing as one of my pastor’s has said (I’m  not sure if that’s the exact certain word or not) that if you want to actually dig deep and really study the Word of God, this might not be the version for doing that.

Overall, I definitely recommend this version to anyone.
Book has been provided courtesy of  Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.