Facing The Blitz – Three Strategies for Turning Trials Into Triumphs by Jeff Kemp


“In football, a blitz is an all-out attack. Defenses use them to force the quarterback into a mistake and create mayhem and destruction. But by its nature the blitz also creates an opportunity for the quarterback and his team, as it leaves holes in the defense. What looks like the worst play can become the best.” (taken from http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/facing-the-blitz/355352)

A blitz is something crazy, it’s something that can cause panic and change the order of things like maybe a little bit of organized chaos. A blitz can also change things for the better, like in football, whereas someone doesn’t expect a certain something  to happen from you and their absolutely excited about it. Thing’s in life happen a lot whether it’s good, bad or somewhere in between. We won’t know what kind of ‘blitz’ it will be until we face it head on.

That’s exactly like this book. Jeff Kemp does an excellent job discussing the ‘blitz’ play of football and how it relates to our personal lives, where it’s a turn for the worse, or maybe just something that’s unexpected but it turns out to be something amazing later on down the road. He gives key examples from his own life, which definitely helped me to connect more with the book, and describes how he turns the blitzes of our lives into something victorious.

Kind of like the time in the bible where the Israelites were facing off against the Philistines and this super tall guy named Goliath came out to fight, and the Israelites were scared. I’d say that would be a blitz right there. Then David, who isn’t nearly as tall as Goliath shows up, and he faces the giant, defeating him in the end.

See, a blitz we go through in life might seem rough at the start, but give it time and who knows what might happen next. Jeff explanations of things were easy enough for anyone to read, and anyone whose facing things in life to try and change them for the better. Though there might  be some situations that might be a little different, who knows. There’s a lot of key elements that I’ll be reminding myself of time and time again because they are so important in travelling this road that we call life.

I definitely give this book a 4 out of 5.
The book is absolutely amazing, anyone going through anything(Which is probably all of us) should read this, to help us grow when we start facing difficult ‘blitzes that come our way.
The only reason I’m giving it a 4 is that I was provided this as an e-book for reviewing purposes and it was missing possibly about 4 chapters, Don’t take that as saying, I don’t want missing chapters. Don’t do that, just go and read this book and watch how it can transform your life.

Jeff Kemp quarterbacked in the NFL for eleven years, playing for the Rams, the 49ers, the Seahawks, and the Eagles. He and his father, Jack Kemp, were the first father-son quarterbacks in NFL history. Today Jeff speaks at community events, churches, men’s and marriage conferences, business conferences, and prayer breakfasts.

In 2012 Jeff joined FamilyLife as a vice president, networking and speaking on how to strengthen families. His other networks include the Marriage CoMission and Fatherhood CoMission, National Coalition of Ministries to Men, Pro Athletes Outreach, Athletes in Action, NFL Players Association, and The Jack Kemp Foundation. (From the Author Bio section of the Bethany House website.)

Jeff and his wife, Stacy, live in Little Rock, Arkansas.

“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”.


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


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

Real by Jamie Snyder Book Review


“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.

Miracles: A Journalist Looks at Modern Day Experiences of God’s Power by Tim Stafford Book Review


“Award-Winning Journalist Takes a Close Lookat Modern-Day Miracles Miracles give us hope. But while readers are fascinated by stories of miracles, they aren”t always sure which ones to believe. Stafford takes a careful look at miraculous events in our modern world–some hard to accept and others hard to deny–then places them in a historical and biblical context. Along the way he explores questions about where and under what circumstances miracles occur today, and what role they should play in the lives of Christians.” (Description taken from Chapters.ca)

Miracles can be absolutely crazy. People that have been blind can see, people who have lost their hearing can hear again. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s pretty amazing. I was really intrigued to read this book because I wanted to know more about the miracles happening today.

We all know all the crazy and oh so amazing miracles that happened in the bible – turning water into wine, 1 Prophet for God against 400 Prophets for Baal (This is one of my favourite events of the bible) The list goes on.

Tim Stafford does an excellent job with this book, taking a look at the miracles today, in modern times 2,000 years after the death of Jesus. Amazing things happen, and I think they’ll still happen if we have faith, because anything is possible.  Tim just amazed me with this book, though I did have to reread some parts to get them, which was absolutely fine with me.

If you, like me, are wanting to know more about miracles, get a copy of this book, you definitely will not be disappointed, a fantastic read.


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.

Serpent of Moses by Don Hoesel Book Review



“Just three years after the recovery of Elisha’s bones, Dr. Jack Hawthorne has given up teaching and resumed the practice of archaeology, although his frequent absences have put a strain on his relationship with Esperanza. Things heat up when Esperanza receives a call from an antiquities dealer with troubling news about Jack, and her fears are confirmed. Jack has gone to Libya in search of another biblical artifact: the Nehushtan, the serpent staff of Moses.

After Jack arrives in Libya, he soon discovers he isn’t the only one searching for the Nehushtan. Later, in attempting to steal it, he finds himself in the hands of a man who just might be his match. Jack and his friends must stay one step ahead of the Libyan government, an overambitious member of the Vatican hierarchy, and an Egyptian assassin–if they stand any chance of staying alive long enough to recover the staff.”
(Description from Amazon.ca)

Because I am a blog review book person, I get emails about books to review. I came across this book in an email, and after I read the description for this. I got super excited. Basically it sounded, to put it short, ‘Indiana Jones and the Staff of Moses’.

There was maybe a part of it that I felt could have been shortened a bit

It was such an exciting book to read! full of action, suspense, archaeology! It’s just like Indiana Jones, but it’s totally not! it’s an amazing read.  Since it is a Christian book, Don does a good job with it in here, but I think maybe there could be more in it? Anyways, if your an Indy fan and you like that kind of stuff, you definitely should give this book a read. I Didn’t know this was a sequel so I’m definitely going to be reading the other book now!


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.

Live To Give by Austin Gutwein Book Review



“Want to do something for God but don”t know what? Want to help others but don”t know who? Want to know what it is you”re really good at doing? Your gifts may feel small and insignificant. But God can use them to work a miracle!


Inspired by the biblical story of the feeding of the 5,000, Live to Give delivers a message of hope that we all have something to give.”
(Part of the Description from Chapters.ca)

It doesn’t matter what we can do but we can all do something. Not everyone will be able to do the same thing (who knows, maybe though) but one thing is better than nothing.

That’s basically the theme of this book. Austin shoots basketballs, he started a charity that has done some amazing things. We don’t need to be amazing at something, we just need to do it. Like in the feeding of the 5,000. The Boy had not much food with him, but look at what happened with it, and the craziest part? There was leftovers!

This book is simple, but definitely to the point. God can use anyone to work a miracle, he can use anyone to help others. . This book will definitely help you along that path, and even if you already know what to do. I think this book is just an encouragement to everyone..

Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Thomas Nelson


I am Second Book Review


Salvation stories of notable and everyday people inspire a revolution of “seconds” and create more radically obedient followers of Christ.

Across the United States and the world, hundreds of thousands of people are proclaiming a new anthem: “I Am Second.” They have come alive to the truth that God has a plan for this world and his glory, a plan that includes allowing everyone who has faith in Jesus to enter a loving relationship with the God of the universe. In I Am Second, readers encounter story after story of notable people throughout culture who have had a radical, life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ.

Each story in this powerful book is raw and real, dealing with the darkest moments of the human experience. Drugs, addictions, depression, infidelity, pride, abortion, cancer, pornography, marriage, divorce, war—each story shows the redemptive power of the gospel to rescue us in the greatest depths of our human need, even in the secret areas of our lives. Alongside each story, readers are given study group questions and an offer to view related testimonies to find the freedom Christ offers.

(The above description is from Barnes and Noble.)

I like to read as you might have noticed.

Other than all the fiction I’ve read, I like true live stories. The stories of people and what’s happened in their lives, Events that have taken place.

As soon as I read the description for this book, I knew it was a must read for me.

This book is full of stories ranging from every subject, as you read in  the description above, stories, from people across the globe, about how some of them were at the deepest part of their lives, and they realized they needed something. They needed Jesus to do a complete 180 of their life and they were changed. We all need Jesus in our lives, because we’re missing something, we’ve messed up, or we try to fill our lives with worldly things, and it still doesn’t seem like it’s enough, because there’s still something missing.

People can completely connect with true stories. They could be thinking, “I’m the only going through this,” and then they could read this book and even one of the stories they could start to think “That’s exactly what I’m going  through.” Because people can relate to true life stories because it hits home for everyone.

Even the title of the book, I Am Second, it’s a call to action for people to put God first. To put others first before themselves as Jesus did. For us to be second.

If we did that, then how different would this world be? How changed/transformed would everything be if we put this into practice?

Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Thomas Nelson