Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Fast Fun Christmas stories

A Log Cabin Christmas
Nine Popular Authors

This is a book about 9 different short stories. The various authors are in their own right published and recognizable names. I enjoyed these stories they were quick reads and fun. I was not disappointed that the story was over other than just as you get to know the characters the story has concluded. But for Christmas stories these were fun and about the holiday season.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Barbour Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.

A Unique Story

Desert Gift

Sally John

What does a nationally known marriage expert do when her own marriage falls apart? Just as Jillian Galloway sets out for a publicity tour to promote her new book, her husband drops a bombshell: He wants a divorce. Jill flees to her parents’ home in the California desert, wondering whether everything she’s built her career on—indeed, everything she’s built her life around—is a sham. Navigating this “side road” of life is an uphill climb that leads to new understandings about herself, her marriage, and her relationship with the One who created marriage.

This was an interesting story of marriage. It is nice sometimes to see things as they really are out there. Marriage is the choice we made and to divorce is also a choice. It was a good premise that keep up with the ups and downs of life which should always lead us to Christ. I like that in the end a woman growing in Christ is highlighted deeply and that the main characters were able to rest in Christ to lead the way.

I would like to thank Net Galley and Tyndale House Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.

A timely book about these last days

These Last Days

Edited by Richard D. Phillips& Gabriel N E Fluhrer

This is a book about an evil age. Specifically, it is about "the present evil age" that we live in right now. For many Christians, the expression "these last days" refers to the time right before the second coming of Christ-but according to the apostles, the last days started with the first coming of Christ and continue even today. How do we biblically understand our time as the final age of world history? What does this mean for our faith? Reformed Christians have often avoided the field of eschatology-but it was this doctrine of history that thrilled the first disciples. They realized that with the coming of the "last days" they had entered the time of the kingdom, and this understanding will strengthen our faith too. Here the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology addresses this important topic and presents the following speakers' insights on: Sinclair Ferguson The Christ of History D. A. Carson This Present Evil Age Alistair Begg The Age of the Spirit Michael S. Horton The Resurrection Hope J. Ligon Duncan III The Eternal Glory D. A. Carson Partakers of the Age to Come Cornelis P. Venema The Four Main Millennial Views Richard D. Phillips A Pastoral Guide to Life After Death Jeffrey K. Jue Evangelical Eschatology, American Style Paul David Tripp The Radical Implications of Eternity Together some of the most gifted communicators of God's Word explain the Christian's view on life, death, and the hereafter.

This is a book about the times we live in and the end of these days. It was great to see many men who believe so much in the Lord. I enjoy growing in my understanding of the times we live in. I long for the end of the race on many days. The history of this world and the insight that these men have is helpful to pull more out of my Bible. I always hold the Books up to the Bible. It is realistic that I do not agree with everyone one's views but for the most part they seem to align with the Bible's view point. It is hard some days to hear the current trends on this world from inside the Church. I am thankful for men who hold onto the historical perspective that this world is a dying place.

I would like to thank Net Galley and P & R Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.

This was a great start to a new series

False Pretenses
Kathy Herman

Zoe Broussard loves the life she and her husband Pierce have built in her beloved Louisiana hometown-especially their popular brasserie Zoe B's, to which folks drive all the way from Lafayette for lunch or dinner. It seems like heaven.

            But it's about to become hell. A series of anonymous notes is making her life a misery-because Zoe has a secret so terrible it could leave the business in shambles and tear her marriage apart. Can she find the courage to face her past?

            The first in a new series from Kathy Herman, False Pretenses is a gripping suspense novel that leaves a lasting impression about honesty and accountability.

This was an enjoyable mystery that kept me on my toes waiting for the other shoe to drop. I found the 4 main characters at the start to be confusing at the start I found it a great story builder and increased the pace of the book. Zoe, while having done something extremely wrong was an interesting twist on the main character. It was great to have a character remind me that the grace of Christ can cover and prompts us to love the lost not their sin. It was an ongoing theme of the book. I am looking forward to reading the other books in this series.

I would like to thank Net Galley and David C. Cook Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.

One of my favorite authors

Derek W. H. Thomas

In Acts professor of Practical Theology and Reformed Theological Seminary Derek Thomas examines the book of Acts section by section highlighting specific points of historical and theological interest. Lucid, succinct, and eminently accessible, Thomas' writing brings the history of the early church to life through unpacking their teaching and charting the events that so defined the apostolic church and their faithful witness to Christ.
 This is a great series. Derek Thomas is a great source of Biblical thought and understanding. I have enjoyed everything that Rev. Thomas has written. This is book is no exception. This was a great walk through a book of the Bible that details the start of the Christian Church since Jesus lived and died. It is a powerful reminder of the trials that these men went through and the place of woman in the church. It was a detailed walk through how the church was built upon Christ. It was exciting to turn the page to discover some forgotten and some new gems of the this book that Dr. Thomas brings out.   

We Shall See God - The most exciting idea ever!!

We Shall See God

Randy Alcorn & Charles H. Spurgeon

No author in history has more material in print than Charles Spurgeon. During his lifetime, Spurgeon and his writings affected the world far and wide. Today, nearly 120 years after his death, countless people continue to have a passion for this London preacher, and more and more discover him every day. Some of Spurgeon’s most powerful sermons were those that he preached on the topic of Heaven. Up until now, however, very few of these sermons have been accessible to a mass audience. In what is sure to become an instant classic, best-selling author Randy Alcorn has compiled the most profound spiritual insights on the topic of eternity from these sermons and arranged them into an easily-accessible, highly inspirational devotional format complete with his own comments and devotional thoughts. Whether you are familiar with the works of Charles Spurgeon or not, you are in for a treat, as Alcorn invites you to sit at the feet of the Prince of Preachers and discover timeless pearls of wisdom from one of the greatest theological minds of all time. (Publishers description)

A good mix of Spurgeon & Alcorn. Charles Spurgeon was a man of God who knew the right things about his Savior. He wrote and said so many things that it was no small feat to settle on one topic. Eternity the joy Spurgeon entered into years ago and has probable found so many more wonderful things out about it that this book pales in comparison. The blend of Alcorn's insights he has gleaned from Spurgeon and the Bible are a blend that makes this a worthwhile read. This type of material is worth repeating with more Spurgeon and many other Godly men of the 1800's.

I would like to thank Net Galley and Tyndale House Publishers for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.