In “Take a Closer Look,” Jan Kern leads you through well-known passages that you thought you knew well, and helps you discover uncommon and unexpected treasures that can make a difference in your life. read more
Question: Everyone says it is easier for an unpublished writer to break in with nonfiction vs. fiction? Is it only easier to break in with nonfiction if you have speaking engagements that will result in sales? I’ve always thought, “Who would buy my nonfiction? I’m a nobody without a degree, without a famous husband or friends and without an enthralling life.” But everyone says it’s easier to break in with nonfiction so I thought they meant that even if I’m a nobody, if I can speak to a “felt need” I can sell books. read more
Note from Editor Terry Whalin: One of the more unusual writing stories is about Bodie and Brock Thoene. Make sure you notice Bodie’s commitment to writing—despite her own dyslexia. Her novels are riveting reading and often keep me up until late at night to finish one. read more
I enjoy reading self-improvement books so looked forward to reading this book by Mike Flynt. In his senior year at college, Flynt was expelled for fighting and never got to complete his football career. At the age of 59, he returned to that same college and played his final year of football.
The Power-Based Life was developed out of Mike’s desire to help others discover how to become the person God planned for them to be. He encourages his readers to find their talents and figure out how to make money at it. He stresses the need for positive self talk, including memorizing of Scripture. He says, “If you can dream it you can achieve it” and encourages the reader to visualize a positive outcome. He points out the need to be a team player, and reminds us that as members of the church we are members of one another.
His final chapters teach on how to deal with adversity, the importance of cutting others slack, and how to make the most out of your life, as you don’t know how much time you have left.
The chapter I enjoyed the most was the one entitled, “Visualization: See What Can Be.”Mike presents this chapter well and has some good illustrations. Unfortunately, I found this book overall to be disappointing. I think men—especially sportsmen—would probably get more out of it than I did.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Have you lost a loved one recently? Do you wish to reach out to someone close to you who is struggling with grief?
Authors Cecil Murphey and Liz Allison both know what it feels like to lose loved ones. Liz found herself suddenly plunged into widowhood, leaving her with two small children to care for. Cecil faced the deaths of five close family members within eighteen months. The opening words of this book say it all: “No one grieves the way you do. Your grief is private and intimate.”
Others try to come alongside you. Sometimes they help. Sometimes they make things worse. This book contains the words and the simplicity to reach deep inside, to the areas that hurt so badly you feel you’ll never recover. It says to you, “It’s all right to be you, and it’s all right to feel exactly the way you do.”
I bought this book in March 2010 and put it to one side to read—sometime. Then I lost two family members within 10 weeks. I remembered the book, and read it through in an evening. I was so impressed with the thoughts and compassion contained in the pages, I gave it to my newly widowed brother-in-law the next day to read. I only loaned it to him, as I knew he wasn’t a reader and probably wouldn’t read it. He not only read it over and over, he ordered several from an online bookstore so that he could share the message with others.
The delightful packaging of the book, the simple and inspiring stories, and the beautiful illustrations by Michael Sparks combine to make this an ideal gift for anyone who is faced with the inevitable—the loss of a loved one.
This book is available at most Christian Bookstores as well as on Amazon.com.
This book can best be summarized by the words on the back cover: “Delightful and insightful, Sheila Walsh shares life-learned trust that says, ‘I don’t know where you’re going today, Lord, but I’m going with you!’”
This book contains over 100 morning devotional readings. Each begins with the words, “Good morning, Lord! Today help me to . . . “ The message that follows combines personal anecdotes with Scriptural insight. read more
This beautifully illustrated book is one of these children’s books which will also inspire and entertain the adult reader. The message revealed through this engaging tale is that every choice you make, whether good or bad, can make a difference. It illustrates the so-called butterfly effect in a way that even the youngest child will understand, yet will also engage the adult reader.
Andrews weaves together the stories of four little boys who each grew up wanting to make a difference to the world. Norman Borlaug, Henry Wallace, George Washington Carver and Moses Carver each played a key role in developing a special food that ultimately helped feed two billion people.
Each of the four stories is well told and the way each character influenced the other is clearly demonstrated. Instead of working forward chronologically, Andrews works backward, and the adult reading the story to a child may have to point out the significance of the names. Otherwise, an excellent book with a clear Christian message. I give it 4 out of 5 and look forward to passing it on to my grandchildren whom I know will love it.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through theBookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Cancer isn’t the last word. Hope is.
This is what Yvonne Ortega believes, and she should know. Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer is the 2nd edition of her excellent book of inspirational readings for those caught up in the cancer journey.
In Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer, Yvonne Ortega offers to walk alongside you with encouragement and compassion gleaned from God’s Word. She reminds you that even when it looks like you are alone, God is there every step of the way. read more