Wednesday, August 24, 2016

8/24/16 - The Wired Soul: Finding Spiritual Balance in a Hyperconnected Age by Tricia McCary Rhodes book review for Tyndale Blog Network

The Wired Soul: Finding Spiritual Balance in a Hyperconnected Age by Tricia McCary Rhodes is a Christian, Spiritual growth book that is written for our high-tech life.  It is for those who struggle to pray, to read the Scriptures and to be still to know that God is God. She is the author of several books and she and her husband founded New Hope Church in San Diego.

This book is very interesting and well written AND, if you're like me, will step on your toes. I finished reading the book a few weeks ago and I think my toes are still bruised.  Ok, if you find it hard to concentrate reading the Scriptures or your mind wanders when you try to pray, but if you hear the ding of a device two-rooms away, better put on your steel-toe shoes.  When I read a book for review I don't normally write in it, not this book.  I have gathered so many useful tools that I have started to put some in place.  Here are a few tips that may help you (oh yeah, and me) grow closer to our Savior:  slow reading and deep thinking, meditation, prayer and contemplation.  Seems pretty simple right? Then you try it! Get this book!

I received this book for a fair and honest review.  I would have gladly paid as I have received a generous amount back in knowledge.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

8/21/16 - The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible - NKJV - BookLook Bloggers

The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible are the New King James version of the Bible. Executive editors are Phil and Al (the beardless one) Robertson from the hit series Duck Dynasty. This Bible includes 125 articles by Phil and Al along with a special welcome note. It also includes a topical index, reading plans and supplementary scripture references.

Duck calls may be their business; but for Phil and Al Robertson, Jesus Christ is number one in their hearts. The Set Your Sights articles are core values that the Robertson's live by; Faith, Family, Fellowship, Forgiveness, and Freedom. There is an index of the twenty-five or so "issues of life" showing where it is addressed and where each of the core values is applied to the topic. Also in the index is the ABC's of salvation along with a scripture verse that applies. The Bible is packed full of extras from the Robertsons. I like the typeface and durability of this Bible. I would recommend this Bible to not only fans of the show but to everyone.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

8/12/16 - Book review of Bodie by Anne Sweazy-Kulju

I loved, loved, loved this book. While reading it I got near to the end and I didn't want to read anymore because I didn't want it to end.  This author knows how to lay out a plot, introduce characters that you'll remember and keep you wanting to stay up until the break of dawn to read.

Two sisters, unbeknownst to each other, were having the same reoccurring dream of a murder in Bodie, California.  The two sisters, Lara and Lainy had survived foster care but knew next to nothing of their family's past.  There memory was regressed by a therapist and then their world turned upside down. There destination was a ghost town in California where they wanted to find out more about this unsolved murder that took place years ago.  That meeting with the therapist/psychic started a chain reaction of hired guns chasing them, mining executives fearful of their cover-ups and the therapist wanting to tell their story.  It is a whirlwind of excitement throughout this book.

I love the characters, the paranormal aspect, the history and the well written plot that is based on a true story.  I would recommend this book to everyone from 8 to 80.

I received this book from the author for an honest review.