Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Book Review: The Encounter

The Encounter: Sometimes God Has to Intervene by Steve Arterburn is a 140 page fictional story (based on two true stories) about a successful man who's life is falling apart because of his resentment of his mother for abandoning him when he was 4 years old. To fulfil a promise to his friend/counselor/pastor, he travels to his hometown in Alaska to try and find out information about his mother and why she left him.

This story shows how people's action are influenced by their past and you can not know why until you know the entire story. This story is one of forgiveness, grace, love, and faith. I enjoyed reading this short story.

After the story are less than 20 pages of the author discussing how these built up resentments can ruin your life and harden your heart. He walks the reader through simple steps to let go of the past and come to an understanding of why things happen. These steps are simple is words but very hard to do in actions.

I think this is a story I will hold onto for a while in my heart. Its so easy to get caught up in yourself and how things effect you. It is much harder to look around and see how those same action are motivated and how they effect others. And to look and see how your actions effect others.

Note: I was given a copy of this book to review from http://www.booksneeze.com/. I was not compensated for positive reviews and the opinions above are my own.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Book Review: One Call Away

One Call Away: Answering Life's Challenges with Unshakable Faith by Brenda Warner is the life story of Brenda Warner, wife of NFL MVP Kurt Warner. She tells her life story from childhood to now. Her story of loss, love, life changes, and challenges physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Her story is such a testament of how God always has a plan and how the saddest and most challenging things in life still have a purpose.

I found this story so moving. Brenda has overcome so much in her life. The thing I really like about this book is that she was real in it. She said when she made a mistake and regretted it. She showed her flaws and strengths in each situation. Most of all I am amazed that through everything she was able to keep her faith in God strong. She may have wondered why something happened but she never questioned God for being wrong.

I also love the story of Kurt's life in her story. His personality, integrity, and spiritual strength throughout his life is amazing. I love how he came to be a Christian and her view of it. I love his steadfast commitment to his faith when he did make the decision. Fame and Fortune did not change him or corrupt him.

I truly find in their story that all things are possible and that God really is always in control. This book is not always easy to read (i was very stressed out while reading the tragic story of her son. I felt like I was going through it with her) but it is very hard to put down.

I recommend this book... to everyone. Especially if you are a mother you will identify with her in so many ways.

Note: I was given a free copy of this book to read and review through http://www.booksneeze.com/. These opinions are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Book Review: His Steadfast Love

His Steadfast Love by Golden Keyes Parsons is a book about a young Southern Belle named Amanda. she lives on the coast of Texas with her family. She meets a Union soldier. She is torn between a new love with the union soldier and the love of her family. Along with the conflict of Confederates vs Union she is torn with the obligations of her family and the obligation to herself. Her search is mixing with her questions of her faith.

I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and the characters we so easy to understand and enjoy. It reminded me of the Jannette Oke books I also love. Golden Keyes Parsons mix of love, family, faith, compassion, and conflict was so well written. I would recommend this book to all my friends and family. It is definitely a book that is hard to put down.

I cant wait to read other book by this author and am so excited to find another great Christian author.

Note: I was given a copy of this book by http://www.booksneeze.com/ for free to review. I was not compensated for a good review and the opinions above are my own.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Book Review:Afraid to Believe in Free Will

I received a free copy of Carl Begley's "Afraid to Believe in Free Will: The human Tendency to Avoid Responsibility from Free Choices."

I have to say I found this book really (really really really) hard to read. I can tell that Dr Begley is a very educated man and had a lot to say. It is also very evident that he is very passionate about his subject and his view point. Unfortunately this book was filled with facts and dissections of other psychology, psychiatrists, theologians works and beliefs that it was very hard to smoothly follow the book and the direction he was trying to lead the reader.

I would not recommend this book to someone. For all the reasons above I was unable to finish this book. I really did try. I even tried skipping over the "hard" chapters and I still couldn't finish it.

I wish the author best of luck with this book but it is not for me.

Note: I was given a free copy of this book for review from www.booksneeze.com. The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for good reviews.