Sunday, October 4, 2015

Review: The Last of the Giants by:Harry Rimmer

The Last of the Giants (How Christ Came to the Lumberjacks)
About the Book:
In its early years, Duluth was a gold mine for lumber barons. Men were employed as lumberjacks and worked like beasts, only to be tossed aside like used equipment when no longer needed. The grand forests were raped for their prime timber, the balance burned wastefully. The men were coarse and hard, but they had to be to survive. More than any other people that ever lived in our land, these old-time lumberjacks could truthfully say, “No man cared for my soul.”

That is, until God sent three men to the great Northwoods of our country ¬– Frank Higgins, John Sornberger, and Al Channer. These men blazed new trails of the Spirit and founded an empire for God. They reached a sector of humanity for which no spiritual work had ever been done before, storming the Northwoods with a consuming passion for Christ. And with that passion, they also brought a heart as big as all outdoors, a love for men that burned like a flame, and a desperate desire to see these men saved.

My Review:
 God can recruit you in the most unlikely of circumstances in the most unlikely of places. He is God after all, and when He first calls you to do something extraordinary for Him, your thoughts and plans may not exactly match up with His. But before long your heart and His will be a perfect match. God is good like that. My husband and I were called into the ministry ten years ago and it took a lot for God to get us on the right track going the right way, but we finally did and we most definitely feel better for it.

 The Last of the Giants, takes the lives of three men into the lumberjack camps as missionaries. These three individuals had the hunger to win lost souls at any cost, so they went about God's work as He commanded. The lumberjacks were a rough and tumble kind of crowd, but God doesn't concern himself with that and we shouldn't either. So each of the individuals involved set about to get this accomplished for Him. To read more great reviews on this book, visit this link. You can purchase here.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Life Sentence Publishing.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Review: You Can't Text A Tough Conversation by:Mike Bechtle

You Can't Text a Tough Conversation
About the Book:
When it comes to the tough stuff, we need real, face-to-face conversations. But have we lost the art?

There’s no denying that as our use of technology has increased, our communication skills have decreased. Technology creates the illusion of being in touch, but we lose the deeper meaning conveyed by body language, facial expression, and tone of voice. We text when we should talk. We tweet firings and breakups. We vent our frustrations with other people online. Whether it’s with a spouse, a friend, a boss, a co-worker, or children, those tough conversations create high anxiety. In the end, what we have are broken relationships and hurt feelings.

In this timely book, communication expert Mike Bechtle shows you how to build strong relationships, offering tried-and-true methods to navigate the muddy waters of having tough conversations—in person. With his help, you’ll learn to be a better listener, give and receive genuine feedback, saturate your relationships with kindness, and much more—so that you’ll feel confident when it comes time to actually talk.

My Review:
 It is sad to say but in today's world people have completely forgot how to communicate. So we have to have books such as these to teach us how to communicate again. Me, I prefer face to face conversation because for some reason during phone conversations I freeze up and don't know what to say. The author shares way to improve your face to face conversations as well teaching us how to go about it in the first place.

 The author also addresses dealing with difficult conversations and conflict quickly. I have found that to be a better way in my life, as well. Calling or texting is almost always not appropriate. Today's world has evolved into a regression that would date back to before the advancement of technology, reminiscent of the pioneer days in a way. You could could literally go months before seeing or talking to friends or family. It seems we are headed that way again.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Revell.

Litfuse Review: The Methuselah Project by:Rick Barry

The Methuselah Project
About the Book:
Nazi scientists started many experiments. One never ended. 

Roger Greene is a war hero. Raised in an orphanage, the only birthright he knows is the feeling that he was born to fly. Flying against the Axis Powers in World War II is everything he always dreamed--until the day he's shot down and lands in the hands of the enemy. 

When Allied bombs destroy both his prison and the mad genius experimenting on POWs, Roger survives. Within hours, his wounds miraculously heal, thanks to those experiments. The Methuselah Project is a success--but this ace is still not free. Seventy years later, Roger hasn't aged a day, but he has nearly gone insane. This isn't Captain America--just a lousy existence only made passable by a newfound faith. The Bible provides the only reliable anchor for Roger's sanity and his soul. When he finally escapes, there's no angelic promise or personal prophecy of deliverance, just confusion. It's 2015--and the world has become an unrecognizable place. 

Katherine Mueller--crack shot, genius, and real Southern Belle--offers to help him find his way home. Can he convince her of the truth of his crazy story? Can he continue to trust her when he finds out she works for the very organization he's trying to flee? 

Thrown right into pulse-pounding action from the first page, readers will find themselves transported back in time to a believable, full-colored past, and then catapulted into the present once more. The historical back-and-forth adds a constantly moving element of suspense to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

My Review:
 The Nazis are quite well known for their "experiments". They were a unique kind of individuals to say the least. Roger Greene finds out just what type they are when he is involved in something that could possibly outweigh anything ever heard of from World War II. As stated in the book summary this story reads a lot like a very well known super hero but Roger Greene's life played out with much more meaning. The only refuge he had was God, He is the only hope Roger had when all his hope ran out. 

 This is a story based on events from history that will leave you spellbound and utterly speechless. Many times I couldn't believe what I was reading and had to re-read it, just to make sure. A cross between sci-fi action movie and a documentary from the history channel, you will follow this man's journey. This is a story only God could of written!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Celebrate the Whit Award with Adventures in Odyssey


Most people can think of one or two figures whose love and life example had a great impact on the formation of their spiritual foundation. It might be a coach, a Sunday school teacher or a parent or grandparent. Whatever the role, it’s hard to put a value on the investment these people make on a daily basis. In an effort to bring honor to these countless, quiet heroes, Adventures in Odyssey announces the John Avery Whitaker Award. Named after Odyssey’s resident leader and the namesake of Odyssey’s most famous attraction, Whit’s End, the award will be bestowed annually on one deserving mentor.

Like the Adventures in Odyssey character John Avery Whitaker, or “Whit” as he’s known by fans of the show, the person should be someone who is passionate about innovatively teaching children the truths expressed in the Bible. Those who create Adventures in Odyssey know that while Whit might be a fictitious character, there are thousands of real people just like him. “Our hope is that by bringing those people into the light, others will be inspired to follow their example,” says Dave Arnold, the executive producer of Adventures in Odyssey. “If we can spur mature believers in Christ to mentor and influence a generation being barraged with messages of compromise, we can turn the tide and encourage revival in our youth.”

Nominations are being accepted now through October 31 for the “Whits” out there in the world. Beginning on November 1, one nominee will be selected daily and awarded with a prize package including Adventures in Odyssey's latest album, Taking the Plunge, and a DVD of the movie Beyond the Mask. One grand prize winner will be chosen and announced on November 20. This worthy recipient will receive more than $500 worth of Focus on the Family resources, including an Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC) membership. The OAC offers 24/7, on-the-go access to more than 800 episodes of Adventures in Odyssey, as well as a new, members-only episode every month. It is a safe, fun environment where the whole family can explore, create and imagine, all while learning biblical truth.

Nominations can be submitted via this form, or the information can be emailed to (See the Official Rules for all the details.)

To learn more about the John Avery Whitaker Award, visit Discover the Odyssey Adventure Club at or on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Review: Point Horizon by:David Zelenka

Point Horizon
About the Book:
While exploring in the canyons of Colorado, Tommy and Kate take a plunge into the unknown. Lost, they face dangerous challenges, tough decisions and extraordinary creatures as they struggle to find a way home. Will they return safely to the light of day? Readers will find adventure and a fresh exciting new way to look at the world. 

The power of hope is the central theme of Point Horizon, recurring throughout the book as the journey of two young people named Tommy and Kate unfolds. The novel’s essential message is to pursue a life of purpose and integrity despite the temptations to view life selfishly and without greater meaning. 

Tommy and his new friend Kate find themselves racing to escape being bullied by small town gang in rural Colorado. While hiding in a limestone cavern and waiting for their pursuers to pass, they tumble headlong into a pit and their fall unexpectedly takes them to the middle of the Earth and an unknown world called the Firmament. The youth discover a world similar to ours, where the physics are somewhat reversed. In this environment, gravity holds them to the interior of a vast, spacious hollow sphere. 

Tommy and Kate navigate the ecology and geography of the Firmament in the company of new friends. They come to understand that going through the “Way,” a special light, is their only way home.

My Review:
 It is hard to live this life and you add to it being young and it being a world full of sin. It's hard to do the right thing and do it well. As readers of Point Horizon, you are invited on an adventure that Tommy and Kate are a part of that goes from simple curiosity to deep well thought out way to learn about something that has been around for generations. 

 Tommy and Kate are just everyday kiddos that are trying to escape some bullies and they stumble across something so unbelievably mind blowing that they must follow these clues to find out what what this new found mystery is all about. The pair are suddenly moved to a place that is similar to our world but incredibly different they have to learn real quick how to maneuver this place and still get back home in one piece.

  The book is written quite well and is directed toward a more youthful audience at ages 10-13. The main characters in the story provide a strong plot line and are strong, vivid characters that help the story along quite beautifully. A very big adventure for young readers!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Review: The Big Pig Stampede by:Bob Hartman

The Big Pig Stampede (Goat Boy Chronicles)
About the Book:
Goat Boy, a.k.a. Gideon, is the kid everyone loves to pick on. He’s like any typical Bible-time boy who spends his life traveling around Palestine milking goats, giving Roman soldiers a hard time, and getting into trouble on more than one occasion. Goat Boy is curious, enjoys a good adventure, and has a couple of mildly irritating friends. What’s not so typical is how he and his friends are in the right place at the right time to witness the amazing miracles and teachings of Jesus.

My Review:
Gideon also know as Goat Boy due to the meanness of his brother, has experienced a lot for someone his age. Imagine one day, you are just sitting there taking care of your pet goat, when all of a sudden your friend, Bug, runs up telling you about a wedding party that has ran out of wine. So you grab two skins of wine from your fathers stall and run to the party, only to find that a guy named Jesus has turned water to wine, causing both you and your father a sale. What kind of guy does that?

The Big Pig Stampede is an adorable book about a boy named Goat Boy, who has a lot of experience with this Jesus character. He meets a lot of funny characters along the way, all while helping his father and taking care of his goat. The Goat Boy Chronicles is sure to be an amazing series, that both children and adults of all ages will enjoy.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Tyndale.

Review: The Surprising Imagination of C. S. Lewis

The Surprising Imagination of C. S. Lewis: An Introduction
About the Book:
Narnia, Perelandra—places of wonder and longing. The White Witch, Screwtape—personifications of evil. Aslan—a portrait of the divine. Like Turkish Delight, some of C.S. Lewis’s writing surprises and whets our appetite for more. But some of his works bite and nip at our heels. What enabled C.S. Lewis to create such vivid characters and compelling plots? Perhaps it was simply that C.S. Lewis had an unsurpassed imagination. Or perhaps he had a knack for finding the right metaphor or analogy that awakened readers’ imaginations in new ways. But whatever his gifts, no one can deny that C.S. Lewis had a remarkable career, producing many books in eighteen different literary genres, including: apologetics, autobiography, educational philosophy, fairy stories, science fiction, and literary criticism. And while he had and still has critics, Lewis' works continue to find devoted readers.

My Review:
 If you have read anything about C. S. L about any of his works, you learn real quick he is all about imagery and the imagination. If you want a storybook you may have to go find one of his amazing works and read that, this is a cerebral type book that actually discusses C. S. Lewis' thoughts behind some of the fantastic imagery and prose that he used throughout his writings. While reading the book and trying to wrap my mind around what the authors were trying to say was trying at times, I do understand the thoughts that they were trying to convey.

 While it is a good goal to be intelligent it also takes someone with an outstanding imagination to come up with such fine detail and vividity. C. S. Lewis takes your mind as well as your heart o n a journey through all of his writings. And I believe that he hopes that you are changed throughout this process. I love the author's synopsis of a great writer, such a C. S. Lewis.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Handlebar.