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Thoughts and musings on books I’ve read.

8 Best Books

8 Best Books of My Year

I know most of you are readers and like to hear about great new books or authors. Every couple of months I try to help you out by updating you on something in the publishing world.

In February, I listed ten excellent authors you may not have heard of, and if you missed that post, you can find it here.

This month, I want to share with you the eight best books I’ve read so far this year.

Fiction Books

207068521. A.D. 30 by Ted Dekker. Phenomenal. More than once I identified with the thoughts of the main character, although our lives are tremendously different. I love her interactions with Jesus, but more than that, I was particularly struck by her conversation with Stephen. … Read the rest

Made to Last cover

Book Review: Made to Last

Three men, secrets trying to come to light, and difficult family relationships. With so much that could go wrong in this storyline and the promise of lots of fun, I couldn't resist picking up Made to Last by Melissa Tagg.
front cover of Rebellious Heart

Book Review – Rebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund

The first book I read by Jody Hedlund drew me quickly, and every time I put it down, I couldn’t wait to pick it back up again. I found the same hard-to-resist draw in Rebellious Heart.

The good Lord don’t want us walking around in fear. He wants us to have courage, love our enemies, and use our minds.

Book Description from GoodReads

front cover of Rebellious HeartBecause she’s a woman, higher learning was always closed to Susanna Smith. But her quick mind and quicker tongue never back down from a challenge. And she’s determined to marry well, so she’ll be able to continue her work with the less fortunate.

Growing up with little to his name, poor country lawyer Benjamin Ross dreams of impacting the world for the better.… Read the rest

Undone front cover

Book Review – Undone

I first heard of Michele Cushatt on the Michael Hyatt podcast This is Your Life. At first she came across as sweet, thoughtful, and genuine. And then one day, Michael turned the tables and interviewed her about her new book. Wow! What a life full of pain and uncertainty.

Fear has only as much rope as I give it.

Book Description from GoodReads

Undone front coverUndone is author Michele Cushatt’s quest to make peace with a complicated life. It is an honest confession of a diagnosis of cancer and the joys and disappointments of motherhood and marriage, ripe with regret over what is and, yet, still hopeful for what could be.

With enough humor to ease the rawness of the story, Undone takes the reader on a roller coaster two-year journey through the unexpectedness of life.… Read the rest

What does God think about wealth?

Book Review: The Legacy Journey

What do you believe about money? About rich people? About the 1%-ers? What if you became one of them? What if you gave away (tithes and offerings) $500 million, and drove a $100,000 car — and got hate mail for the car? It’s happening, so the question we should be asking is this: What does God think about wealth?

There’s a war on success happening in America today, and it’s something we as believers need to talk about.

Book Description from GoodReads

 

The Legacy Journey front coverWhat does the Bible really say about money? About wealth? How much does God expect you to give to others? How does wealth affect your friendships, marriage, and children? How much is “enough”?

There’s a lot of bad information in our culture today about wealth–and the wealthy.… Read the rest

Book Review: Beside Still Waters

While I don't mind the occasional Amish novel, they aren't my first choice either. Yet I couldn't resist the draw of the wonderful stories I've read by Tricia Goyer before and had to give Beside Still Waters a chance.

Book Review: The Christmas Shoppe

Whimsical is not quite the right word for Melody Carlson's book The Christmas Shoppe. Perhaps some of you will understand it this way: Nanny McPhee opens a shop in a small town.

Book Review: Picture Perfect

Fools Rush In (Weddings by Bella series) by Janice Thompson was so delightful that I couldn't wait to try out her new Weddings by Design series, starting with Picture Perfect

Book Review: Stealing the Preacher

The online book club I am part of was buzzing quite a bit about a book by Karen Witemeyer. After I checked out the book description and a couple of the reviews, I too couldn’t wait to dig into Stealing the Preacher.

Freedom to Believe in Your Marriage

The current divorce rate is roughly ____. How many of you quickly filled in the blank with 50%? Would it surprise you to know that statistic is WRONG. As in W-A-Y wrong. What if I had some good news about marriage — like roughly 80% of you are HAPPY in your marriage, or your chance if divorce is closer to 20%? Seriously!

Imagine the difference to our collective consciousness if we say “Most marriages last a lifetime” rather than “Half of marriages end in divorce.”

My Marriage REALLY has a chance? Divorce doesn’t have to be in my future?

The Good News About Marriage from coverYes! Your marriage has a GREAT chance!

I know some of you are looking at the ridiculous level of stress your marriage is currently under and wondering if this could possibly be true.… Read the rest