Monday, November 12, 2012

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Heaven Changes Everything by Todd & Sonja Burpo

Heaven Changes Everything by Todd and Sonja Burpo is an extension of the first book, Heaven is For Real.  In the first book, Colton Burpo, retells his story of visiting heaven.  It would be a good idea for anyone interested in reading this book, to have read the first book, so that they know the details of the story and to enjoy this one fully.
This book is written by Colton's parents, Todd and Sonja.  Each chapter opens with a brief excerpt from Heaven is For Real, followed by a narrative that builds on the principles of the excerpt or discusses events that have happened since the publication of the first book, a thought to contemplate and finally a Bible verse linked to the devotion's main point. The topics covered vary from serving, grieving, the afterlife, evangelism, prayer and many more.

It was great reading the "mom details" written by Sonja.  It also contains snippets from the rest of the children and how they've dealt with things since the story happened.

This book would be a great gift for just about anyone but especially for those dealing with a loss of a child. Bundle this book with Heaven Is For Real and it becomes a great tool for sharing Christ with someone experiencing loss or struggling with every day struggles as their story offers hope beyond those struggles. 
I wish to thank BookSneeze's blogger review program for the complimentary copy of the book.

Red Letter Revolution: What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said? by Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo

 Red Letter Revolution is a book based on an extended dialogue between the two authors about what would really happen if believers and non-believers alike would live out the red letters of the Bible - which are the words of Jesus.  The Red Letter Revolution is a call to a lifestyle that considers first and foremost Jesus' explicit message of sacrificial love.  Red Letter Revolution is a blueprint for a new kind of Christianity

The authors candidly talk about the words of Jesus on contemporary issues of Islam, hell, violence, civil disobedience and many other critical topics of today.

The book contains three main sections:
Part 1: Red Letter Theology
Part 2: Red Letter Living
Part 3: Red Letter World

This book is dedicated "To all of us, young and old, who want a Christianity that looks like Jesus again."

If the Jesus who speaks to you through the Gospels is at odds with the Christian culture you know, if you have ever wanted to stand up and say, “I love Jesus, but that’s not me,” Red Letter Revolution will prove that you are not alone—you may have been a Red Letter Christian all along.

I'd like to thank BookSneeze's blogger review program for the complimentary copy of this book.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Exposing Satan's Playbook - Perry Stone

Exposing Satan's Playbook is an expose on Satan's secret strategies. How would your life change if you could acquire advance knowledge about demonic attacks?  The best defense is a good, hard look at your enemy's offense! In this fascinating book, Perry Stone exposes Satan's strategies and raises key questions such as: 'Just who is he?', 'Does he know God's will for me?', 'What is his greatest weapon?'
You will journey into the mind of Satan, discover his great weapons, and expand your understanding of spiritual warfare. You'll even learn about the one day a year that Satan can not touch you!  After reading this book you will become a force to be reckoned with against the powers of darkness.

All of Perry Stone's teachings are phenomenal and this one does not disappoint!

I wish to thank Charisma House Publishers for the complimentary copy of this book.

90 Days Thru the Bible - Chris Tiegreen, Walk Thru Ministries

God’s message of love is simple but His story can be complex. In 90 Days Thru the Bible, Chris Tiegreen guides readers through the books of the Bible helping to gain an understanding of God’s Word.
As you read 90 Days Thru the Bible, you will gain more understanding of the Bible.  You'll understand how the Bible is also telling a story about your life. You will look at the Bible in a new way.  The author mixes history with theology to give the reader a greater understanding of what was happening during the time period. I would suggest you partner this book with your Bible reading, to gain the most insight from your reading.  Also included is are discussion questions and a 13-week study plan.
If you are planning to take the challenge of your Bible through in 2013, 90 Days Thru the Bible, is the perfect way to get started.
I wish to thank Tyndale for the complimentary copy of this book.

Courageous Teens - Michael Catt, Amy Parker

In the same way Courageous touched the lives of those who read the book or seen the movie, Courageous Teens will do the same for your teenager or soon-to-be teenager.  My 14 year old and I were both blown away by Courageous, so when the opportunity came up to read and review Courageous Teens, we jumped at the chance!  And this book did not disappoint.

My daughter and I read and worked our way through this book together.  She just devoured it and wants to share it with all the teens of her youth group.  She knows that she, and her friends, can be more than just average Christians and that they shouldn't settle for being just average Christians.  We plan on sharing this book with the youth leader.

Courageous Teens is a book that allows itself to be a individual bible study or a small group bible study. Each section is 2 or 3 chapters, ending with Think Courageously questions to ponder. Then at the end of each section you have a recap that ask some great questions and allows for practical application.
If you have teens now, preteens that will be teens soon, then grab a copy of this book.
Lets help our teens lead and live a courageous life.

I'd like to thank Handlebar Marketing for the complimentary copy of this book.

Christmas Uncut - Carl Laferton

Christmas Uncut is short, funny, friendly and easy-to-read.  Scandal. Controversy. Massacres. Mystery. Christmas?  Yes, you'll find them all in this very simplistic, up-front teaching of the real, first Christmas.
While the true story of Christmas has often been lost amidst the children's nativity plays, this book retells the Christmas story and explains the gospel message as it does so.  This book can easily be read in one sitting, as it's only 64 pages. This is a great resource for new believers and even for those who think they know the true story. 

I wish to thank Cross Focused Reviews for the complimentary copy of this book.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Christmas in Apple Ridge - Cindy Woodsmall

Christmas In Apple Ridge is a collection of three Cindy Woodsmall Christmas novellas wrapped in one.  They are sure to warm your heart this Christmas season.

The Sound of Sleigh Bells
While unable to let go of a past tragedy, Beth, finds a remarkable, intricately carved scene of Amish children playing in the snow.  She is touched by this carving and can't understand why.  Beth's aunt becomes determined to find and have her niece, Beth, meet this talented artist.  After tracking him down, Beth finds that this artist isn't just gifted with carving.  Jonah, after much struggle of his own with his past, decides to restore the sleigh in his barn.  Beth and Jonah learn much about healing through the sound of sleigh bells.

The Christmas Singing
Mattie loves her new life in Ohio.  She's trying her best to put Gideon behind her and start her life over.  Gideon was Mattie's first true love....and heartbreak.  She still questions what it was that caused Gideon to find interest in someone Englisher, of all people.  But Gideon holds a secret. He believes he's done Mattie a favor setting her free.  But is this a decision he ends up regretting? After Mattie's bakery burns down and leaves Mattie injured, Gideon rushes to Mattie's side but his secret still surrounds the walls of his heart.  Sol, Mattie's new love, is confused as to Gideon's return after breaking Mattie's heart.  Mattie goes back home to Pennsylvania to visit Mamm and Daed for the holidays, while recovering from her injuries.  Being closer to Gideon, brings about more heart wounds than she bargained for.  Mattie needs to decide where she'll spend her favorite night of the year, Christmas Eve...her order to enjoy The Christmas Singing.

The Dawn of Christmas
In the newest story in the collection, we meet Sadie, who on the eve of her wedding finds her beloved husband-to-be in a compromising position with her cousin.  Sadie's heart is broken, as well as her trust in men.  She goes to the mission field, with the blessing of her family, as a way to help heal the wounds of her heart.  After four years away, her family believes it's time for her to come home and begin to settle down, but Sadie longs for the mission field of Peru.  Sadie returns briefly to her family in hopes that they will allow her to continue her mission work, but one night changes everything for Sadie...and Levi.  Levi has lived with his brother, helping to raise his brother's young son, after Levi's sister-in-law walked out on the marriage and being a mom.  Levi now distrusts love and women.  While out riding late at night, the Fourth of July fireworks spook the horse he's riding and he's thrown, laying injured in a field.  Sadie, who also decides to go our for a late night horseback ride, comes across the injured Levi.  As Levi recovers from his injuries, he and Sadie develop a friendship.  They decide to "keep the peace" of both their families and make it appear they are dating.  While deception is never a good thing - Levi and Sadie fall into their own trap and fall in love.

These touching stories will warm your holidays.  So grab some hot chocolate, kick back and give yourself a gift of enjoying a Christmas in Apple Ridge!

I'd like to extend my thanks to Blogging For Books for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review.