Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Come to the Table is the latest book in Neta Jackson’s Souled Out Sisters series.  I loved the Yada Yada books and I love the Souled Out Sisters books! This one did not disappoint! 

This story follows the lives of members of the "Souled Out" community church - particularly roommates Kat, Bree, Nick, Rochelle (and her son Conny).  Starting up where "Stand By Me" left off, Kat Davies and her friends have welcomed Rochelle and Conny (the homeless mother and son that God brought into their lives) into their apartment and lives. But, things are never as easy as they should be. With new people in the household, relationships change and have to be re-defined. Nick works toward being a pastor, Kat continues to volunteer at the summer tutoring program while applying for a teaching position, and Bree keeps up with her large family while working at the coffee shop. 

God has promised "that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28). This can't be more true for this characters in this book. They find His will for their lives and they flourish.
I love that this series challenges people to get involved in their community and reach out to those around you.

Neta Jackson has written an engrossing tale about real people who are struggling to discern God’s will in their lives.  The characters are very human, and flawed; just like most of us are.  That is why I think it is easy to relate to them. She has a way of drawing her readers in from the start, and making you want to continue reading the book, and the series!  

Thanks to BookSneeze for the complimentary copy of this book.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Unstoppable: The Incredible Power of Faith in Action by Nick Vujicic

Nick Vujicic, a young man born without arms and legs inspires millions through his stories of faith, perseverance, and triumph over adversity. In this book, his second, he gives a glimpse into both his personal and professional life.  Nick also shares from the lives of others he's encountered along the way showing the power that comes from stepping out in true faith.  This book is an inspiring read, with an overall positive message of believing in yourself, stepping out in faith, and trusting that "with God, all things are possible."
This book illustrates what it means not to pick yourself up when you fall down.  His shares of the time he shut-down, depressed over circumstances beyond his control - it was a very real and powerful testimony of a flawed human being who admitted weakness and ultimately re-gained his strength through his faith in God.  The story of how he met, dated and ultimately married his wife was worth reading the entire book alone - truly beautiful!

I wish to thank WaterBrook Multnomah for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for my review.