Grace by Max Lucado

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In his latest book Christian author extraordinaire Max Lucado attempts to cover the complicated meaning of the word ‘Grace.’  As Lucado points out most of the general population will say that they understand the concept of grace, but do people really get what Grace means? We know what a graceful dancer looks like and what a grace period is, but do we understand just how amazing heavenly Grace is?

Grace is written in a similar style as Lucado’s other bestselling works; small easy to manage chapters. Each chapter introduces a new concept and is illustrated with relevant scripture, commentary, and an easy-to-understand anecdote.  While, personally, I found some of the chapters to be a bit dry and tedious I really like the way Max Lucado chooses to write about his chosen subject. His tone is always conversational and friendly; never ‘preachy’ or judgmental. The short chapters make all the difference. Each chapter was easy to read and understand, and the personal anecdotes were novel and engrossing.

Overall, I would rate this work as 3.5 out of 5 stars. The concept of grace is a heavy, difficult one to expound on, but Max Lucado did a great job. It was a little bit slow and boring at points, but I would absolutely recommend this book.

 

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Fully Alive by Ken Davis

ImageFully Alive: A Journey That Will Change Your Life is an inspirational guide written by Christian comedian and speaker Ken Davis. It is also a memoir of sorts, chronically Ken’s personal journey as he clawed his way out of a deep depression and lost a significant amount of weight.

I enjoyed reading Fully Alive. However, I’m not sure it lived up to all its lofty title promises. The book was broken up into easy-to-swallow chunks, which I enjoyed. Each section tackles an area which Ken Davis thinks are key to living a full, rich, Christian life, such as health and well being, friendship, and spirital life and growth. Within each section Ken details his own experiences and includes one or more humorous anecdotes.

Overall, the book is inspiring but a little boring. It took me almost two months to read through it because I kept getting bored. I also feel that the book focused mostly on weight loss and Ken’s incredible weight loss. I, personally, would’ve liked a bit more spiritual ‘oomph’ and less focus on weight loss and activity.

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October 23, 2012 · 3:21 pm

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This site has an awesome giveaway for a book I am eagerly anticipating, Shadow of the Night.  Check it out!

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June 13, 2012 · 11:24 pm

“By Faith, Not By Sight,” by Scott MacIntyre, an inspiring memoir from an inspiring man.

Ok. I’ll start this review off with an embarrassing confession. I’ve never seen an episode of American Idol. Ever. Not one single scene in one single episode. I am a complete Idol ignoramus. Accordingly,  reading an autobiography of a top-ten American Idol finalist may seem like a strange choice in reading material.  Actually, I had heard of Scott MacIntyre before reading his book; he was a speaker at a Women of Faith conference I went to a few months ago.  He told his story to a convention center full of women in Las Vegas, and left me wanting to know his whole story.

By Faith, Not By Sight Scott’s story told from his perspective. Scott was born very nearly blind, but he has overcome his disability in an amazing way. He taught himself how to play piano, by ear, at a very young age and started college at the tender age of 14! He is a musical genius and was selected as a Marshal scholar. However, as he was getting ready to study abroad in London he received devastating news. At only 19 years of age, Scott MacIntyre was in serious kidney failure.

By Faith, Not By Sight chronicles Scott’s life to date; starting with his precocious musical beginnings and continuing through to his stint on American Idol. However, the bulk of the book is about his struggle with renal disease. I really enjoyed the book. I grew to admire Scott’s tenacity and faith. He was able to write about his heath problems without sounding whiny or self-obsessed. He wrote honestly, but never resorted to the ‘poor me’ attitude that is so rampant in our culture. He also never credited himself with his recovery; he was effusive in thanking his live kidney donor but ultimately gave credit where it was due, to God.

Scott’s book is well-written and inspiring. I recommend it to anyone. I am truly amazed at his perseverance and faith; he can be an example to all of us.

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God Gave Us Love by Lisa Bergren – A cute, biblically inspired children’s story.

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God Gave Us Love is a short, biblically inspired book for young children. Little Cub is enjoying a fishing trip with Grandpa Bear, but rowdy otters want to play nearby and Little Cub is worried that all the fish will be scared away. When Little Cub gets annoyed with the boisterous otters, Grandpa Bear explains what God and the Bible have to say about loving others. Little Cub learns all about different kinds of love, including God’s love for us and how it is important to love others, even when they make us grumpy.

This book is adorable! It is a fantastic bedtime story for smaller children; my 4-year-old loves it. It does a great job of imparting a life-lesson, without getting ‘preachy’ or being too in-depth for little minds. The story flows nicely and keeps children’s interest, and the illustrations by Laura J Bryan are superb. I would highly recommend this book to mothers with small children!

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The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall

The Harvest of Grace is the third novel in the Ada’s House series. The main storyline follows Slyvia Fisher as she flees her home to work as a farm hand for an unrelated Amish family. She is determined to improve the farm and get it to turn a profit, but the owner’s son, Aaron, is just as determined to convince his father that the only option is to sell the farm. Aaron and Sylvia seem to be constantly at odds with each other, is it possible for them to see past their differences?

The Harvest of Grace was a difficult novel for me to get into; I could comfortably put it away for days at a time without thinking about it all. It wasn’t until the latter third  of the book that the characters started to really become interesting to me. To be fair, I have not read the first two books in the series, so I really wasn’t invested in the other plotlines.

I must also admit that the characters, for the most part, didn’t seem like Old Order Amish to me. I’ve read a bit of Amish fiction previously, and this book didn’t seem to have the same authenticity. That being said, I am certainly no expert on the Amish, so it could be entirely representative of the Amish culture, for all I know. However, if you are a fan of Beverly Lewis’s Amish fiction, be warned that the portrayal of the Amish in Woodsmall’s book is entirely different.

Overall, I would give this book 3.5 stars. It was a fine book, but it wasn’t outstanding. It was entertaining, but not enough for me to read it again or read the rest of the books in the series.

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Night Night Blessings by Amy Parker

 

Night Night Blessings is a cute, little children’s book. It goes through a typical day for a child listing God’s blessings along the way. It is cute, easy to understand, and relevant for young children. It helps remind kids that they have so much to be thankful for every day; God provides for and blesses them in many seemingly ordinary ways.
I loved this children’s book. There were a few, small typos in my advance e-book, but other than that it was great. It is a nice, quick, read-aloud story, perfect for bed time.

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