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Monday, August 21, 2017

The Windfall by Diksha Basu

This is a delightful story about the Jha family who obtain a great deal of money and move from their cramped apartment to a housing development in East Delhl. Meanwhile their son is
in America struggling to get his MBA. Mr Jha is eager to fit into his new role of being a wealthy citizen while Mrs. Jha is not too comfortable with the move they are making. Will their new neighbors accept them and will they fit into their new social environment? As they all struggle to fit in and find their places, they find many bumps along the way.

There are many humorous moments in this book. However, on a deeper level it is about people trying to fit in without sacrificing who they really are.  Regardless of their change in social status, the Jhas and others associated with them learn much along the way.. I enjoyed the book and learned much about the Indian culture and life in Delhi.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Alexander Hamilton (graphic history) by Jonathan Hennessey

Since I had read a biography of Alexander Hamilton, I was curious to see how the graphic history of  this founding father of our country compared. I was not disappointed in that this account hits all of the high points of his life and does so in an entertaining fashion. The art work was great and I  enjoyed reading this. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn about Alexander Hamilton and enjoys graphic books, but does not have the time to read a lengthy biography.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review

Monday, August 7, 2017

Convicted by Jameel McGee and Andrew Collins

Product DetailsThis is a powerful story of forgiveness and friendship. Andrew Collins was a narcotics cop in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He cut corners, tampered with evidence and at times falsified information to get the arrests he was after. Unfortunately for Jameel Mc Gee, Andrew arrested him when he was totally innocent of the charges against him. Jameel happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Both eventually serve time in prison and after that they both return to Benton Harbor. After a chance meeting at a park and after they both have an encounter with God while in prison, Jameel is able to forgive Andrew.

This is a powerful story about when one truly experiences the love and forgiveness of God, it is possible to extend that love and forgiveness to others. These two men not only are reconciled but have a strong friendship and are able to minister to others about the healing power of forgiveness.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.      

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Kingdom Disciples by Tony Evans

Anything written by Tony Evans is worth reading. "Kingdom Disciples" is not an exception. Dr. Evans states that there is something missing from Christianity today and it is discipleship. Most Christians lack the tools necessary to live fully as heaven's representatives on earth.

This book outlines the foundation of kingdom discipleship, the formation of kingdom discipleship, and the function of kingdom discipleship. Each topic is further discussed and insights into how to encourage leaders in the local church to develop disciples are outlined. There is also a guide at the end of the book to encourage people to take action steps in the areas of discipleship. More resources are available at the Urban Alternative as described in the appendix.

I would highly recommend this book for church leaders and anyone interested in fully living out the Christian faith, in
growing spiritually and serving others in the community.

I received this book from Moody Publishers for this honest review.     

Jesus in the Courtroom by John W. Mauck, JD

Jesus functioned as a lawyer, advocate and judge is the premise that begins this book. The author goes on to say that the ultimate purpose of the law or the Torah is to lead humans to both love God and neighbor. These statements are backed up by Scripture and shows how the lawyers of Jesus's day lost sight of the real purpose of the law. Jesus  acted as a legal reformer to show that God is a God of justice and mercy who loves His world.

The book uses examples from the present day which illustrates this point. There are resources listed for pastors as well as a list of Christian legal organizations which help people in their area of need.

I received this book from Moody Publishers for this honest review.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

We Stood Upon Stars by Roger W. Thompson

I thoroughly enjoyed this book which is a collection of thoughts on the beautiful outdoors, life and loss. Each chapter is illustrated by a map of the location described in the chapter. The detailed maps  add  a special touch to each chapter. Observations about the meaning of spending time in nature, relationships and the meaning and purpose of life and interwoven throughout. These essays inspire the reader to visit the places described as well as reflect on the spiritual truths contained within the writings.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Heirs by Susan Rieger

Eleanor and Rupert seemingly have a happy marriage amid the upper class of Manhattan. Six months after Rupert dies and leaves behind a grieving widow and five adult sons, a woman unknown to them claims Rupert had another family and had two other sons with her. As they all process this news, family secrets and lies become uncovered. This tangled tale of family dynamics and legacy reveals the inner most thoughts and actions of all of the family members and those caught up in the periphery of their lives. Whether family loyalty is enough to see them all through this difficult time is a question that needs to be answered.

The writing is good but some of the content may be offensive to some readers. I would not consider this literary fiction but more of a popular fiction genre. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.