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Monday, June 27, 2016

The Invoice by Jonas Karlsson

This humorous little book tells the tale of a man who receives a bill for his life. Based on his experiences and his life in general a national bureaucratic agency issues his an invoice which is astronomical. As he tries to negotiate with a helpful agency representative, Maud, he reviews his life and reflects on its simple pleasures and the importance of little things.

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

Monday, June 20, 2016

Christ Among Other gods by Erwin Lutzer

In this age of tolerance, Pastor Erwin Lutzer examines the claims of Christ in comparison to other religions. The uniqueness of Christ is explained well with historical and Scriptural evidence. The birth, life, death, resurrection, and second coming  of Christ are examined along with the claims of other religions. The focus really in on the Christian faith and this book is for the Christian to be able to understand the uniqueness of Christ, defend the claims of Christianity, and to refute commonly held myths.

This book is a helpful reference for those who want to more fully understand the Christian faith and to comprehend the claims of Christ. This is well written and comprehensive. I would highly recommend this book.

I received this book from Moody Publishers for this review.   

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Old Age A Beginner's Guide by Michael Kinsley

These reflections on approaching the end of life are mainly geared toward the baby boomer generation (those born between 1946 and 1964). The author, who has had Parkinson's disease for over twenty years, offers his thoughts on dealing with Parkinson's as well as thinking about death approaching. He offers the reader much food for thought in thinking about one's own death and how that really is a part of life that no one can escape. The author's spiritual life and views on life after death are not mentioned.

He offers a unique perspective on not only dealing with aging, but on social security and the budget crisis facing our country among other issues. This at times is humorous and at times sobering, but always is entertaining and thought provoking.

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

Thursday, June 9, 2016

"Rise and Shine" by Sandra Bricker

This light hearted retelling of "Sleeping Beauty" makes for a fun and entertaining read. Shannon awakens after being in a coma for 10 years following a diving accident on her honeymoon. As she adjusts to the time she lost, she also has to deal with the fact that her husband, Edmund, has died of cancer. The story has a prince charming who is her doctor named Daniel who also happened to become a friend of Edmund's while Shannon was in her coma. The story is rounded out with Shannon's three aunts, Edmund's wicked sister named Millicent and some friends along the way. .
There are many humorous situations throughout the book and it would make for a great summer read.

I received this book from Moody Publishers for this review.  

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

"Vinegar Girl" by Anne Tyler

I had been looking forward to reading this retelling of Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" by Anne Tyler and I was not disappointed.  Kate is the daughter of a research scientist who is on the verge of a breakthrough after a disappointing 20+ year career. He is dependent on his research assistant, Pytor, to help him accomplish that. The problem that presents itself is that Pytor's visa is expiring and unless he marries a U.S. citizen, he will have to leave the country.

The author does a wonderful job is describing Kate as a young woman who has pretty much withdrawn from society and given up on having a purpose in her life. She is outspoken in her opposition to her father's plan to marry her off to Pytor in the beginning. As she begins to weigh her options, the prospect does seem as bad as she thought.

I enjoyed this humorous and light hearted story. There are a number of quirky characters which adds to the plot of the story as well.

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