Sunday, December 13, 2009

What Difference Do It Make? Stories of Hope and Healing

What difference do it make. Ron Hall, Denver Moore, Lynn Vincent. Thomas Nelson. September 2009. Hardcover. 224 pages.

Once again I'm writing a review for the Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger Program. I had the chance to read "What difference do it make?" This is the sequel to the very successful book "Same kind of difference as me" which was about the relationship between two friends - Ron and Denver. Denver was a homeless man and Ron was a successful art dealer. Ron's wife, Deborah, had a passion for the homeless and she befriended Denver. Sadly Deborah died of cancer in 2001. I haven't had a chance to read the first book, but I'm really looking forward to it.

This book talks about all that happened to Ron and Denver since the successful first book and it includes the back story on both men. There are also stories of how "Same kind of difference as me" inspired the people who have read it to reach out and serve others in ways that they never have before.

I was so touched by Ron and Denver's story and I couldn't stop reading. I love how this book tells of how important it is to show love and compassion towards others that are in need. This is a very heartwarming story and I definitely recommend it to others.

My Rating: 3/5 stars

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(This book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers.)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Fearless

Fearless. Max Lucado. Thomas Nelson. September 2009.
Hardcover. 224 pages.

This is the first book I'm reviewing as a Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger. I just finished reading Fearless and I'm so glad I got a chance to. This book came into my life at the perfect time when I was dealing with a lot of fear and anxiety myself. In this book Max shows us ways we can overcome those fears. When there is fear, there is no peace. God wants us to give our fears to Him and trust that He will get us through any situation we may be in.

"Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me...I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am." (John 14:1,3 NLT)

I love Max's style of writing, it's easy to read and understand. Fearless is broken down into chapters that discuss many fears that I know a lot of people can relate to -- fear of death, fear of sickness, fear of losing your job, fear for your children, etc. This book is inspiring, eye opening, and encouraging. Max gives many scriptural references that are relevant to the issues and fears we may face everyday. This book has something for everyone.

My Rating: 5/5 stars

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(This book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers.)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Word Of Promise New Testament


The Word of Promise Next Generation New Testament Audio Bible was released by Thomas Nelson Publishers. It's amazing and I absolutely love it. There are two sets you can choose from, either the 20 cd set or the 3 disc mp3 version.

This dramatized audio bible that stars a Hollywood cast is a great resource for youth to hear the word of God in a very convenient and fun way. The cast includes Cody Linley(Dancing w/the Stars & Hannah Montana) as Jesus, Emily Osment (Hannah Montana) as Mary mother of Jesus, Corbin Bleu(High School Musical) as Peter, Jordin Sparks as Elizabeth, Annasophia Robb(bridge to terabithia) as Mary Magdalen, and many more.

When I bought this I was expecting it to just be a reading of the bible, but when I started to listen to it I was very impressed and excited to hear the rest of it. The sound effects, cast, and music sound really good together. I bought the cd set and it also includes a "behind the scenes" dvd and a 40 day listening plan. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that is looking for a more convenient way for their kids to hear the word of God. I'm looking forward to hearing The Word of Promise New Testament with the adult cast.

My Rating: 4/5 stars

(This audio bible was not provided for review purposes. It's one that I purchased.)

Monday, August 10, 2009

I'm a new blogger! Yay!

I'm so excited to start this blog. I recently sent an application for the Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger program and they accepted it so I will be posting my first book review in a few weeks. I can't wait. The blogger program is pretty cool. You get free books in return for reviews. Simple as that. The first book I'm reviewing is "Fearless" by Max Lucado. I love all of his books. He's my favorite author and I'm so happy to be able to read his newest book. This is going to be fun!
 
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