Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Currently Reading

The Lees of Virginia - Seven Generations of an American Family
By Paul C. Nagel
Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0-19-507478-5

Be watching for this review in future posts!

Same Kind of Different As Me

Same Kind of Different As Me
By Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent
Thomas Nelson Publishing
Copyright 2006 Ron Hall
ISBN: 978-0-8499-1910-7

This book touched me in a way that few have.

I grew up during a time of race riots, and saw first hand the segregation that was in our country. I would suppose the South was the worst of it.

Here, a couple find salvation, and determination through the wife to fulfill the great commandment, to "Love one another".

And, also here, a black man, raised in the deep South, mistrusting, and with no "book learning", but with plenty of "street smarts".

This mismatched trio come together and fulfill God's plan in such a startling way!

You'll never be the same after you have read this book.

"Same Kind of Different As Me" will break your heart to do the will of God.

And that's a GOOD thing!

I give this book a 5 star rating!!!

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review.

Friday, July 9, 2010

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

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Friday, July 2, 2010

The Portable Patriot

The Portable Patriot
Documents, Speeches and Sermons that Compose the American Soul
Edited by Joel J. Miller and Kristen Parrish
Thomas Nelson Publishing
Nashville, TN - 2010
ISBN 978-1-59555-110-8

I have to admit, the thought of sitting down and reading patriotic speeches and sermons, by choice, was not the way I would have chosen to spend an evening! However, I quickly found myself engrossed in the multiple patriotic discourses in this volume, and have to confess, that yes, I did in fact read the entire volume in about 3 hours without stopping!

I sat riveted to my chair as I read Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson, to name but just a few of the varied writers who are quoted within these pages.

Instead of feeling bored, I felt a sense of how right these great men were for our founding fathers! There insight holds true to this very day! Their words are as appropriate today as when they first spoke them or wrote them down!

Inside the reader also finds the Declaration fo Independence, the Bill of Rights, and so many more articles that helped to not only form this great Nation, but unite it as no other.

I felt my chest swelling with pride, and my heart became overwhelmed.

This is surely a must read for all high school and college students!!! And for every patriotic American!

I highly recommend this great compilation for all libraries, home and commercial.

I give this book a five star rating.

***Thomas Nelson Publishing supplied me with a free copy of this book for independent review. I am in no way affiliated with Thomas Nelson Publishing and this review was not written for monetary refund.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Ransomed Dreams

Ransomed Dreams
Sally John
2010 Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 978-1-4143-2785-3

Sheridan and Eliot are living the dream of an ambassador and his beautiful philanthropic wife, when in Caracas their lives get blown apart. Literally. Eliot is shot, and their lives are turned upside down.

Sheridan begins to file her life's events as B.C. and A.C. [Before Caracas and After Caracas].

Eliot's world is one of drug induced pain relief in which he frequently "checks out" of reality. A world that Sheridan calls the "deaf mute".

The couple hides away in Topala, Mexico. A town that might as well have been on another planet. No phone service. No paved roads. No Internet.

When one day a man appears. A man whom Sheridan believes has saved her life in the Caracas event. He brings word that her sister, Calissa, wants her home in Chicago. Their father is dying.

'Lissa and Sher discover their father is more than they ever imagined. They also discover why their mother allowed herself to die at such a young age, when Sheridan was but 13.

This story is a bit convoluted; filled with espionage and diamond smuggling, deceit, and family secrets. But through it all, Sheridan keeps a faith that even she did not realize before that she had.

The love of Jesus abounds in this story that brings a couple full-circle to the love they felt for one another when they first met. But it is a stronger love than they could have ever imagined, tested by fire, and forged stronger than steel, in the master's hands. And guided by the loving words of Padre Miguel, the couple exude that perfect love.

I highly recommend this book. And I give it five stars.