Friday, March 16, 2018

The Rescue by Jim Cymbalta

The Rescue by Jim Cymbalta is a little book of 7 personal stories of 7 different people sharing their story of Jesus stepping in and turning their life from one of despair to one of hope.  These people all were at the end of their rope.  Lawrence had made is as a college athletic star and flight instructor but he was already into that downward spiral.  To the world it appeared he had it all, all that money could buy that is.  But on his back he carried that knowledge that no one had loved him for just being him--including his mother and father.  No matter how much he achieved there was no one in the stands cheering for him just for being him.  There was no one who loved him until he discovered that Jesus was there all along.  Jesus was there when a homeless Lawrence lay beneath the window on a dirty mattress listening to the pastor talk on someone else's TV telling Lawrence that Jesus loved him and not only that but He had died for him.  That night Lawrence went from the unloved often beaten little boy to an important person who was loved by Jesus.  And that is just the first story read this little book clear through until you get to the little girl who grew up raped over and over by her uncle and later after a childhood of feeling unloved finally found the love of Jesus.  Jesus who could wipe away the tears and understand what little Toni was feeling when at 15 years old she birthed her first baby-- 9 pound little Ruben.  Jesus helped her see that she was worth the love of her husband and her 3 children and clean up her act and become the wife and mother that only Jesus and her loving husband believed her to be.

This book should be on everyone's must read book.  It will make you so feel so good to know that God is on your side through all your troubles and if you just pray He will listen.  Even if you can't say the words He will hear you and love you.  He is that light shining into your dark interior. 
I received this book from Handlebar for this review. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Eating From the Ground Up by Alana Chernila

Eating From the Ground Up by Alana Chernila is basically a vegetable cookbook not necessarily for vegetarians.  That may not sound like the makings for a wonderful cookbook but it is.  This is a cookbook for the person wanting to know what to do with all those wonderful vegetable that they suddenly have access to either from their own garden, from the farmer's market or just the family grocery store.  In the spring there is so much to chose from but how do you cook it?  Is it good?  How hard is it to cook?  This book answers all those questions and more.  This cookbook tells some of the simple ways to cook a vegetable, such as did you know that the best way to eat a beet is to roast it in the oven?  Did you know how to cook a beet at all?  Did you know that beets come any other way than from a can?  How about butternut squash? Do you know how delicious that it is?  Do you know how to cook it?  If you have too many how to store it?  How does the taste differ from a summer squash?  What can you do with the leftovers?  Do you have the guts to deep fry your own vegetables?  Do you know how much better it is to eat your own vegetables than that frozen bag of already breaded okra?  Did you know that you can eat the flowers of some of the vegetables and they are delicious? 

We all want to eat more healthy.  We all want to eat more vegetables.  We just don't know how to do it.  This cookbook takes all that insecurity and trades it in for knowledge.  This book could be enjoyably read just for the information but I think that the best thing about this cookbook is it gives the reader simple vegetable recipes for cooking simple healthy meals that don't take all day or much planning.  When you have made this cookbook's vegetable recipe you will know what the vegetable tastes like and you will love it.  I enjoyed the reading of this cookbook and wish that those who think they don't like vegetables would use it to learn to correctly cook (and not overcook) vegetables and I think that they too would love them and eat them.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Friday, March 2, 2018

The Woman's Study Bilble-Thomas Nelson

The Woman's Study Bilble-Thomas Nelson- NIV translation.
This Bible meets all of my needs unless I am wanting to research something and want multiple versions.  This Bible uses the NIV translation and that is a fine translation for most scripture reading that I want to do.  In addition this Bible tells many of the cultural norms of the times especially as they pertain to women.  This edition tells many of the punishments meted out to women and sometimes to men if they concern that particular scripture.  All of this explanation is included close to the actual text so you don't have to find it in the back or look it up in a separate concordance.  Each book of the Bible is begun with the telling of who the original audience and setting for the book was, what the purpose was and literary characteristics were, the overall theme of the book and an outline of the book.  most of the books also tell who the author is and the dating of the writing of the book.  Throughout the books there are telling of the plans of God in the making of the law and reasoning of God's working with His people even though they were not following His plans.  There are graphs and lists which help the reader to keep track of the happenings as she reads along.  In the back of the Bible is the usual Index and Concordance and an extremely small map section but as I previously mentioned much of this is contained close to the reading so I didn't really use it much.  One of the things I enjoyed the most was there were family organizations or family trees contained close to the readings of each.  Sometimes as the reader is reading it is difficult to keep families straight and this is very helpful to me--especially when I want to backtrack in my reading from New Testament and find out how that connection is made in the Old Testament or how the families connect to Jesus. 

This Bible as I stated earlier easily meets my needs but I did want to mention that it may not meet the needs of more liberal readers.  There is mentioned in the separate readings about for instance marriage being one man and one woman.  This is a conservative Bible with conservative concordance and extra readings so this version may not be for those readers.  This Bible easily meets my needs and I am currently using it for my Read Through the Bible.
This was provided for me from BookLook for this review.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors

Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors is this authors next book of life in Uganda.  This author headed to Uganda as a 19 year old for a short term mission trip.  I have not read any of Katie's other books but judging from this one they must be good.  Katie tells of her organization, Amazima Ministries, which she founded to care for vulnerable children and families.  Now when Katie says she cares for these people  she really means it.  She personally cares for them even if it means having a doctor teach her how to care for burns that are from the ankle to the knee and to the bone and no one thinks that the person will survive.  She took that burn victim into her home and also fed him and provided housing and taught him the Word and read to him from the Bible.  She cared for women with Aids as they died and then found foster parents for their children when theie mother died.  This is a woman who lives the Word she does not just preach it.  She has 13 adopted daughters and has fostered many more.  Katie tells of taking time to find and fall in love with her husband, Benji in this book.  She has lived in Uganda for over 10 years and now considers it home.  In fact in this book she tells of taking a child to the United States for needed surgery and returned to Uganda while awaiting his healing with her American family.  That child then returned to Uganda and she welcomed him back home.

Katie is an amazing women but in all her work she gives all praise to God.  She tells in this book how to have faith in God when His answer is not what you prayed for.  She tells of her great faith in the Almighty and from reading the book the reader is aware that this is not just words---she lives and believes this.  I think that this book would be a great book for any believer who is old enough to read and understand.  Katie is an amazing woman.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Beneath the Summer Sun by Kelly Irvin

Beneath the Summer Sun by Kelly Irvin is the 2nd in the An Every Amish Season series.  In this novel Jennie Troyer has been a widow for 4 years and is no closer to trusting herself in picking a man to be her life partner nor her children's new father.  In her first marriage she thought she was so in love with the best man ever when she married Atlee and Atlee had yelled at her and told her she was clumsy or stupid and sometimes that was worse than when he physically abused her or made her sleep in the barn.  Sometimes she could figure out what made him mad but many times it seemed that he just flew off the handle and she never could figure out why.  When he died in an accident she felt guilty that she was relieved but that didn't make her sorry that he was gone.  In the Amish faith when a person makes a vow to be married it is for life and there is no way out unless God releases you.  The Amish believe that if your spouse dies that if possible the widow should quickly remarry and "get on with life".  Her best friend Bess was getting ready to marry her first husband's best friend and was quite happy about it but Jennie was no closer to remarriage than the day that Atlee died. 

In her community were 2 men who thought differently, Nathan, a Mennonite man and Leo Graber an Amish man who had caught her eye before she married Atlee but now seemed to have renewed interest in Jennie.  Atlee had been kind and loving before they married but by 6 months was already mistreating her, so how did she know that Nathan or Leo wouldn't do the same thing?  She now had 7 children to think of not just herself.   Could Jennie ever learn to trust God and man again?  Both of the men interested in her seemed to have problems that they needed to overcome in the trust game also. How could she work on trusting herself and help them learn to trust also?  If she did learn to trust these men how could she choose between them?  Read this book to find out if Jennie ever learns to live the life that God intended her to have.

I liked reading this book and think that any woman would also enjoy it unless the issue of domestic violence hits too close to home.  This book centers on both domestic violence as well as learning to trust after living with the violence.
I received this book from BookLook Bloggers for this review.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Lullaby Road by James Anderson

Lullaby Road by James Anderson is the 2nd in the Ben Jones series.  Ben Jones is a truck driver delivering in the winter desert land of Utah.  Ben is getting ready to take another delivery out to his faithful though not always trustworthy hardy customers who lived a hard scrapple desert life in Rockmuse.  Ben who lives in Price is a man of few words and so are his customers.  As Ben is filling up his truck with diesel, Cecil who runs the tire shop informs him that Pedro had left him something and that it was important that he get it.  Ben almost left  for his run to Rockmuse but curiosity won out and he found a small child out in the cold snowy day protected only by a few scant clothes and a big dog.  Ben couldn't leave the child there-he would die and went back to take him back to Cecil or Pedro but conveniently no one was in the tire shop.  Ben had no choice but to take the kid with him--it was either that or let him freeze in the snowstorm.  Ben then looks up to see his teenage friend Ginny slam the door on her ancient car and then reach in to grab her baby, Belle out of the car still strapped in her infant seat.  A short discussion passed on the reasons why he couldn't take Belle with him so that Ginny that could go to take 2 tests and then on to her job at Walmart.  Ginny won and soon Ben is headed out into the desert in his truck with his possibly illegal alien child who turned out to be a girl, her over protectant dog  and Ginny's baby girl.  This begins Ben's adventure out on this snowy day delivering to Rockmuse's hodgepodge of criminals and ne'r-do-wells mostly hiding in this town. 

This book is peppered with satirical jokes and an occasional curse word.  If you are bothered by that don't read it but if you want to read a book which is back and forth funny and sad read this one. If you want to read about the western desert read this book.  You will easily learn the people of the desert and appreciate them for their tenacity.   I had not read the first Ben Jones book but it is not needed to understand this novel.  I enjoyed it and read it easily in just a few days. 
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Crooked Path by Irma Joubert

The Crooked Path by Irma Joubert is this authors next novel.  I loved reading Ms Joubert's  Child of the River and also enjoyed reading this book.  This novel is not a part of a series though it has some of the major characters in Child of the River as minor characters in this one.  This novel begins as World War II starts to unfold.  Italian, Marco has fallen in love with Rachel who is Jewish and though Marco is not Jewish but rather Catholic he choses to help hide Rachel and her family in a mountain cave and live with them to keep them safe and also when they need food he sneaks down the mountain to find it for them and himself.  Eventually they are found and taken to a concentration camp where all but Marco dies of starvation and he is very emaciated and a constant cough.  After the war Marco gets back to his home and his parents and brother help him restore his health both mentally and physically.  Marco's health is so bad that his mother must find a way to heal his stomach in order for Marco to eat without constantly vomiting.  In addition Marco must find a way to heal his lungs which were weakened in the concentration camp.  Marco finally gets over the pneumonia but the cough continues.  His brother Antonio moves to South Africa and convinces Marco that the climate is much better for him there  since it is warm all the time there.

Lettie has followed in her father's footsteps and become a physician.  Marco is sent to her by Antonio to try to heal Marco's lungs.  Lettie has been having difficulty getting patients since African's didn't accept females as physicians. In fact Marco was Lettie's only male patient other than children.  Lettie cures Marco's pneumonia using the new antibiotic, penicillin but his lungs are forever damaged and every winter he gets pneumonia even with the warm weather.  Marco and Lettie fall in love but that does not end the trials that the two must face in their life. 

I recommend this book for any who love reading of WWII, who love reading of living in South Africa, who love reading Christian love stories or just historic novels.  This book is well written and Irma Joubert is a wonderful author.  I look forward to reading any novels that she writes.