Monday, March 3, 2014
Distortion by Terri Blackstock is book #2 in her new Moonlighters series. I thoroughly enjoyed book #1, Truth Stained Lies, so I have been eagerly anticipating the story's continuation in Distortion. Distortion picks up the story with Cathy's sister, Juliet Cole, featured. Juliet's husband of 15 years is murdered right in front of her. She believes this is a random attack, but soon discovers that it was planned, and she and the children are still in danger. Secrets and a web of lies are untangled as they hunt for the killer. Distortion is Terri Blackstock at her best. She's perfected the art of writing Christian suspense with a tinge of romance. I loved this book. I highly recommend it to any Christian who enjoys a good thriller, but I'd suggest reading Truth Stained Lies first, if you haven't already, so you will be caught up on the storyline and characters. This one is a page turner that will keep you up at night (with the lights on!). Don't miss this one. Terri Blackstock is back and better than ever. I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The Orchid Murder: Untangling A Web Of Unsolved Murders And Legal Malpractice by Christine Hunt is a thick, weighty true crime book. I do love the true crime genre, so I was especially interested in reading this book. I'd never heard of this case, either, so it was something new rather than the same popular, re-hashed crimes. This book tells the story of the murder of Bob Nachtsheim, and more fully, the wrongful persecution of his former boss, Norm Wartnick. This isn't so much a tale about what happened to Bob, but rather what happened to Norm after Bob was murdered, and what the author terms as an attorney's betrayal of his client. I enjoyed reading The Orchid Murder. The beginning was a bit hard to get into at first, and it contained quite a bit more legalese than the standard issue true crime, but once I got into the story it was a much easier read. It is scary how just being in the wrong place at the wrong time or knowing someone can get you branded as and persecuted as a murderer when you are truly an innocent person. I recommend this book to anyone who likes true crime and is interested at a look at another side of the judicial system. I received a copy of this book from BookCrash in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
The Passion Principles: Celebrating Sexual Freedom In Marriage by Shannon Ethridge immediately intrigued me. I've read many books about sexuality in a Christian marriage, but most all are lacking in some area: geared toward virgins on their wedding nights (I've been married 12 years), or skip the touchy subjects altogether, or don't cover the particular areas I'm interested in/need help in. This book seemed to be the answer to all the "lacking" Christian sexuality books. The Passion Principles is divided into four sections: Celebrate The Spiritual Side Of Sex, Celebrate The Mental Side Of Sex, Celebrate The Emotional Side Of Sex, and Celebrate The Physical Side Of Sex. Each section has chapters broken down by subject and the book is basically written in a Q&A type format (with answers to 40 intimate questions), which I really enjoyed. I absolutely loved this book. Ethridge didn't shy away from any aspect of sexuality (anal sex! oral sex! sex toys! pornography! - she hit all the touchy subjects). But not only that, she expounded on the origins of sex, the purpose of sex, why God created sex, and many theological issues as well. She also did a very good job of touching on emotional issues such as betrayal, past sexual abuse, and much more. I look at this as a guidebook all Christians who are married or planning to get married should read. You won't be disappointed. I feel this is one of the best Christian sex books on the market today. Get it, read it, and enjoy. I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
A Godward Heart: Treasuring The God Who Loves you is a compilation of short devotionals by John Piper. It's an attractive small hardcover that is easy to carry around and use in conjunction with your daily Bible reading. This book includes 50 meditations, or short devotions. They each include a Bible verse to center on and then a few paragraphs expounding on the topic of the verse. The devotions promise to be thought-provoking and soul-enriching, and Piper delivers on that promise. I truly enjoyed A Godward Heart. As a Christian, I'm always looking for devotional books to enrich and expand my daily Bible reading and have read many such books. I really enjoy the ones that are deep and really touch my soul, as opposed to many which are more superficial or "fluff" in nature. This book is truly very deep and will give you a lot to meditate on doctrinally. As a note, John Piper is a Calvinist (I am not), but there are still many great truths in this book regardless if you are a Calvinist or not - and he is quick to reassure the reader that you don't have to agree with his Calvinist doctrine to truly benefit from and enjoy this devotional. I recommend this devotional to any Christian looking to deepen their walk with God. I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Friday, January 31, 2014
The Power Of A Half Hour by Tommy Barnett promises to help you maximize your time and day with just a focused half hour. Some people seem to have more time in their day than others, but the truth is we all get the same 24 hours each day. Barnett promises to show the reader how to maximize your entire day with just half an hour. He shares the key to productivity - making use of small, manageable moments throughout your day. He promises to help you increase productivity in all areas of life: Purpose and values, Personal goals, Faith, Character and attitude, Dreams, Career, Relationships, Marriage and family, and Church involvement and ministry. I was excited to read this book as I have always had a serious time management problem and I feel like I'm always running two steps behind in my day and never quite able to accomplish everything I need or want to in any given day. I've read different tips and heard sermons and lessons on time management, and have learned some tips, but still could use some improvement. I eagerly read this book looking for new insights. This is a quick, easy to read book and is extremely practical. There are many tips I will be putting into practice. However, I think the best part about this book are all the personal anecdotes and stories Barnett shares throughout the book. It makes it personal and real and very relatable. It was very enjoyable to read while imparting practical truths to apply to your life. I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to get more out of each day. I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.