Archive for January, 2011

BOOK of DAYS by James L. Rubart

January 9, 2011

Cameron Vaux’s father suffered from memory loss and had not know his own son for over a year but one week before his death, he was coherent and told Cameron, “When it starts happening to you, you must find the book with all your days in it.  It might cure you. Do you understand? Find it for me, will you? Promise me you will find it.”

Six years later as Cameron’s wife was dying, she made him promise that he would find the book of days.  But Cameron ignored their request until two years later, when he started to lose his memory.  Worried that, he too, would become like his father, he enlisted his late wife’s best friend to help him find the book. The book was suppose to have been written by God Himself and contain  the past, present & future of every person. 

This book takes many twists & turns as Cameron looks in Three Peaks, Oregon.

I normally read non fiction so this book was very different as what I normally read. If you enjoy mysteries,  you will probably enjoy the book. I don’t think anyone could possibly figure out the ending without reading the book!

I would like to thank B&H Publishers for giving me a complementary copy to read and review.

SLAVE by John MacArthur

January 6, 2011

Dr. MacArthur does an excellent job explaining that the Greek word for slave has been mistranslated in almost every English version going back to the King James Version and the Genevea Bible.  “Though the word slave (doulos in Greek) appears 124 times in the original text, it is correctly translated only once in the King  James.” “Instead of translating doulos as ‘slave’, these translations consistently substitute the work servant in its place.” 

Dr. MacArthur explains the difference between slave and servant and how that difference  affects us as christians.  Dr. MacArthur helps us understand what the Bible means when it calls Jesus Christ, our Lord & Master.  “As slaves to righteousness, believers are ‘under obligation’ (Rom.8:12, 6:18) to honor God in how they live”

I, especially, enjoyed reading the chapters entitled, “Saved from Sin, Slaved by Grace”, “From Slaves to Sons” & “Ready To Meet the Master”.  It is all backed by scripture and explained in easy to understand language. I really appreciate Book Sneeze giving me a complimentary copy of this book to read and review.  I found SLAVE both challenging and encouraging.

UNSTUFF by Hayley & Michael DiMarco

January 3, 2011

When I saw the title of this book and saw that it was about “Making room in your life for really matters”, I knew I HAD to read this book.  Instead of me having stuff, I feel my stuff has me!  I want to thank Tyndale so much for giving me a complementary copy of this book. For me is was life changing.

On page 50, it says that, “The truth is tht if we had less stuff, we’d have less mess. So we need to Unstuff. Clutter can be a silent, destructive force. It doesn’t make a sound, but every time we see it, it causes a little more stress.  The mess around us can bring us down and make us sluggish, lazy, and even depressed….In collecting clutter, what we’re really doing is hoarding the gifts of God rather than moving them along to someone else who could really use them.”  Did I ever need to hear that!

Not only does this book describe different areas in our lives that need to be Unstuffed, it tells you how to do it.  It is practical advice that they have proven by their own life that works.  They downsized from a large home to a 200 square feet motor home and discovered “there wasn ‘t enough stuff to distract us from what really matters: family, love, and faith.” They discovered a freedom they had never imagined.

I want to Unstuff my life so I will be more available to do the things God calls me to do, spend more relaxing time with my family and not be stressed taking care of my stuff!  Are there things in your life that God wants you to get rid of to have a closer relationship with him? UNSTUFF can help! I highly recommend it!

OH! WHAT GOD CAN DO! by Gertie Max

January 2, 2011

I would like to thank Dorrance Publishing Company for giving me a complementary copy of this book to review.

The subtitle “Touching Stories of Faith and Encouragement”, certainly describes this book.  This book consists of ten stories of life experiences of Mrs. Max. The first one is when she was in sixth grade and the last was on her 50th wedding anniversary. I enjoyed each and everyone.  Mrs. Max was a teacher for 30 years and has a heart for people.  She is the type of teacher each of us wants our children to have. Her stories were inspirational.

This is a short book that can easily be read in one sitting.  I enjoyed reading it.