Couldn’t Cherish this Book – Cherished by Kim Cash Tate

This book of fiction literature is about two Christian women, the choices that they made and the dreams that they hoped for broken without a sense of hope. Kelli London dreamed of being a songwriter and marring her high school sweetheart Brian. Kelli has an unlikely friendship with Heather Anderson who after a series of poor relationship choices, feels alone and realizes that she should have been seeking the Lord first in all things as Matthew 6:33 teaches, instead of seeking love in men who just wanted her for physical relations.
It was a challenge for me to read through the beginning of this book. It starts off slow and uninteresting. At times the author spins a web of the character but then I’m lost in some of the details that I can’t figure out what is being written and for what purpose.  I tried repeatedly to focus and enjoy the story but the writing for me and I’m saying this for myself, maybe I was just not in the right frame of mind for fiction, this did not capture my interest as well as a book like A Place Called Blessing. All of that said the main message of the book is that of restoration with our relationship with Jesus Christ, even though we know Him, we can still make poor choices and there is still God’s grace if we are willing to accept God’s forgiveness.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Sweet Sanctuary – a Book Review

Sweet Sanctuary By Sheila Walsh & Cindy Martinusen Coloma
A Book Review by Monica Lehua
Synopsis
This is a story of a single mother, Wren, which I kept wondering why she has an unusual name and if it was short for something else, which prevented my brain from getting a better picture from the beginning of this librarian who is raising her son Charlie in a small town in Maine. Her struggles with Charlie’s father, a new man who she keeps running into, how to deal with a career and family and learning to rely on God.
My Impressions
I wanted to read a good piece of Christian fiction and haven’t really read much fiction, except that I was looking to be motivated or inspired. What better way to pick a book but by the name of the author. Although I only know Sheila Walsh as a Christian singing artist, I have seen that she also writes books and speaks at Women of Faith Conferences, of which I attended my first WoF conference last year but Ms. Walsh wasn’t one of the speakers.
The book was okay, it started slow and I kept hoping that something about the story would draw me into it as other books have where I couldn’t put them down. Sweet Sanctuary’s characters didn’t seem to develop enough of a history to allow me into their world; the main character was okay, just that, okay. The supporting characters just seemed to be there, without much depth.
I was hoping that with the experience of Ms. Walsh’s coauthor, that the story would be more interesting and that the Biblical truths would be expanded into something I could apply to my life. But honestly, I got a little bored and at times it was a chore to read.
Recommendation
I never want to tell someone not to read something, unless it the Biblical Fiction had a problem with its theology. This was a book that didn’t challenge me and for that I give it 3 stars – basically the story line was okay, if it were a made-for-TV movie I would watch it and hope that the characters would have more depth in that media. I would pass on it if it were offered to me again.
@mlehua
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Quotable Rogue: The Ideals of Sarah Palin in Her Own Words – A Review

Sarah Palin book cover

Sarah Palin book cover

The Quotable Rogue: The Ideals of Sarah Palin in Her Own Words, by Matt Lewis

When Sarah Palin came onto the public radar screen as the chosen V.P. running mate for the White House with then Senator John McCain, the country was taken by storm. The Quotable Rogue is a collection of Palin’s quotes on every topic imaginable that was recorded during her many interviews and public speeches.
I admit I like Sarah Palin. I like her actual quotes as well as the ones Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live made. I like that she is a breath of fresh air when it comes to the political scene that has been stifled with long time politicians who have lost touch with the average American, of whom they are supposed to be representing.
The media created such frenzy with the possibility of the first female U.S. vice president that it was difficult to know exactly what Palin actually said, what she meant, and what the media, both serious and humorous took out of content. If you ever wondered who Sarah Palin is and what her thoughts are on various topics on politics, her loyalties, her knowledge, her strength – this is the book to read.
I along with the rest of the country was intrigued by this woman – good or bad, before you make a decision be educated to the facts, not snowed in by what the media presents. In this book along with her memoire, “Going Rogue”, her essence is encapsulated. Although most people probably believe that Palin is never going to return to the political scene, it seems unlikely with her popularity and continued presence in mainstream media that she is done with politics. Palin has far more to offer this country and I don’t believe it’s about which political party she belongs to, although that is politics, I believe that God is not done with her and she is continuing to seek Him and taking care of her family and her alliances by being just below the radar for this season.
Review Copyright 2011@mlehua
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Is the Bible True…Really? By Josh McDowell and Dave Sterrett

Is the Bible True...Really, by Josh McDowell

Is the Bible True…Really, by Josh McDowell

I highly recommend this book, it is an easy read and you won’t want to put it down. The story is intriguing and the references compelling. I look forward to reading the other books in The Coffee House Chronicles, including: “Did the resurrection happen…Really?” and “Who is Jesus…Really?”

As the publishers write, “these are short, easily devoured novellas aimed at answering prevalent spiritual questions of faith, and then answers these questions with truth through relationships and dialogue in each story.”

This is one of the Coffee House Chronicles of apologetics. This book is based on the story of Nick, a young Christian college man who attended church as a youngster and now that he is on his own in college is exposed to many questions he never learned in youth group or from the pulpit. Nick takes a religion class from a religious studies professor who is, “refuting everything Nick has learned… and brings up questions he never had before.”

  • Did Christianity borrow from pagan mythology?
  • Are there mistakes in the Bible?
  • When was the New Testament actually written?
  • What about the “other” gospels?
Nick comes to the point of no longer believing he ever had a real relationship with Christ. Until one day his professor’s assistant Jamal, begins to unravel the other side of the “evidence” that Nick’s professor so convincingly taught in class.
I’m going to look for the other two books in the Coffee House series and hope they are as captivating as this was. This is a book that I will reread and share with others. It’s a small compact size that is easy to bring along wherever you go.
@mlehua
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Campus Crusade for Christ ministries. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Strength Finders 2.0, by Tom Rath

I was given the opportunity to attend a 3 day workshop using this book. I purchased the book from Amazon on my own and attended the workshop through the College and Career ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, through a ministry I volunteered in.

The workshop covered the various types of Strengths that a person has, instead of focusing on improve on your weaknesses. This book and the workshop taught us how to see other’s strengths and how to accomplish the same goal by using each person on the teams gifts or strengths, instead of trying to change the person; and if the particular gift was needed to accomplish a certain goal that we may need to find another person that already has the strength instead of trying to wait until someone can get up to speed to learn the task even though it is not a natural strength that God has given them.

This is an easy to read book and there is an online test that you can take; please note that the ebook version may not have the code that you need to enter online to take the test to see what your top five strengths are. The retail price for this book is $24.95, best price was at Amazon.

This book helped me during a time of career transition, which is also how the College and Career workshop was set up to help those in transition from various careers, in and out of full time ministry. I recommend this book and the online test. If you are able to find someone who is doing the workshop based on the book, I suggest that for in depth focus on the subject.

My Life is Not My Own, by Bill Bright

My Life is Not My Own by Bill Bright, Founder of Campus Crusade for Christ

My Life is Not My Own by Bill Bright, Founder of Campus Crusade for Christ

A Book Review of “My Life is Not My Own” – by Bill Bright, Founder of Campus Crusade for Christ

Here’s an excerpt from when I first began reading the book.

“…the book by Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC) founder Bill Bright called, “My Life Is Not My Own.” Dr. Bright talks about how we are to be “slaves to God.” Which can be a hard pill to swallow in our American cultural understanding of what it means to be a slave.  However the scripture says in Romans 6:22 that “we have been set free from sin and become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.”  Verse 16 says that were slaves to sin, obeying what the master of that sin was – whether it was a person, job, habit – whatever, we did whatever the master of that sin was. We are to be slaves to Christ who is our ‘go between”‘to God.”

It’s interesting to note that as I read just the beginnings of this book that is opened by letters from Dr. Bright’s wife Vonette, their two sons who are in ministry, and the present president of CCC – even as Dr. Bright spoke to the ministry workers and interviewers and basically everyone he came into contact with – he would say that he never had any problems. When Dr. Bright explained what he meant by this statement, which baffled many; he stated that as a slave to God, only God has all the problems, as his slave we didn’t have to worry about the problem, we just had to be obedient, as God would figure out all the details of how he wanted to orchestrate the issues of the problems and tell or guide us (his slaves) to complete the tasks at hand.

To acknowledge that my life is truly not my own, if I choose to serve Christ and surrender all to Him. I should have no worries and leave all of those pesky problems and thoughts of how things can be done and should be done, by Him, I cannot do them alone and until I realize all of this, I will continue to go through life stressing over all the issues that come before me. I pray that the Lord will help me go through life and know that it is not “I” but His will be done.

Copyright 2012 @mlehua

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as a gift for volunteering on Vonette Bright’s Christmas card and gifts mailout at Campus Crusade for Christ 2010. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Divine Mentor by Wayne Cordeiro

I have attended New Hope Christian Fellowship for many years and the author, Pastor Wayne Cordeiro has written many books and made them available for all to enjoy. Often times if we were lucky as I was attending a workshop at a conference, we were given a copy of his book for free.

There aren’t too many books that have a long lasting effect as this book has been on revitalizing my commitment to daily journaling my devotions. I find that when I write my devos by handwriting vs. on the wordprocessor on my computer I edit my writing and don’t get the best affect for my spiritual life. All I need is a pen, notebook, my Bible and a reading plan. See this site for more info on How to Journal Your Devotions.

In times where we are always looking toward others to do what we need to do with Christ first, our personal quiet time will be changed when we seek Christ first as it says in Mt 6:33. Often we look at our religious leaders, authors, speakers, parents, friends etc to mentor us – we first need to look at Our Divine Mentor, to lead, guide, teach and offer the many things that we may fail toward others but He will always respond when we seek him.

I highly recommend this book. It will change the way you hear, seek, and pray to the Father and to find life’s answers is to have that time with the Lord and journal what the Lord is saying and teaching you on a daily basis.

@mlehua
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

A Place Called Blessing, by John Trent – A book review

Little Josh and his two older brothers were often left to fend for themselves while their parents went out partying. They were first taken to foster care when someone reported that they were being neglected and not cared for. When Josh was five-years-old, he and his brothers were picked up and told by police, “everything was going to be alright.” That was a lie, according to Josh, that was the start of a lifetime of multiple foster homes, children’s homes and separation from his two older brothers as they were adopted but he was left behind; because of what he believed to be an accident that caused the death of another child – one that he thought no one would forgive him for and that he would be identified as unlovable and damaged forever.
This was a moving story of life’s injustice, consequences, acceptance, forgiveness of God and others. It was an easy read, I couldn’t put it down and I shared the story with others and asked them what they would have done in the same situation as a foster or adoptive parent that was looking at Josh and his brothers as children to adopt.
The book also has section for Questions for Thought and Discussion at the end which can be used in a study group or alone; to review your own memories, emotions and issues that this book may have touched upon as you read it. I was moved to tears as the revelation of the love that the woman Anna and her son Mike offered to Josh when as an adult he moved to their town and was in need of a place to rent; in reality he found a family he never thought he was worthy of and he found A Place Called Blessing.
I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading through John Trent’s other books: The Blessing and I’d Choose You for children.
@mlehua
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Little Red Book of Wisdom, By Mark DeMoss

The Little Red Book of Wisdom, By Mark DeMoss

This is an awesome little book, but don’t let the title fool you; it is jam packed with stories of the author’s life and the life lessons he has learned. The author, Mark DeMoss invites you into his world through the various stages of his life and how his relationship with Christ and his family have impacted him.

This is a very interesting book; I particularly enjoy hearing people’s life lessons. DeMoss’ chapter on handwritten letters created a stir in me that I need to get back to doing just that as the meaning behind a personal letter in someone’s own handwriting can never be compared with an email. DeMoss held my attention through every chapter. From the very first chapter I was captivated and started telling others that they needed to read this book.
Although you could read this book quickly, I found myself savoring my “story time” with DeMoss. He stated that he originally wrote the book as sort of an instruction guide for his adult children. The Little Red Book conveys Biblical truth in that no matter what our business ventures are, no matter even our ministry tasks, although they need to be done; our primary goal is to build relationships with people. This is a great book for business people, students, homemakers and everyone who desires a great read.  I highly recommend the Little Red Book to every Christian as a guide to remember God created us to have fellowship with one another.


You can purchase The Little Red Book of Wisdom from Amazon.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”