Saturday, October 29, 2011

Book Review: Why Men Hate Going to Church by David Murrow

Book Review: Why Men Hate Going to Church by David Murrow
    Why is it that men hate going to church? Lousy preaching? Worship that is less then wonderful?  In this second edition of his bestselling book, David Murrow uses his knowledge, and common sense to figure out the real reason. While most of the reason stems from the church being too feminine,  many more usually unnoticed observations are demonstrated in this book.  This book contains statistics, facts and above-and-beyond hypothesis to answer the question, why don’t men like church?”
   This book was very good, and I believed it exposed some of the most devastating statistics of the men/women ratio in church. One of the most interesting theories, I believed, was the one about the church needing feminine character. At first, I shrugged it off, but then realized that women truly do have the right characteristics, such as fellowship, compassion, and many other “girly” things. Not that guys don’t have compassion, but they need church to want them to build a house, or punch something, or teach them how to shepherd their families, etc. Overall, I thought this was a great, down-to-earth look at the reasons why men hate going to church. I would recommend this for any Pastors, Men’s group leaders, and any other human with curiosity.
Thomas Nelson Publishers gave me this book for this review.   

Book Review: A Lasting Impression by Tamara Alexander

     Forgiveness. That's all Claire Elise Laurent wants. After forging paintings worth thousands of dollars, she simply wishes that her painting skills could be used for paintings of her own, not repeated copies of an obscure artist. When her parents, or, since her mother died, her father’s art gallery is robbed, and her father stabbed, she sets off hastily, taking the advice of her “uncle,” Antoine. In Nashville, she is at a loss for words. She has no home, no family, and no one who could help her get back up on her feet. That all changes with a church pew, an untimely acquaintance, and a small hope that she will be accepted as something other than a forger.
     A Lasting Impression was phenomenal!  With vivid, lively descriptions, the reader can view the luxuriously elegant Belmont Mansion. Using breathtaking details and characters so real the reader feels as if talking to them, Tamara Alexander has written a book that will not be soon forgotten.  One would have neither problems nor criticisms of this book, other than minor doctrinal errors, depending on one’s beliefs. Any reader can find this book to be one of the most researched, stunningly descriptive, and heart-warming tales of this year.
Bethany House Publishers gave this book to me for this review

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Book Review: Behind the Veils of Yemen by Audrey Grace Shelby

      If God placed the missionary calling on your life, would you go? What if he called you to a dusty, desolate land; where sickness, disease, and death were rampant? Audra Grace Shelby said yes and she wrote a book that describes her family’s harrowing journey from America to the culture shock of Yemen.  Making friendships, facing trials, and questioning her own faith at times, Audra chose to continue interceding for the Muslim women’s souls, and trying to keep her weary one. In an honest, friendly way, Audra shares her difficult, yet miraculous journey with the rest of the world.
    This book was indeed one of fine quality, crafted as a suspenseful novel, yet true in every way. I enjoyed her stories, {which were all true} and her obvious love for God, her family, and the suffering female population of Yemen. There were times I disagreed with her doctrine, HOWEVER, arguing doctrine will do nothing for this book. The book overall was a wonderful one, and I enjoyed the little bits of Arabic she put into it {along with the English definition}. I would suggest this book to anyone who enjoys tales of mission life, and anyone who wants to read an awesome “mini-biography”

Abby H.
Bethany House Publishers gave me this book in exchange for this {honest} review

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall

     Sylvia Fisher needed to get out. As an Amish woman at this stage in her life, she should have been married and had a few children by now. She would have had all that, and her enjoyable life as a dairy farmer. Unfortunately, she is betrayed by the two people she loves most.  After a treacherous kiss, Sylvia must leave her home.  Filled with guilt and unpleasant memories, Sylvia accepts a job from an Amish couple, working and living on their dairy farm.
     Aaron Blank has recovered. Being in alcohol rehab for 6 months, he is a new man, but unfortunately, his parents do not think quite so highly of their only surviving son.  When he arrives home, he tries to get his parents to sell their dairy farm that is covered in debt. When his suggestion is only returned with hostility, he knows it will take a lot more convincing his parents. During the time that Aaron is home, he meets Sylvia Fisher, his parent’s new farmhand. Knowing his parents love her like a daughter, he thinks if he can get her to stop working so hard she will leave and make his job a little easier.  Through trials, tribulation, and terrible temptations, Aaron and Sylvia learn to trust and care for each other.
     This book was well written, with both a can’t-put-my-book-down plot and an awesome purpose. Cindy Woodsmall’s  way of getting into the character’s heads will most definitely win her some faithful readers, myself included!  I have read all three in this series, and I believe this one is the best. If you enjoy lighthearted fiction with a purpose, then this book is for you!

Waterbrook gave me this book for free so that I could write this review.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

It couldn't just happen book reveiw.

In the beginning, The earth was a dry and dreary place, but there was a explosion, and in a pool of water two cells comined to create the biggest, bestest, most amazing thing ever, LIFE. Really That's how it all began? Sure with no creator and no evidence?. well that just doesn't sound right does it. It couldn't just happen Tells how, well it couldn't just happen. it shows proof how there has to be a creator or nothing could happen!

The point is that God made the earth perfect for Us, We couldn't have just happened into insistence. If you saw a beautiful painting, and you found out that there was no artist, wouldn't you question how it came into insentience? Of course you would! God made us, He made everything, And he loves you Very Much.

What this book really meant to me was that God made this world perfect for us, if it were only one centemeter bigger gravity would crush humanity, if it were any closer to the Sun, we would be Cooked litterally. If the earth was even a little farther away from the sun we would freeze. I loved this book and it really made me think. I know you will love this book as much as I did.

By Abby Hartwig
P.S. This book was given to me to review honestly by Book sneeze