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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Another Book Giveaway? Yes!

Persecuted by Robin Parrish is an action/suspense novel that could well be taken out of newspaper headlines in the near future.  The First Amendment is under attack, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights.

John Luther must choose to obey God rather than men when a law is passed that limits his television preaching ministry.  Even his friends are urging him to compromise in the name of continuing his ministry.  To John, however, compromise of the gospel message is not an option. When enemies of freedom take their revenge on John, it is unbelievably thorough and vindictive.
 
John the pastor must become John the detective in order to uncover the extensive conspiracy that is out to destroy him and silence free religious speech in America. The cost will be high, but no higher than martyrs before him have paid.

The movie will be in theaters July 18.  

To enter the drawing for a free copy of Persecuted,  just leave a comment below before July 22. 

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Advocate by Randy Singer: A Book Review


As a modern attorney, Randy Singer does an excellent job writing this fictional account of an advocate (lawyer) in the Roman Empire.  Historical fiction set at the time of Christ includes a believable story that incorporates Seneca, Pilate, Nero, vestal virgins, gladiators, and martyrs.  Singer’s main character is a fictional version of Theophilus, to whom the actual Luke addressed his account of the life of Christ and the birth of the Church.


Singer has written a page-turner that captures the spirit of the early church and the price they paid for following Jesus.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ragamuffin: A Movie Review


Rich Mullins is best known by younger people as the composer of “Awesome God.”  He was, however, much more than that.  In this film, we meet Rich as a child on an Indiana farm struggling to please a father who can’t relate to his genius son.  We follow him to college, where he meets his best friend and his family--and a girl.  We see him question legalism, think deeply about how Jesus really lived, and put those thought into lyrics that till stir our souls.

This is no sugar-coated Christian flick, however, as it is based on a real human life.  And real life has struggle and brokenness.  Heartbreak, alcoholism, and depression were a part of Mullins’ life.  So was an amazing minister who helped Rich through the pain by sharing his own struggle and showing him how to embrace the fact that Jesus really, truly loved him unconditionally.

Music, of course, is woven throughout the narrative.  This is a movie that is beautiful, tragic, and triumphant.  I recommend it for viewing by youth and adults--and younger children with their parents so that they can discuss smoking, alcohol, and depression at an age-appropriate level. Worship leaders will want to see this movie for sure!

To enter the DVD giveaway, just comment on this blog post on or before July 14.  I will request contact information from the winner on July 15.  If you can’t wait to see it, purchase it now.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fiction: Child of Mine by David and Beverly Lewis


A kidnapped baby, a grieving mother, a man raising his orphaned niece, and an Amish nanny under the ban (shunned) combine for a story that is both romance and mystery.  Suspicion abounds, as everyone has secrets and nobody know who can be trusted.

Where is Kelly Maines’s daughter?  Her husband died before revealing to whom he had sold her.  Who is the birth mother of Jack Livingston’s niece?  Will a lead in Chicago be the big break Kelly has been looking for?  And just what is the Amish nanny’s secret?

This is a page-turner as you try to discern who, if anyone, is telling the truth--or who even knows the truth.  Does God have a plan in all this mess?  Yes, but it is not obvious to anyone for a long time!


I received a free review copy of this novel from Bethany House publishers.

Book Review: Dear Son


A father who only got to spend a few months with his own son has since become a spiritual father to many sons.  Pastor Dave Bruskas ministers to men with no fathers to teach them how to be men of God. This beautiful book is written in the form of conversations Bruskas would have had with his own son, who died in infancy.

Bruskas addresses in each short chapter one role a man must learn to fulfill.  He covers the roles of a man as a Christian, son, brother, father, provider, and much more.  The chapter on providing for a future family is especially relevant for many young men today, and Bruskas addresses the issue with well-researched career advice as well as spiritual encouragement.

Get this resource for church library, men’s ministry, or personal growth.  Men need fathers, and the church needs to help with substitutes where needed.

I received a free review copy of Dear Son from Tyndale publishers.


Monday, June 30, 2014

Book Review: Sharing Christ with the Dying


Melody Rossi shares from her experience walking with people who are physically dying and spiritually awakening.  Her stories of “unlikely converts” are a reminder to all Christians to never give up on anyone while they still breathe.  As our Heavenly Father is always at work, we too should be doing the work He gives us.

 She emphasizes the power of serving those approaching the end of earthly life.  One chapter is devoted to preparing for serving by finding your path to service for a particular person.  Find their needs and determine how you can help in practical ways and through prayer support.

At the end of the book is a helpful chapter on “Grieving Well” for those who must carry on after a death.  This book is a resource for every church library as well as for individual Christians.


I received a free review copy of this book from Bethany House.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Free Range Humans: Can We Do It?


Anyone hesitating to start working for themselves doing things they love need only consider Cantwell's contention that working for an employer is like being self-employed with only one client.  Suddenly being an employess doesn't seem as solid and secure, does it?

The author leads the reader step by step through a discovery process and gives plenty of examples.  This is no reckless call to abandon all reason, but rather an argument for consciously evaluating your life choices and the trade offs you are already making daily and might be willing to make for a better life.

I received a free review copy of this interesting book through NetGalley.