Saturday 28 april
Letters From a Martyred Christian by H.L. Hussmann is definitely worth the read. The book is written in the form of letters from a martyred
Christian, no surprise there, to modern day Christians. Each letter is like a daily devotional. In fact, there are discussion questions in the back that could be used in devotionals or group
I enjoyed the concept of this book. It is something different and different is a virtue in the world of books. I suppose this book could be called an anti-Screwtape Letters.
The Screwtape Letters are written from hell’s view but this book looks down from heaven.
I would recommend this book to any of my friends. In fact I already have. By the way, if you like this book you can find information on how schedule Hussmann to speak at
your church. I received this book free from Book Crash in exchange for a fair review.
Saturday 31 march
Learning to Pray in Scripture by Stephen Binz is a collection of short devotionals that focus on the prayers of the Bible. I have not
finished this book yet, as I am reading a lesson per day, but I am enjoying this book greatly. Prayer is a topic too ofter overlooked, yet it should be the life-blood of a Christian.
This book has reminded me of that truth. I am so thankful that the allmighty God listens to our prayers.
The lessons are divided into five steps. First comes the reading of a passage of Scripture. Then an exposistion of the passage. After that is a
Q&A like reflection on what you just read. Then the book has a written prayer in the style of the prayer read in the Scripture passage. Lastly comes a charge to find ways to apply
what you have just learned.
For my non-catholic readers, myself included, I must point out that, although this is a Catholic book, it is focused completely on the Holy Word of God.
So far I have not found anything a non-catholic would through a fit about. This
review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Lectio Divina Bible Study: Learning to Pray in Scr.
They are also a great source for abaptism gifts or first communion gifts.
Friday 30 march
I received Best Forgotten by Paula Vince several months ago. But I could not bring myself to read it. I just knew
I would hate it with all my heart. Even the cover made me think of the type of books I work to avoid at all costs. So after dragging my feet for a long time I got around to opening
the book. And I loved it. I'm not just saying that either. It blew my expectations out of the water, slaped them around, then made them cry.
The premise is simple enough, a guy gets hit by a car and looses his memory. When he wakes up he finds out that he dosen't like
what people tell him he was like. He also feel that something or someone is chasing him. I wont ruin the end for you but there is a little plot shift. And I must say that the
ending was, like the rest of the book, much better than I thought it would be.
Even the love story was good and I hate books with love stories. In short Paula Vince is an excellent writter and I look
forward to reading more of her book. One warning for my fellow Americans. If you don't know australian slang you might need to look up a few words. I received this book free
from bookcrash in exchange for a fair review.
Saturday 24 march
Called to Contraversy by Ruth Rosen is, as the cover says, "the unlikely story of Moishe Rosen and the founding of Jews for Jesus." It tells the reader about the interesting
life of Moishe Rosen, a Jew who did the unthinkable. He became a follower of Jesus Christ. But he was not just content be a quite follower, he spent the rest of his life trying to
convince other Jew that Jesus is the Messiah, that he is the one prophesied, and that he can save them from sin. His methods for getting his message was controversial but is got attention.
He was so focused on his mission that he was not afraid of being harmed for his beliefs. To his credit, he proved his lack of fear several times.
I really appreciate the honesty of Ruth Rosen in this book. She did not hide the falts of her father, Moishe Rosen. She did not try to make her father look like a hero or a perfect
person. She even included episodes of Moishe's life were he clearly wrong. That says a lot to me about the character of Ruth Rosen.
With her accurate, as far as I know, portrayal of Moishe I feel I have learned from this book. Call me sheltered, but before this book I had never heard of Jews for Jesus. I also was
able to learn about Moishe Rosen. I don't think I would have liked him if I had met him, but with this book I can respect him and the work he did. I received this book free from
booksneeze in exchange for a fair review.
Monday 20 february
The Canary List by Sigmund Brouwer was an interesting read. The story follows Jaimie Piper, a young girl who feels hunted by darkness, and Crockett Grey, a school teacher, as
they make there way through the maze of Vatican intrigue. The book also has several other view points represented which include several religious leaders and a psychologist.
The story is good but it takes some time to get into it. There are several view points that dont fit in with the others till near the end of the book. I guess some people might like
that but its not my style. Also, this book looks like Christian fiction but I dont think it is. The one whose faith is in doubt never makes an inch toward God. I cant decide
whether or not the author likes or dislikes the Catholic Church. He seems to put its leaders in a negative light but Catholic is the only type of church that I remember reading about in the
Near the in of the book, when the story was almost over, the book throughs the reader a curveball. I dont want to ruin the surprise but think Inception and you have an idea of
what I mean. I really disliked the ending. It made the book feel open ended. Like a song that end on a five chord instead of a one chord.(Thank you Music Theory teacher.)
There is no moral taught or lesson learned in the book. All in all it is an interesting but disappointing book. I received this book free from Blogging for Book in exchange for
a fair review.