Friday, December 1, 2017

REVIEW: The Martyr's Oath by Johnnie Moore











About the Book



Be Inspired by Amazing Eyewitness Stories of Hope and Courage from the Persecuted Church


We are witnessing an astonishing escalation in Christian persecution like we have rarely seen since the first century. Some estimate that every five minutes, a Christian is martyred for his or her faith. Countries like Egypt have experienced more Christian persecution in the last five years than in the previous six hundred years combined. And who could have missed the atrocities of ISIS in Syria, Boko Haram in Nigeria, and the continued persecution of Christians in North Korea?

Johnnie Moore, like many American Christians, didn't fully appreciate the extent of what was going on--until he witnessed the graduation of theology students in India. Unlike graduation ceremonies in America--where feel-good speeches made by visiting celebrities are common--this one featured a remarkable oath. It wasn't an oath to excel or succeed. It was an oath to be willing to die, if necessary, for the cause of Christ. This was no empty promise. This was a choice, choosing the eternal over the temporal.

Johnnie knew he was witnessing a raw, first-century Christianity that his comfortable American version had shielded him from. "For the first time, I really understand my faith," says Johnnie Moore. Now, he's on a mission to give this same experience to others. He and his team have crisscrossed the world, recorders in hand, gathering eyewitness accounts from dozens of people who survived persecution--and the stories of some who didn't.

Join Johnnie Moore on this compelling journey to the heart of the Christian faith.










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My Review



The Martyr's Oath by Johnnie Moore is a collection of stories of people who have died for their faith. A concept for so many in the West we can't even wrap our heads around. But in the last several years the persecution of Believers around the world has escelated to a high we have not seen in generations. Men, women, and yes even children in nations like Egypt, Iraq, Iran, China, North Korea. Nations where being a Christian is either severaly frowned upon or illegal. The Martyr's Oath is a timely work that needs to be read by Believers and non-believers alike. 

REVIEW: The Delusion by Laura Gallier











About the Book


By March of Owen Edmonds's senior year, eleven students at Masonville High School have committed suicide. Amid the media frenzy and chaos, Owen tries to remain levelheaded--until he endures his own near-death experience and wakes to a distressing new reality.

The people around him suddenly appear to be shackled and enslaved.

Owen frantically seeks a cure for what he thinks are crazed hallucinations, but his delusions become even more sinister. An army of hideous, towering beings, unseen by anyone but Owen, are preying on his girlfriend and classmates, provoking them to self-destruction.

Owen eventually arrives at a mind-bending conclusion: he's not imagining the evil--everyone else is blind to its reality. He must warn and rescue those he loves . . . but this proves to be no simple mission. Will he be able to convince anyone to believe him before it's too late?

Owen's heart-pounding journey through truth and delusion will force him to reconsider everything he believes. He both longs for and fears the answers to questions that are quickly becoming too dangerous to ignore.







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My Review


The Delusion by Laura Gallier is a Young Adult Supernatural Thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat and awake at night because you won't want to go to sleep until you finish the whole thing. Laura Gallier's The Delusion is reminiscent of Frank Peretti and Craig Parshall's Supernatural Thrillers and I believe Laura has made a place for herself in this genre and I can't wait to see what Laura will release next.

Friday, November 24, 2017

REVIEW: Laugh It Up by Candace Payne











About the Book



The world knows Candace Payne as “Chewbacca Mom,” the wife and mother of two from Dallas who captured the hearts of nearly 200 million people around the world with nothing but a toy Chewbacca mask, a smart phone, and infectious laughter.

Candace’s viral moment of simple joy became Facebook Live’s top video. But what the video doesn’t show is Candace’s storied journey of daunting obstacles on the way to the joy-filled life—extreme poverty, past trauma, and struggles with self-worth.

Laugh It Up! tells the rest of the story behind the woman in the mask. Like most of us, Candace has often felt overlooked, undervalued, and insignificant. But she has also discovered the secrets to unshakable joy that no circumstance can take away, and Laugh It Up! will help you discover and experience the same.

Join Candace to discover the gift God has given us all to experience life to the fullest. All you need to do is answer “yes” when joy, whom Candace personifies as a friend, calls you to come and play.


Do you feel tempted to give up on your dreams? Joy stays the course.
Do your knees knock when thinking about the future? Joy hopes for what can be.
Do you feel unseen and unnoticed? Joy is content whether backstage or center stage.
Do you feel crushed under the weight of regret? Joy loves you enough to weep with you, but also enough to help you move on.
When life punches you in the gut, it can be difficult to muster a smile—much less a laugh. But with humor and power, wit and wisdom, Candace lights the way forward to a life that is free indeed.








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My Review


Laugh It Up is the memoir of everyone's favourite mom, Chewbacca Mom! Candace Payne made her name simply by posting a video to Facebook that garnered millions of view just for her joyous reaction to a Star Wars electronic Chewbacca mask. In Laugh It Up Candace goes back to her childhood how her family moved from place to place. Laugh It Up really is about experience joy through the smallest of things.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Last Girl by Nadia Murad










About the Book


In this intimate memoir of survival, a former captive of the Islamic State tells her harrowing and ultimately inspiring story.

Nadia Murad was born and raised in Kocho, a small village of farmers and shepherds in northern Iraq. A member of the Yazidi community, she and her brothers and sisters lived a quiet life. Nadia had dreams of becoming a history teacher or opening her own beauty salon.

On August 15th, 2014, when Nadia was just twenty-one years old, this life ended. Islamic State militants massacred the people of her village, executing men who refused to convert to Islam and women too old to become sex slaves. Six of Nadia's brothers were killed, and her mother soon after, their bodies swept into mass graves. Nadia was taken to Mosul and forced, along with thousands of other Yazidi girls, into the ISIS slave trade.

Nadia would be held captive by several militants and repeatedly raped and beaten. Finally, she managed a narrow escape through the streets of Mosul, finding shelter in the home of a Sunni Muslim family whose eldest son risked his life to smuggle her to safety.

Today, Nadia's story--as a witness to the Islamic State's brutality, a survivor of rape, a refugee, a Yazidi--has forced the world to pay attention to the ongoing genocide in Iraq. It is a call to action, a testament to the human will to survive, and a love letter to a lost country, a fragile community, and a family torn apart by war.







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My Review


The Last Girl is the captivating and heartbreaking story of Nadia Murad. Nadia was born in a village to a Kurdish family in the Middle East. As she grew older ISIS began taking over villages and towns one by one. Eventually ISIS made it into Nadia's village. ISIS destroyed everything in sight and slaughtered most of the residents including Nadia's mother and 6 brothers. And Nadia- ISIS took her into captivity as an ISIS sex slave. Nadia eventually escaped her evil captors and has become a voice against the Islamic State. Even speaking to the UN. Nadia's story is an important one and this book should be read by everybody.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

REVIEW: The Crooked Path by Irma Joubert










About the Book


As retired physician Lettie Louw looks back upon her life, she recounts her coming of age in WWII-era South Africa in this compelling story of delayed love, loss, and reconciliation.

34460579Lettie Louw is the daughter of the town physician in their South African village. She spends her childhood in the warm African days playing with her friends and being adored by her doting parents. When she becomes a teenager, she experiences her first taste of unrequited romantic love in the form of her best friend’s older brother, De Wet Fourie. When De Wet pursues the beautiful and wealthy Annabelle, Lettie’s dreams are crushed, and she moves to Johannesburg to pursue her studies in medicine.

Life in Johannesburg feels strange to Lettie, and the world around her is in profound upheaval as the Second World War rages. Her feelings for De Wet never waver, and Lettie is heartbroken when he marries another of her childhood friends. Lettie soon meets Marco Romanelli, an Italian immigrant, and they marry and raise two daughters, as the racial and political tensions in South Africa swirl about them.

Lettie never forgets her first love, even as the ravages of time, war, and illness play upon her life and the lives of those she loves. In their later years, Lettie and De Wet are thrown into one another’s company again, and they are given another chance at a life together. 






My Review


The Crooked Path is yet another beautiful but haunting work of art from South African author Irma Joubert. The Crooked Path begins with an older and retired Lettie who begins to look back at her life and recount her younger years in WWII South Africa. Her first encounter with her first love De Wet who eventually marries one of Lettie's childhood friends and Lettie who meets a young Italian immigrant whom she marries and has a family with. Then years later Lettie and De Wet meet again and reconnect. The Crooked Path is a story about love, loss, faith, and second chances. This is a story, as all of Irma's works, that will stay with you long after you turn the last page. Irma Joubert skillfully and masterfully is able to create characters that leap off the page and into the reader's heart. This is a must read!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

REVIEW: Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky








About the Book


Set in Edwardian England and ideal for readers who enjoy Julie Klassen novels, this romance about an English aviation pioneer and the girl who falls in love with him is filled with adventure and faith.
Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents don't approve. They want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to fly across the English Channel, but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year. When James Grant, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson's new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to be the first to fly across the Channel and win the prize Mr. Grayson's newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret. James wants to win Bella's heart, but his background and lack of social standing make it unlikely her parents would approve. If he fails to achieve his dream, how will he win the love and respect he is seeking? Will Bella's faith and support help him find the strength and courage he needs when unexpected events turn their world upside down?






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My Review


Across the Blue is a an Edwardian piece about the first planes and romance. I always enjoy historical novels when you can tell while reading them that the author spent a lot of time researching so everything would be correct. You have no idea how many so called historical novels I've read that feel and read nothing like the period it's supposed to be set in. So I appreciate that Carrie took the time to do her research. I also really loved reading about the first planes. Across the Blue is a sweeping adventure and you're not going to want to miss the ride.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

REVIEW: They Came for Freedomby Jay Milbrandt










About the Book



A page-turning story of the Pilgrims, the courageous band of freedom-seekers who set out for a new life for themselves and forever changed the course of history.

Once a year at Thanksgiving, we encounter Pilgrims as folksy people in funny hats before promptly forgetting them. In the centuries since America began, the Pilgrims have been relegated to folklore and children’s stories, fairy-tale mascots for holiday parties and greeting cards.

The true story of the Pilgrim Fathers could not be more different. Beginning with the execution of two pastors deviating from the Elizabethan Church of England, the Pilgrims’ great journey was one of courageous faith, daring escape, and tenuous survival. Theirs is the story of refugees who fled intense religious persecution; of dreamers who voyaged the Atlantic and into the unknown when all other attempts had led to near-certain death; of survivors who struggled with newfound freedom. Loneliness led to starvation, tension gave way to war with natives, and suspicion broke the back of the very freedom they endeavored to achieve.

Despite the pain and turmoil of this high stakes triumph, the Pilgrim Fathers built the cornerstone for a nation dedicated to faith, freedom, and thankfulness. This is the epic story of the Pilgrims, an adventure that laid the bedrock for the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, and the American identity.








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My Review


I've been looking forward to reading Jay Milbrandt's They Came for Freedom since I found out about it months ago. I've always enjoyed historical non-fiction and especially pieces about the colonial pilgrims. Some of these pilgrims who came here from England for mostly religious freedom are my own ancestors. The true and real story about these men, women and children is remarkable. And they were only successful with the help of God. A great documentary on these early settlers is Monumental: In Search of America's National Treasure. It is fantastic and one of the historians featured in the documentary is so passionate about what she is talking about that she brings the pilgrims story to life. Jay has done the same with the written word. They Came for Freedom is a must read in the Non-Fiction genre.