Monday, December 15, 2014

Slave Again by Alana Terry

Not too long ago, I posted a highlight on Alana Terry's new book Slave Again.  
I just finished reading and it is wonderful.
One of the things I love about Alana is her passion for North Korean Christians, refugees, and others who are suffering there. Her goal is to draw attention to this possibly over looked, shoved under the table issue, and also stir up prayer for brothers and sisters in Christ suffering persecution.

Monday, December 8, 2014


The FBI's search for an escaped convict, a former member of John Dillinger's gang, brought them to little Bobo's house as they attempted to unearth his father. Bobo's dad eluded capture, and the seven-year old joined his father, embarking on life as a fugitive. Searching for happiness through his Catholic boarding school years and success as a businessman, Jim Hall became entrenched in the mafia. With riveting tales of Frank Sinatra, Las Vegas casinos, and a possible connection to JFK's death, this is the miraculous true story of a boy connected to the Godfather who finds his way to peace with God the Father.

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J. Alden (Jim) Hall was a successful businessman for many years before committing to full-time Christian Ministry in 1992. Jim’s businesses were diverse and included the popular Carlos McGee’s restaurant chain. His involvement and close connections with members of the Chicago Mafia brought his name and businesses up before a special “Organized Crime Task Force” (OCTF). He became a target of the OCTF, and in 1982 was sentenced to 3 ½ years in federal prison. It was there that his life changed.

After his release, Jim owned a marketing and sales consulting business when Bruce Wilkinson, the founder of Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, persuaded him to work with his organization. For fifteen years Jim led their Seminar Division and when he left was Vice President of Seminars and Training, as well as Interim Vice President of Publishing. He currently is a marketing and business consultant and a popular speaker in both Christian and non-Christian settings. Jim is active with his church and leads two large monthly Bible studies in Atlanta. He lives in the Atlanta suburbs with his wife Judy and is within driving distance of their three daughters and eight grandchildren.

I received this book from TBCN in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

A big thanks to  my friend Starr, who read and reviewed this book. This is what she thought:

This book was absolutely addictive.   I wanted to get through it to see what happened to Jim Hall.
This is written by a man who grew up “on the wrong side of the tracks”, and ended up on what he thought was the right side.   He had connections to the mafia, and was making amounts of money that would make all our heads spin.   There is a lot of suspense, danger, and tender moments in this book.  Jim Hall’s life is a shining example of how someone’s life can be completely transformed when they put their trust in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.   This quote in the front of Jim Hall’s book pretty much sums it up: “I’ve gathered memories from a life only God could have salvaged”.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Breathing Room by Leeana Tankersley

Leeana Tankersley, like so many of us, began to feel overwhelmed by life. And like so many of us, she assumed she was struggling not because life is inherently difficult but because she was personally failing in some way. She knows firsthand what it is to bully yourself, to put yourself down for not being able to keep it all together, to compare yourself to others and find yourself lacking. But she's also discovered that all of the hurt and hostility and pain only add up to a life of holding your breath. What if we could exhale and let go? 
Breathing Room is her beautiful release of self-condemnation, her discovery of the rest that comes when we give ourselves some space to breathe. She draws readers in through shared experiences of perfectionism, jealousy, and striving and shows them how to let go, how to be radically on their own team, and how to experience the broad grace that Christ has offered all of us.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Holiday Rush

Well... The HOLIDAYS are in full swing...
And if you are a bit like me, so is the holiday crunch!
Of course, there are some out there - unlike myself - who may have it all together this time a year. (smile) My hats off to you!

Between extra seamstress jobs (for which I am extremely thankful), Thanksgiving festivities, family in town, a Christmas parade, practice, program, and all the loose ends to tie up.... Life is getting ahead of me. Hence, I am a bit off kilter with my reading and blog posting.
Our Parade float was Grand Prize Winner
As much as I enjoy blogging, reading, and connecting with those of you who are book lovers like me, my blog takes second place to "real life", family, and other obligations; because alas, it is mostly a well-loved hobby.

So, I want to say THANKS for reading,
                           Thanks for understanding
                           Thanks for bearing with me when life gets hectic.

I aim to get a few book reviews up soon, as I have quite a few to post on some great books I have been reading.

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Legend of St. Nicholas ~ A Story of Christmas Giving

In The Legend of St. Nicholas, the new artwork, created by Marley and Me illustrator, Richard Cowdrey, captivates audiences and tells the story of a young man named Nicholas, who was moved by the plight of the poor and needy. Nicholas spent his life secretly helping the poor all over the world, giving gifts on Christmas Eve to remind people of the greatest Gift of all, Jesus Christ. This gentle Christmas book introduces the original St. Nicholas and offers inspiration for readers to become cheerful givers themselves. The final pages in the book include fun Father Christmas traditions in other lands.

Monday, November 10, 2014

A Robertson Family Christmas with a GIVEAWAY

Hunter Clarke wanted one thing for Christmas: to spend it with his dad and his brother. He misses being included in any guy trips since his parents divorced and he went to live with his mom. So he’s less than happy when his mother tells him that he won a contest to spend Christmas in West Monroe, Louisiana, with a family named the Robertsons. For some reason, they’re supposed to be a big deal. How did he win a contest he didn’t enter? Besides, he’s never heard of them and sure doesn’t want to spend Christmas in a swamp with a bunch of strangers.

Korie Robertson is excited to open her heart and home to Hunter and show him what the Christmas season looks like for the Robertson family. And like it or not, Hunter experiences it firsthand. From duck-hunting disasters with the bearded guys, to learning to cook with Miss Kay, Hunter

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Twice a Slave by Sammy Tippit

Twice a Slave is the story of a Cherokee slave, a forbidden romance, and tragedies that build faith.

One man who is determined to find his purpose and discover his identity becomes a slave a second time, and he changes the course of history in Louisiana. It would come as a surprise to the often race–tested churches of the deep–south that the man most responsible for planting Baptists west of the Mississippi River was of mixed race. 
Joseph Willis is one of the most fascinating, yet unknown personalities in Evangelical history. He was born into slavery before the American Revolution, the son of a Cherokee mother and an English father who faced incredible difficulties. His story is timeless and inspires the modern heart to overcome insecurities, conquer prejudice between believers, and insurmountable obstacles that unsettle the faithful. Even though Joseph's life was threatened because of his race and faith, he became the first Protestant to preach the gospel west of the Mississippi River and started the first Baptist church west of the Mississippi. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

A Mom's Prayers for Her Son by Rob and Joanna Teigen

From the moment your little boy was born, you knew you were going to be doing a lot of praying. So you may wonder, What exactly should I be praying for?
Now the authors of A Dad's Prayers for His Daughter show you how to pray for every area of your son's life. Rob and Joanna Teigen give you a strong foundation to build a lifelong habit of prayer for your son with a collection of specific prayers you can use to get started right now. With engaging stories from well-known authors such as Kathi Lipp, Pam Farrel, Lisa Samra, and others, you'll learn how to pray for your son's development of character, courage, self-control, forgiveness, and more.