Book Review: The Chicken Runs at Midnight: A Daughter’s Message from Heaven That Changed a Father’s Heart and Won a World Series by Tom Friend with a Forward by Tim Kurkjian

The Chicken Runs at Midnight: A Daughter’s Message from Heaven That Changed a Father’s Heart and Won a World Series by Tom Friend with a Forward by Tim Kurkjian

“The Chicken Runs at Midnight”, it kind of sounds like one of those nonsensical codes we used to hear about in spy thriller spoofs.

Instead, this was really a miraculous message from a teenage girl who had gone to be with our Lord, to her family.

The book The Chicken Runs at Midnight: A Daughter’s Message from Heaven That Changed a Father’s Heart and Won a World Series by Tom Friend with a Foreword by Tim Kurkjian shows readers that it is also a message to all families. This would make a good Focus on The Family book.

There are multiple Christian and other messages in this book. One of the most important ones is that we, as parents, may not realize how every word we say to a child changes the child’s life, whether it be for good or for bad.

Speaking as one who has been in a coma, I (David) know that the advice given by the nurse was exactly right. People in comas do hear and understand everything that is going on around them. The family did the right thing.

We give The Chicken Runs at Midnight all five stars and five boxes of facial tissue to wipe away the tears. Happy tears and sad tears. This book is extremely well written. In this day of books being published at a super fast rate, they often miss wrong spellings of words, bad grammar, and editing problems. I found none in this book. A rare case indeed.

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Book Review: Fear Not: Two Weeks of Living Boldly into God’s Authentic Confidence by John Kaites

Fear Not: Two Weeks of Living Boldly into God’s Authentic Confidence by John Kaites

Fear Not: Two Weeks of Living Boldly into God’s Authentic Confidence by John Kaites is a devotion guide to help us claim the fearless life that Heavenly Father intends for each of us.

The author does not imply that our life of fearlessness will happen overnight, or even over the course of two weeks. Instead, he offers a guide to get us on our way to the confident life that we want to live, boldly having faith in Heavenly Father, knowing there is no need to fear because He has it all covered.

Each daily devotion is short and thought-provoking. There are suggestions of things we can do to help us claim freedom from fear, as well as a prayer at the end of each devotion. There is also a section that has all of the prayers together at the end of the book.

If you need help to claim the fearless life that our Heavenly Father intends for you, Fear Not is a good guide.

We give this book five stars.

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Book Review: When God Happens: True Stories of Modern Day Miracles by Angela Hunt and Bill Myers

When God Happens: True Stories of Modern Day Miracles by Angela Hunt and Bill Myers

Goosebumps, that is the best way to describe what I felt when reading When God Happens: True Stories of Modern Day Miracles by Angela Hunt and Bill Myers.

Many people do not believe in angels. I would imagine that most do. It is amazing how angels often appear when we least expect them. We enjoyed every story in this book and really hope the editors are able to create the series.

Each story in When God Happens was written by one of the people who actually experienced the miracles of God. Too often we are willing to listen to the world and believe that what we have experienced is just coincidence or just a fluke or dumb luck.

We are told that we often entertain angels unawares (Hebrews 13:2). If we just allow ourselves to let go and let God, we can often see His amazing work.

This book deserves all five stars. It is very well-written and very inspiring. If you like to hear inspirational stories about Christians who believe in the power of prayer and in letting Jesus Christ speak to them, this book is for you.

We feel that this would make a great small group book to read together at a church or with a prayer group to discuss and build faith.

You will find yourself not being able to put When God Happens down. It is just that good. You will probably want to buy several copies to give your friends and a copy to put in your church library.

As a side note, this is the 100th book we have read in our Goodreads 2018 challenge. We think it is awesome that this is the one that put us over the top.

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Book Review: Overcoming the Hand You Were Dealt by Kisha Taylor

Overcoming the Hand You Were Dealt by Kisha Taylor

From time to time, we get a book that is just screaming, “Me next, me next.” Overcoming the Hand You Were Dealt by Kisha Taylor was one of those books. There are over 53,000 books in our to be read file, each with the hope that it will receive a review.

It is difficult to believe that this book is the first book out of the chute for this author. Taylor is a master storyteller who tells the story very well.

It does not matter that there are times this old Southern white male needed a hood-to-redneck dictionary. We speak the same language, Christian.

The author writes in such a way that you can feel the pain. You can feel the betrayal. Readers follow as one person after another in the main character’s life hurts her in one way or another.

Then, we read in this true story of how the main character overcame all odds. How she pulled herself up by the bootstraps she did not have and overcame.

We think Overcoming the Hand You Were Dealt would make a good book for a small group Bible Study. The author makes no excuses for her character and she admits to mistakes along the way.

We give this book all five stars. It is one of those books you won’t want to put down. One that you want to think everything is rosey in the end, but it is about real life. You will want to buy a copy for all those independent black women in your life and maybe a copy for that redneck man, too.

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Book Review: One Moment Can Change Your Life!: Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary People by Ulrich Kellerer

One Moment Can Change Your Life!: Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary People by Ulrich Kellerer

The title, One Moment Can Change Your Life!: Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary People by Ulrich Kellerer is very promising. The question is, does it deliver on that promise?

Having read literally thousands of books, and judging them on their actual content, we would have to say the writer does fulfill the promise offered to his readers by the title.

However, we can only rate this book four stars. The book is very well-written and the stories are interesting, for the most part. However, in most books we read like this the story provides a hook. We read this type of story and expect a miracle. That miracle does come in at least one of the stories, but the story missed giving us a hook even on that one.

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Book Review: God Inside the Fire: Revised & Expanded Edition by Greg Stelley

God Inside the Fire: Revised & Expanded Edition by Greg Stelley

We read and reviewed the original version of God Inside the Fire and we were blown away. Usually when there is a revised edition, it really does not improve the story that much. However, God Inside the Fire: Revised & Expanded Edition by Greg Stelley takes a truly awesome story and kicks it up several notches.

The miracles in the first edition were great. Stelley hit it out of the park with this revised edition as he added some dialogue that really makes the true life characters come to life for the reader. He also adds some back story to help us get the true impact of what was going on in the story.

We feel that this book is very well-written and deserves all five stars. It is a factual account of a real life event told as close to the facts as can be told.

Our Kindle ereader tells us it takes about six hours to read the book. This being the case, you might want to potty first, put on a cup of coffee, and grab a comfy place to sit because you won’t want to put down God Inside the Fire.

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Book Review: Perseverance: The Seven Skills You Need to Survive, Thrive, and Accomplish More Than You Ever Imagined by Tim Hague

Perseverance: The Seven Skills You Need to Survive, Thrive, and Accomplish More Than You Ever Imagined by Tim Hague

We are sent scores of books to review each month. It seems that the subject of Parkinson’s Disease is coming up more and more.

Not to long before reading Perseverance: The Seven Skills You Need to Survive, Thrive, and Accomplish More Than You Ever Imagined by Tim Hague, we completed Fighting Parkinson’s…and Winning: A memoir of my recovery from Parkinson’s Disease by Howard Shifke.

The two books really work well together. With this book, Perseverance, we learn about the many challenges of living with Parkinson’s Disease, an incurable disease that is caused by lack of dopamine in the body. Tim Hauge decided he wasn’t going to let Parkinson’s Disease slow him down. He was going to live life to the fullest.

Fighting Parkinson’s…and Winning is the story of the author who, like Tim Hague, learned he had Parkinson’s Disease. He also decided he was going to live life to the fullest. However, in this book the author decided that just because Western medicine says there is no cure for Parkinson’s that does not mean it is so.

The first part of Perseverance gives us the story of a mixed race child born in rural Texas and raised by a loving adopted family.

We follow the author through disappointment after disappointment. We see how he did not really fit in with any race. He was always too black, too white, or otherwise just not acceptable.

Perseverance will make you laugh, will make you cry, it will make you mad. AND, it will have you on the edge of your seat.

In Perseverance, we read the fascinating and exciting story of the author and his son competing in The Amazing Race Canada.

We see how Tim and his son Tim, Jr. worked to face all the obstacles head on. Even though we learn the outcome of the race early in the book, the excitement is still there. We still hang on every word.

We give Perseverance all five stars. It is very well-written and downright hard to put down. We think it makes an excellent tool to help others living with Parkinson’s Disease.

If, however, you or someone you love has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and you want to find a different tool box, one that offers a cure, then you will want to read Fighting Parkinson’s…and Winning.

Interestingly enough, both books have a similar mindset. However, Shifke learns that Parkinson’s Disease is not caused by lack of Dopamine. He found it is that the body does not use what it produces properly and how to retrain the body to use it.

You will want to buy both books.

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Book Review: Touched by the Finger of God: The Heartfelt True Story of a Faithful Believer by Robert E. Grant

Touched by the Finger of God: The Heartfelt True Story of a Faithful Believer by Robert E. Grant

We try to provide as many uplifting stories as we can on our How to Manage Your Monkey blog over at Blogger. We feel that Touched by the Finger of God: The Heartfelt True Story of a Faithful Believer by Robert E. Grant fits right in with that idea.

This story is one of those that you read and realize how AWESOME our God really is.

This memoir is very well-written and chock full of amazing stories. The author, Robert Grant, saw many tragedies in his life along with some amazing miracles.

It is amazing how our God orchestrates things so that they work out to His glory. You will be overwhelmed by the uplifting stories throughout this book. One warning, keep a box of tissues handy as you read about the different people in his life.

By now we are sure you are ready to click the “Add to Cart” button. You will be glad you did. This book is truly inspired by God.

We give Touched by the Finger of God all five stars. You will want to give this to moms on Mothers’ Day. Some fathers out there would appreciate this book as a Fathers’ Day gift, too.

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Book Review: One Dog’s Faith: How My Dog Helped Me Trust in God and Overcome Chronic Worrying by Tom Baker

One Dog’s Faith: How My Dog Helped Me Trust in God and Overcome Chronic Worrying by Tom Baker

Rarely does one find an inspirational book entertain as much as One Dog’s Faith: How My Dog Helped Me Trust in God and Overcome Chronic Worrying by Tom Baker

In this book, we follow Mango the dog as she teaches her readers all about faith. You have heard about the faith of a child. Mango tells her readers about the faith of a dog.

Baker has a good sense of humor and treats us to what the world might look like through the eyes of a dog. Mango tells her readers about how her owner, Tom, learned to “Let go and let God.”

Throughout the book, Mango helps us to see how we, just like Tom, can give our troubles to God and sit back and enjoy the ride.

If you are struggling with faith, are at what you feel is the lowest of the low spots, you need to read One Dog’s Faith and see how one dog, and her family, learned to lean on God.

We give One Dog’s Faith all five stars. It is funny, well-written, inspired, and magical. We see how Tom goes from worrying all the time to saying in his mind, “I wonder how God is going to take care of this.” This book is truly inspirational.

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Book Review: Breanna & Amber Help Each Other Achieve Their Dreams by Sabrina Depina Graham

Breanna & Amber Help Each Other Achieve Their Dreams by Sabrina Depina Graham

Parents usually want what they think is best for their children. Many adults see the world in purely financial terms.

In this story two young girls have dreams that are different than what their parents have for them. As the story unfolds, different magical things happen to help with the pursuit of those dreams.

Breanna & Amber Help Each Other Achieve Their Dreams by Sabrina Depina Graham is a good inspirational story. It is well-written and could be a great inspiration for those kids who have heard adults tell them why their dreams won’t work.

We give Breanna & Amber all five stars. It is a good, uplifting story.

Like the saying goes, “Those people who keep saying it can’t be done should get out of the way of the people who are actually doing it.

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