Book Review: Opening: Lotus Hawk’s Prayers & Meditations: Guiding Prayers for Any Day by Harriette “Lotus Hawk” Mandeville

Opening: Lotus Hawk’s Prayers & Meditations: Guiding Prayers for Any Day by Harriette “Lotus Hawk” Mandeville

One really could not consider Opening: Lotus Hawk’s Prayers & Meditations: Guiding Prayers for Any Day by Harriette “Lotus Hawk” Mandeville Christian.

It really isn’t anti-Christian, either. I doubt that one could pin any label on this collection of prayers and meditations.

This very short book is meant to help one reflect on their thoughts and feelings.

We are Fundamental/Charismatic Christians. We judge any book that claims to be spiritual in nature using that as our starting point. But, we also judge books by the value received for the price paid.

All things considered, we really cannot give Openings a rating higher than three stars. Many of the 68 pages of this book are blank (10 pages or 14%) with the understanding the reader will make notes on those pages. Several of the other pages are mostly blank.

We really cannot recommend Openings at all. The theology is all over the place. It is very polytheistic in nature.

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Book Review: Souping Is The New Juicing: The Juice Lady’s Healthy Alternative by Cherie Calbom MSN CN

Souping Is The New Juicing: The Juice Lady’s Healthy Alternative by Cherie Calbom MSN CN

Very rarely does one see a nutrition book with a powerful message like Souping Is The New Juicing: The Juice Lady’s Healthy Alternative by Cherie Calbom MSN CN.

This book starts out with a very engrossing story and then moves on to tell us more and more about soup. It isn’t just chock full of recipes; it also has a great deal of information about nutrition, food safety, and more.

We give Souping Is The New Juicing all five stars. We think it is an important book and a very easy to read book. There are stories about soup as a comfort food as well as instructions for making soup. It also has many recipes for easy to make soups. What are you waiting for? Order your copy today.

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Book Review: Eat Cake. Be Brave. By Melissa Radke

Eat Cake. Be Brave. By Melissa Radke

Eat Cake. Be Brave. by Melissa Radke is totally hilarious. The author has a sense of humor that just won’t quit. She made me laugh, REALLY laugh.

It is also incredibly sad. I don’t mean just a little sad, but deep down in your soul sad. The kind that brings up tears that have been buried for so long you thought they’d gone. But, you know they haven’t because they are now soaking everything in sight.

I can relate to the life Melissa has lived in so many ways. Like, questioning Heavenly Father on why He’d give us a talent or desire, but put obstacles in our way that prevent us from fully realizing that talent or desire. Or, answering our prayers, and then taking our heart’s desire from us.  I’ve been there, on both counts. It hurts.

People don’t make this life any easier, with their judgements of us. They judge us on something so shallow as our looks, not seeing that true beauty is what lies within us. They think we are unworthy to use our God-given talents because we aren’t one of the “beautiful people”.

Melissa is done playing that game. She tries to instill in us that it doesn’t matter what people say about us or how they judge us. Their thoughts about us don’t matter. What matters is what Heavenly Father thinks. He made us in His image and loves us, regardless of our physical attributes or lack thereof.

In the midst of all the laughter and the tears, Melissa’s message is clear: He doesn’t make junk. Don’t let other people control how you feel about yourself. He can use you in His kingdom. Live the life He gave you to live loud and proud, giving glory to Him.

And, most definitely, eat the cake! Don’t be afraid to be YOU!

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Book Review: Atheism Kills: The Dangers of a World Without God – and Cause for Hope by Barak Lurie

Atheism Kills: The Dangers of a World Without God – and Cause for Hope by Barak Lurie

I really wish Atheism Kills: The Dangers of a World Without God – and Cause for Hope by Barak Lurie had been written back when I was in college.

If I had read this book back when I was in college, I would have had the information needed to stand my ground against college professors who took every opportunity to speak about what they called, “The Christian Myth”.

This book is incredibly well-researched and very well-written. The author is a former atheist who found enough credible evidence in his life to prove to his skeptical mind that God is real.

In the book, he talks about all the evil that has been committed in the world due to the lack of faith in God, or in any religion for that matter. He gives his readers information about the rise and fall of different civilizations and what caused the fall.

However, this book is very much like Fox News. It attempts to be fair and balanced. The facts are presented from both perspectives and both sides. The author does lean away from atheism, which is to be expected. He presents the facts that an atheist would use to present his case for atheism.

We give Atheism Kills all five stars. We think that all Judeo Christian churches should have a small group scripture study utilizing this book.

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Book Review: The Biggest Win: Pro Football Players Tackle Faith by Joshua Cooley

The Biggest Win: Pro Football Players Tackle Faith by Joshua Cooley

We live in a world where being a Christian is becoming harder and harder. We read about celebrities all the time who live a life of total sin.

The Biggest Win: Pro Football Players Tackle Faith by Joshua Cooley gives a very different story of a group of professional football players who have dedicated their lives to Jesus Christ.

This is a truly inspiring story of a group of highly paid men, who are sitting on top of the celebrity world, who could have everything this sinful world has to offer.

Instead, these men have dedicated their lives to Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, their wives, and their families.

The Biggest Win tells the back story. The pain, the hurt, the heartache, the many losses, the disappointment of not making it in the draft. It also tells of ministry to children who have been a part of trafficking. They have also dedicated a part of their lives to making a difference in the lives of terminally ill children.

The Biggest Win is very well-written and tells an awesome story. You will laugh and cry. This would make a great text for a small group, youth Bible study. We give it all five stars.

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Book Review: Welcome to the Kingdom: How to Live a 21st Century Kingdom Life by Dana Carson

Welcome to the Kingdom: How to Live a 21st Century Kingdom Life by Dana Carson

Welcome to the Kingdom: How to Live a 21st Century Kingdom Life by Dana Carson is not a book for new Christians.

This is a very academic and, some would say, redundant book. The author goes into great detail about what words were used in the original text, their root words, their translations, and the significance of all of this.

The book is very detailed and might be considered to be a very dry read. There were points while reading this book that I felt the author had succeeded in beating a dead horse for quite some time.

However, for those Christians who are really seeking to sink their teeth into a Bible discussion, this is the book. It would make a great text for a somewhat advanced small group discussion.

We give Welcome to the Kingdom all five stars. We feel that if one can stay on track and follow the point Dr. Carson is attempting to make, they will benefit greatly from the experience.

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Book Review: Let’s All Be Brave: Living Life with Everything You Have by Annie F. Downs

Let’s All Be Brave: Living Life with Everything You Have by Annie F. Downs

If you are struggling, wondering what God wants you to do with your life, Let’s All Be Brave: Living Life with Everything You Have by Annie F. Downs may help you find the answers.

This book is the story of a thirty-something, single woman coming to grips with her life and what God would like her to do.

Let’s All Be Brave can be funny at times. There are also times you will wonder why things happened the way they did.

From Suz: There were parts of Let’s All Be Brave that I found difficult to relate to. I was never a single woman in my 30s. I got married at age 19. So, I can’t understand all of the struggles that this young woman has had. However, I do understand the struggle with knowing what one is supposed to do, how to follow Heavenly Father’s calling, and dealing with the unknowns involved in leaving home.

We give this book all five stars. It is very well-written and entertaining. We think you will enjoy it.

This book is part of our personal inventory.

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Book Review: Confessions of a Bone Woman: Realizing Authentic Wildness in a Civilized World By Lucinda Bakken White

Confessions of a Bone Woman: Realizing Authentic Wildness in a Civilized World
By Lucinda Bakken White

Confessions of a Bone Woman: Realizing Authentic Wildness in a Civilized World was an interesting book as well as inspiring. At first, it struck me as a bit weird, but the more I read, the more I could relate to Mrs. White.

We all have a person that we are meant to be. Sometimes we are allowed to fully grow into that person. Other times, we are forced to swallow who we are in order to please those around us. This has been the case for Mrs. White, for myself, and for countless others.

Confessions of a Bone Woman is the memoir of Lucinda Bakken White’s journey back to who she was meant to be. Some parts may seem a bit weird or “out there”, but some parts I understand completely. She thrives on nature and connects with it on a deeply spiritual level.

If you enjoy reading about others’ journeys to find themselves, you will not be disappointed with Confessions of a Bone Woman. We give it 5 stars.

 

Blog reader warning: There are mentions of things not in keeping with Christianity in this book. Some parts feel somewhat pagan in nature.

 

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