Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Book of Revelation Made Clear, by Tim Lahaye and Timothy E. Parker

"The Book of Revelation Made Clear," by Tim Lahaye and Timothy E. Parker is a wonderfu learning guide to the Book of Revelation.  Lahaye and Parker take each chapter and verse and lay out their exact meaning with no holds barred.  At the beginning of each verse of set of verses as the case may be, you will find a pre- quiz dealing with the outlined Scripture, where you are given the opportunity to test of knowledge of the verses involved.  
  This book can also be used as a study guide or for a Sunday School lession, giving the attendees the opportunity to hear the word and to completely understand their meanings.  As you read this book, you will find the pre-quiz questions, followed by the Scripture and the meaning for each.  
  I thoroughly enjoyed reading and studying my Bible along with this book.  Thank you Thomas Nelson Publishers and BookLook.com the the opportunity to both read and review this selection.  I quite literally enjoyed this book and I know that I will be reading it again and again.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"The Skies Belong to Us", by Brendan I. Koerner

The Skies Belong to Us", by Brendan I. Koerner, is the story of the one of the most turbulent times.  This time period involved the Viet Nam War and also at that time Sky Jackings were common place.  During this period, you could hear about at least one sky jacking every week.  This story is about just one of the most famous.  
  These highjacking instances were not like the highjacking of the planes that crashed in the Twin Towers, the Pentagon or the field in Pennsylvania, where total destruction and murder were the goals.  This story is about the two people responsible for the high jacking of Western Airlines Flight 701.  The story also includes relevent information about the two main characters involed in the high jacking, Roger Holder a U.S. Army Veteran and combat veteran of the Vietnam War, and a little known party girl by the name of Cathy Kerkow.  
  Koerner, has taken great strides in patience and research to bring this time into written form so that the reader can both gain knowledge of the time and maybe for those of us who lived through those times, a reminder of how fragile time and space is.  
  I'd like to take this time to thank Broadway Books and Blogging for Books, as well as Brendan I. Koerner for the opportunity to both read and review "The Skies Belong to Us."  It is surely as the back jacket states, "A gripping portrait of a chaotic time."

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Where The Wind Leads, by Vinh Chung

"Where The Wind Leads", by Vinh Chung is a touching story of loss and redemption.  This piece of literature takes the reader from the a war torn Viet Nam and shows the progression of one family, the Chung's.  As told by one of the Chung children, ou will be transported to Viet Nam where you will be forced to leave your country and by doing so, you will become one of the Boat People or refugees, that so many have complained about for so long. 
Vinh Chung, gives us an indepth picture of his family and what it was like growing up in Viet Nam and hen being removed and relocated from the only home he ever knew.  Along the way on this journey, Vinh's father and eventually his mother and I'm guessing from the read Christ comes into their lives and I believe that each of hem asked Christ into their hearts.  
  It's amazing just how God works in our lives and how  He worked in the lives of those stranded in the South China Sea, away from people and places that wanted nothing to do wit those Boat People.  
  This is a story of faith courage and determination that needed to be told.  I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Thomas Nelson Publishing/BookLook for the privalege of both reading and reviewing tis telling story.  This may be one of he rags to riches stories, that could have only happened through faith and determination.  The Chung family showed us just how their faith in God saw them through the roughest of times. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Fire & Smoke, by Chris Lilly

"Fire & Smoke", by Chris Lilly, is a wonderful reference for the person who loves to Barbeque, Grill or Smoke all kinds of food in the out of doors.  Lilly, the well known award winning BBQ competitions, has taken the time to prepare this wonderful reference guide to the various cookers.  
  "Fire & Smoke", starts off with a numbr of difference cookers which are out there.  Chris Lilly explains each of he selected types giving concise information and positive and negative points for each item.  He will also explain his take on the different Grills, Smokers and BBQ's so you may be informed and to expectations and limitations of each.  
  What I really liked about this book, is that I found that different cooking methods required different approaches or cookers.  I found this reference extremely beneficial.  The rest of the book is filled with great recipes, from Cocktails to Sauces and Rubs.  I look to cook outdoors and will certainly be trying all the recipes contained in this book.  
  I'd like to thank Clarkson Potter Publishers and Blogging for Books for the oportunity to read and review this selection.  I'd also like to thank Chris Lilly, for his efforts and contributions. 

  I received this book for free from Blogging Fo Books for this review.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

"Brothers Forever", by Tom Manion

"Brothers Forever", by Tom Manion, and coauthor Tom Sileo, is a wonderful tribute to both Travis Manion and Brendan Looney.  These two young men died three years apart, Travis in Iraq, and Brendan in Afganistan, while fighting terrorism and to give the countries a sense of freedom so enjoyed and at times taken for granted here in the United States.  
  This true story starts when Travis and Brendan meet and find that they are to be roommates at the United States Naval Academy.  As this epic story unfolds and continues a bond is secured between Travis and Brendan which can never be broken.  Much like most military personnel of today and in the past, combat will bring a bond between soldiers and sailors which the general public will never quite understand.  Tom Manion and Tom Sileo have taken the lives of both Travis and Brendan and put it into words in a story form so as to in some way bring out that bond to anyone and everyone who picks up this book.  
  Travis upon graduation from the Naval Academy becomes an Officer in the United States Marines who serves several tours of duty in Iraq.  Brendan upon graduation from the Naval Academy becomes and Officer in the United States Navy, and eventually becomes a Navy Seal.  Again Brendan serves in Iraq and then a couple of tours in Afghanistan. 
  Follow this story to the end and the reader will come away with a sense of sorrow and pride as well. 
  I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Tom Manion and Tom Sileo for their diligence and time to consolidate and write this gripping story of two young men whose determination and dedication to duty is told.  My continued thanks go out to Travis's and Brendan's family, for sharing a part of their lives with the public.  This is a must read, and I imagine it will make the Best Seller list in the very near future.  

Monday, May 26, 2014

Heaven & Hell, Are They Real?, by Christopher D. Hudson

 Have you ever really considered whether Heaven and Hell are Real?  I suspect that even the most religous has at some time asked themselves that question.  Much is written about Heaven, but when it comes to Hell, you don't always find and te pertinent information you may be looking for.  "Heaven & Hell, Are They Real?, by Christopher D. Hudson is just the book you may be looking for, to answer some pressing questions.  
  As for this reader, I found myself completely immersed in this book.  Scripture after Scripture was presented to give me a better insight into the question whether Heaven and Hell really exist.  I always believed that both Heaven and Hell existed, but after reading this selection, I am even more assured of their existence, and I for one have chosen Heaven over Hell.  
  This book is broken down into two parts.  The first part deals with the questions and Scriptures that bring Heaven into focus.  The second part obviously deals with the question of Hell.  Again, Scripture is utilized to inform and may I say educate the reader.  
  I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Thomas Nelson/BookLook for the privilege of reading and reviewing this selection.  It I'd also like to thank Christopher D. Hudson, for compiling such an informative book.  It is one book I will certainly read again, and should be in everyones library. 

"Fortress of the Mist" by Sigmund Brouwer

This is book 2 of Sigmund Brouwer's "Merlin's Immortals' series. Magnus is a kingdom under attack by the Druids and defended by men like Thomas. The problem is that the Druids don't want Thomas to live. They want to annihilate all opposition in order to have complete control over the kingdom and carry out their own plans. There are so many times when Thomas feels alone. There are also many times when he doesn't want to involve anyone else because it is simply too dangerous. To complicate things, two women seem to be vying for Thomas' attention - Katherine and Isabelle. But, are they who they seem to be? Will anyone stand with Thomas to save Magnus, or will the kingdom fall to the evil forces of the Druids?

This is an interesting book but I wish I had read the first book, "The Orphan King" first because it would probably have made more sense from the beginning. The author writes a good story and I enjoyed the journey of the characters. I recommend this book, and the series, to those of you who enjoy Young Adult Fantasy. I received my free review copy from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.