Wednesday, November 21, 2012

"Resurrect" by David E. Stevens

A United States Navy Test Pilot has crashed.  When he awakens, he is in a hospital with the memory of the flight and all that led up to it.  Then there's his wife.  He is not sure where he is other that in a hospital.  While awaiting his consciousness, he clearly remembers speaking with a person called Jesse.  Jesse, has instructed Josh regarding the coming end of the world, or at least the end of the world as we know it.  

  "Resurrect", by David E. Stevens, is a captivating novel.  The author's talents in writing brings the reader right into the story, and grabs a hold.  You as the reader will not be let go until you turn the last page of this novel.  

  Josh Logan is charged with saving the world.  How is he to do such thing when he has been told by Jesse, that the world will be changed/ended in two years.  How does one man do such a overwelming task.  
 While in the hospital he befriends a nurse who has been taking care of him for some time.  When Josh awakens, he finds out that he has been transported in time.  He was found on the side of the road, stark naked and with no idea where he is.  He hears voices in his head telling him about the plight that the world is in and how he is to save the world.  What Josh so vividly remembers is how he fought to keep his burning crashing fighter jet from going down in a neighborhood.  He last thoughts are about his wife and the innocent civilians below.  
 Oh by the way.  When Josh awakes he does not look anything like he did a year ago.  This fact alone makes Josh wonder if he is going crazy or if in fact Jesse, is trying to tell him, being Josh, that he is the one to save the world.  Josh knows that he can not do the task alone and must enlist others to assist him.  He remembers his Navy associates who can help, but how does he get to them?  Let alone convince them to help him.  

  I would rate this novel a 5 out of 5 Stars.  It is a compelling novel which will leave the reader in awe.  I'd like to take this opportunity the thank Litfuse and David Stevens, for allowing me to read and review this novel.  I'ts sure to become a Best Seller.  Christians and all Book Lovers will find the book both captivating and uplifting.  

Thursday, November 1, 2012

"Understand Theology in 15 Minutes a Day",by Daryl Aaron

This exceptional book takes Theology and the Bible and through the help of Daryl Aaron, makes Theology understandable.  First of all, we as readers expect theology to be difficult. , when in fact, if we take Scripture, and study, I mean really study it, it will become understandable.  It like making sense of the teachings of Jesus Christ and brings them down to every day understandability.
  "Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day", by Daryl Aaron, is broken down into 40 sections which can be picked by the reader, for closer study, or the reader can do as I did, and read each section and study the scriptures indicated in each.  I found myself spending more time each day reading and studying than the designated 15 minutes, but I found it worth it.  Thank you Daryl Aaron for compiling such a wonderful study.  I'd like to thank Bethany House Publishing for giving my the opportunity to read/study and review this selection.  It is sure to become a must for the Christian Library.

"Globequake", by Wallace Henley

Everything and everyone around you appears to be falling apart and you don't see any future.  How many times have we seen this type of situation or at least felt that way.  These times seem to shake our resolve and without Christ in our lives we would be doomed.  "Globequake", by Wallace Henley is a book which at those times of feeling that everything around you is falling apart, you can turn to the pages of this book to find some of the answers to your "Globequake".  
One such "Globequake" we can turn to is that of the attack and destruction of the Twin Towers on 9/11.  How many of us thought that that was signalling the end of the world as we know it.  
  One thing we can count on if we are Saved, and have accepted Christ as our Savior, is that He will provide and protect us.  His Kingdom is unshakeable 
  Henley has taken the time to utilize Scripture and common sense to explain just how the quakes in our lives can be corrected, if only we use what we read and gain the understanding and knowledge that the Bible provides.  He also uses examples of being unshakeable through historical figures such as General Jackson, during 
the American Civil War, when he was nicknames Stonewall Jackson for his steadfast leadership during one of the first battles of the Civil War.  
All I can say is don't wait for your personal "Globequake:, before you read this wonderful selection.  Wallace Henley has done a wonderful job of providing the information and Scripture to back it up in his book entitled "Globequake."  I would like to thank Henley for providing such a timely piece of literature.  I'd also like to thank Thomas/Nelson Publishing and BookSneeze for the opportunity to read and review "Globequake", by Wallace Henley. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"Nothing To Hide", by J. Mark Bertrand

Roland March is called to the scene of a gruesome murder.  He finds the body of a male, but the head is missing and there is a strange clue , which March cannot quite figure out.  
  "Nothing To Hide", by J. Mark Bertrand, a a fast passed  crime story in what appears to be a series of mysteries dedicated to Roland March.  As I have not read any of the others, I can only assume the above.  In any case I found this story  intriguing and captivating.  March appears to be a old timer in the annuls of police work and he is fighting to both keep his job and deal with his past.  
  This novel will keep you guessing throughout.  There are some chapters which relate to March's' past.  Can these chapters provide an insight into the murder he is now trying to solve, or is it just an background of March himself.  I'm certainly not going to spill the beans.  
  Once March gets going he finds himself confounded by outside pressures.  The FBI is throwing monkey wrenches into his investigation, but why?  At one point in this story, March's partner and friend is murdered.  This sends March into a frenzy which may end his career.  the search for answers takes March from Houston to Mexico and along the way, he encounters some seedy characters and maybe some seedy law enforcement officials who may not want the crime solved.  
  I'd like to thank Bethany House for the opportunity to both read and review this selection.  "Nothing To Hide", by J. Mark Bertrand is sure to be a hit.  Crime drama readers and enthusiasts will be clamoring for more.  Once you open this book, you will not want to put it down, until you know Who Done It.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

"Neptune's Inferno", (The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal), by James D. Hornfischer

I have just had the pleasure of reading my latest selection entitled "Neptune's Inferno" (The US Navy at Guadalcanal), by James D. Hornfischer.  This epic novel is the ultimate in showing the reader, just what it was like in the Pacific during World War II.  Most people if they think about the Second World War, do not usually think about the fight in the Pacific, other than the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Hornfischer takes the reader right into the fray.    
  Many of the characters in this novel were are should be commonly heard names dating back the the war in the Pacific, but Hornfischer goes further in detailing out just how each and everyone of those leaders interacted with each other and how the conduct of that war was actually handled.  This is the first book that I have read where so many personalities were thrown together and each individual had to give and take, in order to guarantee or at least give our forces the best chance of winning each engagement their fullest commitment.  As you read this book, you will be catapulted back in time.  I found myself stand on the deck of some of the naval ships and on some of those tiny islands in the Pacific.  I could smell the air and the feel the fight.  
  "Neptune's Inferno" is a must read for any history buff of World War II and especially for those most interested in the war in the Pacific.  This book will enlighten even the most avid history buff.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Adam Brown was we know as a hero.  Mind you, he nor any other of our fine military would consider what they do as heroic, but in my eyes, Adam Brown is just one more hero.  "Fearless", by Eric Blehm, is the story of this incredible American who fought and died for his country.  
  Adam Brown was just another regular young man who always had a reputation for working hard and playing just as hard.  When he decided to join the U.S. Navy, he also decided that he would work hard and attain the most out of his decision.  He opted to become a U. S. Navy Seal.  Once accepted into the training, he dedicated his life to first of all completing the rigorous training, while marrying his longtime sweetheart and starting a family.  Kelly, his wife, was also a rock.  Adam had many issues which Kelly helped him through, some difficult times.  Drugs and Alcohol played a dangerous role in Adam's life for a time, but through God's help and Kelly's persistence, Adam was able to fight off his addictions and became a Operator with the famed Navy Seal Team Six.  
  Follow Adam through the eyes and writings of Eric Blehm in this true story of this wonderful and courageous man by the name of Adam Brown.  "Fearless" is the most appropriate title for this novel of courage and sacrifice.  You will not be disappointed.  I'd like to thank WaterBrook Press for the opportunity to read and review this story.  "Fearless", by Eric Blehm, is sure to inspire the reader.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Picture yourself on a small island thousands of miles from home.  Now picture yourself as a U.S. Marine or any other Soldier or Sailor, and you are facing and relentless enemy in the time of war.  That is exactly what will happen to you as you read Jeff Shaara's novel "The Final Storm".  As soon as you open this book, you will become completely and thoroughly engrossed in the story.  
  Shaara has chosen only a few main characters for his novel, but these characters tell the whole story of the war in the Pacific.  There's Adams, a Private in the Marines, who must deal with the ever present danger from the Japanese soldiers defending Okinawa.  He must deal with his own fears as well as too be able to function in the face of the enemy.  Then there's Admiral Nimitz, a man who is dealing with the other Commanders in the Pacific, as he deals with the complexities of the many personalities of each.  
  Then there is Tibbets a pilot of a B-29.  He is involved in a very Top Secret mission.  Not even his crew knows the full impact of their training or the full depth of it's meaning.  And then the Truman, yes the President of the United States of America.  He's trying to keep in touch with his forces and on top of all the information the Commander-In-Chief must contend with during War.  
  As I read this novel, I could almost smell the smells and visualize the battles and skirmishes as they occurred.  Jeff Shaara has done a wonderful job of researching and writing this novel.  If you have never read anything by Shaara, before, you will be hooked on his writing style and knowledge once you start to read "The Final Storm".  
  Bravo to this work of art.  Shaara is a one of a kind author and "The Final Storm", is a one of a kind novel.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

"Swipe", by Evan Angler

Logan Langly is about to turn Thirteen Years Old and will be entitled to take the Mark.  With the Mark, he will be able to work, purchase items and above all be an adult, but Logan has some strange feelings.  He remembers when his sister vanished upon leaving to receive her Mark, never to be seen again.  
 "Swipe", by Evan Angler, is a wonderful young adult/Teen read.  It has all the attributes of a thriller and suspense novel, and the reader is sure to become involved with the characters.  Logan Langly is the main character, and along the way he the reader meets Erin, the Marked daughter of a DOME Agent sent to what appears to be the mid west to search out an enemy of the state, so to speak.  Peck, is this enemy and Erin's father is out to get him.  
  When Erin begins classes after she has moved out from Beacon, she meets Logan and they somehow begin a strange friendship, which as the reader continues to follow this story, will begin to understand how Logan feels.  Follow Logan and Erin and the rest of the cast of characters as this story twists and turns, keeping the reader glued to the pages.  This fast paced novel is sure to be a hit among the young adult and teen groups.  Evan Angler has certainly a gift of capturing the readers attention.  "Swipe", by Evan Angler is sure to become well known and probably a Best Seller.  Congratulations Angler for a well done novel.  I'd like to thank Thomas Nelson/Book Sneeze for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

"Man Alive", by Patrick Morley

"Man Alive". by Patrick Morley, is one book that every man should read.  Why you may ask?, well every man whether he wants to admit it or not has the 7 primal needs that are addressed in this eye opening book.  Like most men including the author of this work, may not have realized just how important the various things that we do as men are dependent upon how we feel or need to feel.  "Man Alive will transform you with each and every chapter.  
  What I especially liked about this book is the everyday way in which the author explained each need and also gave examples through life experiences, not only his own, but from the eyes and mouths of others he has come in contact.  "Man Alive is also set up as a study, so that small groups of men can form and go through this guide together.  Thus eliminating the feeling of abandonment that so often occurs when man thinks that he must go through his trials and tribulations alone.  Men, I must say that I now know that I am not alone.  Thank You Jesus for giving Patrick Morley the ideas and knowledge to write "Man Alive".  
  Before reading this book, I didn't think that I needed to work on my 7 primal needs.  Heck, I didn't even know I had these primal needs.  What "Man Alive" has done for me, is to open my eyes to what can be accomplished, through Jesus.  For this, I thank Patrick Morley for putting the opportunity out there for we men.  I'd also like to thank Blogging for Books and Multnomah Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book.  It's sure to make a difference in the men who read and following the guidance provided in its pages.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Leading at The Edge, by Dennis N.T. Perkins

From it's cover, you would think that this book would be about leading a group of seamen through the rough seas, aboard a sailing ship.  If this is what you are looking for, than you do not want to read this book.  On the other hand, you are looking for guidance in leading and especially looking for guidance for leading in troubled times, than "Leading at The Edge:, is the exact book you need.  
  "Leading at The Edge", is a book, that will teach you how to become the leader needed in troubled times, but you don't want to have to read this book when trouble is at your door step.  Now is the time to read and learn from this selection.  
  Perkins gives us two examples of leadership.  That is which there is a weak leader and therefore the system fails, and then there is the expedition lead by Shackleton, the commander or expedition leader aboard the Endurance, which attempted to explore and go beyond the Antarctic.  Shackleton's ability to lead comes from his ability to read people and situations.  That is what you will learn by reading this book.  
  One aspect from the book that struck me, was how you need to keep those possible trouble makers close to you, when leading.  By doing so, you can prevent subversion amongst the troops so to speak, and you will have a been chance of a brighter outcome.  "Leading at The Edge" is for leaders going into troubled waters.  What situations might you think you would need this type of advice.  Perkins spells it out for the reader in easy to understand format.  
  I'd like to thank Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review this digital selection.  It certainly opened my eyes and hopefully has helped to prepare me for the time when I may need to Lead at The Edge.  I'd also like to thank Dennis N.T. Perkins for providing such a great learning tool.  No one knows all about leading from birth,  so it's wonderful to be able to look to "Leading at The Edge", for the guidance and direction we all need from time to time.

"The Ministry of Christ 1000 Days", by Jonathan Falwell

Many people, even Christians believe that when Jesus Christ was born, that His Ministry began. As Falwell, explains in his literary piece, "The Ministry of Christ 1000 Days", it wasn't until He, Jesus was grown and only three years to His death, did He in fact begin His ministry. Christ chose his disciples, and traveled through spreading the Word, Healing the sick and completing a vast array of miracles in what was only a short period of time, before He died for our sins on the Cross at Calvary. Thank You Jesus, for taking away our sins. As the reader opens this book and begins to read, Falwell, takes the time to explain to the reader just what they are about to enter into. Through the use of Scripture and practical experience, you are guided through the Ministry of Christ one step at a time. "The Ministry of Christ 1000 Days", is certainly an eye opening experience that no one should miss. There are also questions at the end of each chapter where the reader can reflect on what has just been presented to them, or they can take it a step further and use these same questions to conduct a study group where more people can be reached. At the end of this book, you will find an in depth study guide for further and future study. I'd like to thank Thomas Nelson/BookSneeze for the opportunity of reading and reviewing the selection. It is sure to become an integral part of any Christian Library. I'd also like to thank Jonathan Falwell, for taking the time to research, study and present this piece of literature. I know that it has given me something to think about, and I'm sure that anyone who picks this book up will not be able to put it down until that have turned the last page.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

"The Coming Revolution", by Dr. Richard G. Lee

A new Revolution is coming. That is what you will read when you open this piece of literature, entitled "The Coming Revolution", by Dr. Richard G. Lee. And yes I agree that there is something about to happen in this great country of ours.
Way too long now, our country has been going down a path or might I say a "slippery slope", and if we as a nation don't do something, we will be finding ourselves in turmoil. That is if we are not there already.
"The Coming Revolution" is an extremely well researched and written document, which gives plan factual information which shows just how our country, The United States of America, was founded, and exactly by which principles our Founding Fathers worked so diligently.
Dr. Lee, takes the reader from how this land was settled, and also gives direct history of the shaping of America. As you read this selection, you will find yourself thoroughly engrossed in the dialogue and you will find it hard to disagree with what the author is telling us. This is because he has taken the time to research everything he has written in the book.
Does "The Coming Revolution" mean there will be fighting in our great country? Hopefully not of a physical nature, but, we as Americans can change the direction we are headed in, by learning about what is going on, making our voices heard, and by utilizing our votes in order to produce the change which we desire. Dr. Lee, emphasizes that by sitting back and letting someone else do the work, is not going to work any longer. We all need to step up and be responsible for our country.
"The Coming Revolution", by Dr. Richard G. Lee, is a sure way to learn, so that we are not doomed to repeat the mistakes of our past.
Here is an excerpt from one section of the book: This comes from the section 'The Pathway to Victory' and deals on how to prepare for the Revolution:
"First: We Must Prepare Personally
"Second: We Must Partner with Others"
"Third: We Must Learn The Process"
"Fourth: We Must Participate In The Arena"
"Fifth: We Must Proclaim The Truth"
"Finally: We Must Persevere Until We Prevail"

I'm sure that anyone who picks up this book will be enlightened and moved into action. I know I have been. Thank you goes out to Thomas Nelson Publishing and Book Sneeze for giving me the opportunity of both reading and reviewing the book. I'd also like to thank Dr. Richard G. Lee for providing the information and catalyst for reform and action.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

"Mornings With Jesus" blog tour

What better way is there than to start is there than spending time with God! We are blessed with a new book from Guideposts that gives a devotional for every day of the year. Each reading has Scripture and a section of teaching to provide a pickup for the day. The extra motivation from the "Faith Step" helps us move forward each moment with what we need to do. This book is written by women, and is geared mainly toward women, but men can gain encouragement from it as well.

This book will make a wonderful gift for your wife, daughter, mother, etc. I know my wife has enjoyed the book and that we will be giving it as a gift. I am happy to recommend this devotional, and thank Litfuse for including me in the blog tour.

About the book:
"Be still and know that I am God.” is one of the most beautiful verses from the Bible, but it’s not easy to practice in this busy world. Mornings with Jesus will help you do just that—“be still” in Jesus’ beautiful and powerful presence. For those who are seeking a deeper experience in their relationship with Christ, Mornings with Jesus offers a fresh perspective of who Jesus is (the Healer, the Son of God, the Comforter, the Good Shepherd) and what that means for day-to-day life. With a warm and friendly voice, 365 short devotional writings on the character and teachings of Jesus encourage readers to greet each day by drawing near to Him and inviting His presence into their day. Spend time with Jesus at the beginning of each day and experience His nearness and peace in a new way throughout the year. Each day’s selection includes: • a Bible verse • an entry based on Jesus: His words, miracles, and parables; His wisdom, compassion, and comfort; His mystery, power, divinity, and humanity • a “faith step” that will inspire and challenge readers to apply the day’s message to their lives

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Friday, February 3, 2012

"The Crossing", by Serita Jakes

Claudia, a troubled young lady is dealing with the death of her Teacher and Coach ten years after her tragic death. Victor, her husband and ADA for the county in which they live has reopened the cold case, and this is extremely upsetting for Claudia. This is one of the main story lines in the action packed novel, called "The Crossing", by Serita Jakes.
During a return trip from a football game the bus in which the team and accompanying students and coaches are aboard, stops at a train crossing. At that particular time, a lone gunman enters the bus and shoots the bus driver, a student and football player, Casio, and searches out BJ the cheerleading coach and shoots her several times, causing her death. Following the investigation, the police come up empty and it would appear that the killer is never found. This is a novel which I was unable to put down because you never know what is going to happen next.
As for Claudia, who I believe to be the main character, is devastated at the loss of her coach and friend. BJ Remington. The beginning of the novel starts with some introduction of the characters in this story, which I found necessary in order to get the full picture of the entire story. Serita Jakes took the time in delving into each character, in order to paint a clear picture.
As the story unfolds, Claudia is laying on the floor of the bus with her dying coach/friend and you hear BJ speaking. I found that she was trying to figure out just what had happened to her and at the same time, she is speaking to God. You will find BJ speaking and praying at the beginning of each chapter. It sets the tone for each chapter. Claudia is the daughter of the town Pastor who you will learn more about as you read this story.
It's ten years later, and Claudia is now married to Victor Campbell, the ADA for the county. Casio Hightower, the ex-football player, now Police Detective is teaming up with Victor Campbell to reopen the case his father had initially been involved with at the time of the murder.
I don't want to get to involved with the overall story here, because I do not want to spoil it for anyone who picks this novel up and reads it. It's best to say the "The Crossing" by Serita Jakes is a wonderful read. I learned that even in death, there would appear to be some final thoughts and dreams of the person who is about to die.
Follow BJ, Claudia, Georgie, Casio, Victor and the rest of the cast of characters as you read and become involved with the story. You will not be let down.
I'd like to thank Blogging for Books, and Waterbrook Press for giving me the opportunity to read and review this heart wrenching and uplifting story. "The Crossing" by Serita Jakes is sure to be a Best Seller.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

"Every Body Matters" by Gary Thomas

"Every Body Matters", by Gary Thomas is what I would consider a Study Guide as well as a Physical Fitness Guide to maintaining the proper physical body in order for you individual body to maintain the spiritual goal which we all need for our souls. By doing so, we will only be better to live our lives in the manner God has intended us to live.
I must say that before starting "Every Body Matters", I didn't give much thought to how my physical abilities impacted my spiritual fitness. As the cover states, 'Strengthening Your Body to Strengthen You Soul'.
God created out bodies as temples, in His own image. What right do we have to destroy that temple by our negligence of our body. Thomas explains in clear and concise words how when our bodies are neglected through lack of exercise, poor diet and the such, that our physical body does not have the strength to maintain and strengthen our Soul. I must say that I hadn't thought about it like that previously. As far as the strength of our soul, if you think about it, without a clear and strong soul, we are unable to strive to maintain our physical bodies, which in turn will affect our lives all the way around.
Thomas also reminds us that our bodies are not our own. They belong to God and it is our responsibility to maintain them in order to do His work. Thank you Gary Thomas for writing such a thought provoking and knowledgeable guide. You have certainly opened my eyes and have also provided a catalyst for me to strengthen my body, in order to assist me in growing as a Christian. I'd also like to thank for the opportunity to read and review this vital piece of advice.

Monday, January 16, 2012

"The Future Door", by Jason Lethcoe

"The Future Door", by Jason Lethcoe, is the second in a series written and directed towards the younger teenage reading group. As I did not read the first in the series, I had to learn the characters from the start, which was not a problem in the least. Lethcoe has a knack for reaching the younger mind and I'm sure that this selection will be a hit with the reader group.
The main character, Griffen Sharpe, is a young man around the age of 10 to 12 years who has a gift of being able to remember everything he sees. This helps him discover many clues which in turn assist both his uncle, Rupert Snodgrass and himself solve crimes. In the spirit of Sherlock Holmes, which by the way is one of Griffen's favorite detective's, both Griffen and Rupert go about their business of solving crimes.
In this selection, Rupert has invented a Time Machine, in the shape of a Tea Pot, and as you can imagine, this Time Machine will come into play with the story. Following Griffen and Rupert back and forth through time in order to solve crimes and right the wrongs committed by their arch enemy the Moriarty's is a wonderful way to escape for both young and old alike.
I'd like to thank BookSneeze/Thomas Nelson Publishers for the opportunity to read and review this latest selection by Jason Lethcoe. "The Future Door" is sure to be a Best Seller. It is refreshing to see that there are some authors out there who are willing to write literature that is both fun and meaningful.