Tuesday, July 30, 2013

What I'm reading this week

Let's see I have a few different books going on right now...

With my daughter, I'm reading Prince Caspian/Chronicles of Narnia

For my spiritual reading, I'm working my way through  Full of Grace book and study guide Johnette Benkovic (it's a weekly study guide so it will take me a while to get through it).

I also just finished a couple great reads

A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor
 Excellent short story! I will probably start Revelation next.

The Lost Daughters of China by Karin Evans Good book but I kind of lost interest near the end of it. I feel like it could have easily ended about 50 pages before it did.

Anyone else want to share?  What are you reading right now?

Monday, July 29, 2013

Limitless - Nick Vujicic

This book is so inspirational! I love that it is a devotional that isn't set up as a one-a-day type of devotional. You can read them as quickly or slowly as you need.
This man is such a wonderful motivation. His love and trust in God is unbelievable! I am going to recommend this book to everyone that I know. In fact, I'm planning on going and buying a copy for a good friend of mine that can use just this type of book RIGHT now.
I feel like this is the kind of book that I will open up when I am feeling down and find just the right thing that I need to make my day better.
God bles this man!

Ollie Chandler Collection - Randy Alcorn

Randy Alcorn is a great Christian writer and this series is no exception! The three stories are all page turners, full of mystery and suspense, but with a few wonderful christians in each story. The stories are full of wonderful messages about hope and God and heaven. The characters are well developed and very human. I love that the people are very real. Not all of them are perfect christians that have it all figured out. Some of these people need real help and guidance. I enjoy the stories, especially the glimpses from both heaven and hell. I also love that the some of the same characters show up in each of these books (besides Ollie Chandler, of course).
I can't wait to pick up my next Alcorn book! He has a real talent.
I wanted to add a little in this review on Dominion. I just finished reading this one as the Trayvon Martin case came to a close. I have to say that Dominion gave me a really fresh way of looking at race relations and really helped me (as a white woman) understand a little more how much subtle discrimination that black people face every day. I really appreciated all the time spend in Clarence's head and all the talks he had with various characters in the book on it.

The Church by Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Mike Aquilina

I read this book because I really felt my knowledge of the church is severely lacking. As a convert, I hear people talk about places in the church (nave, sacristy, etc) and I have no idea what or where they are referring to. This book is such an excellent resource for me because it describes each of the areas and gives wonderful background information on them. It also includes beautiful pictures and references for future study. 
Some of the topics covered include:
The Church
Mysteries of the Church
The Crucifix
The Ambo 
   and so much more.

I highly recommend this book for converts or anyone whose knowledge of the church is lacking.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.