Showing posts from April, 2016

Chase Away Cancer

Chase Away Cancer: A Powerful True Story of Finding Light in a Dark Diagnosis by Ellie Poole Ewoldt is the heartwarming, yet heart wrenching story of a family dealing with a crushing diagnosis: their two year old son, Chase, is diagnosed with a rare and extremely aggressive form of brain cancer. At first I was a bit reluctant to read this book because I was worried it would be depressing or difficult to read. After all, I can't think of a sadder story than a tiny child having to deal with such a horrible and debilitating disease with such a small chance for survival. However, I couldn't have been more wrong. Chase Away Cancer was, of course, sad, but it was also uplifting and I was so blessed and encouraged by reading it. The book description reads:

"You may think you know how this cancer story goes. The characters: a little boy, a loving family, the team of doctors. The diagnosis: terminal, little hope for a cure. There are two possible outcomes. Will his family be plun…

How To Live In Fear

How to Live in Fear: Mastering the Art of Freaking Out by Lance Hahn is a refreshing look at panic disorder, fear, and anxiety by a senior pastor of a thriving church. As soon as I saw this book, I knew I had to read it. As a nearly lifelong sufferer of panic attacks and anxiety, it's rare to find a good Christian book about these types of issues - and even rarer for it to be by a pastor. I am so grateful that Lance Hahn was willing to be so open and transparent about his struggles in order to help fellow Christians and sufferers. The book description reads:

"Find freedom in an age of anxiety.

Let’s face it: we are afraid. Our world is riddled with fear-inducing headlines, financial meltdowns, family crises, and phobias of every stripe. No wonder the New York Times now reports one in ten Americans is now taking antidepressant or anxiety medication. So how do we cope or even succeed in a world spinning out of control? As someone who has battled panic attacks and anxiety most …

Spiritual Sobriety

Spiritual Sobriety: Stumbling Back To Faith When Good Religion Goes Bad is Elizabeth Esther's second book. I read her first book, Girl At The End Of The World, and enjoyed reading her story (although I had mixed feelings about that book as well, but I did like it). So I knew I'd want to read her second book so hear what Elizabeth's been up to since her first book was released. I don't follow her blog or social media accounts,so all I know about her is what I read previously in Girl At The End Of The World. This book is less about Elizabeth's personal story and more of a self help book. The title is intriguing, obviously, and I wasn't sure what to expect. The book description reads:

"It’s easy to get high on God in America.
But is this good religion?

In a compelling follow-up to her memoir, Girl at the End of the World, Elizabeth Esther explores how religious fervor can become religious addiction.

The evidence is everywhere. In families who inexplicably c…

They Say We Are Infidels

I was interested in reading They Say We Are Infidels:On the run from ISIS with persecuted Christians in the Middle East by Mindy Belz because it's such a timely book and subject. Tensions around the world are rising between Christians and Muslims, and the increasing terrorist attacks around the world signal an impending crisis. Having an insider such as Belz is incredibly rare, and I was eager to read what she's learned through her extensive travels in the Middle East and unparallelled access to the Christians in Syria and Iraq. I've heard reports that ISIS is targeting, attacking, and killing Christians, but the mainstream media tends to gloss over or shy away from these stories. Therefore, I was anxious to learn the "inside scoop". The book description reads:

""Everywhere militants were blowing up Christians, their churches, their shops. They threatened them with kidnapping. They promised to take their children. The message to these 'infidels…

Country Cooking From A Redneck Kitchen

I previously read and reviewed Francine Bryson's first cookbook, Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen, and loved it. It's now my go-to dessert and baking cookbook. So when I saw that Francine was coming out with another cookbook, Country Cooking from a Redneck Kitchen, I knew that I had to have it and that it would probably become my favorite, go-to "regular food" cookbook. I definitely wasn't disappointed! Her second offering is a paperback like the first (I was hoping they'd give her a hardcover this time because I prefer hardcover cookbooks, but it's okay), and is full of tons of glossy color pictures that will have you drooling over the recipes and dying to get into the kitchen to try them out. The book description reads:

"Few people know that national pie champion Francine Bryson got her start on the cooking contest circuit at age sixteen with a savory stuffed pork loin—that won first place. In Country Cooking from a Redneck Kitchen, Franc…

Code 13

Code 13 is the second book in Don Brown's Navy JAG series (the first being Detained). I really enjoyed Detained, so I was excited to read the next installment in the series. This series is a collection of military thrillers, focused particularly on the Navy JAG unit. The book description reads:


Caroline is just getting her feet wet at the prestigious Code 13, but is thankful for at least one familiar face—her old flame, P.J. MacDonald. He loops her into the assignment he is currently working on—the legality of a proposed drone-sharing contract with Homeland Security that would allow the sale of drones for domestic surveillance. The contractor wants a legal opinion clearing the contract for congressional approval. But the mob wants the proposal dead-on-arrival.

When P.J. is gunned down in cold blood and a second JAG officer is killed, one thing becomes c…