Thursday, October 20, 2016

Union with Christ by Rankin Wilbourne


Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God (David C. Cook, July 2016)
Nothing is more basic or central to knowing and enjoying God than Union with Christ.
Have you ever had difficulty connecting what you know to be true about God with how you feel or how you live each day? Have you ever longed to change but just felt stuck?
The Bible makes a stunning claim: God has provided a way for your life to be united to Christ’s. What does that mean? Is it really possible for me, now? What would it look like?
In Union with Christ, Rankin Wilbourne makes union with Christ accessible and beautiful, for you. Union with Christ is not an abstract idea. It is a powerful reality. And recovering a sense of your union with Christ can change everything for you, like finally putting on a pair of desperately-needed glasses.
Discover how coming to see your life through the lens of union with Christ can help bridge that gap between your head and your heart, between your belief and your experience. Union with Christ is what we most need in order to know and enjoy God.
Rankin Wilbourne


Rankin Wilbourne grew up in Louisiana and was educated at the University of Mississippi and Princeton Theological Seminary. He is now the senior pastor of Pacific Crossroads Church in Los Angeles. As a former commercial banker, Rankin understands the “gap” between the gospel preached on Sunday and the world people face on Monday. Leading a thriving church in a city driven by stories, he’s concerned with drawing connections between what we believe and how we live. Rankin and his wife, Morgen, reside in Los Angeles with their three children.
Find out more about Rankin at

My Take: Union with Christ is a often hard for older Christians to understand let alone new Christians.  When we become a Christian our life becomes united with Christ.  We should then be enjoying all the benefits of being a child of God just like Christ.  Our lives should be showing a clear difference before and after although it is hard at times.  I have been a Christian for almost 46 years and I still feel like I have a hard time growing and learning.  This book brings these things more into focus.  I will be rereading this book in the future to remind myself.  

I received a review copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Experiencing God through His names by Sheryl Giesbrecht

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Experiencing God Through His Names (Bold Vision Books, June 2016)
What’s in a name?
Names are more than groups of letters that represent a person or identify objects. Names are powerful. A person’s character and destiny can be influenced by his or her name. God’s attributes and personality support His unique and distinct names. If we comprehend the meanings of His titles, we can know God more intimately. InExperiencing God Through His Names, Sheryl Giesbrecht walks with you on an exciting journey to discover and absorb the truth about God’s character. In the next 31 days, God wants you to get to know Him. Are you ready?
Sheryl Giesbrecht


Sheryl Giesbrecht has written three books, hundreds of articles, blogs, and columns. A nationally syndicated radio host, Sheryl is a sought after inspirational speaker who facilitates leadership training for thousands internationally.
Find out more about Sheryl at

My Take:  This is a very nice book that has 31 devotions that go along with 31 of God's names.  I enjoyed learning what each of the names meant and how I could rely on God in that area of my life.  I developed a chronic illness a little over two years ago and have being slowing learning how to rely on God for things that I was able to rely on myself for in the past.  I will be using this book in my devotions for the forcible future.  

I received a review copy from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Jesus and the Beanstalk by Lori Stanley Roeleveld


Jesus and the Beanstalk: Overcoming Your Giants and Living a Fruitful Life (Abingdon Press, September 2016)
What if a fairy tale and ten Bible verses could free you to live an effective, fruitful life in Christ?
We live in unsettling, challenging times. Everywhere we look, we see giant problems: giant obstacles to sharing faith, giant barriers to peaceful lives, giant strongholds of fear. But what if you knew eight small secrets to unlocking a strength big enough to overcome whatever obstacle life may bring?
Using allegory and a bit of humor, Jesus and the Beanstalk explores a passage in 2 Peter 1 to uncover eight truths that will help you unleash a larger-than-life faith:
—Affection for others
In this creative, refreshing perspective on spiritual growth, you will discover an unyielding strength when you tap the power of a God who is stronger than any beanstalk and bigger than your biggest giants.
Lori Stanley Roeleveld


Lori Stanley Roeleveld is the author of “Running from a Crazy Man (and other adventures traveling with Jesus)” and “Red Pen Redemption.” Her blog,, was voted Top 100 Christian Blogs by and has enjoyed over 1.5 million views. Lori lives in Hope Valley, RI.
Find out more about Lori Stanley at

My Take:  This book was very good at reminding me that God is in control over all of the problems in our lives whether they are giants or ants.  I liked the way the author used biblical images to remind us of this.  At the end of each chapter the author gave us small steps to take to slay our giants.  She also gave us one stone (a saying to apply) to use against our giants.  This is a book that I will be referring to over and over again.

I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Escape to Redemption by Peter M. Parr

Escape to Redemption

From Josie only had the gun to frighten Curtis Rook, but his son disturbed her. One startled reflex and now he's dead. Josie flees to Poland leaving her boyfriend Snaz to take the rap. A reformed criminal offers her refuge from the police and the chance to begin a new life, but she cannot hide from her guilt. As the stakes rise, Josie begins to realise that only her own forgiveness can set her free. Fast-paced and original, Peter M. Parr's contemporary take on Crime and Punishment challenges traditional ideas about guilt and redemption, and the meaning of forgiveness. 

My Take: This book is about two people who need to grow up and happen to murder someone on their way.  Josie learns who her mother was and how she dies so she talks her friend Snaz into helping her to threaten the man who killed her mother Rook.  When she is threatening Rook with a gun she acccidently shoots his son and kills him.  She then runs away and leaves Snaz to take the blame.  Along the way we see our two killers make deisions that are good and ones that are bad.  I would give this book a 4 star rating and recommend it to people who like thrillers.  

I received  a review copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Audiobook review of Symbiont by Mira Grant

Symbiont Audiobook

From Audible:  The second book in Mira Grant's terrifying parasitology series.
The enemy is inside us.
The SymboGen designed tapeworms were created to relieve humanity of disease and sickness. But the implants in the majority of the world's population began attacking their hosts turning them into a ravenous horde.
Now those who do not appear to be afflicted are being gathered for quarantine as panic spreads, but Sal and her companions must discover how the tapeworms are taking over their hosts, what their eventual goal is, and how they can be stopped.
©2014 Mira Grant (P)2014 Hachette Audio

My Take:  I liked the first book in this series so I thought I would try the second book.  It brought back most of the characters that were in the first book.  In this world parasites were introduced to help heal people of different diseases.  Unfortunately some of the parasites have made their way to the brains of their host bodies and have taken over and are making them attack other humans like zombies.  Sal even though she has a tapeworm has taken over the body because the girl was dead but she does turn into what they are calling a sleep walker.  They are trying to find out why some turn into sleep walker while others don't.  Different factions are conduction their own experiments some ethically and some not so much.  There is alot of action in this book.  I will probably be getting the next book with my next Audible Credits.  

Narration:  The narrator for this book is Christine Lakin.  You might remember as one of the kids from the show Step by Step.  Anyway she did a really good job of making all of the characters have different voices and she sounded excited when she should have and displayed the proper emotions.  She also paused when she should have.  Excellent job.  

This book was from my personal library at Audible. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

#Fridayreads Sept 16

Here is what I plan on reading this weekend.

My book is
UnWholly (Unwind, #2)

UnWhooly by Neal Shusterman book 2 in the Unwind Dystology

My Audio book is :

Symbiont (Parasitology, #2)

Symbiont by Mira Grant book 2 in the Parasitology Series

If I finish Symbiont I will start
Murder Tightly Knit (Amish Village Mystery #2)

Murder Tightly Knit by Vannetta Chapman  the second book in the Amish Village Mysteries.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Hanging Tree by Michael Phillip Cash

The Hanging Tree

From  Enter a world where spirits roam the earth in Michael Phillip Cash's haunting new novella, The Hanging Tree. Set amid the eerie backdrop of Long Island, an area famously steeped in old legend, two young would-be lovers contemplate their future while visits from those who have come before them reveal the lure of fate...and the power of free will. At seventeen years old, Arielle's relationship with her parents is slowly deteriorating. Angry and defiant, she is at a loss on how to cope with the tumultuous situation in which she finds herself. Arielle's only comfort is Chad, an eighteen-year-old young man who seems to truly understand her struggles. Arielle and Chad meet beneath the low-hanging branches of what the local community has nick-named the "Hanging Tree". An ancient and majestic landmark, it has long been rumored that the tree is haunted by ghosts. These ghosts span various centuries and vary wildly in age, but each one of them has one thing in common: their deaths are all somehow connected to the tree itself. As Arielle and Chad commiserate over their current situation and their precarious nature of their future, the spectral inhabitants of the Hanging Tree witness their conversation. One by one,the ghosts begin reminiscing about their own lives-and deaths- as they examine the inner demons with which their human forms long struggled. An eerie meditation on the oft-overlooked power of choice, Cash's The Hanging Tree will stay with readers long after they turn out the light.

My Take :  This is a ghost story of sorts as there are ghosts but they really don't haunt anyone.  It started back in the days of witch hunts, the first ghost is a woman who was accused of being a witch .  She curses the family of the man (the local pastor) who did the most for getting her hanged.  The rest of the ghosts are the descendants of the pastor who one by one have been hanged on that tree.  Fast forward to present day when Arielle is dating Chad who only wants one thing from her.  As the ghosts watch they also comment on what is going on.  A nice little twist at the end. 

I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

The Gathering: Shadow House by Dan Poblocki

The Gathering (Shadow House, #1)

From : You don't just read this ghost story. You step into it. Some houses are more than just haunted... they're hungry.

Dash, Dylan, Poppy, Marcus, and Azumi don't know this at first. They each think they've been summoned to Shadow House for innocent reasons. But there's nothing innocent about Shadow House.

Something within its walls is wickedly wrong.  Nothing -- and nobody -- can be trusted. Hallways move. Doors vanish. Ghosts appear. Children disappear.

And the way out?

That's disappeared, too...

Enter Shadow House... if you dare.

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My Take:  I liked this book.  It is geared for middle grade and I don't think it is that scary to bother most middle graders.  There are ghosts so be aware .  Five kids each receive an invitation to come to Larkspur house.  Each invitation is different as to appeal to each kids interests.  Once they arrive they find that the invitations were not truthful and they find various obstacles to leaving.  They are some thrilling moments.  

I received a review copy of this book from the Amazon vine program in exchange for my honest review. 

#Yearathon September Wrap Up

The Theme for this month's yearathon was short book under 200 pages.  I was only able to complete two books because I developed a small reading slump.

Here are the books I read.

The Hanging Tree

The Hanging Tree by Michael Phillip Cash

The Gathering (Shadow House, #1)

The Gathering : Shadow House by Dan Poblocki

The Retreat by Kelly St. Clare

The Retreat (The After Trilogy, #1)

From arth is ruined. Humankind destroyed. And it’s old news.

Romy’s life is simple—for a genetically enhanced space soldier; pick up space junk with her four friends, and stave off the invaders fixated on stealing Planet Earth.

It isn’t much. But it’s temporary—only another 850 years to go, give or take.

When her crew tangles with a gulp-worthy alien mothership, Romy’s return to Earth is brought forwards at hurtling pace.

Strength comes from the unlikeliest of quarters.

As does leadership.

…As does betrayal.

My Take:  I haven't read anything before by Kelly St. Clare but I think that will change soon because I will be looking for her other series.  I am not really the biggest Sci-Fi  fan but lately this year it seems as if a lot of the books I have liked are Sci- Fi in nature.  This book was very good.  It had alot of action and aliens and betrayal and everything that makes a good sci-fi book.  The main characters are genetically inhanced and they must defend Earth because aliens want to take it over.  They have been told that Earth is not habitable but is this really true.  Things that Romy and her crew have been true turn out to be not so much.  this book was great And I would give it a 4.5 stars. 

I received a review copy of this book by Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review.