Thursday, January 15, 2009

Heaven Book Giveaway

This month Randy Alcorn is giving away three copies of his book Heaven which includes a small group DVD of Randy speaking on Heaven.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on Randy's post by Friday, January 30. The winners will be announced in a blog post on Monday, February 2, so check back and see if you won.

Check out Randy's website to learn more about his books both fiction and non-fiction. He also has a book about heaven that young people will enjoy - Heaven for Kids.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Love Dare by Stephen and Alex Kendrick

Many people have heard of the movie Fireproof and some have heard of the book by the same name. The Love Dare is the book that Caleb's father recommended that he read and incorporate the challenges within it's pages into his life in an effort to save his failing marriage. The 40-days worth of challenges have the potential in revive any marriage.

Back of Books Says:

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE is eagerly promised at weddings, but rarely practiced in real life. As a result, romantic hopes are often replaced with disappointment in the home. But it doesn’t have to stay that way.

The Love Dare is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. Whether your marriage is hanging by a thread or healthy and strong, The Love Dare is a journey you need to take. It’s time to learn the keys to finding true intimacy and developing a dynamic marriage. Take the dare!

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. – 1 Corinthians 13:7-8


Check out this review for additional info or go to the book's website.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Healing Waters by Nancy Rue and Steve Arterburn

When I read the back of the book, I thought Healing Waters was going to be a book predominately about weight issues. It was about eating disorders on one level, but it covered so much more. I think it’s a great book that just about anyone could read and walk away with valuable insight. I especially enjoyed this book because of the quirky psychologist, Sullivan Crisp.

Sullivan Crisp Series

Healing Stones
Healing Waters
Healing Sands

Back of Book Says:

When life seems to conspire against you, how do you find the courage to dive into healing waters?

When Lucia Coffey looks at her reflection, she sees fat and failure. When she looks at her sister Sonia, she sees svelte and success. When she looks at God, she sees that divine love can’t possibly be doled out equally. All her life, Lucia has coped by throwing herself into taking care of those who seem more worthy of God’s goods, and feeding the dreams she has buried alive.

But when tragedy strikes Lucia’s family, she meets Sullivan Crisp – a decidedly offbeat psychologist who is trying to cope with his own shattered past. They form an alliance to try to hold her family together and, in the process, both tentatively dip their toes into the waters of healing. Step by faltering step they wade in, forging an unlikely community and digging deep for the courage to face a lurking danger that could pull them under… or remind them what it’s like to dance on the waves.

Discussion Questions

Chapter One Excerpt

More on Sullivan Crisp

Saturday, January 3, 2009

13 Ways to Ruin Your Life by Jarrod Jones

The book cover enticed me to read a review by John Perrodin that I think is worth posting here. He recommends 13 Ways to Ruin Your Life to men young and old, married and single as they deal with relationships, sexual sin, addictions, pornography, and more. Read his review here.

This book review suggests that all men need accountability. I would add that we (men and women, young and old) all need accountability as we journey through this life and prepare for the next. I've heard men complain that they don't have any real friends - John Perrodin suggests that this book will give some insight into finding friends and following the path of righteousness.

Interview re: 13 Ways to Ruin Your Life

13 Ways to Ruin Your Life Website

Jarrod Jone's blog

Friday, January 2, 2009

Kiss by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy

I picked up my copy of Kiss a couple days ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I appreciate the softer style that Erin Healy brings to Ted Dekker's works. This novel has everything mystery, conspiracy theory, campaign contributions, presidential election, murder, amnesia, a car accident, counseling, spiritual insight and more. If you are a mystery fan, you should enjoy this book.

Back of Book Says:

Let me tell you all I know for sure.
My name.

I woke up in a hospital bed missing six months of my memory. In the room was my loving boyfriend- how could I have forgotten him? - my uncle and my abusive stepmother. Everyone blames me for the tragic car accident that left me near death and my dear brother brain damaged. But what they say can't be true- can it?

I believe the medicine is doing strange things to my memory. I'm unsure who I can trust and who I should run from. And I'm starting to remember things I've never known. Things not about me. I think I'm going crazy.

And even worse, I think they want to kill me.

But who? And for what? Is dying for the truth really better than living with a lie?

More on Erin - Website; blog
More on Ted - Website