The Opposite of Comfortable

Product DetailsThe Opposite of Comfortable
By Sharon Nir
Viki Press
Retail Price: $13.95

Book Description: 

Sharon Nir, a young mother and successful businesswoman, is faced with the most difficult decision of her life; should she abandon her career and her place of birth, Tel Aviv, to follow her husband, who has been offered a once in a lifetime opportunity – a surgical fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City?In this heart-breaking and riveting memoir, Sharon shares her difficult but extraordinary journey of discovery: from her move to New York City, where she experiences loneliness and the shock of not having a career and the traumatic events of 9/11, to her return to Israel, the difficult relocation to Jerusalem and the discovery of a challenge her son has to face, through the baffling and grueling process of legal immigration in the United States, a journey that will force Sharon to question every certitude. What does it mean to lead a full life for a woman in the 21st century? The Opposite of Comfortable seeks to answer this difficult question while celebrating the strength and resilience of the female spirit.

Review

This was a very interesting memoir by a modern day woman who had to make some life altering choices for both her and her family.  Nir was strong and brave and best of all she is very REAL.  We don’t often get a glimpse into the heart and mind of another person, the author not only tears down the walls, but opens the front door inviting us into her experiences.  I thought this was a thought provoking, worthwhile  read.

 

 

    Be REBELLIOUS

    Be Rebellious: Fight Back Against a Culture that Doesn't Care About YouBe REBELLIOUS
    By Megan Clinton
    Worthy
    Retail Price $14.99
    Amazon Price: $13.21

    Book Description:

    Why are we trying so hard to fit in when God created us to stand out?Many of us have been tricked into believing that life is all about starving yourself into a size 0, wearing sexy clothes, and snagging a hot guy. We measure our worth by the number of our followers on social media or “likes” on our digitally enhanced selfies.We shape our lives around these lies, unaware that we’re on a pathway to brokenness and destruction: Eating disorders. Depression. Addiction. Abuse.We may think we are “rebelling” by breaking the rules of our parents’ generation—but the reality is, we’re anything but rebellious. Instead, we’re slaves to our culture, desperate to fit in.But we don’t have to live this way. We have a choice.

    Do you want to make a difference and change the world? Then take your heart and life back from a culture that doesn’t care about you! Grab hold of the truth that your value isn’t based on your relationship status or dress size—it’s based on who you are.

     

    In Be Rebellious, Megan Clinton shows you inspiring and practical ways to be the woman God created you to be. Through her own experiences and biblical teaching, she encourages you to embrace your true beauty and to run toward God.

    It’s time to for this generation to rebel against modern-day culture . . . and live free!

    Review

    This is a fantastic book for both younger and older women alike.  We are often sucked into aligning ourselves with the culture and trying to fit in.  Clinton reminds us that we are called to stand with God, regardless of popular opinion and trend.  If we want to reach others for God, we need to learn who we are, how we are gifted, and where God is calling us to reach others for him.  This was an inspiring call to action for women of all ages.

    ~Reviewed by  Rosie B.

      Global Mom

      Global Mom
      By Melissa Dalton-Bradford
      Familius
      Retail Price $17.95
      Amazon Price: $13.73

      Book Description: 

      After more than twenty years living internationally—sixteen addresses, eight countries and five different  languages—writer Melissa Bradford shares a fantastic journey of motherhood that will inspire any family.

      Follow this family of six on their passage—extraordinary, hilarious and heartbreakingly poignant—from Bright Lights (of New York City) to the Northern Lights (of Norway) to the City of Light (Paris) to the speed-of-light of the Autobahn (in Munich).  Continue deep into the tropics of Southeast Asia (Singapore) and end your voyage in the heights of the Swiss Alps (Geneva).

      As varied as the topography—the craggy fjords, the meandering Seine, the black forests, the muggy tropics, the soaring Alps—this multicultural tale traverses everything from giving birth in a château in Versailles to living on an island in a fjord. From singing jazz on national Norwegian T.V. to judging an Indonesian beauty contest. From navigating the labyrinth of French bureaucracy and the traffic patterns of Singapore to sitting around a big pine table where the whole family learns languages, cultures, cuisines—where they, in short, learn to love this complex and diverse world and, most importantly, each other.

      Review

      The author has lived a life that others only dream of, traveling the globe and raising her family in a variety of interesting, life-enriching settings.  Not that her life has been a picnic.  She has suffered loss, had to endure change, and make a consistent life for her children though her living conditions were anything but consistent.  Due to her situation, Melissa has learned to see her life as an adventure and shares how to live life in the moment.  She encourages the reader to see their lives the same way, no matter where they live, and to make hospitality a way of life.  It was a fantastic read!
      ~Reviewed by Allie B.

        Heartfelt

        Heartfelt
        By Joneal Kirby
        Worthy Publishing
        Retail Price $15.99
        Amazon Price: $11.75

        Book Description: 

        Every woman longs for good conversation, a safe place to be vulnerable, and wisdom from women who are ahead of us on the journey. In previous generations, women lived in close-knit communities and encouraged one another in marriage, parenting, and spirituality. In today’s world, we often feel isolated. Yet our God-given craving for connection remains.

        In Heartfelt, Dr. Joneal Kirby shows us how to embrace the joy of emotional intimacy with other women. Her practical wisdom and personal experience, combined with dozens of real-life stories, equip us to cultivate meaningful relationships with women in all seasons of life.

        You may feel you’ll never move beyond the small talk of church coffee hour. You may wonder if your current friendships will ever reach a new depth. Heartfelt gives you the practical ideas and inspiration you need to change surface-level interactions into deep relationships that can change lives forever.

        Includes prayers, questions for discussion and reflection, and a guide to beginning your own intergenerational small group.

        Review

        In this book the author encourages us to listen to our need for friendships and to find and strengthen those relationships. With a passion borne from an intense belief in the power of friendship, Kirby guides your relationships to new levels of intimacy and trust. You will find great tips on how to deepen friendships and understanding the importance of those friendships in a woman’s life. Engaging, honest, and deeply personal, this book will inspire you to see your desire for friendship not as a burden but as a gift.

        ~Reviewed by Deb S.

          Renegade

          RenegadeRenegade
          By Mel Odom
          Tyndale
          Retail Price $13.99
          Amazon Price: $11.33

          Book Description: 

          Having grown up in the foster system, Private Pike Morgan’s rough exterior and problem with authority earn him few friends among his fellow Marines. When he’s not on missions for the Marine Reserve, Pike’s rebellious attitude and eagerness for vigilante justice have the local police regularly at his doorstep. Struggling to set down roots, and nervous of his desire to, Pike’s eager to answer the military’s call for another deployment.

          On a peacekeeping mission to Afghanistan, Pike and his squad soon find themselves entrenched in a heated war zone. After an American journalist is kidnapped by known terrorist Zalmai Yaqub, the whereabouts of this al Qaeda leader become a top priority for the American military. But when Yaqub flees to Pakistan, will anyone aid Pike in his hunt, or will this strong Marine find himself without an ally?

          Review

          The author writes exciting action/adventure stories from a Christian perspective.  In my opinion, there isn’t a whole lot of Christian fiction out there that is geared toward men and that is worth reading, but Mel Odom definitely picks up the slack with this series.  Pike is a strong character that is a bit prickly, but he grows on you.  He is a courageous man with a tender heart, willing to stand up for what he believes in, going the extra mile. Odum gives us a strong plot with many twists and some action that a man can sink his teeth into.  This a novel that has some depth to it.

          ~Reviewed by Dave H.

            The Last Con

            Product DetailsThe Last Con
            By Zachary Bartels
            Zondervan
            Retail Price:  $15.99
            Amazon Price: $10.80

            Book Description:  

            THE KNIGHTS OF MALTA WERE THERE WHEN JERUSALEM FELL, THEY WERE THERE WHEN THE TEMPLARS DISINTEGRATED, AND THEY’RE THERE NOW . . . WAITING IN DETROIT FOR A BORN-AGAIN CON MAN TRYING TO SAVE HIS FAMILY.

            Former con man Fletcher Doyle is finally home after six years in the pen. He’s working a menial job, regaining his bearings in the world, and trying to revive his relationships with his wife and twelve-year-old daughter. No easy feat.

            But when Fletcher and his family go on a mission trip to Detroit—in the company of the condescending church leader who also happens to be his landlord—Fletcher finds his old life waiting for him. Within hours of arriving in the city, he’s been blackmailed into doing a job for a mysterious criminal who calls himself The Alchemist.

            A series of relics hidden by the Knights of Malta, as ancient as they are priceless, are in the sights of The Alchemist. What he needs is a gifted grifter with a background in ecclesiastical history . . . what he needs is Fletcher Doyle.

            Between hiding his reawakened criminal life from his wife and trying to hide her from their relentless landlord, Fletcher is ready to give up. But when his family is drawn into the dangerous world he can’t shake, Fletcher is forced to rely on his years in the game to save the only people who mean more to him than the biggest con in history.

            Review

            This is really and exceptional book.  It is very unique in the Christian genre as it deals with some rather intense issues and the hero of the story has a questionable reputation.  While the book has many dark themes, the author uses humor to lighten it up, which makes for a good mix.  It also has a strong historical thread that I found intriguing and enlightening.  I thought Bartels did a great job describing the events involving Malta and Marie Antoinette.   The novel may have seemed like your everyday thriller at the start,  but it  hit home as the story developed and we saw two men, one a fake preacher and the other an ex-con who was converted while serving time, both question the faith upon which they have built their lives. As the book unfolds we see them find inner strength and their true selves,   It was not only an action-packed read, but had a real moral to the story.  I was impressed.

            ~Reviewed by Pat B.

              Mermaid Moon (A Sunset Cove Novel)

              Product DetailsMermaid Moon (A Sunset Cove Novel)
              by Colleen Coble
              Thomas Nelson
              Retail Price: $15.99
              Amazon Price: $12.40

              Book Description:  

              Mallory’s mother died fifteen years ago. But her father’s last words on the phone were unmistakable: “Find . . . mother.”

              Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn’t have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point.

              Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O’Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart—and left—without a word, years ago.

              When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life—and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie—their search intensifies. There’s a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye.

              As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.

              Review

              I love mystery, suspense, and thriller novels.  I also love romance novels.  Author Colleen Coble brings together the best of both genres in Mermaid Moon.  I have read many of Coble’s books, but I have to say, I feel that this is one of her best.  The plot is well laid out, and the mystery drives you to keep reading.  Her characters are well-developed and interesting, and the prose and dialogue were equally balanced to both set the scene and show me the characters’ thoughts and feelings.  As for the setting, you can tell she did a lot of research so that she describes the area flawlessly.   This book delivers just what I was expecting as a suspense and mystery fan, lots of twists and turns and a surprise, but satisfying ending.  It was an excellent read.

              ~Reviewed by Shannon J.

                Jesus Now

                Jesus Now
                By Frank Viola
                David C. Cook
                Retail Price $14.99
                Amazon Price: $10.28

                Book Description: 

                During His ministry on earth, Jesus of Nazareth spent most of His time healing the sick, casting out demons, training disciples, teaching the people, and preaching the kingdom of God. But what is Jesus Christ doing today? What is His present-day ministry?

                In Jesus Now, bestselling author Frank Viola gives us the first comprehensive treatment of what Jesus has been doing since His ascension until His second coming. In an easy-to-read format, Viola explores the seven aspects of Christ’s ministry today and shows how each one benefits the saved and the unsaved.

                Open these pages and discover what the Lord Jesus Christ is doing now and how it will impact your life.

                Review

                The purpose of the book is to show how Jesus is alive and actively participating in our lives today.  This is something that I don’t believe many of us think about.  We often focus on history…on what Jesus did for us in the past.  The author helps us to look at the present and the future as he describes Christ’s ministry to us in the here and now.   The book is well organized and written simply for all to understand.  It is well worth the read.

                ~Reviewed by John C.

                  Theology of Ministry

                  Product DetailsTheology of Ministry
                  By Edward Hahnenberg
                  The Liturgical Press
                  Retail Price $26.00
                  Amazon Price: $19.60

                  Book Description:

                  Theology for Ministry is for beginning ministry students, seasoned lay leaders, and anyone in between who wants to learn more about the faith that feeds their call to serve. Six easy-to-read chapters introduce the main areas of theology that every lay minister ought to know: the notion of vocation, the doctrine of God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, church, and ministry. By sharing personal stories and simple examples, Edward Hahnenberg brings the Bible to life and dusts off ancient church doctrines–revealing the many ways our tradition can inspire the work of lay ministers today.

                  Review

                  This book is clear, concise, distinct, well organized, and very readable.  If you are interested in furthering your knowledge of theology and to know why you hold your beliefs, you will find it interesting and a real page-turner. This is an excellent introduction to theology that is interesting and exciting, and would make a wonderful group discussion text.

                  ~Reviewed by Dave H.

                   

                    Revival

                    Revival
                    By Adam Hamilton
                    Abingdon Press
                    Retail Price $14.99
                    Amazon Price: $11.29

                    Book Description: 

                    Wesley’s message and his faith continue to speak to 21st-century Christians—calling for a revival of our hearts and souls so that our world might be changed. Join Adam Hamilton for a six-week journey as he travels to England, following the life of John Wesley and exploring his defining characteristics of a Wesleyan Christian. Wesley’s story is our story. It defines our faith and it challenges us to rediscover our spiritual passion.

                    Review

                     

                    If you want to get a clear idea of what the Methodist Church is all about this little book starts you on your way with a good look into the mind of John Wesley. The author share’s Wesley’s life and theology by weaving stories of faith throughout the historical details. This book is written in language that can be understood by laity making it a fantastic resource for  group study on Wesley’s theology. It helps put Wesley’s theology into 21st century terms.

                    ~Reviewed by Todd D.