Reviews by Kevin
On 8/12 Kevin wrote: For an unimaginable ten years, Martin would be completely conscious while trapped inside his unresponsive body, secretly aware of everything happening around him and utterly powerless to communicate it." Ghost Boy is a memoir written by Martin after he learned how to communicate again. His story is ... Ghost Boy
On 5/27 Kevin wrote: Friendship Community Church, led by Pastor Todd Stevens, has experienced tremendous growth through acts of kindness. The church's most radical project is Nashville Strip Church, founded by Erin Stevens. Erin's life changed when God told her to "go feed the strippers." With home-cooked meals and gift ... How to Pick up a Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness
On 7/7 Kevin wrote: Yes, I believe Jesus wants us to help the poor and that the church needs to step up and live and give generously. Yes, clean water and malaria nets are easy, cheap answers to the problem. Yes, I should probably be more aware of where the products are coming from that I buy. Using His example on Moms ... Hope Rising
On 6/17 Kevin wrote: Doug has given us men the Playbook for keeping our wives in love with us. THANK YOU! Knowing how I get distracted with life, I'm sure I will occasionally forget the formation from time to time...but gratefully I now have the ready-reference manual. I have two sons (both married) and they will both be ... Seven ways
On 6/6 Kevin wrote: I highly warn future converts to try to live a muslim lifestyle for a month before converting. If you like this lifestyle, then you know what to do, but if not, don't make yourself miserable. DO NOT listen to muslims when they try to convince you to convert. They are trying to convince you for their ... Ex-Muslim
On 5/20 Kevin wrote: The author masterfully explained how girls are so different, and so bewildering to we fathers, yet they need us so badly in their lives. The sobering fact that the kind of confidence she will have in life, and the corresponding choices she will make, particularly about relationships, will come from me. ... Be the Dad
On 5/3 Kevin wrote: When I took the test, I tried to answer the test as accurately as I could to get honest results. I felt they were, indeed, accurate. I do have some areas I need to work on, which was no surprise to me and why I chose this book to review. The results are both totaled for the entire test and for each of ... The Hope Quotient
On 4/19 Kevin wrote: After reading through Rob Bells new book on hell, and the flurry of responses. In particular Francis Chan's response "Erasing Hell". I actually really love reading NT Wrights book "Surprised by Hope". The new theological winds of heaven and hell theology have also got me back into the work of the beloved ... Adds much to the debate!
On 4/4 Kevin wrote: Divorce. No one likes it, but it doesn't go away. Even among Christians, the divorce rate continues to climb. How should Christians approach this issue? May Christians ever legitimately divorce? If they divorce legitimately, may they remarry? Not everyone who appeals to Scripture agrees on how we should ... The YOU Plan: A Christian Woman's Guide for a Happy, Healthy Life After Divorce
On 3/23 Kevin wrote: After reading this book, two important points came to mind. First, I understand why people find this inspiring. It's portrayed as a child's REAL experience in heaven. Not maybe true, or kind of true..... but absolutely true. So, that is comforting I am sure. But, the real problem with this tale is that ... Heaven is for Real!
On 3/14 Kevin wrote: We have all been there before, dated the non-committed one, dated the ex again and again that always held your heart, dated friends and even dated herself. Through her own stories she shows that your own morals, values, ethics and integrity are paramount. Instead of chasing or crying about waiting for ... We've all been there!
On 2/28 Kevin wrote: Besides the seven gifts, we read about the seven givers (spouses, parents, teachers, coworkers...). These are relationships in which we have the best opportunity to be givers. Hewitt then moves on to the Greatest Giver--God. A right relationship with, or understanding of God will move people to love ... The happiest life!
On 2/15 Kevin wrote: "My goal," Stafford writes, "was for readers to get to know them and to understand their points of view." (199) The idea being, I think, that if we know some of the story of these people we are more likely to be understanding of their positions. Stafford hopes that the dialog around the issue of origins ... The Quest
On 2/2 Kevin wrote: Taking his cue from 1 Timothy 6: 6 and following, Stanley teaches about generosity, giving as Jesus taught, and using what we’ve been blessed to bless others. Pastors will find this book an easy read, full of information and ideas that they can use to teach their congregations about giving. We don’t ... How to make the most of what you have!
On 12/23 Kevin wrote: The characters in this book seemed to set their sights far beyond personal ambitions. It wasn’t just about “being elected president” for George Washington; it was about founding a country based on liberty and equality. It wasn’t just about escaping slavery and oppression for Frederick Douglass; ... Humility -a lesson
On 10/30 Kevin wrote: This book is a short compilation that can be picked up in moments of need and does not have to be read all the way through. While some of these stories are inspiring, others are comforting (it is reassuring to recognize that others have struggled with forgiveness in the ways that we have). Forgiveness ... Forgiveness and more
On 9/24 Kevin wrote: Mitchel intertwines the historical and political analysis with a discussion of the Biblical prophecies and the relevant passages from the Muslim literature. The facts of the Jews return to Israel and the subsequent conflicts with the Muslim countries make it seem that the prophecies of Isiah, Ezekiel, ... Fascinating Read!
On 9/15 Kevin wrote: The only criticism I have for this book is that it seemed to jump around and didn't seem to be organized in any specific way. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it were organized chronologically. At times I wondered if it was a book that had been assembled from a series of blog posts, as it had ... The Beauty of Broken
On 8/26 Kevin wrote: Recently I finished reading Death by Living: Life is Meant to be Spent by N. D. Wilson. According to the publisher, “bestselling author N.D. Wilson reminds each of us that to truly live we must recognize that we are dying. Every second we create more of our past—more decisions, more breathing, more ... Book Review: "Death by Living" by N. D. Wilson
On 8/15 Kevin wrote: The poetic style of writing in the book may take a while to adjust to, but after you do, it becomes addicting, and terribly amusing. It is one of the most engaging books I have read. Granted, you do need some imagination for his style, you must find some way to create your own stories through his writing. ... A Flow of Conscious Ride
On 8/4 Kevin wrote: Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale by Ian Morgan Cron is part fiction, part non-fiction, a genre called wisdom literature according to the author's notes. The story follows the crisis of faith of a contemporary pastor and his discovery of a new way of living a spiritual life focused more ... Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale by Ian Morgan Cron
On 7/14 Kevin wrote: A harsh reality of life is that it's not always enjoyable. Everyone has experienced rejection. Whether in the form of hash words, unreciprocated love, loss or betrayal. Most people perceive rejection as a negative occurrence, when, in reality, rejection can be one of the most powerful tools in life. Downside ... Downside Up!
On 6/25 Kevin wrote: Early on Escobar writes of Francis, "The Argentine adolescent learned the value of work, and his work ethic has made him indefatigable" (7). This boundless energy that Francis has exhibits itself in his care for the poor and his service to the church. There is never a sense of pride that looks at where ... Francis: Man of Prayer
On 6/18 Kevin wrote: The Christian Mama's Guide to the Grade School Years, by Erin MacPhersonErin MacPherson uses her experience as a mom to talk about how to help your kid be the best they can be (in God's eyes) as they begin grade school. She uses real world examples to talk about the best ways to get your kids (and you ... Review of The Christian Mama's Guide to the Grade School Years, by Erin MacPherson
On 6/7 Kevin wrote: Intentional Walk; An Inside Look at the Faith That Drives the St. Louis Cardinals by Rob Rains is a collection of short stories and biographies of St Louis Cardinals players, coaches, and staff and how their life has been effected by their faith. It is amazing how many Godly men have walked onto the ... Intentional Men
On 5/30 Kevin wrote: Written as letters from the authors to their own sons, the book s sixty-three bite-size chapters cover a wide range of territory, from courage and compassion to finance and faith, from peer pressure and purity to hard work and humility. The life lessons within these pages teach sons how to cultivate ... Instilling Character
On 5/22 Kevin wrote: Johnathon Cole (Columbia) asserts that only about 125 'research universities' contribute in meaningful ways to the growth of knowledge. Much is weighted towards medical centers and other health-related departments. But as Marcia Angell, former Editor in Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine points ... A Fascinating Book of Worth
On 4/22 Kevin wrote: The second in the series of 'Christian Mama's Guide' series and it is also a great book! Again, Erin chronicles her own experiences and those of friends and family. This first year of motherhood - hmmmmm.....no quite what we all expected - just be honest. Each new mother envisions motherhood through ... The Christian Mama’s Guide To Baby’s First Year
On 4/16 Kevin wrote: The Christian Parenting Handbook: 50 Heart-Based Strategies for All the Stages of Your Child's Life is a fabulous resource for parents who desire to raise children with a heart for God. Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller tackle parenting children today with experience and love. Parents will find this ... For Every Christian Parent
On 4/3 Kevin wrote: What you will find inside are ways to love your child no matter what. Let’s face it being a parent is not easy and our kids do not always follow the pattern we have in mind for them. The author’s daughter who is mentioned throughout the book and on certain occasions we hear her side of what was ... Love no matter what! Ain't that the truth.
On 3/23 Kevin wrote: Lysa is a very wise woman. It's hard to choose just one example to give you, because everyday is a new insightful way of looking at your every day little problems. One that I really enjoyed was Day 23 Vanished, she uses the verse Matthew 6:19-21 to reflect on. If you aren't familiar those are the verses ... A guide that will help you every day
On 2/16 Kevin wrote: As with most reviews my personal opinions outside of the books' topic influence my enthusiasm or lack thereof of a book. I chose the book because I know there are a lot of single mothers who are looking for guidance, as I read the book I began agreeing with my daughters' opinion: single mothers are single ... A single Mom's Guide
On 2/5 Kevin wrote: This latest book of Steve Sjogren's touched me beyond words. Between moments of tears and laughter, Steve takes the reader on a journey that shares his personal life lessons about God. He allows the reader to partake and benefit from the painful and difficult years of his life and his ever increasing ... An honest Account of Near Death Experience
On 1/28 Kevin wrote: Far from a dry discussion of justice or theology, this book is filled with anecdotes and personal stories, including Wytsma's spiritual journey and how he nearly partied himself to death in his twenties before he began to search for meaning and fulfillment. Illustrations illuminate every chapter, and ... Happiness, worship, and the love of God
On 1/22 Kevin wrote: If you have or ever had cancer it is life shattering. Even being told you might have cancer is a show stopper and a strange trip through the medical system (Ive been there). I recommend this book to anyone who is anywhere along that path - I recommend it to anyone who has any kind of chronic or serious ... When you know and trust GOD
On 1/13 Kevin wrote: Grace is one of those words in Christianity that we throw around so very often and yet just as often, miss what it is all about. The last couple of weeks, I have been teaching the youth at Journey Church about grace and even while I have been studying it and learning about it, there is still so much ... Jesus in the Trenches
On 1/4 Kevin wrote: It's not just about money management, and it's definitely not just about overcoming debt. It is a whole new way of living that will change everything in your relationship. Tens of thousands have already been transformed. Are you ready? We all have different attitudes about the stewardship of money and ... Personality Types and Money
On 12/23 Kevin wrote: I believe that most books which have reached publication are "good" books - assuming that they rest in the hands of the right reader. When I review a book, I am generally thinking more in terms of asking myself, "For whom is this book a good fit?" rather than, "Is this a good book?" Miraculous is a book ... Rich and rewarding
On 12/11 Kevin wrote: De Muth's book challenged me. It dared me to surrender. It begged me to find enough courage to let go of all the stuff I love to hold onto. Some of the sections were straightforward or basic. Some didn't directly apply to me today, and those I could breeze through. But some pulled on my heart, were difficult ... Risk, pray, give
On 12/4 Kevin wrote: Having worked as both a nursing assistant and then a registered nurse in a memory support unit of a long term care facility – I was interested to hear the perspective of a dementia patient’s son. And I was not disappointed by this deeply personal and touching account of the life of a ... Book Review: When Your Parent Becomes Your Child by Ken Abraham
On 11/20 Kevin wrote: There is a realm surrounding us of which we are not aware. From time to time there is an overlap and occupants of that realm around us visit not to influence but to act as messengers from the heavenly realm. This has been the experience in ... Lifted by Angels by Joel J. Miller
On 11/11 Kevin wrote: Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger with the help of Mark Dagostino tells us for the first time a story many of us thought we know in Rudy: My Story. Rudy: My Story retells the familiar story of Rudy Ruettiger’s efforts to play for his beloved Notre Dame football team. Ruettiger tells the story ... Rudy: My Story by Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger and Mark Dagostino
On 11/3 Kevin wrote: The tagline "365 Days of Wit, Wisdom, and Wonder" originally bummed me out, as it always irks me when people release these daily books and omit February 29th, but this book does not omit the leap day. So I think it would be more accurate to say "366 Days." That minor complaint aside, this is a very good ... Chosen gems
On 10/28 Kevin wrote: Men of Sunday: How Faith Guides the Players, Coaches, and Wives of the NFL by Curtis Eichelberger is just what the name suggests, a book about the faith of individuals whose life somehow intertwines with the NFL. The book doesn’t necessarily follow the life of one individual player, rather it shows ... Men of Sunday: How Faith Guides the Players, Coaches, and Wives of the NFL
On 10/20 Kevin wrote: Heaven Changes Everything: Living Every Day with Eternity in Mind by Todd and Sonia Burpo is a devotional that builds on the story of Todd Burpos’s bestseller Heaven is for Real, which details the Burpos’ son Colton’s experiences during a near death experience. There are 42 entries which ... Heaven Change Everything
On 10/14 Kevin wrote: Pastor Tom Doyle has spent eleven years in the Middle East helping Muslims come to faith. In this book he recounts many dreams and visions people have encountered in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and many other countries in the Middle East. These stories aren't just Christian fairy tales. All of the stories have ... Awakening the Muslm World
On 10/3 Kevin wrote: Red Letter Revolution is a book by Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo. There's a trailer promoting it that says they don't shy away from the controversial subjects, and that's true. This book talks about lots of relevant topics today, including racism, homosexuality, immigration, politics, war and violence, ... Red Letter Revolution
On 9/21 Kevin wrote: Historian Joseph Loconte unlocks the meaning of their exchange, set in the chaotic days following the execution of Jesus of Nazareth. Drawing from literature, film, philosophy, history, and politics, Loconte shows how this biblical drama is an integral part of our own story. Sooner or later, we will ... Faith Seekers' Source of Strength
On 9/12 Kevin wrote: I have always found Miller's work enjoyable and educational and this release is no exception. He is adept at combining his years of work in Life and Career Coaching with insightful statistics and inspirational stories. Angaza offers a fresh perspective and provides helpful insight for those desiring ... A solid message
On 9/5 Kevin wrote: This book is different than the ones I normally read for booksneese. The Money Smart Family System by Steve and Annette Economides is a book about their system used in teaching their children about money. Steve and Annette are known books and discussions on money management living on less than ... book review: The Money Smart Family System
On 8/26 Kevin wrote: I requested this book off of Booksneeze because I was intrigued by the cover and synopsis. But to start, I am not a parent, of a teenager or otherwise. I was mostly interested in what this gentleman had to say about raising teenagers, not in gleaning information on how to raise one.First, the author ... Tough Guys And Drama Queens by Mark Gregston
On 8/19 Kevin wrote: They ran through the desert of Africa for three days with bloody feet all the way to the border. What was amazing was how God provided water and food along the way, and not from any human source, but from the abundance growing in the wilds. They ran all the way to Kenya where Kenyan soldiers picked them ... A Story to remember!
On 8/11 Kevin wrote: Dr. Richard Lee issues a clarion call to the citizens of this great country, the call is loud and clear it’s time to wake up, stand up, and speak up. Dr. Lee parallels history with our current political, social, economic climate. He uses past success and failures to script a plan of action ... The Coming Revolution Book Review
On 7/31 Kevin wrote: "All-Pro Dad" by Mark Merrill is the perfect book for dads. This book has 8 chapters, each one based on a different fundamental concept of being a man and a father. Each chapter title is written in the form of a question, and includes concepts such as: What Should I Model to My Children? How Can I Better ... All-Pro Dad
On 7/24 Kevin wrote: This is a touching true story. I was moved, encouraged, and challenged when I read this book. For those wanting to fully serve, it is a must read. As Navajo visits the pastor for weekly visits, the reader often feels as if he/she is right in the pastor's home with Navajo. One can almost feel the coolness ... Inspiring and well written
On 7/10 Kevin wrote: One Big Thing Discovering What You Were Born to Do By Phil CookeStop being average at so many things, and become extraordinary at One Big Thing. What were you born to accomplish with your life? One Big Thing will help you discover what you were born to do and allow it to revolutionize your ... One Big Thing
On 7/1 Kevin wrote: Scott MacIntyre's autobiography "By Faith, Not By Sight" was an amazing journey. I was so inspired by his story and faith. I giggled often as Scott used humor to describe some of the challenges his blindness added to his daily life. Scott's optimistic attitude toward life is contagious. I found myself ... What a delightful testimony!
On 6/25 Kevin wrote: Slight of frame with silver hair that seemed to stand on command, Jackson once stood down a mutinous brigade as an army of one. Born poor and orphaned at fifteen, Andrew Jackson was a self-made man -- one who represented the South and the Western Frontier and its expansionist interests. As a general, ... A man of our time
On 6/13 Kevin wrote: Redemption was such a nice story of Bryan Clay who is a well-known Olympic champion. Bryan didn't have it easy as a child, like many of us. He grew up as way too many people have, experiencing things that little children shouldn't have to experience. These circumstances led him to actions that classified ... A wonderful redemption to witness!
On 6/4 Kevin wrote: I really enjoyed how the author explained how each empty promise would try to deceive us, he also asked great questions to help me overcome the deception and see the truth in my actions and motives. I think that the hardest part is breaking through the deception. If you read this book and start thinking ... Full of Promise!
On 5/27 Kevin wrote: Cusicks approach is much more holistic. He sees pornography and other sexual sins as sympomatic of the deep longing for connection and reality (and yes, ultimately God). By sharing the story of his own struggle (and victory), he addresses the root issues of pornography, the empty promises and real idolatry, ... A Holistic Approach
On 5/20 Kevin wrote: John MacArthur's book The Truth About Forgiveness is a real look at sin. It explains how people are taking less and less responsibility for their sins and instead declaring themself faultless for things like drinking, shopping, stealing, molesting. They call their behaviors "addictions" and turn themselves ... John MacArthur's The Truth About Forgiveness
On 5/14 Kevin wrote: The Truth About Grace is one installment in a series from John MacArthur covering the topics of forgiveness, the lordship of Christ and grace; important topics to say the least. They are taken from teachings he has done over the years and packaged into small books that one can digest quickly and come ... Review - The Truth About Grace by John MacArthur
On 5/6 Kevin wrote: Miraculous MovementsHow Hundreds of Thousands of Muslims are Falling in Love with JesusJerry Trousdale(Thomas Nelson)ISBN: 978-1418547288March 2012/208 pages/$9.99The Book That Will Tell You How Hundreds of Thousands of Muslims Are Falling in Love with Jesus“This book, these people, and the miraculous ... Miraculous Movements - Muslims Falling in Love with Jesus
On 4/28 Kevin wrote: Love Does is a collection of thirty-one true life examples of love in action. Author Bob Goff recalls example after example of how others have demonstrated love to him and then he, in turn, has demonstrated love to others. Each of us plan to "do something" that shows people in our lives how special they ... Incredible journey