Reviews by Angie A.
On 5/15 Angie A. wrote: This book is straightforward in considering the Bible’s teachings about heaven, hell, being with God, and separation from God. The writing was clear, and I found nothing that contradicted the Bible. The first three chapters were a little slow, as there was some repetition. The author’s consideration ... What Happens After You Die by Randy Frazee
On 4/13 Angie A. wrote: This little Bible is about 5” x 7”, so it is very packable. You might think the type would be minuscule, but it is not bad at all. Passages even have headings, such as “Jesus’ Prayer in Gethsemane,” “Jesus’ Betrayal and Arrest,” and “Jesus before Caiaphas” in Matthew 26, and Jesus’ ... KJV - Compact Thinline Bible
On 4/3 Angie A. wrote: This exceptional little devotional is composed of vignettes accompanied by five pertinent Scripture passages. The passages are spot on and are aimed at comforting and encouraging the reader, with themes such as gratitude, humility, the encouragement of God’s Word, and Jesus’ love. I have not seen ... Quiet Time for Your Soul
On 3/4 Angie A. wrote: Although small and short, this book delves deeply into the topic of brokenness--its purposes, the process, and the promise in it. The book is about 150 pages, and a good fraction of those are photos of nature scenes (which I frankly found distracting at times). The purpose of brokenness is said to ... Finding God’s Blessings in Brokenness - Charles F. Stanley
On 2/11 Angie A. wrote: This daily devotional is thoughtfully and well written, reflecting the depth of reflection given to each topic by its author, who has been a quadriplegic for almost 50 years. When you are aware of her suffering, it brings added meaning to her words. For example, once she described her chemotherapy ... A Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada
On 12/9 Angie A. wrote: By the author of My Utmost for His Highest, which I have not read, this newly published work consists of 365 devotionals. Let me say at the outset that this was not my cup of tea; I could rarely get myself to be on the same wavelength as the author, finding him very, very firm of opinion and coming ... Devotions for a Deeper Life - Oswald Chambers
On 11/7 Angie A. wrote: This little book spends exactly three pages on each book of the Bible. The first page makes the point of how God’s love is communicated in that particular book, such as “In Genesis God Fashions Me with His Hands”, and the next two pages narrate the specifics of that point. The author always quotes ... 66 Ways God Loves You by Jennifer Rothschild
On 10/7 Angie A. wrote: Chad and Julia Veach’s firstborn is Georgia, who has lissencephaly, a brain disorder which keeps her at a three-month-old infant’s development, although she is now over three years old, and is characterized by seizures and a lack of interaction. Chad’s book focuses on telling their story and communicating ... Unreasonable Hope
On 9/18 Angie A. wrote: Subtitled “Devotions to Deepen Your Faith in Christ”, this book is aimed at those who may be searching for God, questioning His existence, or wondering about the authenticity and authority of the Bible. In addition, it painstakingly lays the groundwork for belief in creationism, the atoning death ... Today's Moment of Truth - Lee Strobel
On 7/6 Angie A. wrote: While the title leaves a lot to be desired, the book itself is remarkable. Nineteen-year-old John Luke Robertson, the oldest child of Duck Dynasty’s Willie and Korie Robertson, demonstrates a well-grounded perspective and maturity. He is eminently sensible and thoughtful in his approach to life, ... Wonderful First Book
On 6/20 Angie A. wrote: I have read a number of Sheila Walsh’s books, and this one struck me as the best of the bunch. Sheila draws wonderful parallels between her life and that of David, both in triumph and in trial, and she fills in some blanks a reader may not even have realized were missing, dating back 20+ years. For ... The Longing in Me by Sheila Walsh
On 5/16 Angie A. wrote: I chose this book because I loved this author’s writing 20 years ago, when she wrote romantic fiction aimed at women. To say the least, she has since shifted gears. Season of Glory is the third and final book of a series. That alone made for a challenging read, as this book picks up where the last ... Be Aware This is the Third Book in a Series
On 4/8 Angie A. wrote: In March 2010, the author’s 19-year-old daughter, Ann, was shot at close range by her boyfriend, Conor, someone beloved by her family. He left her and drove around for 45 minutes before turning himself in to the police. After four days, she was removed from life support and died within a few minutes. The ... Forgiving My Daughter's Killer - Kate Grosmaire
On 3/25 Angie A. wrote: Subtitled “Essential Principles for Building Stronger Relationships”, this book is well written and instructive. Part One describes how love requires commitment, selflessly sacrifices, speaks truth, conquers fear, offers grace, brings healing and lives forever. Part Two applies Part One to one’s ... The Seven Laws of Love by Dave Willis
On 1/7 Angie A. wrote: I wanted to read this newest book because I enjoy Duck Dynasty, and it appears Willie and Korie Robertson have raised some very fine children. Korie’s book is as I expected it to be: down to earth, easy to read, and practical, just like the Robertson clan seems to be. Their approach to childrearing ... Strong and Kind
On 12/11 Angie A. wrote: The co-author of “Boundaries” writes now about, essentially, how to establish boundaries with those with an attitude of entitlement, which Townsend defines as “the belief that I am exempt from responsibility and I am owed special treatment.” Townsend maintains that we all, to a greater or lesser ... Well Done!
On 10/16 Angie A. wrote: This excellent book chronicles the lives and influence of seven great women. While I had heard of five (Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Corrie ten Boom, Rosa Parks, and Mother Teresa), the life stories of most were not known to me. I was not familiar with Hannah More or Saint Maria of Paris. Metaxas ... Excellent Work!
On 9/3 Angie A. wrote: This book is about the example and legacy left by Chuck Colson to the Christian community, weaving together the story of Colson’s life and work with the exhortation to particularly young evangelicals to take up the causes and course of action laid out before them by Colson. Chuck Colson’s life was ... A Good Challenge
On 7/5 Angie A. wrote: Television isn’t something I watch much, so “Duck Dynasty” is something I’d heard of but had never seen, and I was not familiar with any of the Robertson clan. I read this book, which is aptly titled, because the title and description intrigued me. As advertised, the book lays out the lives ... Very enjoyable read
On 6/22 Angie A. wrote: Subtitled “Ben Franklin, George Whitefield, and the Surprising Friendship that Invented America”, the biography written by Randy Petersen chronicles the lives and influence of two great men. Franklin, of course, is renowned. Whitefield, America’s first great evangelist, is not nearly as well known. Petersen ... Good, not Great
On 5/21 Angie A. wrote: This book said little about friends but much about the journey, about lessons learned from daily incidents. Occasionally arose the topic of the importance of friends, their support, comfort and influence. A better name for the book might have been “Soul Quest,” as the book’s theme seems to be ... Just Okay
On 3/24 Angie A. wrote: The author writes openly about the events which led to her hospitalization on a psychiatric ward while hosting The 700 Club in the 1990s. She talks in depth about her mental and emotional state, laying out the thoughts and feelings which brought her to a place where she felt she could not go on. Sheila ... Wonderful book!
On 2/21 Angie A. wrote: If you are looking to go from being physically unhealthy to physical health, you probably can find no better book than this to be your guide. It seems sound in its approach and written to gear one toward success. It approaches the subject with a five-pronged approach: faith, food, fitness, focus, ... Well done!
On 12/22 Angie A. wrote: “Lean on Me,” subtitled “Finding Intentional, Vulnerable and Consistent Community,” is badly misnamed. It should have been named, “Let Me Lean on You, How I Formed a Support Group with Whom I Was Intentional, Vulnerable and Consistent.” It is really only about the author’s pursuit and ... Be forewarned: The book's title is completely misleading
On 11/6 Angie A. wrote: This well-written book does an excellent job of personalizing the author's insights into Victor Hugo's masterful novel. If you enjoy the novel, the musical, and/or the 2012 film version, there is enough of each reflected in this book that you will come away thinking about the deep issues of the story ... Well done!
On 10/17 Angie A. wrote: The bottom-line point of this book is that God's mercy comes to meet you in your situation, whatever it may be; and everyone needs mercy. The book's message starts with getting real with yourself, God and others--telling the truth about who you are and where you are. So far, so good. The author then ... Just Okay
On 8/22 Angie A. wrote: This lovely picture book highlights the best of Mary Englebreit's work by pairing each picture with a verse, a poem, a saying or a quote. Everything about this book is fine, from the quality of the paper to the beautiful artwork, to the careful layout of the quotations. If you like Mary Englebreit, ... The Blessings of Friendship by Mary Englebreit
On 7/18 Angie A. wrote: The unique approach to a biblical book used by the authors is a good idea: there is a pre-quiz to test what you know, followed by the biblical passage, the authors' explanation of the meaning, and the quiz answers. As I began to read, I looked forward to learning much about this mysterious book. I concluded ... Don't bother; find another book on Revelation
On 7/3 Angie A. wrote: This author makes the point that, contrary to popular belief, the most influential relationship in a female's life is her father, setting the trajectory for all other relationships, including her relationship with God. He makes this point using practical and statistical proofs. He emphasizes that dads ... Be the Dad She Needs You to Be
On 5/13 Angie A. wrote: The title of this book can be misleading unless you are familiar with the Passion Movement, which I was not. The Passion Movement is aimed at college-aged adults and apparently has been holding events for years. This book is an anthology of messages from those events, given by Louie Giglio, John Piper, ... Might Not Be What You Expect
On 3/30 Angie A. wrote: This book is subtitled, “Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence.” This simple, straightforward book addresses seven “clout killers” and four “clout cultivators”. The writer talks about fear, comparison, jealousy, scarcity, insecurity, pride and control as the “killers” and identity, ... Helpful book
On 3/2 Angie A. wrote: Approaching relationships in an objective fashion is not something most people consider. Van Moody does an exceptional job of presenting the case for building strong, healthy friendships by giving critical consideration to everyone we encounter. As the vast majority of people will become close to, ... Very helpful
On 1/10 Angie A. wrote: While this book is misnamed, it is an excellent work. If you expect to read a description of hell, its structure, activities, and so forth, you will be sorely disappointed. The subtitle more accurately describes the book: “Three Christian Views of God’s Final Solution to the Problem of Sin,” ... Really well done
On 11/20 Angie A. wrote: This debut novel is an excellent work. It is fashioned after Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster and, while it does not require a love of the works of Jane Austen, would be especially enjoyed by Austen fans. The author’s use of Austen quotations at times is brilliant, and at those times it is as if an ... Excellent work
On 11/2 Angie A. wrote: For anyone who loved The Mary Tyler Moore Show or The Love Boat, this book is a treat to read. It is written as you’d expect Gavin MacLeod to talk, in a folksy, in-the-moment style. Unlike many Hollywood biographies, this one is discreet. The author does not routinely badmouth others, although ... Well Done!
On 10/15 Angie A. wrote: These 31 chapters are an expository work on the book of Ecclesiastes. While it is lengthy—over 300 pages—it is well worth reading. The author’s lifetime of experience in speaking and writing, coupled with the deep wisdom found in one of Solomon’s books, make for a challenging, wonderful read. ... Excellent Work on the Book of Ecclesiastes
On 9/21 Angie A. wrote: This is the author’s personal account about the brokenness of her family of origin and her own family, with the point being that every person is broken, and therefore every family is broken. There is no such thing as the perfect family because people are flawed. Elisa Morgan details the actions and ... Pretty Good
On 8/17 Angie A. wrote: This book, subtitled “An Inside Look at the Faith that Drives the St. Louis Cardinals,” spends 16 chapters on individual players and their faith journeys. This book looks at the faith of individual players, not at the team as a whole. It touches on the effects players have on each other but gives ... Cardinals fans will love it. Everyone else, not so much.
On 7/11 Angie A. wrote: This book, subtitled “Turning Broken Dreams Into New Beginnings”, describes the journey of the author and his wife through heartbreaking infertility, deciding to turn a corner, and establishing a new life, including new jobs and a move to Great Britain. Particularly insightful is the narrative about ... Great book!
On 4/2 Angie A. wrote: This book of 60 devotionals aims to help you analyze yourself. The author intends that you spend a lot of time—aided by her many stories—evaluating your behavior, thoughts, and feelings with a goal toward improving your attitude, perspective and relationships. Each devotional has a verse, a Thought ... Unglued Devotional by Lysa TerKeurst
On 1/15 Angie A. wrote: This excellent book helps one identify anger in its many forms, trace its needs, motivating emotions and take steps to reduce and conquer it. It is accessible, using checklists to analyze and numbered blanks to delineate personal examples. The four parts of this book are Identifying Your Anger, Anger ... Excellent work
On 10/9 Angie A. wrote: Each of the 50 “secrets” has three pages devoted to it. Most of the author’s topics are common sense, such as be on time, keep your word, value the things you have, think before you say it, and live an attitude of gratitude. A few are biblical, such as honoring your parents, taking Jesus with you ... Simple Secrets to a Happy Life by Luci Swindoll
On 3/4 Angie A. wrote: Marilyn Meberg says people have craved more since the Garden of Eden. We want more from romance, marriage, and friendship; we want more happiness, time, meaning and purpose. The answer to our craving, says Marilyn, is God—His purposes and His ways.This book did an adequate job of presenting God as ... constantly craving by Marilyn Meberg
On 2/3 Angie A. wrote: The book’s subtitle, “Ten Decisions That Will Transform Your Life & Ten Lies That Can Prevent You From Making Them,” sum up the book nicely. Each of the ten chapters includes a choice that will move your life forward and a lie that will fight against that choice. The choices involve healing, ... Healing is a Choice by Stephen Arterburn
On 10/16 Angie A. wrote: This is the first book I’ve read by Andy Stanley, who is a masterful writer. When he turned his sights to the topic of the grace of God, the result is an in-depth look involving a refreshing perspective, an engaging style, and challenging applications. The author gives everyone something meaty to ... The Grace of God by Andy Stanley
On 8/30 Angie A. wrote: This book chronicles the author’s journey of adopting her daughter, Mia, from Guatemala in 2003. It serves both as her personal account and a narration of what potential adoptive parents can expect from the adoption process. The author readily acknowledges that adoption is not for everyone; she is ... Love You More by Jennifer Grant
On 8/14 Angie A. wrote: This newest offering by energetic, funny, master storyteller Patsy Clairmont is a treasure. Stepping away from her usual wry and witty style, the author pulls the curtain back on her life, her thoughts, and her deep perspective. She writes thoughtfully of challenge and loss, reflecting on how those ... Stained Glass Hearts by Patsy Clairmont
On 7/30 Angie A. wrote: This book discusses the fact that the universe and everything in it, including mankind, is designed to reflect and focus on God, as God’s person and character deserve and demand it. Man’s responsibility is to reflect and broadcast God in his message, body, struggles and success. This was an interesting ... It’s Not About Me by Max Lucado
On 6/7 Angie A. wrote: This book is an updated primer on what used to be called deportment. It instructs young girls how to dress, accessorize, move, and conduct herself by socializing and interacting with others in person and with electronic media. It gives specifics about table manners, personal grooming and hygiene, developing ... How To Be God's Little Princess by Sheila Walsh
On 4/18 Angie A. wrote: The author answers 172 common questions, organized into seven categories, including Hope, Hurt, Help and Home. The questions were excellent and, for the most part, so were the answers. For example, one person whose mother was in a nursing home had difficulty visiting her. Max told of visiting his ... Max on Life by Max Lucado
On 4/5 Angie A. wrote: This book asks common questions people have of God, providing answers from the perspective of God, Jesus and biblical characters who faced issues reflecting those questions. Major topics covered are the reality of God, trustworthiness of the Bible, and what the Bible teaches about the future, pain, ... A Conversation with God by Alton Gansky
On 3/4 Angie A. wrote: This local newscaster was told by her fiancé at the wedding rehearsal that he was backing out. The trauma of that experience, and coming to grips with it before the Lord, is what this book is all about. It is a wonderful narration of learning to let the Lord lead the way in terrible times.The author ... Left at the Altar by Kimberley Kennedy
On 1/18 Angie A. wrote: Sheila Walsh’s latest book applies Scripture to challenging situations where provision, peace, confidence, love, grace, hope, and strength are needed. She devotes a chapter to each of those needs, plus a couple of more when there are no answers except that God can be trusted and will make everything ... The Shelter of God's Promises by Sheila Walsh
On 1/5 Angie A. wrote: This book contains the story of the writing of 150 songs and hymns, including ones for Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving. On the left page is the song, including the music, and on the right is a one-page narration about the hymnwriter.This was an interesting book, reminding me of the long line of ... Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan
On 11/18 Angie A. wrote: This is a basic book about handling your finances in a godly way. The author learned to walk the walk after financial disasters of her own, applying scriptural principles of stewardship to common spiritual conditions which hinder Christians in their financial lives.This book is long on principle and ... Your Money God’s Way: Overcoming the Seven Money Myths That Keep Christians Broke by Amie Streater
On 9/7 Angie A. wrote: The message of this book is that “every little thing YOU do matters”, that “God made your life so important that every move you make, every action you take matters. . . . Everything you do matters for everyone and for all time!” This book tells the story of Norman Borlaug, who “developed . ... The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews
On 9/7 Angie A. wrote: The message of this book is that “every single thing you do matters”, built on the premise that when a butterfly flaps its wings, it moves air, which moves more air, which moves more air and can eventually start a hurricane. Examples of the effects of one man’s actions include a Union commander’s ... The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews
On 9/2 Angie A. wrote: This book combines photos from the Hubble telescope with Scripture and inspiring quotations, with a goal of focusing you on “worshiping the God who created it all”. This book meets its goal. The photographs are incredible; you just wish you could see them in 3-D. The Scripture passages and quotations ... The Heavens Proclaim His Glory by Lisa Stilwell
On 8/18 Angie A. wrote: This book refutes the notion that Jesus was meek and mild in the sense that He tolerated everyone and castigated no one. It carefully builds the case that Jesus was not always nice, demonstrated particularly in His dealings with the religious leaders of His day, whom He decried in the strongest terms. ... The Jesus You Can’t Ignore by John MacArthur
On 6/28 Angie A. wrote: In a unique approach to the Bible, this book lays out history from Creation to A.D. 100 in nine epochs. Into each epoch is fit each book of the Bible, with an outline of each book and a summary of authorship, date, purpose and audience. So, for example, Epoch One includes sections called “Before ... Chronological Guide to the Bible
On 3/1 Angie A. wrote: Sheila Walsh’s latest book looks at 12 Bible characters through the lens of trust. In her usual way, Sheila’s depth of insight into circumstances and characters makes the stories come alive. Sheila is a very practical woman, and she always writes about how the Bible applies to us in our challenging ... Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God by Sheila Walsh
On 2/11 Angie A. wrote: This 350-page devotional book aims to show how God’s love infuses every circumstance. The author paraphrases and expounds on Scriptures that address certain situations, emotions, and attitudes, such as trials, the future, brokenness, fear, endurance, and victorious living. She does an admirable job ... Jesus Lives by Sarah Young
On 11/22 Angie A. wrote: This book describes how unaddressed character flaws lead to failure, illustrated by six stories from the corporate world. Irwin discusses how the lack of authenticity, self-awareness and self-management, humility, or courage can easily lead to disaster. He encourages habits of openness, awareness, ... Derailed by Tim Irwin
On 11/1 Angie A. wrote: Working from the premise that respect is “the most forgotten element of success”, the author emphasizes the importance of this trait at home, in relationship, at school, in business, in leadership, and, most particularly, in self. Deborah Norville talks about the difference respect makes in each ... The Power of Respect by Deborah Norville
On 10/21 Angie A. wrote: This is the story of Austin Gutwein, an adolescent who, in 2004 as a nine year old, felt moved by God to do something to help AIDS orphans in Africa. A conversation with a staff member from the relief organization World Vision crystallized Austin’s desire and gave him direction through one simple ... Take Your Best Shot by Austin Gutwein
On 10/6 Angie A. wrote: In the midst of a world that seems to move faster and faster in a downward spiral, how is a Christian to manage well? Dr. Jeremiah offers sound, basic comforts from the Word of God which also serve as challenges to one's character and growth. The author expounds on our ability to stay calm, compassionate, ... Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World by Dr. David Jeremiah
On 9/25 Angie A. wrote: This book addresses a wide range of subjects, including loss, disappointment, motivations, humility—you name it. The two authors have had such a wide range of life experience that they obvious can speak to many a topic. Having not read Same Kind of Different as Me, I wondered if this would be a pale ... What difference do it make? by Ron Hall, Denver Moore, and Lynn Vincent
On 9/8 Angie A. wrote: This book is a careful study of aspects of worship woven throughout each book of the Bible. Whaley effectively makes the the point that worship is not so much as an activity or occasion as it is a state of mind, heart, and character, both a bent and a lifestyle. He convincingly demonstrates how worship, ... Called to Worship by Vernon M. Whaley
On 9/8 Angie A. wrote: Max Lucado's latest book considers common fears while offering comfort from the Word of God, reassuring the reader with truth. Lucado lists fears of not mattering, disappointing God, running out, not protecting our children, overwhelming challenges, worst-case scenarios, violence, the coming winter, ... Fearless by Max Lucado
On 8/24 Angie A. wrote: The premise of this book is that wives want and need unconditional love, and husbands want and need unconditional respect. When a spouse does not offer unconditionally, it sets off what the author calls The Crazy Cycle where the husband reacts without love and the wife reacts without respect. The solution, ... Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
On 8/4 Angie A. wrote: This book addresses the impact of significant men on a woman's life and her influence on them. Seven broad categories of men are described, with their motivations, strengths and drawbacks. The rest of the book's two sections, Understanding the Man You Love, and Loving the Man You Understand, explain ... What's He REALLY Thinking? By Paula Rinehart
On 7/22 Angie A. wrote: This book purports to help you appreciate your marriage. The authors aim for a light touch, revealing their imperfections, funny moments, and pleasant memories, while providing "insight into matrimony." I wanted to like this book, because I like books about marriage, especially ones with a good dose ... http://www.amazon.com/Bubbas-Almost-Nearly-Perfect-Marriage/product-reviews/1401603998/ref=cm_rdphist_1?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&filterBy=addOneStar
On 7/2 Angie A. wrote: Warning: Only read this book if you are prepared to consider drastic changes in your thinking and in your life. Richard Stearns, who heads World Vision, presents both an interesting story and a compelling challenge in this well-crafted work, The Hole in Our Gospel. It was a book I could not put down. ... The Hole in Our Gospel - Book Review