Reviews by Leah Joy Kelton
On 9/18 Leah Joy Kelton wrote: Chasing Francis by Ian Morgan Cron was, by far, the best read of my summer.With Cron's deliciously witty and profound style of writing, I felt I journeyed with our protagonist Chase, an all-American pastor facing a crisis of faith, on his spiritual pilgrimage. Much to my delight, Chase's journey wasn't ... Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale by Ian Morgan Cron
On 5/3 Leah Joy Kelton wrote: Once again, it's been an age since I've updated.I begin to see a pattern uncovered-- I write more when God is flowing out revelations upon my head. I can't help but share!Perhaps it's the crush of the wedding planning and the childcare and the photography courses and sessions and the fact that there ... "Draw the Circle" by Mark Batterson
On 2/8 Leah Joy Kelton wrote: I've been so encouraged reading Kevin Belmonte's "Miraculous" and hearing the testimony's of journeys walked with God before mine... but I was nearly tempted to put this book aside without finishing it. I am so thankful I stuck with it to the end!! When I first started reading it, though impressed ... Encouraging, Convicting, Exciting, and moves one to Gratitude!
On 11/6 Leah Joy Kelton wrote: I wasn't quite prepared for what I would read in this memoir. It's the story of one woman's horrific childhood abuse and her reconnection with her scattered siblings as an adult. Born into a family of migrant farmers and an alcoholic, mean-spirited, physically and sexually abusive father, as Fran recounts ... Harrowing & Hopeful
On 8/29 Leah Joy Kelton wrote: My most recent book for review from Thomas Nelson was one which has created quite a stir (this article gives you a good idea of the controversy...). Pastor Mark Driscoll seems to attract controversy (not unlike Christ??) with his point-blank statements which speak, I think, more of his personality as ... A Review of the Controversial "Real Marriage" by Mark & Grace Driscoll
On 6/20 Leah Joy Kelton wrote: Do you know that feeling when you open a new book and thirstily take in the first few pages and then lean back with a contented smile, reveling in how delicious the lines taste on your soul's tongue? "Surprised by Oxford" by Carolyn Weber was such a read for me. I originally requested the book from ... What A Memoir is Meant to Be
On 4/15 Leah Joy Kelton wrote: One dress with a story spanning a century. Four brides with four unique lives in four different generations. Those two lines probably have you thinking you know exactly what this book is about. Aw, it’s been done before, you say. Maybe so, but never like this. Charlotte is a modern woman running ... Still Wish I Hadn't Quite Reached The End
On 9/9 Leah Joy Kelton wrote: "And this is precisely what Christianity is about. The world is a great sculptor's shop. We are the statues and there is a rumor going round the shop that some of us are some day going to come to life." -- C.S. LewisYou know what you finish a book and as you reach the last page all you want to do is ... Rumors of God
On 8/6 Leah Joy Kelton wrote: We all have them. Those moments when everything which keeps us going sort of fades into the background and we stand face-to-face with our own darkness, with the hollow places in us, with the gaps of disappointments and hurts and rejections and all the things which make us feel empty. An aching dissatisfaction. ... "...On Fear, Confession, and Grace"
On 11/25 Leah Joy Kelton wrote: I have been reading Max Lucado since I was a little girl, so the decision to review one of his newest books was a no-brainer. And just like his children's book, "Just In Case You Ever Wonder" used to hold my attention as a 7-year-old, "Outlive Your Life" held my attention now. A quick and breezy read-- ... Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado
On 7/18 Leah Joy Kelton wrote: If I ruled the world, "The Hole in Our Gospel" by Rich Stearns, president of World Vision, would be mandatory reading for anyone who claims to be a follower of Christ-- Alternatively, we could read our bibles and take them seriously, not glossing over the hard passages or making, "well, that was then" ... CAUTION: This Read Might Change Your Life
On 3/27 Leah Joy Kelton wrote: When Donald Miller was approached by hollywood to write a screenplay of his own life, he was faced with the uncomfortable truth that he didn't actually have the kind of story that anyone would be inspired by to make a better story of their lives themselves. So, he set out to change that. In typical ... Reviewing A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller