Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Soldier Who Killed a King by David Kitz - REVIEWED


About the Book:
A stunning story of Holy Week through the eyes of a Roman centurion

Watch the triumphal entry of the donkey-riding king through the eyes of Marcus Longinus, the centurion charged with keeping the streets from erupting into open rebellion.

Look behind the scenes at the political plotting of King Herod, known as the scheming Fox for his ruthless shrewdness.

Get a front-row seat to the confrontation between the Jewish high priest Caiaphas and the Roman governor Pontius Pilate.

Understand as never before the horror of the decision to save a brutal terrorist in order to condemn the peaceful Jew to death.


If you've heard the story of Passion Week so often it's become stale, now is the time to rediscover the terrible events leading from Jesus's humble ride into the city to his crucifixion. The Soldier Who Killed a King will stun you afresh with how completely Christ's resurrection changed history, one life at a time.

My Thoughts:
I hated being forced into this role, the role of the killer, the executioner.” (p. 221)

The Soldier Who Killed a King tells the story of the crucifixion from the point of the man charged with nailing Christ to the cross.  After you read this novel, you will think about Jesus’ death from an entirely different angle.  You will realize anew what a transforming power lies within the faith to believe that Jesus is, in fact, the Son of God.  The same power that saved the soldier charged with his crucifixion, is the same power that saves believers today.  Halleluiah!!

The detailed telling of this story places the reader in Jerusalem to experience Jesus’ triumphant entry into the city, his trial, execution, burial and glorious resurrection!  The soldier’s point of view gives new perspective to the minute-by-minute details that passed between Jesus’ entry into the city and His re-entry into his earthly body.  You will feel the weight of the spikes that were used to nail him to the cross, you will feel the earth quake as He surrenders to death and experience his body being taken down from the cross and laid in the shroud.  The wails of anguish that fill the air as the earth quakes and the smell of blood spilled onto the ground….your heart will ache with the knowing that this is, in fact, what Jesus’ went through…willingly…for you and me.

Through all of these experiences, you will witness the heart transformation of Marcus Longinus as he fulfills his role as the centurion charged with overseeing the crucifixion of Jesus.  To realize that the man whose death you were responsible for was, indeed, the Son of God….wait a minute!  That is my place too!  If you are a believer by faith in Jesus Christ, it is the role you fulfilled as well!

I appreciate the fact that the author was careful to maintain the integrity of Scripture as he quoted Christ’s words in the context of his story. It made the entire experience more powerful and transformative!  I encourage everyone to read this novel as soon as you are able!!  It is most excellent!

About the Author:
David Kitz is a Bible dramatist and outreach minister with the Foursquare Church. His previous work includes Psalms Alive! Connecting Heaven and Earth and Little Froggy Explores the BIG World, which won the Word Guild Children’s Picture Book award.



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Star Passage Book Two: Heroes and Martyrs by Clark Rich Burbidge - REVIEWED

About the Book:
The award-winning StarPassage saga continues with the relic guiding the Carsons to a new and desperate family. Two brothers, Bobby and Mike, are struggling after a tragic accident turns their world upside down.

Join our heroes on a series of dangerous adventures to solve the relic’s riddles, save lives, escape the ever-increasing Tracker threat, and experience some of the most dreadful and exciting moments in history.

Will they learn from the past–should they change it if they can? Is there any hope for survival?

My Thoughts: 
Just remember, this may be tough, but easy isn’t always good.”  (p.89)

The second book in the Star Passage series delivers another homerun!  The premise of the story rests upon the Carsons using the star of passage to help others.  The two brothers they are directed to are dealing with the painful fallout of a totally random accident.  Like everyone, both brothers are trying to find a reason for the accident, lay blame on themselves….but their encounter with Tim and Marty and the star of passage reveals truths to them that change their entire world!

Once again, the characters travel to major points in history.  The lessons learned are always timeless, but are always helpful to the life lessons that are being experienced by the travelers. Mike and Bobby become dear to the reader’s heart as the story develops, and although they experience some dangerous and exciting things as they travel, they seem to grow stronger in their faith and their relationship with one another by the end of the story.

I can’t forget one important detail…the Trackers.  These displaced spirits take on a more deadly aspect in the second story of this series, and they promise to be more of a threat than ever.  I’m not really looking forward to the role it seems they are headed toward in future novels.  I think the complexity of the stories will only grow and develop in fantastic ways!

Clark Burbidge has created a young adult series filled with action, adventure, faith and a bit of history for good measure. This is a novel that is hard to put down!  I can’t wait to see what happens next! 


About the Author:
Clark Burbidge was born and raised in the mountain valleys of the Rockies. He earned an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BS from the University of Utah. Clark and his wife, Leah, live near Salt Lake City, Utah, where they enjoy their blended family of ten children and five grandchildren. StarPassage is Clark's seventh book. His award-winning works include the Giants in the Land trilogy and A Piece of Silver: A Story of Christ.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Every Deadly Kiss by Seven James - REVIEWED


About the Book:
In the latest installment of the Bowers Files, FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers grapples with a baffling series of murders in Detroit—and discovers a terror plot whose roots stretch back centuries.

Called in by an ex-girlfriend to consult on a case, Patrick encounters the work of a killer who displays a stunning degree of ruthlessness. Bowers is shocked to find that the slayings are linked not just to his own history with a known terrorist, but to his former lover as well—and that her secret past might hold the key to stopping the crime spree. As layers of intrigue peel away, the city is pushed ever closer to a seemingly-unstoppable bioweapon attack.


Unnerving and laced with breathtaking suspense, Every Deadly Kiss is a surprising and complex thriller that will have readers obsessed to the final page.

My Thoughts:
You looked pretty good in there to me.” (p. 539)

Sounds like a very common statement, right?  Well, like every word in Steven James’ latest novel, Every Deadly Kiss, contains layers upon layers of meaning!  I’ve read every word James has every written, and I think I can safely say this novel is one of the most complex stories I’ve ever read from his pen!  There is a rogue serial killer that passes through shadows, and you are never quite sure who it is.  There is a homegrown terror threat that is insidious and makes you absolutely tremor with fright because it is so incredibly plausible!

So, dive in if you dare!  Honestly I adore Patrick Bowers now more than ever!  I have to say, I am VERY thankful this series is being read as a glance back into his history, otherwise I might just have a heart attack!  This is a novel with so many twists and turns that I was almost tempted to take notes at one point.  Seriously, this is a very complex plot line, but it is so well-written, and the characters are so believable that the pages evaporate so fast you are almost breathless by the end!  There were a couple of times I wanted to smack Patrick because of how careless he was in his decision making in regards to his partner, but I have trust issues, so I didn’t let that take away from my delight in his overall greatness.


I refuse to give away any spoilers.  Just trust me when I say you need to read this book NOW!!  What are you waiting for?

PS...I must be consistent....there are a few language moments - as in vulgarities - that appear in this book that have previously be absent.  I am trusting James will not continue this trend.  

About the Author:
Steven James is a national bestselling novelist whose award-winning, pulse-pounding thrillers continue to gain wide critical acclaim and a growing fan base.

After consulting with a former undercover FBI agent and doing extensive research on cybercrimes, Steven wrote his latest thriller, EVERY CROOKED PATH--a taut, twist-filled page turner that is available now wherever books are sold. 

If you've never met environmental criminologist and geospatial investigator Patrick Bowers, EVERY CROOKED PATH is the perfect chance to dive into the series and find out what fans and critics everywhere are raving about.

Suspense Magazine, who named Steven's book THE BISHOP their Book of the Year, says that he "sets the new standard in suspense writing." Publishers Weekly calls him a "master storyteller at the peak of his game." And RT Book Reviews promises, "the nail-biting suspense will rivet you."

Respected by some of the top thriller writers in the world, Steven deftly weaves intense stories of psychological suspense with deep philosophical insights. As critically-acclaimed novelist Ann Tatlock put it, "Steven James gives us a captivating look at the fine line between good and evil in the human heart."

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

My Daughter's Legacy by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould - REVIEWED

About the Book:
A thrilling tale of two women longing to follow God's leading, make the most of second chances, and find true love at last
Virginia, 1864
Therese Jennings cannot abide the thought of owning slaves. When her widowed mother inherits a plantation, Therese flees to Civil War Richmond, where she works as a governess by day and tends to wounded soldiers at night. But when trouble befalls her family, can she reconcile her obligations with her beliefs? And will love-whether with an old beau or a handsome new suitor-ever fit in her broken world?
Virginia, present day
Nicole Talbot's life is back on track after years of substance abuse. Home from college for the summer, she's finally ready to share a shocking secret, one that raises new questions about a traumatic childhood experience. But when facts she uncovers cast doubt on her family's legacy, she must risk all that she's gained-her fresh start, her family's trust, and her growing relationship with a new man-to unlock the secrets of the past.
Learn more and purchase your copy HERE.
My Thoughts:
This is a story that readers from all genres will love! There is mystery and history layered so tightly that you almost forget where present day ends and history begins.  No surprise that the link between the past and present reveal some profound and eternal truths about the longing each of us has to know and understand our place in time.  History always effects our present, but being brave enough to change the present into something better is not without its pitfalls
I think greed, pride and the longing to do what is best for all are just a few of these pitfalls, and the choices that lie before Nicole as she re-enters life as a recovering addict closely mirror those faced by her predecessor as she is forced to make decisions during a time in history that was utterly divided over slavery.
You will be left slack-jawed at each woman's discovery!  Clark and Gould make a very effective writing duo, and I highly recommend this novel to everyone!!
About the Authors:

Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction, with over a million copies sold. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live in Pennsylvania.
Find out more about Mindy Starns at http://mindystarnsclark.com.




Leslie Gould, a former magazine editor, is the author of numerous novels, including "Beyond the Blue" and "Garden of Dreams." She received her master of fine arts degree from Portland State University and lives in Oregon with her husband, Peter, and their four children.

Find out more about Leslie at http://www.lesliegould.com/.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Coffee the World and Jesus but not Necessarily in that Order by Ron DiMiglio - REVIEWED


About the Book:

Life lessons and almost irreverent musings from twenty-five years in the global coffee industry
When many Christians take a long, hard look at the lives of the spiritual elite in America, they want to shout, "I don't want to be like that!" Ron DeMiglio knows how they feel and he's not afraid to do the shouting—even when those shouts are sometimes directed at himself.
Coffee, the World, and Jesus is a collection of mildly contrarian musings from this international coffee businessman who happens to love Jesus. In these humorous vignettes about the relational, flawed, unwavering faith Ron clings to, readers will find glimmers of their own daily struggles to reflect Christ in a fallen world. For the religiously cautious, the disillusioned, and jaded followers of Christianity, this is a refreshing look at how God reveals Himself to be so much bigger than politics, dogmas, or western influences.
Ron's sidesplitting series of stories about how he found his spiritual groove smack-dab in the middle of his God-breathed, coffee-scented uniqueness will appeal to readers looking for a quick bite of spiritual growth with their next latte.


My Thoughts:

I was made in God’s image.  I was not asked to make God into the image of my knowledge, politics, heritage, or cultural familiarity.”  (p. 122)

Ron DiMiglio may be a coffee connoisseur who has traveled the globe building an international coffee brand, but he has a faith that is as raw and real as the coffee beans he roasts and drinks.  To read his book is very much like the dark, hearty brew he sells – it lures you in with words that are bold and enticing.  He shares his life experiences through the lens of his personal relationship with Christ, but also through a solid foundation of who he is in Christ.

I felt as though I’d been sitting in a coffee shop with a close friend as I read DiMiglio’s book. I would get totally engrossed in the story he was relating to me and WHAM! Truth would smack me in the heart and I’d pause and say (sometimes out loud), “Wow! That was good!”  His insights gained through his experiences in the coffee industry place a magnifying glass on the day to day reality of living life as we were created to do – in the image of our Creator, uniquely designed to show His reflection to the world.

I think this book is going to speak clearly to a generation desperate to hear a realistic daily dose of faith.  My 24-year-old son actually read this before I did and enthusiastically encouraged me to give a copy to his brother.  He even read many chapters aloud to me on a road trip, and kept exclaiming over every  chapter and how he was encouraged to walk out his own faith journey in practical ways.

This is a unique book, and I think God will use it to create a hunger for a deeper relationship with Christ – especially in a generation that is already walking away from Christ in massive numbers.  I highly recommend this book!  It will challenge and encourage you in surprising ways! 


About the Author:


Ron DeMiglio is the former president and owner of Eko Brands, LLC. The past twenty-five years of his life have centered around coffee as he traveled around the world. Coffee, the World, and Jesus, but Not Necessarily in That Order, is his first book.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Secrets by Jonathan Daugherty - Reveiwed

About the Book:
Everyone has a secret or two, a part of their life they would rather not share with the rest of the world.
But for Jonathan Daugherty, his secret was so life-altering and relationship-ending that he fought to keep it hidden at all costs. And it did cost him. His secret kept him from contentment, peace, and the possibility of being known and loved for who he truly is. That's what any secret addiction can do-but in particular a sex addiction.
After his wife finally discovered his secret, their marriage appeared to be over. In Secrets, Jonathan honestly and courageously shares his story of addiction to pornography and how he lost everything to it.
But that's not how the story ends. While Jonathan struggled, someone else was at work-his heavenly Father. At the lowest possible moment of his life, God stepped in and brought him hope and healing. This is a story of both loss and redemption that gives hope to anyone who has ever experienced the power and struggle of addiction and its life-destroying effects.
Addiction doesn't have the final say over Jonathan's life or in his marriage. The God who finds the lost, heals the sick, and brings life from death has the last, victorious word.
-A courageous, honest and open account of life as a sex addict and how sex addiction destroys marriages.
-A life-affirming and personal story of recovery and redemption that will inspire readers.
-Offers hope to all who struggle with pornography and sex addiction.
-Each chapter includes a "Living in the Light" section designed to equip and help readers find freedom from addiction.
-Suitable as a study for support groups of addicts and those who care about them.
My Thoughts:
But by keeping secrets our lives tend to drift off course.  We hide our flaws and overly accentuate our strengths, believing this will enhance our lives and relationships.”   - Daugherty
This statement, found at the beginning of Jonathan Daugherty’s book, Secrets, encapsulates the darkness that couches sexual addiction.  Secrets ARE deadly, and sexual addiction is one of the deadliest tools in the enemy’s arsenal right now. 

I chose to review this book because sexual addiction ended 20+ years of marriage in my life.  I wanted to read this book and rip it to shreds, because I simply couldn’t believe a man could be healed from this terrible addiction.  So, Secrets proved to be as healing to me as it is certain to be to anyone fighting this particular battle.  It was as if God pulled back the curtain to show me that healing is possible and what the end-result can look like when someone chooses to walk the path toward healing and deliverance.

I will admit there were some passages in this book that were very painful to read.  However, at the end of each chapter, there are questions that, although meant to be considered by the one struggling with addiction, proved to be challenging and enlightening to me as well.  No matter which side of the relationship you fall on, if you have encountered this addiction in any way, there is healing to be found in the pages of this book.

AND, there is a ministry called Be Broken associated with Jonathan Daugherty, and I’ve contacted them as well. They minister to both the men struggling and their wives.  This is the real deal – the total package – this is a place of healing and hope!!  I am grateful to God for this book and Praise God for all of the lives that are going to be forever transformed through the pages of this book!

About the Author:
Jonathan Daugherty is the founder of Be Broken Ministries, and founder of Gateway to Freedom workshop for men. He also hosts the weekly radio broadcast, Pure Sex Radio, and is in demand nationally as a speaker on sexual purity and men s issues. He has appeared on multiple radio and television media, both local and national. He has authored "Grace-Based Recovery," "The 4 Pillars of Purity," and other works. Jonathan lives with his wife and three children in San Antonio, Texas.
Find out more about Jonathan at http://www.jonathandaugherty.com.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Season of Heartbreak by Mark Gregory Karris - REVIEWED


About the Book:
After a devastating breakup, many people--Christians included--are left heartbroken, lonely, confused, even devoid of hope. The grief of losing a romantic partner is often similar to that experienced after the death of a loved one. Yet, too often, friends, family, and the church see these breakups as trivial events.

As a therapist, Mark Karris sees the devastation in the wake of this loss every day. He knows that the pain isn't inconsequential. He also knows that insights and principles are not enough to help heal the shattered hearts of those who are grieving. Moving past platitudes and into action, Season of Heartbreak pulls from a variety of spiritual practices:
Contemplative prayer
Journaling
Weeping
Self-compassion
Being loved by others
Forgiveness
An original four-step transformational practice


Readers can learn to progress gracefully through the journey of heartbreak, and will pick up the emotional equipment to confront and move through loss in other areas of their life to come.

My Thoughts:
God desires that you be confident and free to shout from the rooftops – whether to your ex, to your circumstances, or to your own inner critic – the truth of Genesis 50:20: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”  (p. 206) 

Mark Gregory Karris writes from a healed place.  He has walked through heartache and learned how to trust God with his heart despite what circumstances tell his heart.  This sounds pretty simple, right?  Something that a lot of other people have written about.  I think what sets Karris’ book apart is that throughout this book he pauses to identify the difficulty of the journey through the season of heartbreak.  He recognizes that it takes time.  He acknowledges the hard work required to move through heartbreak to healing.  He does this in a way that feels personal and makes the reader feel as though they are listening to the heart of a dear friend.
                                                                                                                  
Unlike many authors, Karris talks about the choice to remain single in light of the freedom to pursue God without any of the hindrances presented by relationships.  That is honest.  He chose to marry, and wrote from his place of brokenness – more than seven years past his season of heartbreak.  It takes time to heal, but you can trust God with your healing.  We must be as faithful to pursue His heart as He is to pursue ours!

I chose to read this book, because my season of heartbreak came at the end of 23 years of marriage.  In some ways, I’m still healing.  But I can say without hesitation that Karris’ book brings healing.  He trusts God’s word and His promises to the exclusion of his circumstances.  I am happy to recommend this book to anyone walking through a season of heartbreak – whatever the source of the heartbreak.  There is healing to be found in the pages of this book.

About the Author:
Mark Gregory Karris is a family advocacy and support specialist for the United States Navy. He is also an ordained pastor, licensed marriage and family therapist, and worship leader. He and his wife live in Yokosuka, Japan. Visit him at markgregorykarris.com.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl - REVEIEWED

About the Book:
Kate O'Brien's quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas is shaken when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. Only Kate survived, and she's been in witness protection ever since.

When new evidence arises to suggest the convicted man wasn't the murderer, she's subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Afraid to go back into that world, Kate only agrees if Tony DeLuca, the deputy Marshal who protected her during the original trial, escorts her to St. Louis. 

Tony readily takes on the assignment; Kate's beauty and inner strength made more of an impression on him than he expected. But when Kate's safety is threatened, Tony must race against the clock to keep her alive and put this ugly case to rest before anyone else gets killed.

My Thoughts:
Playing dead was harder than she could have ever imagined. “  (p. 7)

From the opening line of Nancy Mehl’s latest book, Dark Deception, to the closing line…

It was time to get back to business as usual.”  (p. 305)

The reader has embarked on quite the thrill ride!  Suffice it to say that Mehl gives a new definition to the word deception in this novel!!  Good grief!!  I guess serial killers possess an unusual type of brilliance, because the Blue Eyed Killer puts so many layers between himself and his victims that at some point, you almost find yourself needed to open your own case file to keep up with the ever-changing twists and turns!

I am certain that Kate O’Brien will spend the rest of her life seeing a good psychiatrist on a regular basis before she will be able to function as a healthy adult in society again.  She has seen and experienced and lost so much in a short amount of time, that she will remain emotionally fragile for the foreseeable future. (despite the fact that she has the heart of one U.S. marshal in her back pocket) 


Suffice it to say, this was an intense read.  If you enjoy legal/police thrillers, don’t wait another moment to dive into this series!  You will be completely swept away and thoroughly entertained!  The characters are well developed and very likable – with believable flaws as well as strengths.  There is a good balance between all of the arms of law enforcement represented, and the end result is believable.  This is an excellent read and one I am happy to recommend!

About the Author:


Nancy Mehl (www.nancymehl.com) is the author of twenty-seven books, including the Road to Kingdom, Finding Sanctuary, and Defenders of Justice series. She received the ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award in 2009. She has a background in social work and is a member of ACFW and RWA. She writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their Puggle, Watson. She is part of The Suspense Sisters: www.suspensesisters.blogspot.com, along with several other popular suspense authors. She is also very active on Facebook.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Solveig Leithaug - TIME - CD Release Blog Tour and Give Away!!

Time highlights guest vocals by Anthony Skinner, Cindy Morgan, Kelly Willard and Solveig’s daughter Kari Julianna. Eight of the project’s eleven songs are new and were written by Solveig with award-winning songwriters such as: Reba Rambo-McGuire, Cindy Morgan, Sarah Hart, Anthony Skinner, and Kelly Willard.
Time was produced by Steve Hindalong and features some of Nashville’s finest musicians including Jeff Taylor, Stu Garrard, Matt Slocum, and others along with Solveig’s signature acoustic guitars.

Enjoy an interview with Solvieg about her new project Time.


About Solveig:
Dove Award-winning recording artist Solveig Leithaug is hesitant to admit that she is an internationally loved singer-songwriter and masterful guitar player. In fact, her decades of phenomenal success is not the result of a desire to “get ahead” but simply an outpouring of support from people across the globe who have connected with her music and her heart. Her gentle-yet-powerful gift for writing and communicating a song catches listeners by surprise and invites them into the joys and challenges that have refined her artistically and spiritually.
With fifteen solo recordings, including her newest release Time (spring 2017), and three best-selling children’s CD’s to her credit, Solveig consistently breaks new ground with each release. Her music is a brilliant blend of heart and art, fitting for a wide variety of events and venues of all sizes.
She performs around 30-40 concerts per year, and tours frequently in her native Norway. Her repertoire ranges from original songs that mirror her life and faith, to her own arrangements of traditional Scandinavian folksongs and classic hymns. Solveig has performed in over twenty nations, from Parliament functions, national and international conferences to cathedrals, prisons, jazz-cafes and outdoor festivals. She is featured on the Billboard chart-topping Gaither Homecoming Series with her live performances of her original song “Everything Has Its Season” on Women of Homecoming, Volume 1 (DVD and CD), and the classic “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” on How Great Thou Art (DVD and CD) from The Grand Ole Opry. Millions have watched her perform on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) TV-programs over the years.
Award-winning songwriter Gloria Gaither comments on Solveig’s music: “Listening to Solveig singing is like the pure vibrations of an innocent soul. She bypasses our cynical scar tissue and stylistic prejudices and goes–like the laughter of a child–straight to the heart.”
An ordained minister since 1994, Solveig is a commentary writer for Thomas Nelson’s Women of Destiny Bible and contributed devotionals for Thomas Nelson’s 2012 Gaither Homecoming Bible. She currently serves as a founding board member for Compassion International in their Nordic region.
Summarizing her goal as an artist, Solveig states: “Whether performing with a band, full orchestra and choir, or alone with my guitar, my prayer has always been that my music will be an artistic bridge of hope, connecting the listener to their Creator.”
In addition to her roles as an actively touring artist, and songwriter, Solveig is first a wife to Jim, a mom and a stepmom. Her family resides near Nashville, Tennessee.




Enter the Free Giveaway for a TIME CD
We will be giving away a FREE copy of the TIME CD to two people on Friday, June 3o, 2017. Please leave a comment on this blog related to the interview and topics discussed to enter the random drawing. You will be contacted for your mailing address. USA addresses only. 




Monday, June 26, 2017

Grace is Greater by Kyle Idleman - REVEIWED

About the Book:
No sin is so great, no bitterness so deep that God's grace cannot transform the heart and rewrite the story. But grace is so hard for us to understand.

It doesn't make sense. 
It's not fair. 
It can't possibly cover over what I've done. 
Perhaps nothing is as difficult to explain as God's grace. The best way--perhaps the only real way--to understand it is to experience it.

In Grace Is Greater, bestselling author and pastor Kyle Idleman leads us past our hang-ups toward an understanding of grace that is bigger than our mistakes, our failures, our desire for revenge, and our seemingly impossible situations. Through powerful stories of grace experienced, this book will help you truly grasp God's grace . . . even if the Christians around you have failed to live it.

My Thoughts:
God’s grace to you is that he will work through your pain to accomplish his good purpose in your life.” (p. 182)

Grace seems elusive sometimes.   Especially when you are hurting.  This isn’t a book about hurting people, but rather how God reveals His grace to us through every circumstance of our lives.   To be honest, sometimes doubt and fear overtake our hearts and minds, and we choose to refuse the grace that God so freely offers to us.

This is a very thoughtfully written book, and I’m still working through parts of it.  Like many people, I struggle to accept God’s great love for me fully, because I don’t feel “worthy”.  But that’s not what grace is about.  Grace can’t be earned, and I’ll never be worthy.  But, when I open my heart to receive God’s grace, my life is transformed in ways I can’t begin to understand.


I am happy to recommend this book to believers who want to go deeper in their understanding of God’s glorious grace!  He is an amazing God who loves us far more than we will even begin to understand.  That’s what grace is all about!!

About the Author:


Kyle Idleman is teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the fifth largest church in America, where he speaks to more than twenty thousand people each weekend. He is the bestselling and award-winning author of Not a Fan, as well as Gods at War and The End of Me. He is a frequent speaker for national conventions and influential churches across the country. Kyle and his wife, DesiRae, have four children and live on a farm.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Award-Winning Docudrama ‘MULLY,’ Explores the Life of Orphan-Turned-Father of ‘The World’s Largest Family’ in Cinemas for Three Nights this October

Fathom Events and FOR GOOD. Partner to Present This Inspiring True Story on Big Screens Nationwide,
Including Interviews With Charles and Esther Mully
DENVER – June 21, 2017 – From Award-winning actor/director Scott Haze and Academy Award-winning executive producer James Moll comes the dramatic story of the life of Charles M. Mully, who is one of Africa’s most respected humanitarians as the father of “The World’s Largest Family,” with more than 12,000 children he has rescued.  Filmed on location in Kenya, Africa, which is both the emotional and cinematic backdrop for the docudrama, “MULLY” takes audiences on the journey of one man who has personally experienced each remote edge of that spectrum, from the deepest depths of poverty to becoming a burning fire of hope in Kenya’s dark night.

Audiences can experience “MULLY” in movie theaters nationwide on Tuesday, October 3, Wednesday, October 4 and Thursday, October 5 only at 7:00 p.m. local time. This event will also feature interviews with Charles Mully and his wife, Esther, captured exclusively for this cinema experience.

Tickets for MULLY can be purchased online beginning Friday, June 23 by visiting www.FathomEvents.com  or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

What happens when a six-year-old boy is abandoned by his family and left to raise himself on the streets? “MULLY” isn’t your ordinary rags-to-riches tale; it’s the true story of Charles Mully, whose unlikely stratospheric rise to wealth and power leaves him questioning his existence, searching for meaning in life. Against the better judgment of his family and community, Mully sets out to enrich the fate of orphaned children across Kenya. Jeopardizing his life and the security of his family, he risks everything and sets in motion an astonishing series of events that changed not only his life forever, but also thousands of children and the larger community.  

“The story of Charles Mully is an unimaginable journey of selflessness,” Director Scott Haze said. “My hope is that the works of this man and his wife will echo across the face of the earth and that we will all pause for a moment and realize that through faith and hard work, anything is possible. This includes changing the world one child at a time.”

MULLY” is produced and directed by Scott Haze (“Child of God,” “Granite Mountain,” “Thank You For Your Service”). Executive Producers include Academy Award-winning producer James Moll (“Foo Fighters: Back and Forth” “The Last Days”), John Bardis, and Paul Blavin, alongside producers Lukas Behnken of Sterling Light Productions, and Elissa Shay. Golden Globe and Emmy Award®-nominee Benjamin Wallfisch (“Atonement,” “12 Years A Slave”) composed the feature’s powerful musical score.

“Fathom is pleased help bring the remarkable story of Charles Mully to cinema audiences nationwide,” Fathom events VP of Programming, Kymberli Frueh said. “He is a beacon of hope in the darkest depths of poverty for orphaned children in Kenya, and his community-driven humanitarian work is an inspiration.”

"We are humbled to help shine a bright light on this extraordinarily inspirational story of the world's largest family,” FOR GOOD. Founder Paul Blavin said.  "’Mully’ has changed my life, literally. Charles and Esther Mully are the most faithful, generous, loving people that I have ever met. ‘Mully’ will inspire everyone who sees it in powerful, personal ways. Don't miss it!”

About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema with participating affiliate theaters in all 100 of the top Designated Market Areas®, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events such as live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance and theatre productions like the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live, sporting events like “Canelo Álvarez vs. Julio César Chávez, Jr.,” concerts with artists like Michael Bublé, Rush and Mötley Crüe, the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics film series, inspirational events such as To Joey With Love and Facing Darkness, and anime titles such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 897 locations and 1,387 screens in 181 DMAs. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.

About FOR GOOD.FOR GOOD. is the Emmy-winning, Oscar® and Grammy Award®-nominated production company behind the project. Committed to harnessing the power of exceptional art to inspire hope, compel action and igniting lasting impact, FOR GOOD. is led by Paul Blavin, Executive Producer of the award winning documentary “The Hunting Ground,” and the Emmy Award-winning original song “Til It Happens to You,” written by Diane Warren and performed by Lady Gaga. FOR GOOD. has partnered with numerous creative talents to bring “MULLY” to audiences in partnership with Fathom, sharing its bold and unwavering vision for a better world.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race by Mike H Mizrahi - REVIEWED


About the Book:
Chattanooga society is turned upside down as a young woman has the audacity to ride a bicycle-in bloomers!

It's 1895. Anna Gaines, 19, struggles to conquer her insecurities after a horrible fall years ago from her beloved horse, Longstreet. On a visit with her aunt in Brooklyn, she's drawn to the new pastime of bicycling. But back at home, cycling is a scandalous sport for a proper lady. Southern women did not engage in activities meant for men.

Anna has her eye on Peter Sawyer, president of the Cycling Club. As community outrage grows, an unexpected turn of events pits Anna against Peter in a race between the sexes.

Will Anna prove that women deserve the same right as men to ride "the wheel?" Will she choose to live a quiet, traditional life of a housewife and mother? Or will she pursue college and become one of the "new women" emerging into the twentieth century on the seat of a bicycle? What will become of the spark between Anna and Peter?


Faith, patience, and courage help Anna to become the person she was meant to be.

Find out more and purchase your copy HERE!

My Thoughts:
You find the source of all things righteous, and you be fine no matter what you trying to do.”  (p.125)
These words of wisdom come to Anna Gaines ears from a very unlikely source….a woman with very little to be thankful for.  Yet this woman, Hattie, becomes the source of eternal perspective in Anna’s life on the cusp of a very difficult social battle in her hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The battle: a woman’s right to ride a bicycle in public wearing clothing suitable for such a pursuit. 

Mike Mizrahi has written an intriguing historical fiction tale centered around the introduction of women cyclers in the late 1800’s.   Bicycles were referred to as “wheels” when first introduced, and it is Anna’s aunt from New York that introduces her to this wondrous vehicle.  When Anna returns to her hometown of Chattanooga and is presented with a wheel of her own, she never imagined the social and moral ramifications of riding it for pleasure.  When it becomes apparent that she has become the object of social injustice, she begins taking to the streets of Chattanooga and inspiring others to do the same.

I knew a bit about the history surrounding women’s rights, but I never dreamed there was such a melee over a woman riding a bicycle!  Well, it stands to reason there would be, considering the clothing changes that came in the wake of it, but man!! This give you an entirely different scope through which you can examine this social change!


This is a well-written novel filled with well-developed characters!  You will be surprised by some of the twists and turns along the way!  This novel was totally captivating, and will make time disappear as a mist!  So only read this at bedtime if you can afford to miss some hours of sleep!  This is a fabulous read!!

About the Author:
Mike Mizrahi has a master's degree in public relations, advertising and applied communication from Boston University. After a career in corporate public affairs, he retired to pursue a deep passion: writing.

Mizrahi and his wife, Karen, led a mission trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo four years ago and were so moved by the experience, Mizrahi wrote his first novel, which he hopes will one day be published. The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race is his debut published work.

Mizrahi loves reading and writing stories about "sozo," which means to be rescued in Greek. He and Karen are very active in their church and community and love to hike, travel and go the movies together. The Mizrahis live in Woodland Hills, California, where they raised their children who are now adults.

Learn more about The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race and Mike H. Mizrahi at www.mikehmizrahi.com or on Facebook (AuthorMikeMizrahi) and Twitter (@MikeHMiz).