Book Review: Enclave

enclaveEnclave by Thomas Locke takes the reader into a semi-civilized dystopia of the future United States. The tale (don’t worry, no spoilers here) is a weaving together of X-Men and the Western world of Louis L’Amour.

The plot of the book is well written and driven not only by the action but also the development of the characters. The author does a good job of foreshadowing without giving too much away throughout  the novel. The downside is that sometimes when the foreshadowing ends clarity isn’t fully given. Maybe the future books in the series (as it appears this is not a standalone book) will flush out the murky details further.

Disclosure: I received this book free from Revell Books through the Baker Books Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Book Review: Who Sang the First Song?

who sangWho Sang the First Song? by Ellie Holcomb and illustrated by Kayla Harren is a beautifully illustrated and poetically written children’s book. The reader can see the words dance across the page as the read or sing them to their child. The artwork is colorful and imaginative and captivating to the eye (both of the adult and the child).

The one and big critique of the book is that while it boldly points to God as having sung the first song in the poetic language in Genesis (hence the title of the book), the author sits there as the concluding thought. Rather than point to us having a song in our hearts to sing as the concluding line, it would have been great if the author took another line or two to illustrate that the song we were made to sing was God’s song (or even more explicitly a Jesus song to sing). This alteration or addition would have taken the book to a higher, fuller, and more complete finish.

Disclosure: I received this book free from B& H Publishing Group through the B&H/Lifeway Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Book Review: The Winter War

winter warThe Winter War (A Prince warriors Sequel) by Priscilla Shirer is an excellent follow up to the original trilogy. The author takes the characters and develops them further; deepening the relationships and the complexities of the story. The Winter War takes a look at the winter seasons in the life of Christians – the times of despair, turmoil, tragedy, and hope when all seems dark and seemingly dead.

The book is a worthy addition to the story and worth exploring its nuances not only as a novel but also as an allegory.

Disclosure: I received this book free from B& H Publishing Group through the B&H/Lifeway Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Book Review:

sermon on mountJesus’s Sermon on the Mount and His Confrontation with the World: A Study of Matthew 5-10 by D.A. Carson is a journey through six chapters of the book of Matthews. The author takes the reader through the gospel in a format less like a commentary and more like a series of academic lectures. The result of the format is a study of Matthew in an easy to read and apply format that still carries a sense of academic rigor.

Disclosure: I received this book free from BakerBooks through the Baker Books Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Book Review: Basics for Believers

basicsBasics for Believers: The Core of the Christian Faith and Life by D.A. Carson is a journey through the book of Philippians. The author takes the reader through the epistle in a format less like a commentary and more like a sermon (since these were originally parts of messages given by the author). The result of the format is a study of Philippians in an easy to read and apply format that still carries a sense of academic rigor.

Disclosure: I received this book free from BakerBooks through the Baker Books Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Book Review: Developing Emotionally Mature Leaders

emotion matureDeveloping Emotionally Mature Leaders: How Emotional Intelligence Can Transform Your Ministry by Aubrey Malphurs is a great concept, title, and subtitle. The author even declares in the introduction that this book is the premiere book of its kind on the topic.

Unfortunately, the book spends so much time telling you that it is going to be great, showing that others (who are very smart) have talked about EQ in the past, that emotions are not bad, that sometimes the church has downplayed emotions, and then trying to define emotions that one wonders if or when the title of the book will ever be discussed.

While the book does have some good content in its pages and some useful information for the reader it falls short of driving home the content of the title in a way worthy of the number of pages of the book itself.

Disclosure: I received this book free from BakerBooks through the Baker Books Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Book Review: Healing the Scars of Addiction

scars addictionHealing the Scars of Addiction: Reclaiming Your Life and Moving Into a Healthy Future by Gregory L. Janz PhD and Ann McMurray is an introduction to the pain, complexity, and struggles of addictions and the recovery process. The book is not a handbook on becoming sober but it is filled with helpful information – especially for family members and friends of those addicted.

If you are looking for help understanding the addicted mentality and the roadblocks you are facing when trying to help a loved one, this book is for you. It is full of hope and realistic outlooks on the messiness of these issues.

Disclosure: I received this book free from Revell Books through the Baker Books Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.