Monday, April 18, 2011

Principle of the Path

All of us have known people who seem to make one bad decision after another. For that matter, we have all made our fair share of them from time to time. Unfortunately, many of those decisions can leave impacts that can last for years and are difficult, if not impossible to correct. Why is it that we can have a clear idea of what we want financially, relationally, and professionally, but so often make decisions that take us to an entirely different place? Why it that we ignore what our better judgment is telling us? In his book The Principle of the Path, Andy Stanley, pastor and founder of Atlanta’s North Point Ministries, discusses what happens when our intentions and our decisions do not coincide. He addresses these questions and gives practical, biblically-based advice for staying on the path to your intended destination. No rocket science here-just principles that help the reader to narrow down and focus on what he/she really wants and how to get there.

I believe that this book should be required reading for all young adults just starting out in life. If followed, the advice in this book could save readers from countless heartaches and detours on their path to success.

I received a copy of the book from's blogger program.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A trip to Regency England...

When I opened the covers of The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen, I was expecting to like it. After all, I had already read The Apothecary’s Daughter, and Klassen had quickly become one of my favorite writers. And after reading this novel, I can honestly say that I was not disappointed. As a lover of historical fiction, especially books set in Regency England, it took only a few paragraphs to be drawn totally in. In fact, I had a difficult time putting the book down!

The Girl in the Gatehouse opens as Miss Mariah Aubrey is leaving her family and her home after having caused her parents embarrassment. She soon arrives at the home of her aunt, and takes residence in the estate’s gatehouse, far from friends, family, and anyone who knows about her indiscretion . It is here that she hopes to hide from the rest of the world, and in doing so, hide from her shame and from whatever future she may have once had.

Although she believes she must bear her burden forever, she meets friends who show her that not only must she forgive herself, but she must accept the forgiveness of her Savior. Only then can her life begin again.

Bethany House Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my review.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Review...

Cover: While the World Watched

Carolyn Maull McKinstry was fifteen years old when a bomb planted by the Ku Klux Klan exploded at the Birmingham, Alabama's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, killing four of her close friends. In "While the World Watched", we find out how this event affected McKinstry's life, not only as a teenager in a segregated South, but how it shaped her adult life. McKinstry's first-hand accounts bring this dark chapter of America's past to life for the reader. Not only a book recounting a segment of American history, this is a wonderful story of how forgiveness can change one's life.

Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.