Hand of Fate (book review)

Hand of Fate, Lis Wiehl’s second installment in the Triple Threat series, is action packed to the very end. The story opens with the murder of popular radio talk show host Jim Fate. The three crime-fighting colleagues from Face of Betrayal again use their wits and friendship to solve the murder, but even they don’t suspect the twist that unveils the killer on the last page. This is not bedtime reading material, but it’s definitely a page turner. While not overtly Christian, the author’s biblical worldview does peek through the pages occasionally. Overall, I’d give Hand of Fate two thumbs up! Purchase Hand of Fate here.

I’m a member of Thomas Nelson’s Book Sneeze blogger club and they provided me with a free review copy of this book.


Revolve 2010 (review)

What do the New Testament, a quiz on being a talkaholic, Jordin Sparks, the 411 on guys, and celeb drama have in common? They’re all packed into the new Revolve 2010 Biblezine. A Biblezine is a combination of the complete text of the New Testament (NCV) in a colorful magazine format designed especially for teen and preteen girls. Teens want to know how the Bible applies to their lives right now. With daily devotional readings and relevant topics, Revolve 2010 addresses today’s hottest topics and keeps girls in the Word.

When Revolve 2010 came in the mail, my two teen/preteen girls wrestled over it. When I sat down to write this review, my oldest had to dig it out from under a stack of books on the floor underneath her desk where she had it hidden from her sister. Cool graphics, fun quizzes, and the most sought after Christian artists make Revolve 2010 the most innovative New Testament for keeping teens engaged in Bible reading. I just wish I had two copies: one for each of my girls! My only disappointment is that it included a list of stops for the Revolve 2009 tour, but not for 2010.

Disclosure: I’m a member of Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze program and they provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Does Pain Have a Purpose? (book review)

If you’re looking for a bunch of empty platitudes about suffering through God’s will, don’t read Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain by Drs. Paul Meier and David Henderson. Pain and problems WILL occur in our lives, but just as a physical pain sends us to a physician to root out its source, so should emotional pain send us to the Great Physician for healing. The book’s key point is that pain is NOT the enemy; it is a tool. Most of life’s problems are encompassed by these seven categories: injustice, rejection, loneliness, loss, discipline, failure, and death.

While some people may wish to read the book straight through, others may find it more helpful to read an applicable section at a time. I found that to be a useful feature. The authors presented a good balance of real-life examples with whom readers can easily identify, Scripture promises and reminders, and questions to consider. The section that I found to be most interesting and applicable currently was the one on discipline. Even though it can be self-imposed and necessary, it still hurts. Great read!

I’m a member of Thomas Nelson’s Book Review Blogger program and they provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review.