Book Reviews

The Voice (book review)

Looking for a fresh word from The Word of God? Look no further than The Voice, a brand-new, dynamic translation of the New Testament. It’s presented as a “collage of compelling narratives, poetry, song, truth, and wisdom.” Its creation was meant to promote longer, narrative, dramatic, public readings of the New Testament. Its unique screenplay format will draw audiences in like no other previous translation.

The Voice invites readers to “step into the story of Scripture.” Additions and expanded material not found in the original languages are clearly marked in this thought-for-thought translation. Included are introductions to each book and selected readings for all of the ecclesiastical observations.

The Voice is not for everyone. But, if you’re looking for a novel, dramatic way to present the story of the New Testament to an audience, then it’s for you.

Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of The Voice from Thomas Nelson via Net Galley in exchange for a review. The opinions expressed are my own.  

Book Reviews

Eyes of Justice (book review)

Lis Wiehl and April Henry have done it again. They made me stay up way past my bedtime, cowering under the covers, finishing Eyes of Justice. Allison the prosecutor, Nicole the FBI agent, and Cassidy the crime reporter return in this latest installment of The Triple Threat Club. But then, one of them is brutally murdered.

The other 2 members of The Triple Threat Club, though thoroughly shaken, are determined to bring the killer to justice. They think they’ve succeeded, but then he strikes again. Will he ever be caught? Will The Triple Threat Club ever be the same again? Read it for yourself; you won’t be disappointed.

Disclaimer: I received this e-book for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for a review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Cherished (a book review)

CherishedAuthor Kim Cash Tate dives into the deep end of God’s forgiveness and human relationships in Cherished. Just as it looks like Kelli’s once-dead dreams of becoming a songwriter can be resurrected, her past returns to haunt her. When the woman who almost broke up her best friend’s marriage needs a friend, what will Kelli do?

As someone who needs forgiveness and who longs to feel cherished, I devoured this book. The depth of God’s forgiveness is amazing, but we sadly forget that fact all too often. Tate used the beauty of human relationships to mirror the beauty of our relationship with God. It’s always reassuring that happy endings are possible.

Ready to purchase your own copy of Cherished? Head on over to Thomas Nelson.

This e-book was provided to me completely free of charge by Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze program in exchange for a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Bethany

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Women of Faith Conference

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I am totally excited that I was chosen by Thomas Nelson’s Book Sneeze Blogger program to be an official blogger for the Women of Faith Imagine event being held here in Charlotte on Sept. 23-24! Watch the video to get a preview and click here to purchase your own tickets. I’ll be tweeting and Facebooking live from the event, so stay tuned!
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Max on Life (book review)

 

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One of America’s favorite pastors and popular authors answers common questions in his quiet, friendly, no-nonsense manner. Max Lucado invites us to sit down with a cup of tea (or coffee, or diet coke) and chat about the real-life concerns that bog us down. He addresses topics such as hope, hurt, help, relationships, home, possessions/money, and the hereafter. Each short, readable chapter starts with a real question from a real person. I almost thought he’d been sneaking peeks at my journal!

If we aren’t asking these questions about life, someone we know is. Here’s a non-threatening way to engage our loved ones in a dialogue about what really matters in life. Lucado has the experience, the writing skills, and the answers. A special addendum includes Max’s advice on writing and publishing.

Ready to purchase? Click here. This book was provided free to me from Thomas Nelson for the purpose of review; however, the opinions expressed are my own.

Bethany

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Heart of Ice (book review)

The triple threat club is back, but this time they don’t know just how close danger–and a cold-blooded murderer–is to them. Cassidy’s new BFF, Elizabeth, is hiding more than just her past. Does she have anything do to with the cases Nicole and Allison are investigating and prosecuting? When Allison’s druggie sister shows up on her doorstep, she has no idea what other surprises are looming.

Lis Wiehl and April Henry have done it again! (If you missed my review of the #2 book in the Triple Threat Series, Hand of Fate, check it out here.) They’ve created a suspense-filled, page-turning (or Kindle clicking, as the case may be!) thriller with an ending you won’t be able to predict. Allison’s faith shines through boldly as she and her friends race to solve the string of seemingly unrelated murders. I give Heart of Ice two thumbs up!

Ready to order? Click here. The e-book was provided free of charge to me by Thomas Nelson publishers in order to review it, but the opinions expressed are my own.

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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.


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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.”


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The Sweet By and By – a book review

The Sweet By and By, by Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck

Jade tries to leave her past behind in her new life, which includes a hot, rich fiancé and a successful vintage business. Secret skeletons, hippie mothers, and big-mouth little sisters tend to turn up without warning, though. Jade needs to find redemption and absolution before the day of the quickly-approaching wedding, but if it could go wrong, it did.

Authentic characters make the story realistic, although the fiancé seems a bit too good to be true. Jade grew stronger and worked through her problems, but her conversion experience seemed a bit flighty and insubstantial. This story had me laughing, crying, and sympathizing with the whole cast. It was a pleasant, quick read that I would recommend to my fellow fiction readers.

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. http://brb.thomasnelson.com/

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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.