Category Archives: Religion & Spirituality

Review: Gaze Into Heaven

GazeintoheavenPublisher: Cedar Fort Books
Author: Marlene Bateman Sullivan
Genre: Religion, Christianity
Review Source: Won

★ ☆★ ☆ – 4 Stars

Summary:
Gaze Into Heaven is a compilation of fifty documented near-death experiences of life beyond the veil, drawn from the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Filled with insight and inspiration, this book melds engrossing personal.

Review:
Gaze Into Heaven is a fascinating easy read. I do love reading about “out of body” or “I died and went to Heaven” books, just something of “out of the ordinary” that I like about them. I love reading about the differences and yet the underlying similarities in the different experiences. I guess we all have asked ourselves what happens when we pass, and this book gives you insight on just that! If you ever asked yourself questions, then I would suggest this book.

About the Author:
Marlene Bateman Sullivan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She is married to Kelly R. Sullivan and they are the parents of seven children.
Her hobbies are gardening, camping, and reading.  Marlene has been published extensively in magazines and newspapers and has written a number of non-fiction books, including:  Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines, And There Were Angels Among Them, Visit’s From Beyond the Veil, By the Ministering of Angels, and Brigham’s Boys. Marlene also wrote the best-selling novel, Light on Fire Island.
A busy writer, Marlene is set to have three books published this year. Gaze Into Heaven, a fascinating collection of over 50 documented near-death experiences in early church history, was published earlier this year. Next came Motive for Murder, the first in a mystery series featuring the quirky private eye, Erica Coleman. Recently, Heroes of Faith, a collection of stories about people who acted heroically in the face of grave trials and handicaps was released by Cedar Fort Inc.

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Disclosure: I won this book in a giveaway. I did not have to do the review, and this review is my honest opinion.

Review: Get Lost

Get LostPublisher: WaterBrook Press
Author: Dannah Gresh
Genre: Young Adult, Christian, Devotional
Review Source:  Blogging For Books

★ ☆★ ☆ – 4 Stars

Summary: (Goodreads)
Have you ever ditched a friend for a guy? Filled your journal with more thoughts about guys than God? Found yourself jealous because that other girl gets all the dates? Maybe it’s time to get lost—in God.
Discover how to get so lost in God that a guy has to seek Him to find you.
Dannah Gresh traces God’s language of love through Scripture to help you pursue your heart’s deepest desires and seek love the way God designed it to be. Because once you identify your true longings and let God answer them, you’ll know just how to respond when romantic love comes along.
With a guided ten-day Love Feast Challenge, Get Lost will help you see for yourself how getting lost in God opens the door to lifelong fulfillment.

My Review:
Love can be so complicated, if we let it. We tend to associate everything with love: We love our friends, animals, food, shows, etc. Dannah breaks it down for us though:
Hesed is the Hebrew form of love. Hesed describes the God kind of love for us.
In the Greek, this love is called agape. This love is unfailing, and is not rooted in emotionalism or circumstances. It is a love that is about the other and not oneself. Agape is the love we really desire, and it is offered to us.
She also shows us at the beginning we are wired for craving. She lets us know it is not wrong to want to be loved, but most of the time we lean on people to offer us love instead of God.
Get Lost reveals that we need to get over ourselves and get lost in God. In this book you will guide yourself into an experience of getting to know what it is like to get lost with God: His Word, His Voice, His Love.

About the Author:
Dannah Gresh, a mother/daughter communication coach, has sold well over three quarters of a million copies of her books—including And the Bride Wore White and 2008’s best-selling CBA youth book, Lies Young Women Believe (coauthored with Nancy Leigh DeMoss)—making her one of the most successful Christian authors targeting teens and preteens. With the belief that today’s culture has been seeking to rob little girls of their innocence, Dannah has been fighting on the front lines to protect them. Her fun line of Secret Keeper Girl mom/preteen daughter connecting resources and live events that tour the country provide moms with just the right tools to fight back. She has long been at the forefront of the movement to encourage both tweens and teens to pursue purity and is often called upon to defend the conservative position of abstinence in national news media like USA Today, Time, Chicago Tribune, and Women’s Wear Daily. She is also a frequent contributor to FamilyLife Today, Midday Connection, and Focus on the Family. Dannah lives in State College, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Bob, and their children, Robby, Lexi, and Autumn, whom the family adopted from China in 2007. She and her husband founded Grace Prep, a new model in Christian high school education, which Bob administrates. She is shamelessly in love with her labradoodle, Stormie.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Review: Lord, I Give You This Day

Lord, I Give you This DayPublisher: WaterBrook Press
Author: Kay Arthur
Genre: Christian/Devotional

★ ☆★ ☆ – 4 Stars

Summary: (Goodreads)
Do you long for intimate communion with God?
Are you tired of struggling through life?
Are you eager to experience the abundant life offered by Jesus?

Discover the Joy of Taking God at His Word!
In this power-packed daily devotional, Kay Arthur beckons you to a deeper relationship with God, helping you discover for yourself the life-changing power of His unshakeable love. As each brief reading draws you into the Bible and leads you into purposeful prayer, you’ll be equipped to greet each day with bold faith, confident in God’s faithfulness, strength, and transforming grace.
Discover the joy and peace that come with daily surrender, with joyfully declaring each morning: Lord, I Give You This Day!

My Review:I usually enjoy devotionals, but this one did not step up to me. The cover is pretty, the ribbon adds style, but the writing just did not flow, I guess. If this book is, suppose to be about Giving the Lord this day, then why does she mention Satan repeatedly? Another thing she will bold her writing and I do not know, it just threw me off. Usually I am all up for devotionals; however, I will keep the book around, because she does have great influence points. Some topics she covers are anger, disappointment, serving, weakness, bitterness, feeling inadequate, standards, grace, sincerity, sorrow, & faith. Her points are also easy to understand and remember.

I did like the fact that each devotional ended with prayer. The verses she used for the devotionals did speak of life, but again, she did not have to “yell” at me. Ha! I do like how she is positive, and upbeat at the beginning of each day, because we do need a pick me up in the mornings, along with our morning coffee.

About the Author:
Kay Arthur is one of America’s best-known and most-beloved Bible teachers and authors. With her husband, Jack, she is the co founder and co-CEO of Precept Ministries International. She is known around the world as a Bible teacher, author, conference speaker, and host of the nationally broadcast Precepts for Life radio and television programs. Kay is the author of more than 120 books and inductive studies, including As Silver Refined and the best-selling Lord series, from which this devotional is adapted.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.