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Book Review: Death By Living

Death by Living, written by N. D. Wilson, is a reflective look at life, and his perspective on how life and death intertwine and give each other


In the form of stories retold, the author places memories of his childhood, his relatives, and his own children under the microscope lens and dissects how the moments captured have spiritual value.  He awakens in rich detail the telling of everyday events, happy moments and sad, the joy of new birth and childhood fun, as well as the bittersweet farewells of final days on Earth.  He emphasizes how our individual and unique life experiences deeply connect us to each other and to God.  God’s Sovereignty and grace are predominant themes, and the author wants us to realize that the richness of life is realizing that God is the one who gives meaning and purpose to every facet of its continuum.
I enjoyed reading this book when I had ample leisure time to savor the storytelling aspect. The author uses a lot of colorful, descriptive wording that many may find distracting and not easy reading.  There are many layers of reflection and spiritual significance explored, that are nice to chew on in small segments at a time.  If you are a deep thinker, and like finding spiritual nuggets in the everyday circumstances of life, then you will enjoy this author’s deeply reflective and philosophical style.

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Book Review: Downside Up

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 In her book Downside Up, Tracey Mitchell offers a new perspective on rejection.  She suggests that rejection is a powerful tool that once conquered, can become “the greatest motivator in your life.”
Her book explores all the negative aspects of rejection and the damage that rejection can do to a wounded heart.  It exposes all the ways that unchecked rejection can fester, and warp our self-worth.  At a spiritual level she reveals how rejections taints the positive affirmations that Gods wants our identity to have.  Her encouragement: “to begin retraining your mind to think positive thoughts, to speak God’s Word, and to embrace His will for your life.”

The book details how to begin retraining your mind so that you can combat being prone to perfectionism or crippled by fear.  It teaches you how rejection can help you identify positive healthy relationships and protect yourself from abusive, manipulative relationships.  It also teaches you how to look beyond the negativity of circumstances and find positive outcomes.

I found the book interesting to read and it challenged my own interpretations of events and circumstances in my life.  It pointed me to the sovereignty of God and to trust in His ability to always be teaching me, molding me, and instructing me so that Christ might be reflected within my life.  I think all Christians struggle at times to keep their faith afloat in the midst of trials and difficulties, and rejection can be such a hard hurdle to overcome.  If you want to challenge and overcome your negative reactions to rejection, then this is a book worth reading.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the® <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Book Review: Dirty God

Dirty God by Johnnie Moore is about Jesus in the trenches. As Johnnie puts it “This is a book about grace. And how grace split time in half and made a broken world a playground again for the goodness and kindness of God.”

This book takes us into the amazing humanity and deity of God all wrapped up into the very personable and “down to earth” Jesus. The Jesus who could have come to Earth in full glory and honor, chose to make his entrance into our world as among the poor and common. He did this to show his ultimate love and compassion for all of humankind and not just the rich and famous. Unlike any other religion, this book points out that Christianity is different because instead of people clamoring for the attention of their distant gods, Christianity has a personable and available God who comes directly and personably to them. Jesus came to give us access to God as a free gift. Mr. Moore believed that if one could truly grasp the love and acceptance extended in God’s grace, their life would be radically changed and they would be able to understand how important their purpose in life could be as the extender of that grace to others.

As a fan of books about God’s grace, I have to add this one to my favorite’s collection. This is the first book I have read by Johnnie Moore, and I found his writing style pulled me in to the story as if written directly to me. In a style I could compare to Max Lucado, he has a talent for making Jesus come alive and walk off the pages of the book. I also liked learning that this author lives what he preaches and has made many travels to distant lands, seeing first hand and ministering to the suffering of this world that he writes about and wants to change. This book is a good read if you are seeking a personable relationship with Jesus and a better understanding of his amazing love for you.

Ascent from Darkness – Book Review


The book, Ascent from Darkness by Michael Leehan tells his true story of becoming a Satanist and then slowly but surely being drawn to the light of Christ.  He explains the dynamics of his childhood that created the emptiness and restlessness that made Satanism attractive to him. Most of the book is a twisting tale of how he sunk further and further into Satanism and yet Christian influences were able to weave in and out of that imprisoned existence.  At first he could not see the true power and the peace that permeated the Christian life because the power of Satanism had blinded him. God, however, had his hand on Michael and was able to strip him of his dependence on Satan’s false power.  As Micheal despaired of being salvageable and was convinced Satan would take his life as punishment for abandoning his Satanic covenant,  God showed him that there was a way out that would give him new life and a new hope.

Through my life, I’ve become knowledgeable at a basic level of Satanism, which I feel every Christian should recognize as a definite evil religion practiced by many today.  It interested me most how Michael chose to attend churches and bible study groups to prey on the weaker Christians.  I wonder how many of us would even think about, much less recognize that a Satanist was present in our sacred, and seemingly safe church settings.  The perspective Michael offers is definitely not your everyday read. I think it will keep your interest and hopefully give you reason to take spiritual warfare more seriously.

I was provided this book for free by in exchange for providing an unbiased and honest review of the content.

Book Review: The Grace Effect

Would the world be a better place without Christianity?  That is the question presented in this true story.

The Grace Effect by Larry Taunton was an eye-opening read into what a world without Christian principles would be like.  The story is told of how a Christian family decides to open their hearts and homes to an orphan girl in the post communist country of the Ukraine.  In sharp contrast to the USA, every step of the process reveals a lack of scruples, morals, reverence for human dignity or life.  The conditions of the orphanage also reveal a lack of value for basic human dignity.

But against  the cold, hardened, corrupt portrayal of a godless foreign land comes the beauty and hope of Christian love.  The author, being an apologist, is able to thoughtfully reflect upon the circumstances and share his insights into how grace is so critically needed by all of mankind.  Through Sasha, the young orphaned girl, he is able to show the tremendous redemptive and life transforming power of the Grace effect.

Because of the religious freedoms still enjoyed in the USA, reading about the contrast of Ukrainian culture was disturbing.  I dared to imagine how different this culture would be if our religious freedoms and the influence of Judeo-Christian principles were removed.   I think this book will give you a new perspective into the influence of Christianity and particularly the influence of God’s grace.    I challenge you to read this story and decide for yourself if you would really want to live in a godless, graceless society.

I was provided this book for free by in exchange for providing an unbiased and honest review of the content.


Book Review: Max On Life by Max Lucado

Like all of Max Lucado’s books, Max on Life is inspirational and thought-provoking.  Compared to the traditional Max Lucado books, this book is different in that it is set-up as a question and answer format.  Max has received numerous letters over the years from people of all walks of life: young, old, male, female, faith assured and faith tested.  This book addresses some of the letters and questions he has received, questions that many people commonly ponder in their search for truth and meaning in life.

The questions are categorized as follows: HOPE: (God, Grace and Why Am I Here?), HURT (Conflicts, Calamities, and Why Me?), HELP (Prayer, Scripture, and Why Church?), HIM/HER (Sex, Romance, and Any Chance of a Second Chance?), HOME (Diapers, Disagreements, and Any Hope for Prodigals?, HAVES/HAVE NOTS (Work, Money, and Where’s the Lifeline?), and HEREAFTER (Cemeteries, Heaven, Hell, and Who Goes Where?”

I found the book very interesting.  It reminded me of an apologetics book  in that it presented scriptural cases and references for why to believe something, but the wording flowed easily and logically, making complicated concepts appear simple.  I was encouraged and enlightened by reading this book and I highly recommend it.  This book would make a great gift.  It would also make a great devotional book for personal use or small group study discussion.

I was provided this book for free by in exchange for providing an unbiased and honest review of the content.


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