Book Review: Fearless by Max Lucado

September 8, 2009 at 4:01 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Max Lucado has a new book, “Fearless” Imagine Your Life Without Fear published by Thomas Nelson.  I have been following the Lord since 1981 and have been reading Max Lucado since equally that long.  I feel that “Fearless” may be his best work ever and that is saying something as his body of work is considerable.

“Fearless” starts out with the question “what if Faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats?”  Pastor Lucado then hits the ground running by analyzing Matthew 8 where Jesus is asleep on the boat and the Disciples encounter a severe storm that threatens to sink them.  We find that their fear is the same as our fear and their questions are our questions; why are you asleep?  Don’t you even care that we perish?  Then, just like now, Jesus was with them so He wakes up and asks “where is your faith?” and then commands the sea to be still.

Other chapters deal with the fear of lack of value, the fear that we may have run out of forgiveness, the fear of whether we have enough.  There are fourteen chapters and each chapter deals with a specific fear that Jesus said “fear not” to.  Each chapter lets you feel that Jesus is standing with you asking you to give that specific fear to Him so that He could wash it away.  We feel cleaner after each reading and closer to our Savior.

In an age where terrorists want to provoke fear Max Lucado has written a book that promotes faith and washes fear away.  This is a book that should be read many times from beginning to end and each chapter again when we feel that particular fear resurfacing within us.

As I said before I feel that this may be Max Lucado’s best work!

Book Review: “Midnight In Madrid” by Noel Hynd

September 7, 2009 at 1:14 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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I had the pleasure of interviewing Noel Hynd on my radio show, “Kingdom Highlights” regarding his new book, “Midnight In Madrid book coverMidnight In Madrid” book two in The Russian Trilogy published by Zondervan.

Alexandra LaDuca is back.  This time she is recovering from the events of book one in Barcelona, Spain when the call comes in that they need her.  Seems someone stole a priceless art treasure, “The Pieta of Malta” in Madrid and the call has gone out to France, England, Italy and the U.S. to come assist in finding out who stole it and it’s retrieval.   Of course not everything is what it seems to be.  Bodies are turning up floating down glaciers rivers, those that want Alex killed are themselves killed and who really is this new character that is assigned to work with Alex in the recovery of the Pieta?  And how does Yuri Federov, the Russian gangster from book one,  fit into all this?  All these answers and more are provided along with non-stop excitement, plot twists galore and intrigue, danger and betrayal that are the trademarks of a Noel Hynd thriller.

Mr. Hynd does not disappoint us in this second outing and this time we have a an old-style private eye type mystery made famous by Dashiel Hammet and Philip Marlowe with Alex LaDuca in the role of the P.I.  This is an international, political thriller with the action taking place in Madrid, Spain and Geneva, Switzerland with spies, art thieves, terrorists and cold-blooded killers.

As with the first one don’t start this book late at night if you have to go to work the following day; you are not going to want to put it down.  We look forward to the next one and the new trilogy after that.

Book Review: “A Perfect Mess” by Lisa Harper

September 7, 2009 at 12:29 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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I had the pleasure of interviewing Lisa Harper on our radio show “Kingdom Highlights”, about her new book, “A Perfect Mess” published by Waterbook Press.  I have to say that Ms. Harper is an excellent Bible teacher and I am going to go out and acquire all of her previous books and be ready for all her new ones simply because she is that good.

The best way to describe what this book is all about is to use the very words of Ms. Harper, “you’ll realize that no matter how many messes you’ve made in your life, you are absolutely adored by your heavenly Father.”  When was the last time anyone showed you that no matter how bad the mess you were in you were still perfectly loved by God?  Well in her book, Ms. Harper takes us on a journey through 12 chapters and 13 Psalms to show us just that.

I hung on every word.  Here is something that most people do not know; I was never a fan of Psalm 1.  I don’t really know why, perhaps I really didn’t understand it but after reading Ms. Harper’s take on Psalm 1 it has moved up into my top 20.  With great humor Ms. Harper guides us through the Psalms showing us why the Psalm was written, giving us little “inside stories” to enhance our appreciation of what we are reading and bringing us into the Throne Room to stand before the King and let us see that He has a great, big smile on His face just for us.

In my opinion everyone needs this book.  I know I sure did and do.  I will read this book again and again because I need to be reminded of God’s great love often and this book will do it every time.  I recommend it highly.

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