Monday, October 28, 2013

The Glory of Heaven by Betty Malz

Betty Malz wrote about her experience in Heaven when she had a near death experience when she was young. This book was written in her later years and tells about what she believes Heaven will be like. She shares many anecdotes gathered from other people who have had similar near death experiences over the years. The author bio at the end of the book says Betty has now gone on to be with her Lord and Savior so I know she is enjoying all this first hand now.

The book is very well written and engaging and keeps you reading. It also exhorts the reader to maintain and strengthen their relationship with the Lord.

I enjoyed every minute of this book. It made me long for my Heavenly home but also made me even more cognizant of the fact that there is work for me to do here spreading the message so others will have the opportunity to share in this beautiful eternity God has prepared for us.

Chosen Books (Baker Publishing) provided me with a copy of this book for review. All opinion are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Unspoken by Dee Henderson


Just when I thought Dee Henderson had reached perfection she outdid herself again. What a wonderful spinner of tales she is! She makes the reader want to jump into the book and live it with the characters.

Bryce Bishop meets Charlotte Graham when she brings him some rare coins to sell in his shop. But that is just the beginning of uncovering who Charlotte really is and learning about all the twists and turns her life have taken.

As Ms. Henderson tells the story she seamlessly weaves the characters' relationship with God into the plot. Their faith is such a part of them that it is just more detail of their personas.

In this story we meet Paul and Ann Falcon from Ms. Henderson's previous book and John and Ellie which apparently will be the subject of her next book. I love the way Ms. Henderson's books keep us apprised of the lives of her characters from previous books.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for review. I did not receive any compensation for reviewing the book and all opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

My One Desire

I feel young in my heart and mind still, but physically I have some limitations that some days frankly made me feel old. I have had a lot of down time to think about things and I realize I have had a pretty amazing life. It didn't always go the way I wanted it to do or how I planned it or dreamed it, but I have been blessed beyond measure.

I'm not afraid to live and face big things that may be coming down the Pike and I'm not afraid to die either. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that, in the Apostle Paul's words, "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." (2 Corinthians 5)

I know this because I live in the Lord's presence and have for most of my life. I can remember from my earliest childhood questioning the how and why of everything in the Universe in searching for answers. I developed a close relationship with Jesus at a very early age but as a teenager and young adult I did some more searching. It either had to be ALL true or none of it was valuable to me. I did a lot of searching and a lot of research and in the end it was prayer and relationship with Him that clenched the deal. And it is ALL true. My relationship is so close that I cannot fathom how anyone could doubt His existence.

I believe that a lot of bad things are coming in this Earth's very near future (and a lot are already happening). It is my one desire to make sure everyone has a chance to know about and have a relationship with Him too. I pray constantly for friends and family members that need that relationship and I pray for many other people that I don't even know because every person is important to God. It doesn't matter what their social status, nationality, skin color, belief system or anything else is, God wants desperately to have a relationship with them because they are His creation and His purpose for creating them was to have a relationship with them.

God is so much a part of my life that I honestly do not know how anyone can even exist without knowing that He is there for them every step of the way. People will fail you, even those you love the most will sometimes let you down, but you can ALWAYS depend on Him. He is always still there when everyone else has gone about their own business. And, OH! the marvelous ways he provides for us, protects us, and comforts us! I have seen so many miracles in my life. My life has been just one big miracle. It hasn't been a conventional life, lived a conventional way. I have had to depend on Him for everything every step of the way. And He has blessed me immeasurably.

I could give you detail after detail, and would if it would help you to know Him too and not just satisfy idle curiosity. He is everything to me. And, whoever is reading this, He wants to be your everything, too. Just ask Him. It's that simple. And then listen and follow.

What Your Dreams Are Telling You by Cindy McGill

Cindy McGill is an expert on interpreting dreams. From what I can determine, she became an expert as a result of many, many years of practicing dream interpretation. I was skeptical at first because the book starts out sounding a little faddish and New Age, but toward the end she did qualify that she is a Christian and believes that dreams are from God.

She explains what different dreams mean. Much of it sounded very logical. I read the book cover to cover wanting to give it a fair evaluation. I found much of it helpful. Although Ms. McGill says we all dream every night and have at least 2 dreams per night, I don't remember very many of mine. I can remember a couple from my lifetime very vividly and some others vaguely but not a lot. I only have one "bone to pick" on the symbolism of dreams. Ms. McGill mentions more than once that the "bathroom dream" is a symbol of "purifying and cleansing." I have had some of these dreams myself from time to time and truly I believe that all it pertained to was the fact that I had to "go" really bad and needed to wake up and take care of it. The rest of the interpretations I have no real opinion about and you will have to read them and decide for yourself. I believe this author is very sincere and has helped a lot of people, and I do believe that God gives people dreams on occasion that help them. It is up to the individual to determine what is valuable here and what is not.

I received a copy of this book from Chosen Books for review. I did not receive any compensation for completing the review. All opinions are my own.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Heart of the Country by Rene Gutteridge and John Ward


Faith is running from a difficult situation. Her husband has been indicted for securities fraud in New York. She ran once before -- from grief when her mother died in North Carolina. Now she is returning to her childhood home in NC to heal and like the prodigal in the Bible, she is welcomed with open arms by her father and with a little bit of distrust by her older sister. This book tells the story of their long journey back -- hers and her husband's as they discover that family is what it is all about and as they put their faith back in God where it belongs.

I received a copy of this book and the movie from Tyndale House to review. I did not receive any compensation and all opinions are my own. I read the book first. Then I watched the movie. As with all movies that are made from books, some details were changed which is always annoying for me, but I realize that they must do this to make it work in this different format. My granddaughter, who watched the movie with me and has not yet read the book, enjoyed the movie and so did I.

The best part of the book for me was the description of both parents' transition from this world into Heaven. That was beautiful and real. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, they did not include those pieces in the movie. I thought the references to God in the book were a little too sketchy and a little too glossed over, but the doctrine is sound. I liked the book -- read it from cover to cover without taking much time out for anything else, but it was a little different, and there were a few less "warm fuzzies" than similar books I have read.

The fact that Gerald McRaney played the father in the movie made the movie for me. That was some wonderful casting.

I enjoyed both the book and the movie and would recommend either one or both to my friends.