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Great story – sometimes hard to follow

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This is the powerful story of Kevin Adams and his family and how they fell from their financial success and then how God brought them to total surrender through many challenges in their financial situation. They learned to completely trust in God as their provider and that story is awesome.

I gleaned many powerful thoughts from this book and some great insights concerning our relationship to God and waiting upon God’s provision. To see someone who has lived waiting upon God completely gives great credibility instead of simply teaching on it from the Bible.

Many have compared this book to “Blue like Jazz.” For me “The Extravagant Fool” doesn’t even come close to how “Blue Like Jazz” spoke to me and how easy it was to understand. I don’t know what it is, but I had to read some paragraphs two or three times to try and understand what Adams is saying. Am I slow? Maybe it’s all the metaphors? Maybe it’s because I’m not a businessman. I had a hard time understanding the story itself at times and what is concretely going on. Most difficult to understand are the numerous journal entries. It’s almost like he is speaking in some kind of code and I don’t know what that code is – that is, except for journal entry #23, which was filled with pithy sayings or lessons that are truly gems.

I don’t want this review to be totally negative because it’s a powerful story of God’s calling and leading. I have been amazed many times in this book to see how Adams had to literally lay his life on the line in faith – especially with this new calling of being a writer. I hope that he continues to write as God has called him and will be led to bless the body of Christ more than ever.

This book has been reviewed as a part of the Booklook Blogger review program. Thanks to Zondervan Publishers who provided a copy for review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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Where the Wind Leads by Vinh Chung

This book is an eye-opening account of the life of a refugee family fleeing from Vietnam in the late 70’s. Extremely detailed, Chung gives an account that stretches for the first section back to his grandparents and all they went through to establish a successful business and then the devastation that the invasion of the communists did to their family.

The second part o0849947561.jpgf this story takes place duringthe escape from Vietnam and all the perils involved. Its mind boggling to read how this family survived through absolutely horrendous circumstances – dozens of times they should have died except for the providence of God.

Finally, the last section of this book tells us how the family survived in America with no money, no language, and no credentials for work. It is here that the details of their interaction with others in America and their adjustment to life here is most revealing.

I have to say that this autobiography has had a major impact on how I view refugees and helped me to realize how important it is for us to lift them up in respect, dignity, and honor. Jesus would first and foremost would have made it a priority to care for people like refugees. We take so much for granted and so easily look down on those who don’t speak English, look different than us, dress strangely and are dirt poor. We simply don’t understand them. Read this book and you will see yourself in their shoes.

This book has been reviewed as a part of the Booklook Blogger review program. Thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers who provided a copy for review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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Ghost Boy by Martin Pestorius

ghost boyAn absolutely amazing story! From the first chapter all the way to the end I found myself not wanting to put this book down as I was drawn so deeply into the life of Martin. Several things amaze me about this book.

First of all, it is an autobiography. The story alone is amazing but the fact that Pistorius writes it all himself is astounding. The style, the flow, the way he describes things are all so beautiful and well done. It’s surprising that he didn’t use a ghost writer.

Second, it was a learning experience for me like none other. To be able to enter into the mind and experiences of someone with these disabilities helps widen my world view, my understanding, and my compassion for those suffering with disabilities. The abuse he received as many treated him less than human is tragic. Martin gives us an insider’s view that is very rare. That said, I felt that for the most part he left out the subject of God and religion. Certainly he mentions God a few brief moments. Toward the end he briefly mentions that God will be the center of their marriage which reveals that God is a bigger part of his life than he has told.

Third, it was inspirational to see how someone with so very little was able to accomplish so much. We take for granted so much in our everyday life. To make a single sound, to pour a cup of coffee, or sit up without falling over – all of these were things Martin could not do. And yet he overcame his limitations, graduated from college, found full time employment, and married the woman of his dreams. Incredible!

This is a book that will bless you enormously as it did me!

This book has been reviewed as a part of the Book Sneeze Blogger review program. Thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers who provided a copy for review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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Fearless by Eric Blehm

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This is the true life story of Navy SEAL Adam Brown. This is truly an inspirational story as you see how one man is able to overcome so many obstacles to succeed at the highest level in the US military.

What is amazing to me is that this is a story of a crack cocaine addict who is able through the help of the Lord God to overcome his addiction which basically had destroyed his life. His focus on being the best he can be through the military and defending his country is amazing. Over and over again the principles of patriotism, hard work, being a team player, family, and of course serving God above all come shining through.

Although Adam Brown was by no means perfect, he is an outstanding role model for men today and I am very thankful his story is told. I hope that this story will inspire many others not to be a big hero in lifting themselves up but in being a servant to lift others and carry them. Selflessness is the core element seen over and over again in Adam’s life and that is what it is to follow after Christ.

We need more true life heroes like Adam Brown!

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Unveiling Grace by Lynn Wilder

9780310331131_p0_v1_s260x420This book is a first person account of a woman who was a member of the Mormon church for over 20 years and eventually left the church as a result of reading the New Testament. Eventually her entire family leaves the Mormon church and become Christians. This is their story.

Reading this book was very eye-opening to say the least! First of all, it was very well written so it was easy to follow. But secondly, it was absolutely fascinating to hear firsthand about this hidden world of Mormonism revealed. Over and over again I was shocked as to the control and manipulation of the leaders of this cult.

At the end of the book is a very helpful appendix which supplies a list of Christian ministries to Mormons, a glossary, and a very helpful table of comparisons between the Scripture and Mormon teachings.

Honestly, I had a hard time putting the book down as I was anxious to see this family freed from the deception in which they were enslaved. If you have a connection with anybody from this cult, this book is a must-read!

This book has been reviewed as a part of the Book Sneeze Blogger review program. Thanks to Zondervan Publishers who provided a copy for review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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