Monday, January 27, 2014

A Sisterchick's Devotional: Take Flight

I love devotionals. It helps start my quiet time with God. I have to admit that I was not very impressed with A Sisterchick's Devotional:Take Flight authored by Robin Jones Gunn and Cindy Hannan.

I have asked myself why I was not very fond of it. It's been hard for me to pinpoint, but after much thought and deliberation, I have come to the conclusion that while the devotional is definitely full of truth, I just do not connect with the style of writing of the Sisterchick books. I love the idea behind the Sisterchick series, but I just can't connect with it.

With that being said, I think the artwork on the front cover emits a peaceful experience. I would definitely suggest this devotional to someone else, with the warning that I did not enjoy it for myself. Normally if I give a bad review, it's because I didn't enjoy because I think the idea was flawed. That is not the case in this instance.

I was given a complimentary copy of "A Sisterchick's Devotional: Take Flight" by Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for this review. These opinions are strictly mine and I was not paid for this review.


We are introduced to Charlotte Graham in Unspoken. We also get to know Bryce Bishop very well too. Charlotte has a very hard and painful past. She was the center of a highly publicized kidnapping scandal. She has never spoken very much about the specifics of what occurred during those four years she was in captivity. One thing for sure is that she will never marry.

Bryce Bishop is a very successful coin seller who has been asking God for direction as he is bored in his life. God had some amazing plans for Bryce that were anything but boring!

Due to her painful past, Charlotte has many questions about God. She is a self proclaimed struggling believer. Bryce so adequately leans on the guiding of the spirit of God to help Charlotte deal with these questions.

I could not put this book down. It is the first time I have been privileged to read a book authored by Dee Henderson. The entire time I was reading the book I was amazed at the intelligence of the writer. I believe that Henderson is not only an interesting author, but brilliant! I would love to see this book made into a movie. I'm so sad the book is over. I'm yearning to know more about Charlotte, as well as, Bryce. I would have immediately bought the sequel had there been one available.

I received this book complimentary from Bethany House in exchange for this review. I was in no way paid. The above are strictly my own opinions

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Forgiveness: Overcoming the Impossible

Matthew West was inspired to delve deeper into the subject of forgiveness. As he did so, the book "Forgiveness: Overcoming the Impossible" came about.

We read of so many different situations in Matthew West's book where it seems that forgiveness would be next to impossible to give. We read about the loss of life, infidelity and more. There is one thing that rings true throughout the book... Forgiveness is a gift that not only benefits the one who has wronged you, but it is freeing to yourself.

I had tears as I read some of the stories included in Matthew's book. God is so much bigger than our hurts and can truly take care of our hurts so much better than we can.

I loved the style of writing and the simplicity of the pages. It was a very easy and touching read. I think this book would make an excellent gift for someone too.

I received this book complimentary from Booksneeze and was in no way paid for this review.