Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Heir

"The Heir" by Paul Robertson

This book is about a man who inherits his father's significant wealth and business empire. It was the last thing he ever expected or wanted. What he gained might cost him his life and he had just one question, why? He is fighting not only for his life but also for his soul. I loved this book! Among the who-done-it and drama there was humor and wit. It was funny and thought provoking. It begs the question why any of us are here and what is our purpose. I think we all ask that question from time to time and the only real answer lies in God.


"Burn" by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy

Janeal has long felt trapped in her father's Gypsy culture. Then one night a powerful man promises her the life she longs for-if she will help recover a vast sum of money tied to her father. When the plan implodes the gypsy settlement is attacked and burned to the ground. During the blaze, Janeal is faced with a staggering choice. The impact of that moment changes her forever. (That was taken from the back of the book as I couldn't say it any better.) This book takes many twists and turns and just when you think you have it figured out another twist is thrown in. I honestly didn't see what this book had coming. It is expertly written. I love a book I can't predict, or better yet, think I can but realize I had it all wrong, and this book fits the bill. Our choices have greater impact then we think and reach many more people than we ever imagined.

Friday, February 11, 2011


"Kiss" by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy

This is about a woman who wakes up in a hospital and can't remember the last 6 months. She was in an accident that she is being told she is at fault for and it has left her beloved brother brain damaged. She doesn't know whom she can trust and she starts to remember things she has never known. She is afraid for her life but doesn't know why. I found this book to be really fascinating. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I am not a big thriller reader. "Your history is no less important to your survival than your ability to breathe. In the end, you can only determine whether to saturate your memories with pain or with perspective." People often say I wish I could forget that or forget what happened to me. But we never really can and those things are the things that make us who we are. It is just a matter of what we do with those memories, remember the pain or put them in perspective. "My past was not something God wanted to amputate. He wanted to cast a new light on it so that my life could have new meaning. He wanted to restore it so that it would become useful to Him and to others." Our past is a part of us and we need to let God use it and use it for His glory. That is the only way to make the past bearable. "You choose pain-you choose to fight it, deny it, bury it-then yes, the choice is always hard. But you choose perspective-embrace your history, give it credit for the better person it can make you, scars and all-the choice gets easier every time."

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Edge of Eternity

"Edge of Eternity" by Randy Alcorn

I wasn't to sure about this book and it took me about 5 chapters to really get into it but then I was fascinated. This book is about a man who gets a glimpse into the afterlife while he is still alive and then gets a second chance at life. It was a bit too much fantasy at first for me but then I realized that it was the authors take on what heaven would be like and I began to appreciate his analogies. "Was death a comma or a period-a pause in our existence or the end?" "There is no such thing as a private moment. The whole cosmos is our audience for everything we do in the dark" This quote resonated with me. It is scary but true. We think that we do things in private or secretly but God is always watching and everything we do has consequences, good or bad, in the next world. "You may or may not separate yourself from your possessions now, but you will surely be separated from them later. Do it now and you'll be free to serve the King." We cannot wholly serve God when we serve our possessions, drop them and serve with out burden. The author used the analogy of a tapestry to how we see our lives. While we are here on earth we see our lives like the back of the tapestry, with knots, frayed edges and lumps. When we get to heaven we are able to look at our lives from the top of the tapestry. We see the design and the beauty. "A short period of difficulty is a small price to pay for a clearer view of your King." If difficulty allows me to see Jesus more clearly than I don't want to complain about difficulties in my life again (although I know I most certainly will).

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Blink of an Eye

"Blink of an Eye" by Ted Dekker

This book is about a Saudi princess whose father has arranged a marriage for political gain, yet she is secretly in love to another. She finds herself escaping to California and on the run with a man she has never met, a genius named Seth. A massive manhunt closes in on them and their futures are in the balance. This was a fascinating story filled with drama, love and page turning thrills. another book I couldn't put down. The main point of this story is that love changes everything, everything we do, say and live for. The book is also being made into a movie that I am looking forward to seeing. I also appreciate the insight into Middle Eastern culture and it prompted me to look at how I see those who live there and all that is being fought for. Does love change they way I see what is happening there and the people that live there? It should and after reading this book it does.