Unstoppable by Nick Vujicic

Unstoppable by Nick Vujicic is the latest book I’ve received from Waterbrook Multnomah for reviewing.

If the name doesn’t sound familiar, a picture of Nick probably would… he’s hard to forget as a motivational speaker with no arms or legs.

The book goes through dealing with all sorts of struggles… from bullies to social injustice to struggles to keep balance… and shows how they can be overcome through faith in God.

The book includes a lot of stories of various people who have connected with Nick through the years and their journeys, but also contains a lot about Nick and his life, including struggles with feelings of defeat and the road to marrying his wife. He’s openly honest, even about aspects of his own issues that a lot of people would prefer to hide.

It’s an interesting and inspirational… a bit of a motivational tone, but worth the read.

Waterbrook Multnomah page for the book

Amazon page for the book

Fear, faith, and a fistful of chocolate by Debora Coty

Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate by Debora Coty is the latest book I’ve received from Litfuse for reviewing.

This is a book addressing fears of all sorts, with sections geared towards internal feelings sorts of fears (like rejection), external fears (like spiders), and faceless fears (like death). It also has a section about the various elements of the armor of God, and how they relate to dealing with fears.

I underestimated this book at first. It’s a very cute looking book, with all of the pages being pink with white polka dots… which I think helped me expect this to be sort of a fluffy feel good gift type of book. It also has a funny and very conversational tone, with lots and lots of real life stories and examples all the way through, which also helped create that impression at first.

But, it actually does go pretty deep, and address the topic of fear in a real way. It also does well at showing that fears can be addressed without taking the easy road of just making them seem trivial something that can just easily be cast aside by logic.

It’s a good solid book on dealing with fear of any sort. Don’t let the pretty packaging fool you into not taking it seriously.

Blog tour link for the book


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Book Info

About Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate:

Are you ready to strip fear’s power over you and become the confident woman you were meant to be? Have you found that tolerating your personal fear monsters only makes them growl louder?

Okay, sister – take my hand and let’s boldly step up and yank the masks off those shadow-lurking, anxiety-churning, worry-generating beasts.

With her own brand of off-beat wit and wisdom, inspirational humorist Debora Coty addresses heart needs of women worn down by everyday fears – financial, health, relationships, loss, pain, the unknown, the what ifs …

With fresh spiritual insight, Debora shares hope, true life stories, scriptural lifelines, and a few LOL’s along with simple, practical tips for sidestepping fear with faith. And a fistful of chocolate!

Link to buy the book: http://ow.ly/hyrj3

Meet Debora:

Debora Coty is an occupational therapist, a piano teacher, and a freelance writer. She’s also involved in the children’s ministry at her church and is an avid tennis player. Debora began writing to fill the void when her last child left for college, and it has since become a passion. Debora has a real knack for getting across sound biblical concepts with a refreshing lightheartedness as attested in her monthly newspaper column entitled “Grace Notes: God’s Grace for Everyday Living.”

Celebrate the release of Fear, Faith and a Fistful of Chocolate with Debora Coty by entering her Kindle Fire Giveaway and RSVPing to the March 7th Author Chat Party on Facebook!


One “sweet” winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • A Debora Coty Library (Fear, Faith and a Fistful of Chocolate, More Beauty, Less Beast, Too Blessed To Be Stressed, and Everyday Hope)
  • Chocolate (Every good thing begins with chocolate!)

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends 3/6/13. Winner will be announced at Debora’s “Fear, Faith and a Fistful of Chocolate” Facebook Party on 3/7. Debora will be hosting an evening of chat, fun trivia, laughter, and encouragement – bring your friends! She’ll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books, and a book club prize pack! (Ten copies of the book for your small group or book club and a live chat with Debora via Skype.)
So grab your copy of Fear, Faith and a Fistful of Chocolate and join Debora and friends on the evening of March 7th for an evening of fun. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

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The Language of Blessing by Joe Cavanaugh III

The Language of Blessing by Joe Cavanaugh III is the latest book I’ve received from Tyndale for reviewing.

The book starts off somewhat with the teaching from The Blessing by John Trent and Gary Smalley, but mixed together with the author’s experiences, including as a life coach and working with a ministry related to relationship recovery.

It then goes into some of the things that can make this difficult, and the importance of learning your own strengths in the process. The book then finishes with some practical application chapters on how to learn to bless others.

This book came into my hands at a very interesting time… pretty much right as our church was ending an extended study of the blessing, and right about the time I was working through some of my own issues that had surfaced. So that may skew my perspective on things a bit.

The first and third parts of the book were pretty much what I had expected them to be.

The first was good at breaking things down and putting them in a way that made them understandable, and helpful at seeing examples of not only what the blessing looks like, but also honest at showing times when it didn’t happen.

The last section gives good guidance on how to actually make it happen, including some addressed particularly to parents.

The middle section of the book is pretty close to what the description of book says, that it’s a book about the importance of identifying your strengths and how to use them to bless others.

It goes into some depth about the difficulties caused by not realizing your own gifts and talents, because if you just see them as average, you expect everyone else to have them to that degree as well and may judge them accordingly.

To me, this was a new and interesting way of looking at things. And the author does tie in some as to how this effects being able to bless others and why this can create a situation of a child not being blessed because his parent expects them to have the same gifts to the same degree of the parent does rather than appreciating the child’s gifts on their own.

But at times it almost seems like an entirely different book than the other two sections. Again, my viewpoint is probably a bit skewed on this from recently being through a series that connected more to the other two sections, and also probably because I was thinking more from a barriers to it being received perspective than from the barriers to giving. But I guess it just didn’t connect together with me as well as I had expected, and for some parts seemed like a divided tangent more than it fit in with the section title of barriers to blessing. Still good material, just sort of different from the rest.

Either way, it’s a good book, and makes for a good followup for those already familiar with the blessing, but also explains well to cover those that aren’t as familiar.

Tyndale page for the book

Amazon page for the book

Who Do You Think You Are? by Mark Driscoll

Who Do You Think You Are? by Mark Driscoll is the latest ebook I’ve received from Thomas Nelson for reviewing.

The book works mainly out of the book of Ephesians.

The goes through various passages that show who we really are in Christ, and breaks down what the impact on ours lives should be if we are really able to grasp that identity given by that element and make it work in our lives.

It’s really easy to get ourselves overly caught up in everything happening in our lives, and forget some of these basic elements. Do we really remember that we are saved, in a way that our daily lives reflect it? Do we stop to remember we are blessed?

The book is a good reminder of some of the fundamentals that we all too easily lose track of during our days. For me, and I think probably most people, it’s also a good reminder of how much our lives really don’t show these elements of having our identity in Christ nearly as much as we would like them to.

Thomas Nelson page for the book

Amazon page for the book

Father Cry by Billy Wilson

Father Cry by Billy Wilson is the latest book I’ve received from Chosen Books for reviewing.

The book deals with the issue of people who have grown up without fathers in their lives. It finds the solution to the hurts of this generation to be finding spiritual fathers in the older generation to fill in the gaps, essentially in a mentoring sort of situation.

The book goes into this relationship dynamic quite a bit, with real life stories telling not only of times that this has made a difference in lives, but also in some cases in times where there has been a failure for various reasons, including a situation where the “father” didn’t really see himself in that role in the same way the younger man did.

It also goes into the need of the older generation to have spiritual children, those to whom they can hand the baton to carry on their legacy and continue the cycle.

It’s an interesting book, and the author gets really honest about some of the stories of his life, which really help the book stay engaging even when sometimes the topic matter gets pretty serious.

Amazon page for the book


Christmas Stories by Max Lucado

Christmas Stories by Max Lucado is the most recent ebook that I’ve received from Thomas Nelson for reviewing.

It’s a fairly short book of short stories by Max, and as you could probably guess by that title, they relate to Christmas. Most (or maybe even all) of them are listed as being taken from other books by Max, and are basically being grouped together in this themed book instead of being spread across many books.

The book actually has two main sections. The first one is pretty much exactly what I expected from a fiction book by Max. They are stories of different people in different places and eras, all set around Christmas. They are sweet, maybe even a bit sappy at times if you don’t think too much about it to notice exactly how many involve dead parents, runaway or pregnant rebellious teens, or both.

The second part of the book changes from being stories about people to being more biblical focused. Some of them are a lot more like I would expect from one of Max’s non-fiction books… going into the origins of things, or offering a different view of Joseph or from the perspective of the angels. He does go a bit more into fiction in some parts of this section too though, such as an imagined battle between angels and demons trying to prevent baby Jesus from being born.

It’s a nice Christmas themed read… nothing too heavy… and pretty much just what you’d expect it to be if you are familiar with Max’s writing both in fiction and non-fiction.

Thomas Nelson page for the book
Amazon page for the book

20,000 Days and Counting by Robert Smith

20,000 Days and Counting by Robert Smith is the latest ebook I’ve received from Thomas Nelson for reviewing.

This is a really short book, filled with really short chapters and quotes, to help inspire you to make the most of your life.

In spite of being short, which the author says is basically in respect for your time, the book makes the most of the space it uses and is filled with pretty intense content on exactly how to go about this aim.

Reading it all at once though seemed to me like it pulled a bit in too many different ways to implement it all at once… I think I might recommend more of a “read, apply, return” to it strategy.

Either way though.. it does well of getting through the “carpe diem” sort of cheesiness, and actually breaking down how to really make that happen.

Amazon link for the book
Thomas Nelson page for the book