Success is Your Birthright is a compelling book that uses the biblical account of Joseph to take the reader on a spiritual journey to discover that “success” should not be focused on monetary gain, or personal accolades but in having a relationship with God.
Although Tucker’s book is not necessarily unique in its overall message, I was drawn into the re-telling of the Joseph story and gained new insights and revelations about the account through Tucker’s book. Focusing on the emotional ups and downs that every person experiences, where we ride a roller coaster at times from days of want to days of plenty and asking the “whys” when life is not what we expected, this book celebrates everyday heroes who struggle, persevere, and thrive in the middle of hardship. Joseph’s story is a wonderful example of that.
Tucker also relates the personal story of one woman’s battle with breast cancer. It is a poignant account that I immediately related to as I had battled the disease myself in 2001 so I was able to empathize with her personal struggle and applaud her story.
A fast read, I recommend the book and think it would lend well to a Bible Study or small group study.
Thought this was worth sharing with all my Word Salt readers and especially those who are teachers. Book giveaway for your classrooms!
BOOKPAL’S SUMMER OF LITERACY PROMOTION IN FULL SWING
The Leader in Bulk Bookselling Celebrates National Literacy Month with Book Giveaway
IRVINE, Calif. – (Aug. 7, 2014) BookPal—a leading bulk-bookselling enterprise catering to corporations, schools, non-profits and government organizations—is running its first annual Summer of Literacy promotion that gives teachers (grades K-12) a weekly chance to win books for their classrooms.
Ushering in National Literacy Month in September, the event began July 1 and will run until the end of September. Each week, BookPal
is drawing one winner at random to receive a free class book set (25 copies of a single title). Winners may choose the title from a
list of 30 education titles, which can be found here. So far, winners have chosen To Kill a Mockingbird and Jackie Robinson and the Boar. Two grand prize winners chosen at the end of the promotion will each receive $500 in store credit.
“Whether it’s 25-book sets for classrooms or 10,000 e-books for a corporate giveaway, BookPal has serving our clients’ wholesale book needs for the past five years,” says Tony DiCostanzo, president and founder of BookPal. “Our Summer of Literacy promotion is a way to say ‘thank you’ and give back to our schools, all while growing awareness for and celebrating National Literacy Month.”
Educators at every level rely on BookPal as a critical resource for a breadth of educational products, from children’s books, trade novels and textbooks, to instructional and assessment materials for educators. Schools and literacy organizations can order 25 novels for a classroom or thousands of book copies for a college first-year reading program.
To enter and read contest rules, visit BookPal’s Facebook giveaway page. Entrants will receive bonus entries for following on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram, and for sharing the sweepstakes on Twitter.
ABOUT BOOKPAL, LLC: Based in Irvine, Calif., BookPal, LLC makes bulk book purchasing simple and affordable for corporations, schools, literacy programs, nonprofits and government institutions, offering more than 3 million titles with tiered pricing, exceptional live customer service and streamlined delivery options for both physical books and e-books. Named a “Company to Watch” by Publishers Weekly in 2010, BookPal has quickly taken its place at the forefront of the bulk-bookselling industry and has been named a fastest-growing private company in the Orange County Business Journal since 2010. BookPal was also on the Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing privately held U.S. companies in 2012 and 2013, and is a Webby Awards honoree. For more information, visit www.book-pal.com.
My Review of The Secret Holocaust Diaries by Nonna Bannister
Married for well over 50 years, Nonna has kept a secret hidden from her entire
family. Written memories locked away and sewn inside a tattered pillow case are suddenly brought to light as Nonna shares her past with her husband and children. Raised in a well-to-do Russian family, the quiet life of a young girl is torn apart when Germany invades Poland.
Trying to flee persecution not only from the Russians because of her family’s ties to Csarist Russia, as well as the Germans as they eradicate all who stand in their way as war tears through Europe and Russia, Nonna and her family are innocents caught in the crossfire.
Nonna is the only member of her family who survives the war and the work/concentration camps she is sent to.
Nonna shares her story, mostly told from her recollections of the time as a young girl. Occasionally her memories do not match with historical accuracy, and her family (who published the book) interjects her story with additional information that gives historical detail to match Nonna’s time line of events.
There a scenes of great joy, of rejoicing in God’s goodness and grace as Nonna tells of her childhood and recounts family times with her grandmother, cousins, brother and parents. This contrasted to the memories of war, when her father is brutally beaten by German soldiers and everyone she has ever loved is taken away from her, adds to the poignancy and shock of this book.
We often think of the holocaust only from the perspective of the atrocities perpetuated on the Jewish people. Nonna and her family were not Jewish, neither were their neighbours and friends, but all suffered greatly, persecuted for their Christian faith and for their political ties.
If I had a negative about the book, was the fact that because most of Nonna’s story is told as “memories” or diary entries, occasionally the book bounced around a little and was hard to follow.
Still, it was a good read and I would recommend it highly.
My review of Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Northern Uganda’s Children by Faith J. H. McDonnell and Grace Akallo
With the viral explosion of Kony 2012 on YouTube, and the upcoming world-wide event that will try to bring to light the decades old atrocities that this man has perpetrated on the children (the invisible children) of Uganda, it is timely I would read this book.
When a book is written by two authors (as this one is), it is oftentimes difficult for a story to “flow”, and certainly such was the case with this book, however, I appreciated the historical details that made up at least three quarters of the book.
Sprinkled in between the historical and political background of Uganda as a nation torn apart by civil, and tribal war and the rise of tyranical bullies like Joseph Kony, is one young girl’s story of being abducted and then indoctrinated into the child army of Kony.
As a westerner reading the book, I cannot imagine the life the children of Uganda are experiencing nightly as countless thousands “commute” to cities to sleep because of their fear of being abducted from their families every night. We have no concept in the U.S. and Canada what it is like for all Ugandans at this time in their history.
Books of this nature, are important to bring the plight of a nation to our conscious awareness.
Read the book and pray for those children daily. God is still in control, even in the midst of such hardship.
My review of My Stubborn Heart by: Becky Wade
Kate Donovan, a thirty something woman, is frustrated trying to find “Mr. Right” but never finding the perfect man of her dreams. When she is invited by her grandmother to Redbud, Pennsylvania to restore the beautiful family home, she meets Matt Jarreau, a young widower, who is a man who captivates her attention with his good looks and charm, but also his broodiness with a hint of mystery.
The emotional love story is a bit too predictable, and I did not particularly like the language since the book is touted as contemporary Christian. I’ve read other “edgy” Christian fiction where language is used for effect but in this case the language is not necessary for the storyline and actually detracts from the overall enjoyment of the book.
Still, I found the story and the characters for the most part engaging and interesting.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers via LitFuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.
My review of The Only One He Couldn’t Have: Covenant of the Rose Saga by Kassandra Brown
Book Description: ‘A thought, imaginary or reality? A precious moment let to die deep inside.’ I glanced to the midnight sky, stars twinkling back down on my
fragile features. I close my eyes, breathing in the tranquil aura that had settled upon my form only moments before. Thoughts among thoughts shield and barricade my mind from the gaining incubi. I hear and feel the oncoming intruders.
‘I feel I’m fading, I flicker out.’ Fallen! Out of hope and without doubt, I turn to confirm my suspicions. Valafar and Ronove’s forked tails swayed side to side as they stood alongside of Jayden, his black eyes tinted with blood lust, fangs bared…a winter white cloaked figure soaring above us on angelic wings. I had been brought back to Trenlay…
This is Kassandra’s first book and with a little more time and attention to her craft, I am sure that this will not be her last.
It is a difficult book to describe as it is contemporary but has a dreamlike fantastical element with spiritual, ethereal beings that makes it unique in genre. It will appeal to teens and young adults in particular.
I was a little overwhelmed by the “angelic” characters and the difficult names but the storyline was definitely intriguing enough to keep me reading.
I like to encourage first-time authors and I hope Kassandra continues to write. She has a great imagination and I’m glad I had the opportunity to review her first book.
My review of Katie’s Choice by: Tracey Langford
Having grown up with a mother who defines herself based on relationships with men, it is no wonder that Katie finds herself making the same mistakes as her mother did. When she finds herself pregnant and facing the possibility of being a single Mom with no hope or future for herself or her child, she takes the advice of her mother and gets an abortion. Katie must live with the consequences of this decision and the guilt and remorse she feels even years after the abortion.
The first half of the book is an honest portrayal of what a teenager in a crisis pregnancy is thinking and feeling. The author did a good job of showing the angst young unwed mothers face as well as how they rationalize their decisions for an abortion. It is only after the abortion, that women find themselves experiencing post-abortion trauma and regret what they have done and I am glad that the author chose to address this in detail in her book.
The book is written from a Christian world-view, which I also appreciated.
The book bogs down a bit in the middle, and admittedly I didn’t quite understand the Kaleo (gray wolf) nightmares that Katie kept having…it brought a supernatural element into the storyline that was a bit out of place to the rest of the story. That said, it was still a good book, with a great message, and definitely worth the read.
My review of The Legacy of Deer Run by: Elaine Marie Cooper
The author is a stickler when it comes to researching out the era and setting in her books, and the Legacy of Deer Run is no exception. Historical content abounds as well as an accurate portrayal of life and death during this time in American history.
Mary and Daniel’s Lowe’s children are now grandparents, and a new love story between Danny and Susannah emerges. Romantic and tender, without being graphic, this story has enough emotional angst to keep us intrigued and interested in the characters.
Legacy of Deer Run is a truly beautiful, heart-warming tale that will appeal to readers who enjoy historical romantic Christian fiction.
Book Review: Mission Impossible: Reaching the Next Generation Through the Small Church by Dr. Terry W. Dorsett
My review of Mission Possible: Reaching the Next Generation Through the Small Church by Dr. Terry W. Dorsett
Book Description: …It’s no secret that many churches are struggling to reach the next generation. The thirty-and-under age group has become one of the hardest to
reach in America. Some larger churches have developed innovative ways of reaching this age group, but many smaller churches are simply unable to use those types of innovative methods. Even so, they still want and need to reach the next generation. Dr. Dorsett has discovered, through both personal experience and extensive research, easy-to-use methods and ideas that any church can put into practice, regardless of size or budget. He believes that there is nothing a larger church can do that a smaller church is unable to accomplish. What is important is that every church, regardless of size, fulfills the call God has for them in the community where God has placed them.
Another practical book by Dr. Dorsett for anyone who is leading or Pastoring a small church. It has practical advice and ideas for any size church to reach the post-modern generation.
As a youth leader myself, I found the book helpful, if not daunting at times to carry out. Youth ministry is not for the faint of heart and requires a heart and love for youth that requires that “over-and-above” commitment to students that at times leaves leaders more often discouraged than encouraged. I read somewhere that we are only one generation away from “Godlessness”. That scares and overwhelms me at the same time with the urgency that church leaders (and lay leaders), as well as parents and families must appeal to and share the Gospel with our students.
I thank Dr. Dorsett and others who share that passion to reach our young people and disciple that next generation of believers.