Friday, January 24, 2014

Is God Ever Silent?

In Seeing the Voice of God, Laura Harris Smith makes the case from Scripture that God is never truly silent.  In particular, while we sleep, He never does.  He goes on communicating with us through our dreams. Laura describes her experiences with dreams and describes for us the various types of dreams and visions, with examples from Old and New Testaments.

This book includes great information on the importance of sleep for our bodies as well as our minds and spirits.  A doctor who specializes in sleep was interviewed regarding the stages of sleep, sleep debt, and recommendations for healthy sleep.

The book closes with advice on discerning spirits, remembering dreams, and interpreting symbolism in dreams. There is even a “dream dictionary.”

I received a free review copy of Seeing the Voice of God from Chosen Books.

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Miracle of Motivation by George Shinn

This is an updated version of Shinn's 1981 book.  This revision includes topics such as staying on track despite the distractions of e-mail and social media. It also keeps all the great advice from the original about setting goals, staying motivated,  and solving problems.

Chapter 14 on Overcoming Obstacles was especially helpful, in my opinion. Step one of the six step problem-solving procedure recommended by the author is "Don't fear the problem..." George Shinn tells the reader many things that should be obvious, but so often are not.  His advice is comprehensive and compelling and applies to business, personal life, and charitable activities.

Check out the book trailer here.  It was my pleasure to review this book after receiving a free review copy from Shinn Publishing and The A Group, Inc.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Martyr's Fire: YA Fiction from Sigmund Brouwer

Book 3 in Merlin’s Immortals continues the story of Thomas.  He has ruled Magnus for only a short time when the Priests of the Holy Grail come to town.  Their fake miracles and wonders deceive the people of Magnus and make Thomas a man on the run. For the Priests are really Druids.

Now Thomas must use what little he was taught as a child and given by his few trusted friends to seek the Secret of Magnus and defeat the Druids.  Many people will cross his path and offer him aid, but deceptions are everywhere.

This young adult novel will keep the reader on edge. Can anyone ever be sure if anyone is friend or foe, Immortal or Druid? Trusting the wrong person means torture and death--and losing Magnus forever.

I received a free review copy of this book from Waterbrook-Multnomah.