Saturday, June 8, 2019

Book Review: Behind the Laughter by A. Griffith and B. Travis-Griffin

We are surprised when comedians like Robin Williams commit suicide because they always laugh and make jokes. This book tells the story of a comedian who is telling jokes to his audience while living a personal nightmare - his child is dying from cancer.
While the book has plenty of humor in it, the book and author cannot and do not try to hide that the nightly laughter is in many cases just a facade that hides a person with problems like everyone else. And while the rest of us can sit in our cubicle and have a sour face, a comedian is supposed to be funny and entertaining all the time. This book shows the reader how the author and his wife overcame the tragedy and continue to live and find laughter again.
This book is recommended to people who also face tragedies in their lives and feel that there no positive end. This book will provide insight into how this couple managed to overcome tragedy and find happiness again as well as how they leaned on each other, their religion and in the end found happiness and laughter again.

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed in this post is my own and has not been influenced by any third parties.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Book Review: From Monk to Money Manager

 Jesus may have been poor, but that does not mean that we all have to adhere to living in poverty. Actually, if we have money enough so we do not struggle with financial difficulties every waking hour, it puts us in a position to focus on helping others and doing good.
Using a good sense of humor, we learn about the author's own life and experiences, including mistakes, with money. Growing up in a rich family, then going through a wild phase, before finding peace in his life and with having regular income and some wealth, the authors guides the reader to a healthy relationship with money and wealth.
In the process, the author assures the reader that it is okay as a Christian to want financial independence and achieve it. Having some money and enough of it to stop worrying about living from paycheck to paycheck will enable a Christian to adhere to religious ideals rather than consider them lost due to having sought and attained wealth.

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed in this post is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

book review: Brave Surrender: Let God’s Love Rewrite Your Story by Kim Walker-Smith

Kim Walker Smith is a well known recording artist and worship leader, probably best known for her rendition of How he loves. But her life was not always going in perfect ways. This book describes her struggles in childhood all the way to early adulthood and how she found her ways through God and to God. We learn about her difficult childhood, with divorced parents and due to frequent moves being considered the new kid and never really fitting in. Being a shy kid made it difficult for Kim to fit in, feel like she was one of the crowd and contributed to her withdrawing more. 
Finding a home in religion and God while in college, she gained confidence and now a recording artist that performs in front of large crowds. Trusting in God and believing that Jesus will be on her side, gave Kim the strength to overcome her fears and find a way to showcase her true character. This book is excellent for anyone doubting themselves, struggling in their life and career. If you feel that you need support and do not really find it among your peers, this book will show that trust in God will provide you with a support that allows you to overcome obstacles and fears and allow you to be your true self.

A very inspiring book about an honest person that is now flawless, but provides guidance on how the rest of us can overcome obstacles and how faith can give us the strength to reach our dreams. 

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book for review purposes. The opinion expressed in this post is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party. 

Friday, May 10, 2019

A Love Letter Life: Pursue Creatively. Date Intentionally. Love Faithfully. by Jeremy & Audrey Roloff

Falling in love is never easy and doing so on TV, watched by millions is even more daunting. But that is what happened to the authors of this book. Jeremy was part of a nationally known TV series and we saw him grow up in front of us. Audrey not only started dating Jeremy, but she also in the process signed up to be on TV on a regular basis. This book details the relationship from the initial dating stage to marriage and how their love and life changed in the process. They are now parents and still have a social media process. But the lessons they tell in the book can be applied to anyone in love and struggling with the decision of sharing their life with someone, the trust that is required and how to effectively communicate with that other person.
The book covers the difficulties of a long distance relationship, how to mature as a couple to the point where marriage is the right decision and the understanding that any relationship to make it work is hard work.
I recommend this book to anyone that is in a relationship, whether they are just dating or have been married for many years. It is always good to read the story of other couples, especially their struggles and how they tackled hiccups in the relationship.

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed in this post is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Book Review = The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi by Kathie Lee Gifford

I have followed Mrs Gifford for a long time on TV from the show with Regis to her current stint, that just ended, on NBC morning TV with Hoda. Her on TV personality is very different than the person we see in this book that is deep into religion, philosophy and esoteric.
She tells the reader in this book about her journey of many years to get a deeper understanding of religion and God's lessons for us. This book is about her journey and combines the lessons from her with insights from Rabbi Sobel. Rabbi Sobel contributes lessons about Hebrew language and culture to support our lessons from God as Christians. Israel also plays an important part in the book written by Mrs. Gifford. In the part of the book describing "The Road", Mrs Gifford helps the reader explore landmarks and historically significant sites from the country that are relevant to the Christian religion. But the main focus of the book is "The Rock" namely Jesus Christ and Mrs Gifford talks openly her experiences that brought her closer to God and his Son.
This is an interesting book for Christians to learn how a well known TV personality found religion, but also contributes important general understanding about religion for anyone interested in the origin and relevance of Christianity.


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Disclaimer; I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed in this blog is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Book Review: Rewired: An Unlikely Doctor, a Brave Amputee, and the Medical Miracle That Made History by Dr. Ajay K. Seth & Robert Suggs

Miracles are rare, but the topic of this book is a medical procedure that is nothing short of miraculous in terms of allowing a patient to feel and use a prosthetic arm just like it was the arm pre-amputation.
What started innocently enough with a racoon bite, turns at first a fight to survive and continue living. The decision is made to amputate due to recurring infections and the physician performing the amputation is a novice surgeon that never before has performed such a procedure. But all turns out well, not only that - the patient is able now to use the prosthetic arm like a real arm, guiding the arm movement by thinking and actually feeling with the hand.
This sounds at first far fetched and impossible, but this book will walk you through the long journey of both patient and physician to get where they are now. Both patient and physician are determined to restore function to as high a degree as possible and what these two dedicated fighters come up with can bring improvements for all amputees. This book goes to show that medical advances can occur anywhere, they just need dedication, maybe luck and some higher power certainly does not hurt.
I recommend this book to anyone that is inte4rested in medical advances and how advances in treatment can happen, but they will not occur overnight and take time and the rare combination of people as described in this story. People that do not give up and are willing to be patient, but also determined to see things through.

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed in this review is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Book Review: A Brave Face: Two Cultures, Two Families, and the Iraqi Girl Who Bound Them Together by Barbara Marlowe & Teeba Furat Marlowe

This is an inspirational story about the efforts of one woman to help an Iraqi girl, badly burned as a consequence of a roadside bomb. Barbara Marlow saw a picture of a then four year old girl that was burned during an explosion and this image moved her so much that she was determined to provide any assistance needed to this girl, including bringing her to the US for medical treatment. What is described in this book is an example of determination by one individual that can move mountains. Even though Ms. Marlowe was already in her 50s and had an established career, the fate of this young girl become the focus of her life and she spared no expense in terms of money and, most importantly, time to get the girl Teeba the resources it needed to recover from the damage of the bombing. This not only included bringing her to the US, but in the end also adopting the girl and providing her with the opportunity to live in the United States. Over several years of hospital stays and many surgeries, what Ms Marlowe describes is the strength that both Ms Marlowe and Teeba drew from each other and the bond that formed helped them get through all the obstacles to the present, in which both have fulfilling lives.
Despite the differences of origin and many obstacles faced by each, Ms Marlowe and Teeba provide the reader with the inspiration that hope and determination can overcome many obstacles.
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book for purposes of the review. The opinion expressed in this post is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.