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Life Lessons From A Horse Whisperer

Life Lessons From A Horse Whisperer
by Dr. Lew Sterrett with Bob Smietana

*Paperback
*Religion
*Monarch Books
*218 Pages
*January 2010
*Price: $13.99
*ISBN: 978-1-85424-918-0
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Summary:
A champion trainer, Dr. Lew Sterrett has used patience and a firm but gentle hand to earn the trust of more than 3,500 horses, from wild mustangs to the most sophisticated European breeds. Through his horses, Lew illustrates Christian relationship principles for parents, young people, business leaders and athletes. Lew’s engaging style and striking anecdotes make this a winning read and not just for horse lovers.

Lew Street (Ph. D) had little idea that his boyhood interest in horses would open doors internationally for speaking and training. During his years in 4-H, he savored many opportunities to train and show horses and earn national recognition. As a student leader at Penn State University he benefited from many mentoring relationships from which he received valuable training, experience and honors. This foundation provided a basis for an extensive horse career with a unique emphasis on training youth and community leaders.
Lew has served as the Executive Director of Miracle Mountain Ranch Missions, Inc. (MMRM) since 1977. He has also promoted safety in public riding programs, serving as President of the Certified Horse Association for 7 years. A licensed pastor, certified Youth, Marriage and Family Counselor, he earned his PhD from North Tennessee Seminary in 2007.
In addition to a host of published resources and regular T.V. programs, Lew travels extensively presenting his horse training messages under the banners of Principle Based Training, Leaders by Heart, and Sermon on the Mount. Find out more on his website.

My Opinion:
This was a pleasant book to read and I enjoyed the pictures that were included. A lot of non-fiction can be dull and long winded, but this was very easy to read and the stories were interesting. Who would have thought that horse training would be interesting and the things learned could be applied to your everyday life?

I Rated This Book:
4/5 Stars

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‘I received a copy of this book from Litfuse to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way. This is my honest opinion only.’

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February 18, 2010 Posted by | Book Reviews | , , | Leave a comment

Spider’s Bite Blog Tour

Spider’s Bite
by Jennifer Estep

*Paperback
*Fiction/Urban Fantasy
*395 Pages
*Pocket
*February 2010
*Price: $7.99
*ISBN: 978-1-4391-4797-9
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Summary:
My name is Gin, and I kill people. They call me the Spider. I’m the most feared assassin in the South- when I’m not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything fromt he whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don’t use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.
Now that a ruthless Air elemental has double-crossed me and killed my handler, I’m out for revenge. And I’ll exterminate anyone who gets in my way- good or bad. I may look hot, but I’m still one of the bad guys. Which is why I’m in trouble, since irrestibly rugged Detective Donovan Caine has agreed to help me. The last thing this coldhearted killer needs when I’m battling a magic more powerful than my own is a sexy distraction… especially when Donovan wants me dead just as much as the enemy.

Jennifer Estep is an author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. She is also an award-winning features page designer for a daily newspaper. She writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books and is also an author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series, including Karma Girl, Hot Mama, and Jinx. Visit her website at www.jenniferestep.com.

My Opinion:
Right from the beginning I knew this would be a book full of action, which I love. Gin is a well paid assassin who loves cooking and her job. She has issues from her past, like the loss of her family, that leave her feeling alone. The only one she trusts is her boss/handler Fletcher.

After this last job he says she could retire and try to live a ‘normal’ life. Gin isn’t so happy about retiring. Things go wrong and now she has to rely on the help of a Detective who hates her because she murdered his partner. It was interesting to see how they worked together.

I Rated This Book:
4/5 Stars


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‘I received a copy from Pocket to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way. This is my honest opinion only.’

February 18, 2010 Posted by | Book Reviews | , , | Leave a comment

Eternal On The Water

Eternal on The Water
by Joseph Monninger

  • Paperback
  • Fiction
  • 359 Pages
  • February 2010
  • Price: $15.00
  • Pocket
  • ISBN: 978-1-4391-6833-2
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Summary:
From the day Cobb and Mary meet kayaking on Maine’s Allagash River and fall deeply in love, the two approach life with the same sense of adventure they use to conquer the river’s treacherous rapids.  But rivers do not let go so easily… and neither does their love.  So when Mary’s life takes the cruelest turn, she vows to face those rough waters on her own terms and asks Cobb to promise, when the time comes, to help her return to their beloved river for one final journey.

Set against the rugged wilderness of Maine, the exotic islands of Indonesia, the sweeping panoramas of Yellowstone National Park, and the tranquil villages of rural New England, Eternal on The Water is at once heartbreaking and uplifting- a timeless, beautifully rendered story of true love’s power.

Joseph Monninger has received the National Endowment for the Arts fellowship twice, and has published award-winning fiction and non-fiction.  Currently a college professor, he lives with his family in a converted barn near New Hampshire’s Baker River.

My Opinion:
If you like love stories, you will enjoy this book and even if you don’t, you will still enjoy it.  Mary’s body is found floating in the water…..  then begins the story of Mary and Cobb’s meeting, falling in love and living a life full of adventure, all the while knowing that it will end.  Mary is an interesting character.  She loves life and lives it with no regrets.  Both her and Cobb are both teachers, one of many things they have in common.  She tells Cobb about her illness, Huntington’s Disease, and if he still wants to be with her to meet her in Indonesia.  He does meet her and they do get married….  Very nicely written.

I know and have taken care of people who have had Huntington’s Disease and how awful it is.

By Mayo Clinic staff Huntington’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disease that causes certain nerve cells in your brain to waste away. As a result, you may experience uncontrolled movements, emotional disturbances and mental deterioration.
Huntington’s disease is an inherited disease. Signs and symptoms usually develop in middle age. Younger people with Huntington’s disease often have a more severe case, and their symptoms may progress more quickly. Rarely, children may develop Huntington’s disease.
Medications are available to help manage the signs and symptoms of Huntington’s disease, but treatments can’t prevent the physical and mental decline associated with the condition.

I Rated This Book:
4/5 Stars

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February 16, 2010 Posted by | Book Reviews, Pocket Books | Leave a comment

Cupidity Book & Quiz

Cupidity
50 Stupid Things People Do For Love And How To Avoid Them

by Hayley & Michael DiMarco

  • Paperback
  • Christian Life/Love & Romance
  • 246 Pages
  • Price: $14.99
  • January 2010
  • Tyndale House Publishers
  • ISBN: 978-1-4143-2467-8
  • Purchase a Copy!

Summary:
Single? Married? Stupid?  You’re a smart person.  You really are.  Most of the time.  So why are you having such trouble making sense of your love life?  Whether you’re single and wondering where the one is hiding, head over heels in a new dating relationship and vowing that this time it’ll work, or finding that married life isn’t the thrilling adventure you’d once anticipated… you might be surprised to discover that the answer may lie in your own Cupidity.

Cupidity:  stupid love.  Hayley and Michael DiMarco have been there- and survived.  In this book, they identify 50 of the most common acts of Cupidity, ways to avoid them and learn from them, and some surprising things God has to say about relationships.  If you think you may have been struck by a few of stupid Cupid’s arrows, there’s good news:  stupid love doesn’t have to be terminal.  With the help of a little inside information, smart, successful love can be just around the corner.

Hayley and Michael DiMarco are the visionaries behind Hungry Planet, a company intensely focused on feeding the world’s appetite for truth by producing books and new media, taking on issues of faith and life with a distinctly modern voice.  They are the proud parents of dozens of Hungry Planet books (including Dateable, Marriable, Mean Girls, and The Woman of Mystery); The Hungry Planet Bible Project, a 10,000- mile road trip designed to give a voice to the hungry and homeless; and one amazing human, their daughter, Addison.  Visit Hungry Planet at www.babbleofthesexes.com.

My Opinion:
I found this book to be interesting, informative and at times, funny.  It’s true that people do plenty of stupid things in relationships, and this book points some of those out and what you can do to avoid it.  With Scripture references, it shows how people should think, act and treat one another in an easy to read way.  You don’t have to be in a relationship to benefit from this book, because you can use the advice in any kind of day to day interactions.  With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, this would make a good gift- especially if it’s read together.  The Cupidity Quiz at the beginning of the book was fun too.

I Rated This Book:
3.5/5  Stars

How Well Do You Score on the
CUPIDITY QUIZ?
(Quiz found on pg. xiii of Cupidity)

True or False?
T F   1. In every (or almost every) relationship you’ve had, you’ve heard or had the same complaint.
T F   2. You think and act with your heart instead of your head.
T F   3. You feel like you’ve “settled” in a relationship.
T F   4. You wish you could change your significant other and make them better suited for you.
T F   5. You’ve been burned in love.
T F   6. You just can’t seem to get over something a significant other did to you in the past.
T F   7. You feel controlled or heavily impacted by your partner’s emotions.
T F   8. You don’t love yourself enough to love another.
T F   9. You think love is a feeling.

Scoring:
For every true you circled, give yourself 2 points: ______
For every false you circled, give yourself 1 point: ______

18-13: Hello, Cupid; meet Stupid.
Well, it looks like you’ve come to the right place. Your love life could use a little vitamin C. And Cupidity is here to help. Don’t worry—we’ve all done stupid things in the name of love, but what’s really stupid is to keep doing them once you’ve seen the error of your ways. It’s time to take an honest look at how you think and feel about love and make some serious changes to get the stupidity out of your love life.

12-9: Cue the harp music.
You’re definitely on the right track when it comes to this love thing. But don’t put the book down, because even if you’re a good student of love, we’ve got some new stuff for you to consider. Love is always looking for ways to improve itself, and in these pages that’s just what you will find. So let’s keep going and discover the subtle nuances of avoiding Cupidity.

‘I received a copy from Tyndale to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way.  This is my honest opinion only.’

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February 12, 2010 Posted by | Book Reviews, Tyndale, Valentine's Day | Leave a comment

Angels Blog Tour

Angels Who They Are and How They Help… What the Bible Reveals
by Dr. David Jeremiah

  • Paperback
  • Christian Living
  • December 2009 Reprint
  • 237 Pages
  • Waterbrook Multnomah
  • Price: $14.99
  • ISBN: 978-1-60142-269-9
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Summary:
The remarkable truth about the Agents of Heaven.  People have long been fascinated by stories of angel sightings, yet many contemporary beliefs about angels are based on misconception and myth rather than solid, biblical truth.
As he’s done so brilliantly for decades, respected Bible teacher Dr. David Jeremiah uses Scripture to unveil the remarkable truth about these agents of heaven and their role in our world and our lives.
What are angels? What is their role in God’s plan? Are they present? Do they appear? Do they give us personal insight about our work and our worship?
In this broad and thorough survey of Scripture, Dr. Jeremiah clearly and simply separates fact from fiction as it relates to angels.  His enlightening findings are supported with illustrations and insights from prominent teachers, such as Billy Graham, Corrie ten Boom, C. S. Lewis, and more.
Dr. Jeremiah’s down-to-earth style guides readers around the hype about angels and directly into the ‘substance of things unseen!’

Dr. David Jeremiah is the senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego, and founder of Turning Point Radio and TV Ministries.  His radio program is carried on more than 2,500 stations worldwide, while the TV broadcast is received by 500 million homes via cable and satellite.  The recipient of numerous prestigious awards for broadcast excellence, Dr. Jeremiah’s many books have garnered Gold Medallion awards and achieved bestseller status with The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The New York Times.

My Opinion:
I found this book to be quite interesting and enjoyable to read.  With plenty of Scripture references, it was easy to understand and opens your eyes to angels and their purpose.  He also discusses things we should stay away from, such as idolizing angels.  It is a great learning tool and I recommend it to everyone wanting to learn more.

I Rated This Book:
4 Stars

‘I received a copy from Waterbrook Multnomah to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way.  This is my honest opinion only.’

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February 5, 2010 Posted by | Book Reviews | Leave a comment

Searching For Tina Turner Blog Tour

Searching For Tina Turner

by Jacqueline E. Luckett

  • Hardcover
  • Fiction
  • 312 Pages
  • Grand Central Publishing
  • January 2010
  • Price: $24.99
  • ISBN: 978-0-446-54296-8
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Summary:
On their first date, more than thirty years ago, Randall Spencer took Lena to an Ike and Tina Turner concert.  From the minute they sat down in the fifth row, Lena knew that Randall wanted to impress her even though he didn’t need to- she would have gone anywhere just to be close to him.  Yet now, after twenty three years of marriage, Lena is missing one important thing…happiness.
On the surface it looks like she has everything a woman could wish for: a rich husband, two wonderful children, and a life of luxury.  The reality is that her husband is emotionally distant, her son has developed a drug habit, and her daughter is disgusted by her mother’s ‘overbearing behavior’.
Determined to save her failing marriage, Lena suggests going to a marriage counselor to get to the root of her unhappiness and to find the gem they once called love.  But in the sessions Randall doesn’t understand Lena’s frustrations and makes it clear that she is the one with the problem.  When the counseling seems futile, he offers his wife an ultimatum: Be grateful for all I’ve done for you or leave.  Embracing her fear of wasting her life, Lena chooses the latter and leaves behind everything she’s known.
Drawing on the strength of Tina Turner’s life, Searching For Tina Turner is Lena’s struggle to find herself after twenty three years of being Randall’s wife.

Jacqueline E. Luckett is a former sales representative for Xerox who, after leaving the corporate world, dared herself to take a creative writing class.  She began writing short stories and poetry and has never looked back.  The San Francisco Bay native loves living in Oakland, but she travels frequently to nurture her passion for photography and cooking exotic foods.  She is currently hard at work on her next novel.  Visit her website, blog, on Facebook, and Twitter.

My Opinion:
I had high hopes for this book because I love reading about someone changing their life for the better after bad circumstances.  I had to push myself to read it since it was so boring for about the first 150 pages, then it got better.  Lena appears to be the perfect wife, keeping everything in order, taking care of the children, cooking ‘Martha Stewart’ meals, always looking good, but even though it seems she has everything a girl could want, she is unhappy.  Of course, I would be too!  Her husband is gone for months at a time on business and more or less dictates what he wants.  Her kids have attitudes with her and think their father is perfect.  I imagine that can get very lonely.  She tries to change things by suggesting marriage counseling, but Randall doesn’t like it and says he doesn’t have a problem, she does.  After kicking out Randall’s assistant, who was hitting on him in front of everyone at his party, Randall says she was wrong and wants her to apologize.  Excuse me??  They separate and then eventually go through divorce proceedings.
During this time, Lena is leaning on the story of Tina Turner- if Tina can start over at 45 then she can too.  Lena goes from being pushed around and doing things for everyone else to sticking up for herself.  She even takes a trip to France with a friend.  Along the way, she finds she has more strength than she thought.

I Rated This Book:
3 Stars

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‘I received a copy from Hachette Book Group to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way.  This is my honest opinion only.’

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February 4, 2010 Posted by | Book Reviews | Leave a comment

Starting Over

Starting Over
by Andy Serwer

  • Hardcover
  • January 2010
  • Non-Fiction
  • 96 Pages
  • Price: $14.95
  • Time Books
  • ISBN: 987-1603201605
  • Purchase a Copy!

Summary:
Bookended by 9/11 at the beginning and an epic financial meltdown at the end, the first decade of this century will surely go down as one of the most difficult in American history.  We were plagued by a series of catastrophes and major missteps, from the convoluted presidential election in 2000 to the invasion of Iraq to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, as well as all manner of financial upheavals, such as the collapse of Enron, the tragedy of General Motors, and the Bernie Madoff scandal.  It wasn’t just coincidence that this carnage all occurred over the past 10 years, though.  Rather, much of it was brought about by years of neglect and deferral of responsibility.  In this book, Fortune managing editor Andy Serwer explains how we fell into this national hole and, more important, how we can and will pull ourselves out of it as we head into what could well be another promising decade for America.  Critical to this rebound is learning the lessons of the recent past, such as accepting responsibility, punishing financial alchemy and excess, and refocusing on our core strengths, like innovation and a political system that is a beacon to the rest of the world.  Now is the time for Starting Over.

Andy Serwer is managing editor of Fortune, a global leader in business journalism known for its unrivaled access to industry executives, with a worldwide circulation of more than 1 million.  In addition to covering Wall Street, investing, information technology, and entertainment for the magazine, Serwer has written a provocative column, as well as major cover stories on everything from the young Michael Dell to Michael Price (‘The Toughest S.O.B. on Wall Street’) to the first look inside the financial and philanthropic workings of America’s richest family, the Waltons.

My Opinion:
This was very interesting and brought back memories of events that happened that I had forgotten about and some I like to forget about.  It briefly covers ten years of events, is informative and a very quick read and would make a good tool for teaching history in the 2000’s too.

I Rated This Book:
3.5 Stars

‘I received a copy from Time Books to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way.  This is my honest opinion only.’

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February 2, 2010 Posted by | Book Reviews | Leave a comment

The Death Dealer

The Death Dealer
by Heather Graham

  • Paperback
  • January 2009
  • Mira Books
  • Fiction
  • 361 pages
  • Price: $7.99
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7783-2625-0
  • ISBN-10: 0-7783-2625-X
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Summary:
The Poe Killings.  A string of homicides is mirroring the author’s macabre stories.  And Genevieve O’Brien’s mother is next.  Genevieve knows all about nightmares.  She herself survived two months as a psychopath’s prisoner.  And now this new menace stalks the city.  Spooked by the bizarre slayings, she turns to P.I. Joe Connelly, her past rescuer, friend and… hopefully something more, if he would just quit avoiding her.

At first Joe isn’t even sure there is a case.  But the body count rises, and it’s clear that a twisted killer is on the loose.  Even more unsettling is the guidance he starts receiving from beyond the grave.  People he knows to be dead are appearing, offering him clues and leads, and warning of some terrible danger ahead.  But can even the spirits stay the hand of a madman bent on murder?

Heather Graham has written more than a hundred novels.  She is an avid scuba diver, ballroom dancer and mother of five, she still enjoys her South Florida home, but loves to travel as well, from locations such as Cairo, Egypt, to her own backyard. the Florida Keys.  Reading is the pastime she loves best.  For more information, visit her website at www.theoriginalheathergraham.com.

My Opinion:
This was an interesting and fast read.  I was constantly changing my opinion of ‘who did it’.  The characters were likable to a point.  Genevieve and Joe get together finally but she is always wondering if he still loves Lesley, who has died.  After almost dying on his way to a charity function, Joe rescues someone in an accident, later to find out this person was dead- but how did he talk to Joe if he was dead?  After this both Joe and Genevieve start hearing things.  Joe has to find out who the Poe killer is before Genevieve or anyone else dies…

I Rated This Book:
3.5 stars

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February 2, 2010 Posted by | Book Reviews | Leave a comment

Cottonwood Whispers

Cottonwood Whispers

by Jennifer Erin Valent

  • Fiction
  • Paperback
  • September 2009
  • Tyndale
  • 340 Pages
  • Price:  $12.99
  • ISBN:  978-1-4143-3326-7
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Summary:
‘I’ve heard the dead whisper.’  So begins the sequel to Jennifer Erin Valent’s awar-winning debut novel, Fireflies in December.  It’s 1936, and though Jessilyn Lassiter and her best friend Gemma Teague have survived prejudice and heartache in their life-long friendship, this summer threatens to tear them apart yet again.  Gemma’s job with the wealthy Hadley family leads to a crush on their youngest son.  But Jessilyn’s insistence that he’s no good and that no rich white man would ever truly fall for a poor black girl like Gemma puts them at odds.
Tragedy strikes when Jessilyn’s cherished neighbor girl is hit by a car and killed.  Things get worse when an elderly friend is falsely accused of the crime, and the only way to clear his name is to put her family’s livelihood in jeopardy.  For Jessilyn, this is a choice too hard to bear and she wonders where to turn for answers, especially when an angry mob threatens vigilante justice.

Jennifer Erin Valent is the winner of the Christian Writers Guild’s 2007 Operation First Novel contest for Fireflies in December, her first published novel.  She lives in Central Virginia, where she has worked as a nanny for over fifteen years.  A lifelong resident of the south, her surroundings help color the scenes and characters she writes.  Visit her website at http://www.jennifervalent.com/

My Opinion:
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it.  Jessilyn is a teenager who has fallen for her neighbor.  They are friends, but she is hoping for more during summer vacation.  When her other friend, Gemma, starts a job, she feels left out and a little put off.  Then Gemma starts acting really strange and avoiding everyone.  Jessilyn then tries to find out what is going on.

Meanwhile, another of her friends is put in jail for a hit and run of a three year old girl Jessilyn babysits.  They know he is innocent but his car is identified as the vehicle that had hit the girl.  The little girls father and a group of men go to the jail and want to hang him for what he has been accused of, but the sheriff holds them off.  All of the characters have an interesting part in the book, even though it mainly focuses on Jessilyn.

I Rated This Book:
3.5 Stars

‘I received a copy from Tyndale to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way.  This is my honest opinion only.’

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January 27, 2010 Posted by | Book Reviews | Leave a comment

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Tea With Hezbollah

by Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis

  • Hardcover
  • 256 Pages
  • Religion, Current Affairs
  • Price: $22.99
  • January 26, 2010
  • Random House Publishing
  • ISBN:  978-0-307-58827-2
  • Purchase a Copy!

Summary:
Is it really possible to love one’s enemies?

That’s the question that sparked a fascinating and, at times, terrifying journey into the heart of the Middle East during the summer of 2008. It was a trip that began in Egypt, passed beneath the steel and glass high rises of Saudi Arabia, then wound through the bullet- pocked alleyways of Beirut and dusty streets of Damascus, before ending at the cradle of the world’s three major religions: Jerusalem.

Tea with Hezbollah
combines nail-biting narrative with the texture of rich historical background, as readers join novelist Ted Dekker and his co-author and Middle East expert, Carl Medearis, on a hair-raising journey. They are with them in every rocky cab ride, late-night border crossing, and back-room conversation as they sit down one-on-one with some of the most notorious leaders of the Arab world. These candid discussions with leaders of Hezbollah and Hamas, with muftis, sheikhs, and ayatollahs, with Osama bin Laden’s brothers, reveal these men to be real people with emotions, fears, and hopes of their own. Along the way, Dekker and Medearis discover surprising answers and even more surprising questions that they could not have anticipated—questions that lead straight to the heart of Middle Eastern conflict.

Ted Dekker is the author of many nationally best-selling novels, including Bone Man’s Daughters, The Circle Series, Thr3e, and House. His unique style of storytelling has captured the attention of millions worldwide. Visit him at TedDekker.com and Facebook.com/TedDekker.

Carl Medearis is an international expert in the field of Arab-American and Muslim-Christian relations. He acts as a catalyst for a number of current movements in the Middle East to promote peace-making and to promote cultural, political and religious dialog leading toward reconciliation. He is the author of the acclaimed book on these issues Muslims, Christians and Jesus. Visit him at www.carlmedearis.com.

My Opinion:
I was skeptical whether I would like this book or not.  After the first chapter, I was hooked and finished it within hours.  The authors tell the story of their journey to the Middle East, along with the conversations they had with people living there.  I thought it would be boring, but it was interesting and I especially liked the story they had about Nicole.  They travel to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Beirut, Baalbek, Southern Lebanon, Syria, and Jerusalem.  At each stop, they speak with someone to get his opinion on many things, including America, and most importantly, following Jesus’ commandment to love thy neighbor as yourself, which was the reason for their trip.  What they find will have you thinking and will show that we aren’t as different as it appears.

I Rated This Book:
4 Stars

‘I received a copy from Waterbrook Multnomah to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way.  This is my honest opinion only.’

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January 25, 2010 Posted by | Book Reviews | 1 Comment