Behind the Veils of Yemen {Book Review}

Behind the Veils of Yemen is a must read!  I am always amazed by the fearlessness of missionaries when they answer God’s calling in their lives.
This book shares an amazing inside look at this Mom’s journey into life into the Muslim country of Yemen. Sharing her daily moments with her language coach and the social events she attended and how they reflect current Muslim customs.

I love the details she shares, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading her story. It was interesting to see at the end that their names had been changed to protect them {the family} and those she talks about. It made you realize a second time what being a missionary means in that country.

Now a side track about non-fiction books, after reading more non-fiction since starting this journey into book reviews for the blog than I have ever read before {except for collage reading, LOL} I have found that non-fiction just end. It seems that since the authors are relaying real life events they don’t ‘wrap’ up the ‘story’ the same way a fiction author does. I tend to feel like I am left hanging at the end of most non-fiction books. End of personal soapbox session.

Thanks for visiting and reading this review. You can enter the Dreaming of Books Giveaway for a chance to win my review copy of this book!

 

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!
From the Publisher; Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing
With only prayer and a faith that always seemed too small, Audra Grace Shelby departed with her husband and children on a one-way flight to Yemen…deep into the heart of conservative Islam.
With honesty and passion, she shares her harrowing journey as a Christian woman thrust into a culture dangerously different from her own. From the friendships she forged, to her gnawing doubt and fear, to her offers of hope when her new friends’ religion failed them, she gives us glimpses of a world most have never seen: behind the veils of real Muslim women–and how the grace of God touches lives in the midst of an Islamic stronghold.
DISCLOSURE: I recived a copy of this book from Chosen to review. The opinions contained in this review are 100% my own opinionated opinions.

Max on Life, by Max Lucado {Book Review}

In Max On Life, one of the most trusted pastors and authors of our time takes on life’s most important questions. {from the book cover}

Here is another book by Max Lucado that is a must have for your library. With his customary frankness, Max gives bible based answers to some of those pesky questions people have asked you, or you have asked yourself.

Do angels really walk among us?

How should I discipline my kids?

Why do I worry so much?

How do I know what God’s will for me really is?

While reading this book, I added several sticky notes on questions/answers I want to look at again and reference in the future.  An answer that I found really helpful was to the ‘question’: I don’t like the narrow-mindedness of Christians. It is absurd to say that Jesus is the only way to Heaven.

I have never really known how to answer that question. I know that God created one way. The bible says Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. But how to say that to someone without sounding the a judgmental prick has always been a struggle for me. After reading Max’s opinion I am now prepared for the next time I need to speak intelligently on this topic.

 Since he does answer so many questions {171} in only 230 pages, some of the answers barely scratch the surface of what could be a topic for an entire book. But they do definitelygive you a direction to go if you are looking for more meat on a particular issue/question.   In the book there is a topical index and a list of scriptures referenced in the book with the page they of the book they are referenced on.  I found this to be very interesting to flip through while checking this book out.

We have questions. Child-like inquiries. And deep, heavy ones.

In more than twenty-five years of writing and ministry, Max Lucado has been the receiving line for thousands of such questions. The questions come in letters, e-mails, even on Dunkin Donuts napkins. In Max on Life he offers thoughtful answers to more than 150 of the most pressing questions on topics ranging from hope to hurt, from home to the hereafter.

Max writes about the role of prayer, the purpose of pain, and the reason for our ultimate hope. He responds to the day-to-day questions—parenting quandaries, financial challenges, difficult relationships—as well as to the profound: Is God really listening?

A special addendum includes Max’s advice on writing and publishing.

Including topical and scriptural indexes and filled with classic Lucado encouragement and insight, Max on Life will quickly become a favorite resource for pastors and ministry leaders as well as new and mature believers.  ~ From the Publisher ~

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

DISCLOSURE:  I received a copy of this book from Book Sneeze to review. The opinions I have expressed are 100% my own opinionated opinions.

Book Review ~ Left at the Alter by Kimberley Kennedy

How many times have you looked back and realized that you have made a huge mistake? Did it cost you several thousand dollars? A broken heart? All of the above? If so, you will certainly relate to the topic of this book.
 
Left at the Alter, is my first book to read by Kimberly Kennedy, and I have to say I really enjoyed reading it. This book was about so much more than ‘just’ being left at the alter.
 
 
Kimberly takes lessons she learned through this life changing experience she went through and shows how and when she should have put God in the drivers seat of her life. How many times have you shoved God aside and continued on your way? I know that I have charged past when I should have been pausing to pray and seek God’s opinion/plan for a specific situation. As I have mentioned before, one of my goals for this year (besides losing the baby weight left over from Ms. T) is to have a more active and consistent prayer life. This book has confirmed this goal, and given me more examples to add motivation to the fire. She also includes scads of good bible versus throughout the book.
 
Another point (one that you may not have known or you may already) in the book is how women and men view relationships (especially young ones) differently. Kimberly shares stories from guys on this point, and it is interesting to hear it from the horse’s mouth so to speak (per the book description).   Also, most women go through the same grief process over a broken relationship, dating or a marriage, as you go through when you lose someone to death. That is definitely something I learned in reading this book.
I found Kimberly’s writing style to be very engaging and her points laid out plainly. Her background in journalism comes through as does her self described perky attitude. I really enjoyed reading this book, and know that God placed it in my hands in his perfect timing.
 
As I mentioned above, Kimberly shows how women go through the grieving process. I received this book two weeks before losing my grandfather. This is my first time to read anything about the grief process. When I got to the part describing the grief process grandpa’s health had been declining rapidly and I knew his life was coming to an end. I fully believe that for everything there is a purpose, and receiving this book when I did may have been the reason God pointed me to review books. I think God’s amazing timing is just that, amazing. Coincidences are just God’s way of staying anonymous.

I received a copy of this book from BookSneeze to review.  The opinions I have expressed are 100% my own opinionated opinions.

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I'm Kimberlee, the owner/creater of 'The Spunky Diva'. Here is a little about me... In addition to my love of blogging I adore all crafts, sewing, quilting, improving my non-existent cooking skills, and playing with my two girls. We have a 'collection' of animals around the place to keep us busy; two 'huge' dogs, a cat, kittens, several horses, and assorted wildlife. We live east of Austin, Texas, in the middle of farm country. Here at 'The Spunky Diva' blog I get to share daily life moments, fun crafts, sewing and quilting progress/finishes, and brag about my 'Babies'. Thank you for visiting and sharing some of your day with me!

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