Book Review: Worship Changes Everything by Darlene Zschech

Worship Changes Everything 
by Darlene Zschech 
Find it on: 
First Person
Non-Fiction
250 Pages
About the Book
Backcover blurb:

Renowned Songwriter and Author Helps Readers See Worship as a Way of Life
It can be easy to have a heart filled with worship on a Sunday morning as the church band is playing your favorite song. But then comes Monday morning’s commute or Tuesday afternoon’s pile of laundry.
So what does worship look like in real life–at work, in your family, or with your friends? Darlene Zschech has spent her life thinking and teaching about worship. With wisdom and contagious joy, she shares her thoughts on what worship truly is and how it should invade every facet of your being. Let yourself be transformed by the purpose and freedom that come from living a life of worship.

Why I Choose the Book

I’ve enjoyed Hillsong music for a long time now and have even been able to be at a conference where Hillsong led the worship, so when I had a chance to read a book written by Darlene Zschech I jumped at the chance. 

What I Thought about the Book

I’m not sure why, probably because of outside circumstances, but it took me a little bit to get into the book. After I got into the book though, I began to really enjoy it and learn from it. I find it fascinating to see how other people view the scriptures, especially when they have spent so much of their life studying one particular subject. 
Miss Darlene wrote in a personal way that reminded me of being in a small group or ladies meeting. A huge portion of the book was scripture which made it feel almost like a Bible study which I thought was neat. (I started paying attention about halfway through and I only saw one set of pages -meaning the two you see when you have a book open- that didn’t have at least one Bible verse on it.) Sometimes it feels as if an author throws in a bunch of scripture to take up space, but not in this book. I thought it was great how Miss Darlene used God’s Word to back up what she was saying. In a way it was more like she was just commenting on the verses, instead of using the verses to “comment” on what she had to say. 
Conclusion 

Miss Darlene’s book was written in an easy-to-understand style and I am glad I chose to read it. 
There were several thoughts I’d never had before and I’m quite eager to search God’s Word and see if some of my understandings of different matters are because of presupposed ideas and if I’ve actually had it wrong this whole time… 
I don’t agree with 100% of what Miss Darlene said, but as I mentioned a minute ago, I have several things I want to search out that I’m not sure if I agree with them for sure or not. 
One minor disagreement I had (which did not lessen my gleanings and enjoyment of the book): Miss Darlene co-pastors a church with her husband and I don’t think it’s biblical for a woman to be a pastor. (There wasn’t anything about that in the book itself, just the author blurb on the cover.)

Rating 

I’m giving Worship Changes Everything four stars and recommend it to ages fifteen and up.

*I received this book free from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. 

Pushing People Up: Book Review

Pushing People Up 
By Art Williams 
Find it on: 

First person 
One point-of-view
Non-fiction
170 pages 
About the Book 
Backcover blurb 
Art Williams had a gift. He knew that to win not just one game for his high school team, but begin a legacy of winning, he had to work with the only assets available – his team. 

Art had learned from the other mentoring coaches in his life that winning had far more to do with what was in the heart of his players and their “will to win”, than what they looked like, where they came from. Focusing on the hearts absolutely built winning teams, and garnered two “Georgia Coach of Year” awards.
From these simple yet powerful principles, Art Williams went on to build a company that 
changed the face of one of the largest industries in the world…the life insurance industry. By applying the philosophy of “Pushing Up People”, a group of 85 former teachers, policeman, fireman, and coaches, built a company of 200,000 strong and literally changed forever the lives of countless families. 
So Now…. A step-by-step guide to the “people management” concepts behind one of the greatest success stories in American business.
You’ll Learn…
-Why victory doesn’t always go to the smartest people.
-The three things people want most from their job.
-Four kinds of “failure fears” and how to guard against them
-The power of the “little bit more” principle
-The magic of 90 days
-The Three little words that house the most important leadership principle
-Why winners are made not born.
-The biggest obstacle to keeping success once you make it
-Why you owe it to yourself, and your business to try “Pushing Up People”

Why I Choose this Book

A family friend highly recommended this book, so highly in fact that he bought it for us. Plus I like Art Williams writing style. I’ve heard some of his talks on audio and so sometimes I hear his voice in my head when I’m reading his books which is pretty cool. 

What I Thought about this Book 

I haven’t read a lot of Art William’s books, but I want to read more. His style is easy to read and very down-to-earth. You can tell he really loves people and genuinely wants what is best for others. Pushing Up People was inspiring to read; it reminded me that even though aspects of reaching my writing goals can be difficult, it’s still worth it to push on and continue working. 
Pushing Up People covered a wide range of topics from making goals to having the right kind of attitude to how we should view failure and how praise is more powerful than punishments. Overall the book is geared toward leaders and the correct way to treat their employees, but I think the book is a good read for anyone. 

Conclusion 

I enjoyed this book and breezed right through it. I hope to read it again because it is chocked full of solid principles and good advice. 

Rating 
I’m giving Pushing Up People four stars and recommending it to anyone twelve and up although some portions of the book don’t exactly apply to that age group. 

Seven Women: Book Review

7 Women 
And the Secret of Their Greatness 
By Eric Metaxas 
Find it on: 
Amazon
Goodreads

Third person – narrative 
Non-fiction 
256 pages
About the Book
Backcover Blurb 
In his eagerly anticipated follow-up to the enormously successful Seven Men, New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas gives us seven captivating portraits of some of history’s greatest women, each of whom changed the course of history by following God’s call upon their lives-as women.

Each of the world-changing figures who stride across these pages-Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Maria Skobtsova, Corrie ten Boom, Mother Teresa, and Rosa Parks-is an exemplary model of true womanhood. Teenaged Joan of Arc followed God’s call and liberated her country, dying a heroic martyr’s death. Susanna Wesley had nineteen children and gave the world its most significant evangelist and its greatest hymn-writer, her sons John and Charles. Corrie ten Boom, arrested for hiding Dutch Jews from the Nazis, survived the horrors of a concentration camp to astonish the world by forgiving her tormentors. And Rosa Parks’ deep sense of justice and unshakeable dignity and faith helped launch the twentieth-century’s greatest social movement.

Writing in his trademark conversational and engaging style, Eric Metaxas reveals how the other extraordinary women in this book achieved their greatness, inspiring readers to lives shaped by the truth of the gospel.

Why I Choose the Book

I really enjoy reading about people who have lived an extraordinary lives so I can learn from them and grow in my own journey. Plus, as soon as I saw the names of the women the book was about I was intrigued; for one because I recognized most of the names, but more than that because I didn’t recognize two of the names and I wondered what I’d been missing out on.  

What I Thought about the Book

I enjoyed it. The book was written in what I would consider an overview style. With seven women’s lives crammed into 256 pages we get about 36 pages per person which really isn’t a lot when we’re talking about a whole life. 
Joan of Arc’s story intrigued me years ago but I haven’t read much about her life so that portion of the book was one of my favorites. I was quite familiar with Susanna Wesley, Corrie ten Boom and Rosa Parks’ stories and didn’t learn anything new although I was once again amazed and challenged at their lives. I have read one book about Mother Teresa, but that was a long time ago and I learned a lot about her from this book. I was especially thrilled to hear about Mother Teresa’s stand against abortion and she tried to stop it. Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and included this in her acceptance speech:
This is a screenshot from 7 Women And the Secret of Their Greatness By Eric Metaxas 

Hannah More and Maria Skobtsova were new names and I’m glad to have been introduced to their stories. I’ve already downloaded several of Hannah More’s books and look forward to reading them. 
This book was easy to read for the most part; the author used a more extensive vocabulary than I was used to (which is a good thing!) and I paused my reading many times to look up a new word. I enjoyed the style and set up of this book and look forward to studying more about these women.
Conclusion 

I obviously don’t agree with everything these ladies supported or believed, but I do see many aspects of their lives that I could grow in and I’m thankful for their examples and sacrifices. These lives were lived out in a way that is anything but average or ordinary and they helped to change the world. 
Rating 
I’m giving Seven Women and the Secret of Their Greatness four stars and I recommend it to people 15 and older.

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I received this book from Booklook in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Never Said: Book Review

Never Said 
By Carol Lynch Williams 
Find it on: 
Goodreads 

First person
Two points of view
Fiction
256 (short) pages
About the Book 
Backcover blurb
From bestselling author Carol Lynch Williams (The Chosen One), a contemporary YA novel about a family that has been caught up in what doesn’t matter and how two sisters realize that their relationship—no matter how different the two of them are—is most important.

In this contemporary YA novel by bestselling author Carol Lynch Williams (The Chosen One), fifteen-year-old fraternal twins Annie and Sarah are sisters, but that is where their interaction ends. Then Annie begins to withdraw from the family, forcing Sarah to investigate why-and the secret she uncovers changes their relationship forever.

Never Said explores not only the effects of abuse but also our world’s reliance on self, beauty, and other people’s perceptions. With themes of forgiveness, love, sacrifice, and hope woven throughout the story, teens and other fans of young adult fiction will be drawn to this story of two sisters who must find a way to come together and find the healing they both need.

Why I Choose this Book

It was a pretty spontaneous decision. I was looking for a book to read and review and I liked the sister element to the story. I read the sample from Amazon and was intrigued by the writing style. Short, choppy sentences from Sarah’s point of view, prose-type from Annies. I’ve heard a lot about that style in different reviews and know it’s become popular, but I hadn’t read a book that incorporated it, so I decided to give it a try. 
What I Thought about the Book 

I have got to say: This author is amazing. Her word pictures and writing style was truly interesting to read and made me feel as if I had tumbled into a new mind. The cadence of the sentences filtered through my brain and 
felt 
like rain 
coming down 
in 
hard
pingging 
bullets
that pricked my 
skin

I can’t say it was exactly my style or that I would choose to read a book like this very often, but I did highlight a good amount of descriptions simply because they were that good. I read this book right before I went to bed and I had a restless night (not because of reading the book), every time I woke up though, my thoughts came in the same short, raw descriptive voice as the book, which serves to show how good of a job the author did. 
The book was told from two points of view and the girls came out sounding very different from each other, which is a big plus and showcases the author’s skill. I was impressed. There was barely any dialog which was crazy. It felt like we were trapped alone in each girl’s head, alone, kept away from everyone else… Amazing writing. 
With all that being said: I didn’t really enjoy the book all that much. The descriptions? Yes, oh yes. The storyline though? Not so much. It dealt with some pretty heavy issues and while the author handled them well enough, it wasn’t from a Christian perspective so therefore I didn’t feel like it restored much hope. I am very impressed with the author for writing the book though, because I know how extremely difficult it can be to write a book that is so deep and holds such emotion. 
Some of my favorite descriptions in the book:
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Conclusion

There were a couple of minor ‘bad words’ and as mentioned previously it dealt with some pretty serious issues. The issues were handled with grace and didn’t have much detail which I really appreciated. I think books like this are really needed because it can help kids who have gone through a hard time realize they aren’t alone. I don’t have a problem with books not written from a Christian perspective, but because of that lack of influence I wouldn’t recommend this book because it doesn’t line up with my worldview. 

Rating 

I’m giving Never Said Three stars. I had to think about this for a while because the descriptions themselves are almost enough to bump it up to four stars.

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I received this book from BookLook in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Reviews of Some of my Favorite Childhood Books

Warning: You might feel like there is way too much gushing going on in these reviews, but believe me, there isn’t. I can’t really tell you how much I enjoyed these books growing up and how much I enjoy them even now. They are all simply beautiful. The end.

James Herriot’s Treasury for Children 
by James Herriot 
Find it on: 
Goodreads

First person
Fiction 
260 fully illustrated pages 
Children’s book 
About the Book
Back cover blurb
James Herriot’s Treasury for Children collects all of the beloved veterinarian’s delightful tales for young readers. From the springtime frolic of Oscar, Cat-About-Town to the yuletide warmth of The Christmas Day Kitten, these stories-radiantly illustrated by Peter Barrett and Ruth Brown-are perennial favorites, and this new complete edition will make a wonderful gift for all readers, great and small.

Why I Choose this Book

Our family got this book when I was a little itty bitty girl and who know how many childhood hours were spent pouring over this book and learning to love the art of storytelling through it’s beautiful and enticing pages. 
Last year I bought myself a copy so that if I ever have a family of my own I’ll be able to share it with them, as well. It’s that good. 
What I Thought about this Book 

I think this will forever be one of my favorite children’s books. From the paintings to the words choices to the stories that are told, everything is filled with a phenomenal amount of beauty. The whole book is like a piece of artwork. 
I’m pretty sure that some of my love for animals came from within the pages of this book. Often times during my teenage years when I had a goat farm with my brother and we would be up late at night playing vet to a sick or laboring goat I would remember the stories that had captivated me as a child and realize that I was living that life and it would make me happy. 
Conclusion 

Y’all should really get a copy and read if for yourselves. 
Rating 

I’m giving James Herriot’s Treasury for Children five stars and I recommend it to children of all ages.

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A King for Brass Cobweb
by Dawn L. Watkins 
Find it on:
Goodreads 

Third person (Omnipresent)
Fiction
59 Illustrated pages
Children’s book
About the Book 
Back cover blurb
The Kingdom of Brass Cobweb has many remarkable treasures, including a peppermint lake and a great shining web of brass for a gate. But what is a kingdom without a king? When the citizens of Brass Cobweb decide to find a king, Grandmother Cricket says that Chipmunk should be the one to go.
Chipmunk leaves on his journey with a bundle of food and Grandmother’s advice: find a king who is brave and wise and true. He sets out for the Copper Hills, encountering many dangers and seeing many rare sights. Among all his new acquaintances, however, he cannot find one who is brave and wise and true. He returns home thinking he has failed, only to discover that he has succeeded brilliantly.

Why I Choose this Book

THIS book. Awww! My happy little heart doesn’t even know where to start. I grew up adoring this book so crazy much that as soon as I found out my best friend was expecting her first child I had to buy it for her new little one. And… I also bought a copy to add to my library in case I ever have kids of my own… Or just to read it even if I don’t have any kids. 
What I Thought about this Book

The illustrations are superb even though only every seventh page or so is colored in. Those colored in pages though? My eyes could feast on them for hours. They are filled with soft colors and remind me of milkshakes and cotton candy and hanging out laundry on a warm summer day. (That might sound weird to you, just imagine happiness and that’s what these pictures are.) 
So, pretty much the book would be ranking up there pretty high, even without words, then the words come in and blow this story out of the water. I normally don’t like this style of story, so maybe it was that I grew up reading it, but this is one of my favorite books and I’ve read it and re-read it so many times that I lost track long ago. 
It’s books like this one that helped inspire my love for reading and writing and propelled me along the path to become an author. 

Conclusion

I only have good stuff to say about this book. Thank you, Dawn L Watkins, for writing it!
Rating 

I’m giving A King for Brass Cobweb five stars and recommend it to pretty much anyone although it is geared toward kids. 

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The Biggest Bear
by Lynd Ward
Find it on: 
Amazon
Goodreads

Third person
Fiction 
85 (short) Illustrated pages
Children’s book
About the Book 
Back cover blurb
Johnny Orchard brings home a playful bear cub that soon becomes huge and a nuisance to the neighbors.
Why I Choose this Book
Sniff. Sniff. This book takes me back to my childhood in a glorious rush. A beautiful childhood, by the way, filled with playing in the woods and then cuddling up with Mom and my siblings at night to get a bedtime story. The Biggest Bear was one of our often-chosen books. We all loved it so much that several years ago I think about half of our family gave each other copies for Christmas. 
What I Thought about this Book

I don’t have any documentation, but I think I probably cried over this book and most likely more than once. It’s practically as perfect as books get. The story is short but has the ability to draw you in from the very beginning. The antics of the bear took turns making me giggle, feel horrified and dream of one day having a wild pet of my own. (That desire was eventually transferred from bear to coyote and eventually dropped altogether… Unless you consider my dream for a de-scented skunk to be relevant.) 
The illustrations are also amazing. I really like how they are in brown and white. It gives the book an old feeling that matches the story perfectly. The drawings are also very detailed and I used to dream of being able to create such lovely visuals. 

Conclusion
This is another one of those books that is simply amazing and I’m so thankful to authors who write like this. 
Rating 

I’m giving The Biggest Bear five stars and recommend it to everyone who enjoys a good story. 

The Butterfly Effect: Book Review

The Butterfly Effect
By Andy Andrews
Find it on: 
Amazon 
Goodreads

Narrative 
Non-Fiction 
109 very short pages
About the Book 
Back cover blurb
Speaker and New York Times best-selling author Andy Andrews shares a compelling and powerful story about a decision one man made over a hundred years ago, and the ripple effect it’s had on us individually, and nationwide, today. It’s a story that will inspire courage and wisdom in the decisions we make, as well as affect the way we treat others through our lifetime. Andrews speaks over 100 times a year, and The Butterfly Effect is his #1 most requested story.

Why I Choose this Book 

Years ago one of our friends gave this book to my dad for his birthday. He enjoyed it so much that he bought multiple copies to give away. I’ve read this book several times over the years and have enjoyed it each time. 

What I Thought about the Book

Growing up our parents taught us that what we do matters and that even small decisions can affect others in huge ways. Our lives matter and what we do today not only makes a difference here and now, but can also start a chain reaction and who knows what the outcome will be? This book delves into that and the concept that “little” things can end up changing the world. 
The book is absolutely beautiful. It’s not the traditionally illustrated book, but each page has a different background and there are different fonts, sizes of letters even a few different colors of letters. It reminds me of a scrap book with how it’s put together. 
There’s not a lot of writing on each page, rather the words are used skillfully and coupled with the illustrations create a piece of artwork. 
 
Conclusion 

There is a place in the book where every time I read it I get shivers. It’s inspiring and helps me remember that my life really does matter and I need to treat each moment with care. 
Rating 

I am giving The Butterfly Effect Five Stars and recommend it to anyone. 

Knowing God by Name: Book Review

Knowing God by Name
By David Wilkerson 
Find it on: 

First person
One point-of-view 
Non-fiction 
220 pages 
About the Book 
Back cover blurb
Each of God’s names reveals a defining quality about the Lord’s nature and character. In Scripture he revealed these names to his people only as they needed them. In Knowing God by Name, David Wilkerson explores ten of the Hebrew names for God that most relate to times of testing and crisis, including El Elyon, El Shaddai, Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Nissi, and Jehovah Shalom. This book is for any believer who wants to get to know God better, and particularly for those who need hope, encouragement, and a special word from God in a difficult time. It will give them a heart knowledge of God, a revelation of his names on a personal level, and a personal application of their fullest meaningnot for mere theological knowledge, but for everyday assurance and growth.

Why I Choose this Book 

A couple of months ago when I was at my adopted parent’s house I picked up a copy of this book and began reading it. I enjoyed and learned so much from the few chapters I read that when I came home I ordered a copy of the book so I could continue reading. 
What I Thought about the Book

This book was full of so much new information and ideas that I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to read it again before too long so I can grasp all of it. That’s a good thing, though, because the book was interesting and easy to read. 
I’ve come to the conclusion recently that I don’t know the Bible nearly well enough and so I’ve been working on not only spending more time in God’s word, but also reading books that expound on it. Knowing God by Name did a good job of teaching me more about not only the Bible, but also about the nature of God and who He really is. 
This book reminded me once again that God’s name is not only powerful, but it’s also to be reverenced. I realized as I was reading that over time I’ve become lax with how I treat God’s name. I  never personally used it in vain, but I had come to the point where I would read articles or books or watch short videos where it was used in vain. God’s name isn’t just a name and the Bible clearly teaches that we are supposed to respect it. As I began reading this book I also began working on showing God’s name respect. 

Conclusion 

I really enjoyed reading this book. Anyone who knows me knows that I have a thing about names. I constantly ask people about their names: Who named them, were they named after anyone, what does their name mean, if they were the opposite gender what would they have been named, what is their favorite name… And the list could go on. Reading a book that focused on God’s name was special for me. 
This book explored some new territory for me and I’m not sure if I agree with everything 100%, so I guess I need to study it some more. Overall though, it was uplifting, encouraging, enlightening and interesting. 

Rating 

I was debating if I should give the book four or five stars, but then I realized that I just ordered the book for my uncle’s birthday, so if I liked the book that much I guess it means it should be five stars so… I’m giving Knowing God by Name Five Stars and recommend it to anyone 15 and older. 

Flight School – Celebrating a Book Launch with a Review + Giveaway

I’ve got to start out this post/review by saying I’m pretty impressed by Jason McIntire’s amazing diligence, timeliness and organizational skills when it comes to setting up a book launch. I even emailed him for tips so I can have a head start for my next book release. Great job, Jason!

Jason first contacted me about reviewing Flight School several months ago and I’m happy I could agree to read it and be part of the book launch. (Book launches are exciting times for authors, folks!) I know that authors and their support crew spend so much time getting ready for the release of each new book and I feel honored to take part in this special day. 


Here’s a little bit about the book:

Back cover Blurb: On the verge of adult life, Chris Rivera is eager to get started on his career as a director of Christian movies. But he’ll have to do it without his best friend Ben, who has traded childhood toys for law books… and a very pretty study partner.
Meanwhile, Jessie is getting a lot of attention from conservative neighbor John and trendy friend Galen – each of whom, for drastically different reasons, seems a little too good to be true.
In the face of hard questions and big temptations, how do you know which choice is right? And where do you get the courage to make it?

Age Range: 12 and Up 

Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction 

Pages: 257

Point of View: Third person, omnipresent, the story followed about five to ten people throughout the story 

Find it on: Amazon, Goodreads, Elisha Press 

What I thought: Flight School reminds me a lot of a book that should be read aloud to the whole family as a bed time story, one chapter at a time. There are a lot of situations that provide great lead-ins for parents to discuss their beliefs and standards with their children. 

The storyline follows the different members of the Sparrow/Rivera family and the adventures, problems, excitement and growing pains they experience growing up. I especially enjoyed reading from Ben’s point of view, probably because he’s the oldest (I think) and therefore I was able to relate to him the best.

This is the second book in the series and since I didn’t read the first book I was a little bit lost. For instance: most of the book I wasn’t sure how old the characters were or where they lived, but I was still able to figure out most of the story. 

It’s clear to see that a lot of research and thought went into Flight School and I always appreciate that in a book. Also, props to the editor. As an author I often cringe while reading because of grammar mistakes, but this book was wonderfully cringe-free. 

This book wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, but I did enjoy reading it. I felt like a lot of the “issues” that were talked about in the book were discussed one-sided and I didn’t agree with all of the conclusions, but that’s something I find rather common in books I read. 

The characters were interesting and a lot of them had their own story lines and character arches, which is something I often have trouble with when it comes to my own writing. All too often I focus on one character and everyone else is one-sided. Jason does a good job of making the majority of the characters come alive and hold their own place throughout the book.


All in all Flight School was God-honoring, entertaining and filled with experiences that a most people will be able to relate to and learn from. 


Giveaway, Giveaway, Giveaway! 

I’m pleased to announce that Elisha Press is generously hosting a giveaway where four winners will each receive a copy of Flight School. Check it out here! I know that as an author I’m always excited at the thought of getting to actually give out free copies of my books to happy readers so why not help spread the word and excitement? Happy readers unite! 



About the Author: A 2005 homeschool graduate and partner in family business ventures, Jason McIntire writes as a hobby. His Christian stories are built around solidly biblical ideas, but packaged in his own light-hearted, often humorous style.

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Congratulations, Jason! I’m so happy for you and your new book! 

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If y’all have a question for the author, just leave it in the comments and he’ll be by to answer them! 

Surprised by God – Book Review

Surprised by God 
By Anthony Bollback 
Find it on: 
Unfortunately after I wrote this review I tried to find the book on-line but couldn’t find it. 
I will continue looking for the book. Sorry folks! (If y’all find it, please let me know!) 

First Person
One Point-of-View
Non-Fiction
160 Pages 
About the Book
Written in story form without a lot of dialog, Mr. Bollback’s Surprised By God is humorous, interesting and full of encouraging and surprising encounters his family experienced while spending five years as missionaries in Japan in the 1950’s. 
Why I Choose this Book

After a recent visit with the author, a long time friend and writing mentor of mine, I decided to re-read his books. 
What I Thought about the Book

I read Surprised by God several years ago but forgot how engaging and interesting it was. This book captures Mr. Bollback’s sense of humor and story-telling abilities quite well and I at times I almost felt as if I were sitting in his living room again, listening to him. 
Mr. Bollback’s journey has taken him to China, Japan, Hong Kong and all over the USA, including Hawaii. This book focuses on his years in Japan and what he learned and experienced during that time. Mr. Bollback’s descriptions are detailed and it wasn’t hard to picture the settings he talked about in the book. 
Filled with living by faith and prayer, miracles, learning the culture and changing lives, Surprised By God is an amazing book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. 
Conclusion 

This book is a jewel and I highly recommend it to anyone, especially people who have wondered what it would be like to move to a new culture and try to fit into life there. Told in a very child-friendly manner, this book is perfect for the whole family. 
Rating

I’m giving Surprised by God Five stars and recommend it highly. 

To China and Back – Book Review

To China and Back 
By Anthony Bollback 
Find it on: 
Goodreads

First Person
 One-Point-of-View
Non-Fiction
130 Pages
About the Book 
From the Backcover Blurb 
Hardly yet able to communicate in Chinese, the Bollbacks were foxed to flee China and to continue there missionary careers in Japan and Hong Kong. And always, there was the unusual and unexpected. 
The multi-faced ministry of Anthony and Evelyn Bollback affirms that God intervenes in the everyday affairs of those who love Him and habitually seek His guidance. 
Why I Choose This Book 

Our family has been friends with Mr. and Mrs. Bollback for years and Mr. Bollback is one of my writing mentors. After a recent visit with them I decided to re-read Mr. Bollback’s books and to finally get around to reading several that I haven’t read yet. 
What I Thought about the Book 

Mr. and Mrs. Bollback’s incredible faith and dependance on God has long been inspiring to me. Their stories are by far best when shared in person, but reading about the exciting and sometimes scary adventures are the next-to-best thing. 
This book is like a birds-eye-veiw of the years they spent getting ready for the mission field and then in China, Japan and Hong Kong. While reading this book in the comfort of my home I was reminded, yet again, at how much these amazing and dedicated followers of God gave up to spread His truth and love. 
One of the most note-worthy aspects in the book is that Mr. and Mrs. Bollback decided early on in their ministry that they would never tell anyone besides God when they had a need. That meant that they had to rely solely on Him. They shared how God always met their needs, even if that meant all they had to eat for weeks were beets. 
Conclusion

As always there were a few little things here and there that I wouldn’t agree with, but over all it is a great and faith building book. It’s also written in a family-friendly way without any disturbing details, even though they lived through hash and hostile situations. 
Rating 

I am giving To China and Back Four stars and I recommend it to anyone.