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14 01, 2015

Review: The Rise of ISIS by Jay Sekulow

By | January 14th, 2015|Categories: Audiobooks, Islam, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Terrorism|Tags: , , , |12 Comments

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rise of isis book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

Turn on the evening news or click through social media and disturbing images and headlines glare you squarely in the face. Stories of genocide, massacres, bombings and beheadings run alongside the latest weather patterns in the evening news. So much violence, even the edited version, can cause fear and a sense of despair. Discerning truth from fiction must be navigated carefully. So, when we hear stories of ISIS, the latest militant Islamic terrorist group, knowing what to believe can be challenging.

In his book, Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore, Jay Sekulow presents a solid picture of who these people are, who supports them, the threat they present and what we need to do to prevent their brand of terror from spreading. Much of this book centers on distinguishing ISIS and other terrorist

21 12, 2014

Review: The Character of God’s Workman by Watchman Nee

By | December 21st, 2014|Categories: Audiobooks, Christian Books & Bibles, Christian Living, Nonfiction|Tags: , |2 Comments

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CGWaReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

When it comes to the Christian life, there are many different approaches as to what makes an effective believer. Does it come down to faith, reading your Bible, or right choices? Is it what we know or Who we know? There are so many questions. In early 20th century China, Watchman Nee began studying and teaching the Word of God. As he ministered, he became convinced that the purpose of his writing and teaching was to assist the person who is working for God and striving to become a useful vessel for the Lord’s work.

Sensing the importance of one’s inner character in the work of God, Watchman Nee gave a series of messages on the topic in 1948. This was later published as the book, The Character of God’s Workman. Nee’s talks centered on key traits in the

19 12, 2014

Review: Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

By | December 19th, 2014|Categories: Audiobooks, Biographies, Entertainment, Humor, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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not that kind of girl book coverReviewed by Jessa Larsen

Not That Kind of Girl is a collection of stories and essays, biographical in nature, by actress/artist Lena Dunham. The book gives us a peek into Lena’s life and how she coped with everything from finding love and being in relationships, to being lonely and obsessed with weight, as well as various other experiences that are so bizarre, they couldn’t be made up.

Lena takes us on a journey through “taboo” experiences that just about every female has gone thru, such as losing your virginity and exploring your own sexuality. She teaches us that these things are just a part of life and there’s nothing wrong with experimenting until you find what does or doesn’t work for you as an individual. She also about being accepting of people who choose a way that doesn’t

10 12, 2014

Review: Mother Teresa by Wyatt North

By | December 10th, 2014|Categories: Audiobooks, Biographies, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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a life inspired book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

Like many people, I grew up seeing Mother Teresa, the famous nun of the Missionaries of Charity, on the evening news, on magazine covers or in the paper. Mother Teresa: A Life Inspired by Wyatt North is a compelling account of her life and her larger-than-life compassion. It begins with the strong influence of her parents and weaves through its narrative their values of loving your neighbor and political action.

In 1910, she was born as Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Skopkie (located in modern day Macedonia). Her early years were shaped by the death of her father followed by her own family’s near poverty during the times of religious feuding and fighting. Her mother’s example of sharing with and loving those in need despite their differences was long seen in the way Mother Teresa loved her

11 04, 2014

Review: Kitty Genovese by Kevin Cook

By | April 11th, 2014|Categories: Audiobooks, Nonfiction, True Accounts|Tags: , |13 Comments

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The story of Catherine “Kitty” Genovese has always been an interesting story to me. All murders are shocking, but something about THIS one really hit home with everyone who heard about it. We all know the story – Kitty was stabbed to death outside of her apartment building in Kew Gardens (a neighborhood in Queens, New York) back on March 13, 1964. It happened around 3am and, according to the papers, 38 people (neighbors who also lived in this building) heard her screams and did nothing.

Author Kevin Cook, after researching this event to great lengths (including talking to these neighbors, people who knew her, and her girlfriend) has written Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime That Changed America, a very thorough account of her murder and subsequent events (not just surrounding the murder, but how

12 06, 2010

“Marriage and Other Acts of Charity” by Kate Braestrup

By | June 12th, 2010|Categories: Audiobooks, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |5 Comments

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Reviewed by Michelle S.

As a Unitarian Minister, Maine State Game Warden Chaplain, Mother, Widow, and Wife, Kate Braestrup shares her observations on love and the meaning of life through her latest memoir, Marriage and Other Acts of Charity.

Braestrup’s musings meander from subject to subject without an apparent direction other than to impress upon the reader just what love is. She reminds us that there is more than one kind of love, and charity (or caritas as she calls it throughout) is the kind of love that brings us closer to God and gives our lives meaning.

Charity isn’t just about giving a donation to the poor, but giving of yourself for those you don’t know, as well as for those you love. Charity is taking the woman who fell off the bus to the hospital, as well as cleaning out