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3 12, 2011

Review: Grumble Hallelujah by Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira

By | December 3rd, 2011|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

In life, everyone experiences some type of regret. Some people are better than others at getting over disappointments and moving on to enjoy a fulfilled life. Grumble Hallelujah, by Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira, offers a new way to find peace when your life doesn’t pan out quite as expected.

The source of fulfillment can come in many forms: an acceptance of one’s destiny, a commitment to living a spirit-filled and spirit-led life, a realization that there is always room for hope that the future will be brighter and the realization that when bad events happen in life, they are an opportunity to come closer to God. It is in fact possible to find joy when life takes drastic twists and turns.

Grumble Hallelujah offers the advice to “live dead” because only then will it be possible to see what life blessings

26 05, 2010

Blog Tour: “Life, In Spite of Me” by Kristen Jane Anderson & Tricia Goyer

By | May 26th, 2010|Categories: Christian Living, Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments


Please join Kristen Anderson and Tricia Goyer, authors of Life, In Spite of Me, as they tour the blogosphere with LitFuse Publicity!

Reviewed by Vera (Luxury Reading)

Kristen Anderson was only 17 when she decided that life was no longer worth living. Raped by an acquaintance, Kristen tried to push the assault to the back of her mind and pretend that it did not happen. However, the secret weighed down on her more than she realized or cared to acknowledge: her grades were suffering, she was constantly partying and drinking, and her relationship with her parents was going down the drain. Her father was going through bouts of depression himself, and Kristen’s acting out was even more difficult for her parents to accept given the situation

Feeling hopeless and

2 03, 2010

Review: Develop Stronger Relationships Blog Tour

By | March 2nd, 2010|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family|Tags: , , |1 Comment


mother-daughter duet book coverReviewed by Dimpel P.

Mother-Daughter Duet was written with honesty and love by a mother and daughter who were successful in restoring a relationship that was once filled with distance and conflict. The two most important lessons in this book were learning to have an open heart and finding the capability, one that most of believe is lost to us, to be genuinely forgiving. Forgiveness will heal not only our relationships with others, but also our relationships with ourselves.

As an adult daughter coming from a culture that is much stricter than what is common for most American women, I found this book to be of help to me in so many diverse ways. Growing up

30 10, 2009

Blog Tour: Shadow Government by Grant R. Jeffrey

By | October 30th, 2009|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , |3 Comments


Reviewed by Shane S.

Grant Jeffrey, author behind Shadow Government, is a devout Christian and internationally known prophecy expert. In his latest work, Jeffrey delves into the high-tech surveillance trap that has been set from behind the shadows of our worldly leaders. This global elite, or “Shadow Government”, is said to be tracking every move of every civilian, private and public, that walks the grounds of every country on every continent: a lot of surveillance.

The book itself is a page-turner, but only to the conspiracy theorist that lives deep inside – the part of me that would like to believe that our then Bush run government was behind the atrocities of 9/11. But logic and rationality disallow me to sensationalize something so absurd. This doesn’t seem to be the case for Jeffrey. The book claims that since 9/11 the government has been spying on its own

7 10, 2009

Blog Tour: O2: Breathing New Life Into Faith by Richard Dahlstrom

By | October 7th, 2009|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |1 Comment


Join Richard Dahlstrom, author of O2: Breathing New Life into Faith, as he virtually tours the blogosphere in October on his virtual book tour with LitFuse Publicity!

Reviewed by Poppy J.

Richard Dahlstrom’s O2 is a masterful piece that makes good on its promise to agitate the reader’s views on faith, spirituality and serving God in an imperfect world. From the first two sentences: “It happens every weekend. This Sunday, hundreds, even thousands of people will leave their place of worship after the final ‘Amen’ or benediction and never return,” Dahlstrom succeeds in shaking up and subsequently, waking up the spiritually sleepy reader. This is a book that entire congregations, of many faiths, would benefit from reading together. If only for the fact that it is a way to open discussion on the topic of the point of faith, where it