Friday, August 11, 2017

Patterns of Evidence - EXODUS - DVD Review

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  I think I would use the word interesting to describe this one.  It consist of a filmmaker, Timothy Mahoney, searching for the actual evidence of the Exodus of the Children of Israel.  The journey takes him on a journey to meet some of the worlds most famous historians, including Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 
   As for me, I'm a pastor, so this held a lot of interest for me.  The graphics used throughout the film were awesome.  The subject was interesting.  Some of the many facts shared were great to know.  But this documentary just really was a big let down for me.  I admit I was looking for more answers than this gave. 
   I could spend a lot of time describing the details, but I'll leave it at this:  While interesting at times, this documentary tended to drag on for way too long with little information being shared.  It tended to be more of a sharing of top historians debating a timeline rather than actual facts. 
   I give this DVD a 1 out of 5.  Thanks to Propeller for the opportunity to review this product.

God Bless,

Marcus
  

Monday, July 31, 2017

Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl - Book Review

   Here we go again!  The roller coaster that is The Defenders of Justice Series.  Book one was awesome!  Book 2?  Even better.  I have to admit that I love action and adventure.  I love suspense.  And in all honesty, this book seriously did not disappoint.  It was a page turner from beginning to end.
   The story follows a sweet young lady, Kate O'Brien, who's life has been full of tragedy.  Four years ago, she was placed in witness protection after the murder of her twin sister and the attempted murder of herself.  Now she's subpoenaed to once again testify against the man who killed her sister.  But then the unexpected happens.  The roller coaster ride begins.  Not just for Kate, but for the U.S. Marshall, Tony DeLuca who is assigned to protect her. 
   Once again, I'm impressed with the wonderful story that Nancy Mehl has given us the privilege to enjoy.  It reads like an episode of your favorite Cop tv show, with one exception.  And it's a big exception!  You don't have to plow through the vulgarities and the sensuality.  It's clean, Christian suspense at it's best.  I won't be long winded with this review.  No need to be.  It's a great book.  I will happily promote this book and others by Nancy Mehl.  There are a few other authors that I have read their so called "adventures", only to quit in the middle because I got lost in the details.  There is none of that here.  It's an amazing ride from beginning to end. 
   I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.  And I always give honest reviews.  This book is 5 out of 5 stars.  Go out and pick it up.  It's a fun read.

God Bless,

Marcus

Monday, July 24, 2017

5 Love Languages of Teenagers - book review

Don’t you love teenagers?  All the crazy ideas that pop in their head?  The crazy little things they think are so hilarious?  The mood swings?  The growing pains?  The awkwardness?  The ever - changing friendships?
   I remember those days.  I remember the frustrations.  I also remember having parents that knew how to love me through it all.  Unfortunately for them, they had to practice on my older two siblings.  For those of us who are raising teenagers today, we have an amazing, up to date, resource:  The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers by Gary Chapman.
   This is an awesome resource for parents to not only help them learn about their teen, but to also learn about their own parenting style.  Every child is different and responds differently.  The Love Languages- Words of Affirmation, Physical Touch, Quality Time, Acts of Service, and Gifts - should all be treated differently.
   Gary Chapman gives simple, detailed explanations for each Love Language.  He gives strengths and weaknesses of each one.  He also gives parents ideas and tips on what to do for each one of these Love Languages.
   The book also deals with issues such as anger, single parent homes, desire for independence, teaching responsibility and what to do when your teen fails.  Also included in this book is a test that your teen can take to determine their Love Language.  I did this with my 13 year old daughter and found it to be very enlightening and helpful.
   I highly recommend this book.  I did receive this book free from Moody Publishing.



God Bless,

Marcus

Friday, April 21, 2017

Christ Among Other gods by Erwin Lutzer - Book Review

   Do you ever get tired of the intolerance of the so called "tolerant"?  I do.  They are tolerant of everybody's rights except the rights of those who believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  Erwin Lutzer has written another awesome book about this world that we live in.  I've had the privilege to review two of his books previously, but this one is just a little different.  This one is not just an explanation of something, this is what the subtitle calls - A Defense of Christ in an Age of Tolerance. 
    We, as Americans, once were a Christian nation.  We once identified as a Christian nation that was founded upon Biblical principles.  Today, the name of Jesus is no longer spoken in reverence, but instead is a slang or curse word.  You are not allowed to pray in Government building in the name of Jesus.  He is thought of as a great Teacher.  A great prophet from the past.  A great historical figure.  But when you mention Him as God, you have overstepped your bounds.  That's the sad state of affairs in this age of so called "tolerance" that we live in.  Why?  Because Jesus as a teacher, a prophet, a historical figure is okay, but Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life is offensive.
    At the very heart Christ Among Other gods, Lutzer makes a statement defines the reason why this book is so important and so needed in our society today.  It's why I encourage folks to get this book and read it, to understand why it's important to know Who Jesus is.  To understand that He is not just another god.  He is God the Son.  The 2nd Person of the Trinity.  He is the Messiah.  The statement that defines the book:
        "What a pity to know Shakespeare, but not as a man of literature; to know Newton, but not as a scientist; but what an eternal tragedy to know Christ, as a friend, as a prophet, as a miracle worker, but not as Savior!...To love Him is not enough. To admire Him is not enough; we must trust Him with our souls, with our eternal souls.  Many prophets, but one Savior."
   If there ever was a time when we needed to understand what we believe as Christians and stand firm on those beliefs, it is now.  This book by Erwin Lutzer will go a long way in helping not just the new Christian, but also the seasoned Christian strengthen their defense of the Gospel of Jesus.
   I did receive this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review.  I am thankful for the wonderful opportunity that I had to read this awesome book.  I highly encourage every Christian to read this to deepen you faith in the one true Way to Heaven. 

God Bless,

Marcus

Monday, March 13, 2017

Still Life by Dani Pettrey - book review

   FBI.   Crime Scene Investigators.   Detectives asking questions. A long list of suspects who are as diverse as the City of Baltimore, where this story takes place.
   Still Life is Book #2 in Dani Pettrey's Chesapeake Valor Series.   Book #1, Cold Shot, (here is my review link to that - http://mm-read.blogspot.com/2016/02/cold-shot-by-dani-pettrey-book-review.html) was an amazing adventure with a unique cast of characters.   Dani Pettrey has followed Cold Shot up with a story that is just as good, or better.  The group of friends are back - Avery, Parker, Griffin, Finley, Declan, Tanner, and Kate.   They are once again drawn into a mystery filled with murder, intrigue, twist and turns that will have you turning the pages to find out what happens next.
   The Plot?   A missing model who poses as if she's dead.   A photographer who says he didn't take the shot. A friend, Avery, who fears the worst, and calls in her friends for help.   And then, there is you, the reader, who is drawn in to a book that is hard to put down because it really is that good.  So sit back, grab some munchies, and enjoy this adventure.
   I received this book in exchange for my honest review.  And guess what?  My reviews are always honest!  I loved this book.  I loved the cast of characters, the interesting plot, the twist, the humor, and the central theme that God loves you and wants you as His child, no matter how ugly your past may be.  So thanks Bethany House for the opportunity to review Still Life.  Thanks Dani Pettrey for another great book.

God Bless,

Marcus

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Kingdom Family Devotional byTony Evans & Jonathan Evans

   Do you still pray every night with your family?  Do you still gather your kids around and read the Bible and say family prayers?  In the old days it was called family devotions or the family altar.  It's sad to say, but today, what used to be common in Christian homes is now a thing of the past. 
  While America may have forgotten the family altar, and the morals are showing the effects of that, the family altar is still a much needed thing in our society.  The old saying is still true - "The family that prays together stays together." 
   Tony Evans and his son, Jonathan, have worked together to write a 365 devotional for families.  It is very unique in that it contains 52 themes, 1 for each week.  And then on each day, there is a separate devotional about that theme.  Each devotional contains different features that include anything from scriptures to memorize, activities to do(such as go around the room and tell each family member something you appreciate about them), games to play, ect. 
   Done in the very descriptive, down to earth style that Tony Evans is known for, this devotional is great for families with kids of all ages.  We've enjoyed the discussions that it encourages, the lessons that it teaches, and the way that is always points the family back to God. 
   Overall, this is a great devotional for families to help them get back in the habit of family devotions.  And really, who said family devotions had to be boring?  They can be fun, exciting, times of discussion, learning, and growing closer to each other and God.  Tony Evans gives us a great resource in helping our families do all of that. 
   I would like to thank Tyndale Publishing for allowing me to review this book.  I did receive this book in exchange for my honest review.  And guess what?  It's really good!

God Bless,

Marcus