Sunday, August 21, 2016

Book Review-One of the Few By Jason B. Ladd


One of the Few
A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance
of the Christian Worldview
By:  Jason B. Ladd
Publisher:  Boone Shepherd

About the Book:
A US Marine fighter pilot explores life’s important questions as he prepares for combat, searches for truth and wages spiritual warfare during his mission to become a better husband and father.  As a child Jason grows up in a loving military family but does not have much spiritual guidance.  He draws from his life experiences and training as a fighter pilot to lose his spiritual apathy and find true salvation.

My Review:
Before I begin my review of “One of the Few”, let me say without a doubt it is the most insightful book (except the Bible), I have ever read.  It gives concrete evidence of the truths of Jesus Christ.  Be prepared…this book may cause thought-provoking emotions that will cause you to read the footnotes for a better understanding and it will not be a book you can whiz right through!  You might even find yourself in prayer because you found a picture of yourself in the same doubt and misconceptions as Mr. Ladd on his way to finding real peace in Jesus Christ. 

I really don’t know where to begin as this book touches on almost every question a non-believer could ask and then out of left center field cautioning the Christian about the pitfalls of drinking to pornography and how to look for the hidden messages in seemingly innocent TV programs we watch right down to children’s cartoons (just to name a few).   He even explains the difference between killing during war-time and actual murder.  In every situation he has scripture to back up his statements and in many instances scientific findings that parallel the Bible.  Mr. Ladd has taken the events of his life, to share his journey on the quest to find real peace in Jesus!

Mr. Ladd explains that as we search for the truth for God, the only thing that will hinder us from accepting word of God is our pride.  He also doesn’t shrink away from telling Christians it is time to quit being apathetic and stand up for what is right. 

In about the twenty-fourth chapter of his book I came across a passage that truly spoke to my heart.  It brought tears to my eyes and peace to my heart to be reminded again of what God means to me and the price he paid so that I might have eternal salvation.  With Mr. Ladd’s permission to use this quote,  I would like to add that passage to my review…”In him, I will put my trust.  On him, I will depend.  Through him, I will persevere.  For him, I have meaning, purpose and destiny.  By him, I see my own brokenness.  Out of him, comes forgiveness and love.  I am a follower of Jesus Christ—owned by the Father and purchased with blood of his Son.”  (end of quote).

This book is not only for the non-believer, looking for peace, but also a reminder to the Christian to be ever vigilant in the fight against the war on evil.  It is everywhere…even in places it shouldn’t be. 
Thank you Mr. Ladd for this wonderful book!  It is a wake-up call for all who may read it.   I highly recommend this book.  It is well worth the time it will take you to read it and you will be thinking about it for a long time after you have read the last page. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the author, Jason B. Ladd for an honest review.   I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Book Review-Forever Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon




Forever Doon
By:  Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon
Publisher:  Blink

“Forever Doon” begins with the Witch of Doon in power.  Queen Veronica is hiding from the witch in the countryside while trying to rebuild her life. Believing her beloved, Jamie has been killed, and trying to keep the citizens of Doon safe from the wrath of the witch is not an easy task, but Veronica must put her own grief aside and prepare her people for a fierce war that is to come.  Her life was slapped with a double whammy, because her best friend Mackenna and her boyfriend, Duncan, are trapped in the modern world in Alloway, because the Brig O’ Doon was destroyed and the portal fragmented.  This war will be fought on many dimensions with an unlikely army…of The Destined who willingly followed their Calling from all walks of life and from all countries, gathering together in Alloway, while waiting for the rebuilding of the Brig O’ Doon.

Although this book may be written for a young adult…if you need magical escapism, love, romance, and mystery this is a book you will thoroughly enjoy. Sadly, this is the fourth and final book in the Doon series. With each book I have been transported back in time when witchcraft was as real as eating.  The war between good and evil will keep you turning the pages and the imagination of the authors will keep on the edge of your seat, biting your nails as the undead (skellies) do the bidding of the witch against the Doonians. As the story unfolds you will find Queen Veronica doubting that she can be queen to Doon without Jamie, as she believes the witch has killed him.  The authors have done a great job in showing that even though we ask, in this case the Protector of Doon, to intervene it is not always the Protector’s will but in the end He will choose what is best.  The battles fought are not without loss but with great triumph for the people of Doon. 

I have loved the characters of Veronica, Mackenna, Jamie and Duncan from Beginning of the series.  They are fun-loving, a bit unconventional and serious when they need to be.  Although you do not need to read the first 3 books in the series, I highly recommend that you do so. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Zondervan, (Blink) for an honest review.   I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Book Review-One Friday Afternoon by T.K. Chapin



One Friday Afternoon
Diamond Lake Series Book 2
By: T.K. Chapin

Before I get started in my review…I have said this before, if you love contemporary inspirational Christian Fiction then you must read T.K. Chapin’s books.  I promise you will not be disappointed and will finish the book feeling refreshed with a renewed faith in God, knowing there is a solution for the situation you may be in. 

In “One Friday Afternoon” Elizabeth Collins knows her marriage is over and she played a big role in it…but she decides to take a trip with her husband to the Inn at the Lake, hoping she and Nathan can renew their relationship before it is too late.  However both she and Nathan are keeping secrets that once revealed could tear them apart forever.

Wow! This was a soul searcher and a half!  As I read the events leading to Nathan and Elizabeth’s distance in their relationship, I wondered if I would be willing to let God lead in my life?  It was a shocker to think that I might not be able to put my feelings aside and let God take the lead and step out on faith.  Although T.K. Chapin takes the situation and molds it to fit in with forgiveness and the restoring of faith, he shows the journey is not easy…but it is possible with God as your pilot and a willing heart.  I thought the first book in the series, “One Thursday Morning” couldn’t be topped, but again I was wrong.  Although you do not need to read book one in the series, I encourage you to do so and let the inspired writings of Mr. Chapin speak to your heart. 


Disclaimer:  I was given a copy of this eBook by the author T.K. Chapin for review.  I was not compensated for my review nor was I required to make a favorable review.  All thoughts in this review are mine.