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REVIEW: 90 MINUTES IN HEAVIN by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey

90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death & Life90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN: A True Story of Death & Life

*The 10th Anniversary Edition with new materials*

DON PIPER

WITH CECIL MURPHEY

http://www.donpiperministries.com

http://www.cecilmurphey.com

http://www.revellbooks.com

Genre: Biography/Autibiography

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

 

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; 10 Anv edition (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800723236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800723231

(From Amazon)

In the ten years since 90 Minutes in Heaven was published, millions of people worldwide have read the incredible true story of Don Piper’s experience with death and life–and in reading they have found their own lives changed.

After a semi-truck collided with Don Piper’s car, he was pronounced dead at the scene. For the next ninety minutes, he experienced the glories of heaven. Back on earth, a passing minister felt led to stop and pray for the accident victim even though he was told Piper was dead. Miraculously, Piper came back to life, and the pleasure of heaven was replaced by a long and painful recovery.

With a personal update from Don on the impact the book has had on him, his family, and the millions who have heard his story, even those who have read the original book will want to be part of the continuing story of 90 Minutes in Heaven with this new edition. Also includes a note from the publisher, stories from readers, favorite Scriptures and quotations on heaven from Don Piper, and a photo insert.

Purchase your copy!

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/90-Minutes-Heaven-Story-Death/dp/0800723236/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1405525340&sr=8-2&keywords=90+minutes+in+heaven

B&N:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/90-minutes-in-heaven-don-piper/1114836725?ean=9780800723231

ChristianBook: 

http://www.christianbook.com/90-minutes-in-heaven/don-piper/9780800719050/pd/719050


MY THOUGHTS:

90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN: A TRUE STORY OF DEATH AND LIFE by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey is an interesting Biography/Autobiography. The 10th Anniversary Edition with new materials.

A simply written story of death, life, and life after death. This was written 10 years after the original one which was released 2004. This is the impact of pain, hope, faith, and healing. An updated version! He talks candidly about his overcoming,what could have been a tragedy, miracles, prayer, his return to life and his recovery and of course his experience of “90 Minutes in Heaven”. What a though-provoking tale! If you have never read this inspiring book, I would highly recommend you to pick it up, you won’t regret your choice. A powerful story! Received for an honest review from the publisher.

 

*Coming in July from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group*

Rating: 4

Heat rating: N/A

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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REVIEW: THE FAMILY OF JESUS by Karen Kingsbury

 

Coming JULY 1, 2014

 

The Family of Jesus

THE FAMILY OF JESUS

KAREN KINGSBURY

http://www.karenkingsbury.com/books/collections/heart-of-the-story-collections/the-family-of-jesus

Genre: Bible Study & Reference/New Testament/Biography

Series: Life-Changing Bible Study Series/Heart of the Collection #1

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.

 

  • Series: Life-Changing Bible Study Series
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476707375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476707372

 

*From the author’s website*

The FAMILY of JESUS 

Coming July 1, 2014

Heart of the Story Collection – Book 1

For the first time ever, Karen brings you a fictional view of six of the family members of Jesus, all anchored by Scriptural truth, creating a life-changing and unprecedented emotional connection to the Bible.

You will develop an emotional connection to the family members of Jesus, learning about their lives and falling in love with Scripture along the way. Bible studies and devotionals abound, and in churches everywhere people gather to seek a deeper understanding of God’s Word and its application to their lives. But too often these studies engage only the analytic approach to Bible learning.

In The Family of Jesus, you will laugh, cry, and ultimately care more deeply about the Bible by helping you grasp the truths in Scripture not just with your mind, but with your heart. The characters in these short stories were among those closest to Jesus—Mary, Joseph, Jesus’ brother James, John the Baptist, Zechariah, and Elizabeth. Each has a compelling tale to tell. The Family of Jesus not only provides a deeper understanding of the relatives of our Savior, but also helps readers acquire tools that will draw them closer to Christ, to the Scriptures, and to each other.

Purchase your copy!

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Family-Jesus-Life-Changing-Bible-Study/dp/1476707375/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_har?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403530123&sr=1-1&keywords=the+family+of+jesus+karen+kingsbury

B&N

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-family-of-jesus-karen-kingsbury/1115073390?ean=9781476707372

Add to your Goodreads list:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17570141-the-family-of-jesus?from_search=true


MY THOUGHTS:

THE FAMILY OF JESUS by Karen Kingsbury is a spiritual Bible Study & Reference/New Testament/Biography. #1 in the “Life-Changing Bible Study Series/Heart of the Collection” series. An interesting take of Jesus’ relative.

In The Family of Jesus, Karen offers a fictional view of six of the family members of Jesus, all anchored by Scriptural truth, creating a life-changing and unprecedented emotional connection to the Bible.”

A collection of short stories. It will give you a connection to Jesus’ family you never thought to gain though reading the Bible. Some of the characters are said to be the closest to Jesus…Mary, Joseph, John the Baptist, Zechariah, Jesus’ brother James, and Elizabeth, each has a compelling tale to tell itself. Although, I had a difficult time understanding or getting into the story. I believe, it is more of a fictional telling of Jesus’ family, therefore, it was hard to wrap your mind around it and separate facts from fiction. It was difficult to embrace the concept. I love Ms. Kingsbury’s books but this one I had difficulty reading. I do plan to try to re-read at a later date. I understand it is a fictional tale of Jesus’ and his family that is to help the reader connect on a personal level with the Bible. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

 

RATING: 3

HEAT RATING: NONE

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

 

 

 

 

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury, known for her “signature mix of melodrama, formula, and genuine emotional punch” (Publishers Weekly), a dramatic story about character, compromise, and the cost of having it all.Zack Dylan has a dream. He wants to sing on the biggest stages, for the biggest crowds, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make it come true. But Zack also made a promise to his college sweetheart when he left Kentucky to compete on the popular TV show Fifteen Minutes: If he made it, nothing would change him or his faith in God.

 

REVIEW: THE WOMEN OF DUCK COMMANDER: SURPRISING INSIGHTS FROM THE WOMEN BEHIND THE BEARDS ABOUT WHAT MAKES THIS FAMILY WORK by Kay, Korie,Missy and Lisa Robrtson with Beth Clark

The Women of Duck Commander

The Women of Duck Commander: Surprising Insights from the Women Behind the Beards About What Makes This Family Work

Kay, Korie, Missy, Jessica and Lisa Robertson with Beth Clark

With Beth Clark

Genre: Rich & Famous/Biography & Memoirs/ Leaders & Notable People

 

Source: Received from the publisher for an honest review

 

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476763305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476763309
April 1, 2014 (From Amazon)
An Inside Look at the Robertson Women In the pages of this book, you’ll find both fun and inspirational stories . . .

Kay shares the honest story of her relationship with Phil—and his wild and philandering years—and the challenges of being a teenage mother. Even more amazing, she shares the forgiveness she offered Phil and how they have now celebrated forty-eight years of marriage.

Korie tells of her first encounter with Phil when she was in just the fifth grade. At that first meeting Phil came right out and told her what good husbands his boys would make and that she should keep an eye on them. She also shares the reaction her parents had when she told them that she and Willie were getting married when she was only eighteen.

Missy tells the story of their daughter, Mia, who was born with a cleft palate, and their adjustments to this condition and Mia’s joyful spirit that inspires them all.

Jessica recounts her first conversation with Jep and how unimpressed she was when Jep bragged that his dad was the Duck Commander Phil Robertson. She told him she’d heard of Daffy Duck, Donald Duck, and Duck, Duck, Goose— but not the Duck Commander.

Lisa reveals the serious marriage problems she and Al had—problems that almost ended their marriage for good—and how they worked through those issues to have a more stable and loving marriage than she ever imagined possible.

Purchase your copy!
Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Women-Duck-Commander-Surprising-Insights/dp/1476763305/ref=la_B00E9570Y6_1_1_title_1_har?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403475855&sr=1-1

 

B&N
Simon & Schuster

MY THOUGHTS:

Surprising Insights from the Women Behind the Beards About What Makes This Family Work

– See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Women-of-Duck-Commander/Kay-Robertson/9781476763309#sthash.4RppMT1M.dpuf

The Women of Duck Commander: Surprising Insights from the Women Behind the Beards About What Makes This Family Work by Kay,Korie, Missy, and  Lisa Robertson with Beth Clark is an interesting Rich & Famous/Biography & Memoirs/ Leaders & Notable People. I like the book because it talked about God. People who like Duck Dynasty would love this book.The Duck Dynasty show is on A&E.The A&E channel is on 265.People who like the Duck Dynasty show would love this book.If you do like the Duck Dynasty show and would like to know more about  the family,in this case the wives you would love this book. Well written and very interesting. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

 

– See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Women-of-Duck-Commander/Kay-Robertson/9781476763309#sthash.4RppMT1M.dpufI liked the book because it talks about god and for people who like Duck Dynasty will love this book.The Duck Dynasty channel is on A&E.The A&E channel is on 265. It is a good show. I love the show. I would recommend this book for people who love Duck Dynasty,TV show and want to learn more about the family,in this case the wives. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

Surprising Insights from the Women Behind the Beards About What Makes This Family Work

– See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Women-of-Duck-Commander/Kay-Robertson/9781476763309#sthash.4RppMT1M.dpuf

Rating: 4. 5

Heat Rating: None

Reviewed by: Baby Girl (Guest reviewer), courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

REVIEW~ LITTLE FISH: A MEMOIR FROM A DIFFERENT KIND OF YEAR by Ramsey Beyer…

Little Fish: A MemoirLITTLE FISH: A MEMOIR FROM A DIFFERENT KIND OF YEAR

RAMSEY BEYER

http://www.zestbooks.net

Genre: Young Adult Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography/Art/Memoir

Age Range: 12+

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

*From the publisher*

A Memoir From A Different Kind Of Year
by Ramsey Beyer
($15.99 hardcover; September 2013; Ages 12+
ISBN: 9781936976188)
Published by Zest Books, distributed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 978-1-936976-18-8
272 pages, illustrated throughout

 

To 18-year-old Ramsey Beyer, the transition from smalltown Michigan high schooler to big East Coast city art school student wasn’t entirely easy. Like most college freshmen, Ramsey experienced a wide range of emotions throughout the year, from being painfully homesick to gleefully independent–and everything in between. Through journal entries, collages, lists, and comic-style artwork, she tells a deeply personal story of her journey from childhood to independence.

MY THOUGHTS:

LITTLE FISH: A MEMOIR FROM A DIFFERENT KIND OF YEAR by Ramsey Beyer is an interesting Young Adult Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography/Art/Memoir. Age Range: 12+. What an interesting story told through journal entries,lists and illustrations. A personal,entertaining and insightful story of coming of age and the transition from childhood,to college years, to independence. Very insightful and entertaining! This from a nine-year old: “Well written,easy to read,cartoon-like captions,funny,tells you about her life,I like the beginning where she tells you how old she is now and how, it looks like she is turning the pages for you. I would recommend it for someone who can read big books,and is really good at reading,although, I am only nine-years old, I had very little issues reading it. I had to sound out a few of the big words. But I enjoyed “Little Fish” a lot. My grand-daughter and I would recommend this entertaining story for not only young adults, but for adults as well. A well written and again very entertaining! Received for an honest review from the publisher.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: NONE(YOUNG ADULT)

REVIEWED BY: AprilR and Beanie Baby, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

REVIEW~ SWIMMING WITH MAYA: A MOTHER’S STORY by Eleanor Vincent

Swimming With Maya: A Mother's Story (Capital Discovery)SWIMMING WITH MAYA: A MOTHER’S STORY

ELEANOR VINCENT

http://www.eleanorvincent.com

Genre: Biography/Personal Memoirs/Self-Help/Motivational & Inspirational

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Series: Capital Discovery
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Capital Books (March 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931868344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931868341

*Barnes and Nobles*

Eleanor Vincent raised her two daughters, Maya and Meghan, virtually as a single-parent while fighting her way toward a writing career. Maya, the eldest, was a high-spirited and gifted young woman. As a toddler Maya was an angelic tow-head, full of life and curiosity. Eleanor tells the story of how Maya went careening down a hill on her tricycle only to tumble onto the ground, then spring back up and do it again. As a teenager, Maya was energetic and possessed a strong streak of independence. She butted heads with her mother as she strove to find her path in life. But one thing was always clear, the close and connected relationship between Eleanor and Maya. They were like best friends or sisters, but always also mother and daughter.

At age 19, Maya mounted a horse bareback as a dare and in a crushing cantilever fall, was left in a coma from which she would never recover. Eleanor’s life was turned upside down as she struggled to make the painful decision about Maya’s fate. Ultimately she chose to donate Maya’s organs. Maya’s heart was given to a man with a young family who needed a new heart to live. As time went by, Eleanor contacted and struck up a friendship with the heart recipient and his family.

A story about the unique and complicated relationship between mothers and daughters, Swimming with Maya celebrates how that relationship continues to exist beyond the grave. In vivid language, Eleanor Vincent illuminates the kind of courage, creativity, faith, and sheer tenacity it takes to find one’s balance after such an overwhelming blow.

MY THOUGHTS:

SWIMMING WITH MAYA: A MOTHER’S STORY by Eleanor Vincent is an interesting Biography/Personal Memoirs/Self-Help/Motivational & Inspirational. This is the story of Maya,the beloved daughter of the author who died from a fatal horseback accident. A powerful,compelling story of love,grief,joy,tragedy,hope,donating a loved one’s organs and the healing process. Ms. Vincent has written a story that a lot of Mother’s can relate to,the chronicles the friendship that develops between a grieving mother and the young man who becomes a part of her life. Written with honesty,poignancy,inspiration and is very riveting. What every parent dreads to hear is…your child is in grave condition. From a tragedy comes life. Anyone who is considering organ donation,or has lost a loved one should read this amazing story of Maya and Eleanor. Riveting and thought-provoking! Received for an honest review from the publisher.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: NONE

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

CARNIVAL GIRL: SEARCHING FOR GOD IN THE AFTERMATH OF WAR by Sonja Herbert…review

CARNIVAL GIRL: Searching for God in the Aftermath of War

SONJA HERBERT

www.germanwriter.com

Genre: Inspirational/Biography/Mormon women/ Post war Germany

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159955996X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599559964

Book Description(from  Amazon)

Publication Date: June 12, 2012
The only life Sonja has ever known was on the road. Now she must choose between the carnival and her convictions, between her family and her faith. This beautifully written memoir of growing up in post-war Germany and meeting the Mormon missionaries will remind you of how much God loves each one of us and how his power can make anything possible.
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MY THOUGHTS:
CARNIVAL GIRL: Searching for God in the Aftermath of War by Sonja Herbert is an inspirational biography/Mormon women and an interesting story of post WW II Germany.It is the story of author Sonja Herbert’s childhood,her siblings,her emotions,memories,and her nomadiclifestyle and culture.It shows us how God loves us all,and is always with us even when we think we are alone. Ms. Herbert has written an intriguing and interesting,albeit heart pulling story. Follow a young Sonja through her struggles,triumphs and her and her family’s nomadic lifestyle. A must read for anyone who enjoys post WW II history, the nomadic lifestyle,carnival lifestyle,the aftermath of war and inspirational value. Received for an honest review from the publisher,the author’s website,and My Book Addiction and More.RATING:4.5

HEAT RATING: SWEET

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More

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