Monday, June 17, 2019

All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner

This is a touching novel about a small family during the Vietnam War years. The book is character driven, seen through the eyes of the daughter Annie, a recent high school graduate. The story centers around changes in family dynamics as Annie's older brother, Mike, decides to enlist in the Army instead of wait for his draft notice.

The effect of war on a family is a strong issue in the novel. Annie and Mike's father had been in the Korean War. Upon his return, he was unstable and abandoned the family. Mike had become the responsible man in the family and now he was leaving for war. We see how Annie, her mother and younger brother deal with the change. Through a series of events, the father is back in the picture after being gone over a decade. Another part of the novel is how the family members react to him.

The plot was a tad bit predictable. There is no suspense. There are no surprises. There is some romance with Annie but I found it a little puzzling and unsettled. The strength of the novel comes from Finkbeiner's writing style. Her work is a pleasure to read. This is a book for readers who would enjoy a novel centering on family relationships in troubled times.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Susie Finkbeiner is a CBA bestselling author. She serves on the Breathe Christian Writers Conference planning committee and volunteers her time at Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She speaks at retreats and women's events across the state. She and her husband have three children and live in West Michigan. Photo credit: Bree Rose Photos.

Revell, 448 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Starting Now by Crystal Chiang and Gerald Fadayomi

Starting college can be a confusing time. Young people are in a new environment with new people and new challenges. This book helps beginning college students navigate issues they'll face, encouraging them become the people they want to be. The format covers 30 days, six weeks with five daily readings. Each reading includes perceptive comments and thought provoking questions with space to journal.

Week One is about creating a supportive team. The authors write about establishing relationships and gathering people around you who will help you become the person you want to be. Week Two is about identity. It covers concepts like being in Christ, not being bound by the past, challenges, failing and developing character traits. Week Three is about faith. Readers are asked to think about spiritual habits, doubts, and rethinking faith. Week Four is about integrity. The relationship of beliefs and values and actions is explored. Week Five is about freedom. The wisdom needed to make right choices in the face of temptation is covered. Readers are encouraged to let God restore and be a new creation every morning. Week Six encourages service. Being made for God's purpose of doing good and what that might look like is explored.

I like this book. While many books for college kids deal with career choices, this one really concentrates on character development. That is so important when young people are placed in a new environment with new freedoms and choices to make. The decisions readers make while working through this book will have a great impact on who they will be for the rest of their lives. The authors have included a bit of crazy humor I think young people will enjoy.

Food for thought: “One of the best things about starting a new phase of life is you get to decide what kind of person you want to be, starting now.” (74)

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Crystal Chiang is the executive director of student curriculums Orange. She is the co-author of The Art of Group Talk: How to Lead Better Conversations with Teenage Girls, a resource for small group leaders (Orange Books). You can find out more at https://www.crystalcchiang.com/ .
Gerald Fadayomi is an Atlanta-based communicator with a passion for inspiring students to have an active faith. He has spoken to students at camps and conferences across the country. He previously authored Before You Go: Following Jesus and Growing in Your Faith After High School (Orange Books). You can find out more at https://www.geraldfadayomi.com/ .

Orange Books, 296 pages. You can find out more about the publisher at https://thinkorange.com/ .

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Zilker Media. My comments are an honest and independent review.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Path of a Peacemaker by P Brian Noble

Conflict seems to be the default behavior in our world today. We Christians might want to ignore conflict but that is not an option for us. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5 that we have the ministry of reconciliation. We are to be peacemakers, but how? Noble provides us with great teaching, good strategies, several illustrations of principles, and some practical steps to take.

I found it interesting he began with a foundation of tension. Life is filled with tension, both external and internal. “When tension is used wisely,” Noble says, “it can bring out the best in you and in your life.” (179/2641) That wise use of tension means we have to know ourselves. Noble encourages us to recognize our unique story, helping us understand how it filters our perspective on the situation. We must get God's perspective and rely on God's presence. We need reflection. We need humility. We need to learn to listen.

All of that might seem like a tall order but Noble does a very good job of explaining it all. He has good examples of how it all works, including ones from his own life. He offers specific steps to take with many of the suggested actions and thought patterns.

I highly recommend this book to pastors, church leaders, counselors and others who want to learn the biblical method of helping those in conflict. You'll be challenged about your own attitudes too and their role in conflict you experience.

You can find out more about Peacemaker Ministries here.

You can download an excerpt of the book here.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

P Brian Noble is the executive director of Peacemaker Ministries. He teaches the Path of a Peacemaker seminar all over the country and develops new resources for churches, marriages, and workplaces. He also serves as executive pastor of the Valley Assembly of God Church in Spokane, Washington.

Baker Books, 240 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Harbor Secrets by Melody Carlson

About the Book:


A Peaceful Coastal Town . . . Threatened by a Storm of Secrets.

It's 1916 when newspaper woman Anna McDowell learns her estranged father has suffered a stroke. Deciding it's time to repair bridges, Anna packs up her precocious adolescent daughter and heads for her hometown in Sunset Cove, Oregon.

Although much has changed since the turn of the century, some things haven't. Anna finds the staff of her father's paper not exactly eager to welcome a woman into the editor-in-chief role, but her father insists he wants her at the helm. Anna is quickly pulled into the charming town and her new position . . . but just as quickly learns this seaside getaway harbors some dark and dangerous secrets.

With Oregon's new statewide prohibition in effect, crime has crept along the seacoast and invaded even idyllic Sunset Cove. Anna only meant to get to know her father again over the summer, but instead she finds herself rooting out the biggest story the town has ever seen – and trying to keep her daughter safe from it all.

My Review:


I enjoyed this novel set in an interesting time and place. I had no idea that Oregon had instituted prohibition by 1916, something not seen nation wide until 1920. It was a controversial law, as is shown well in this novel. But it was the law and Anna, our heroine, was determined to see the law upheld. I enjoyed the seaside setting too. The Oregon coast is beautiful. Now the coastal towns are filled with summer tourists. In 1916, with the popularity of the automobile on the rise, it was interesting to read that more tourists were arriving in Sunset Cove every summer.

Carlson deals with several relationship issues in the novel. Anna had been estranged from her father for some sixteen years. She thoroughly disliked her mother, a woman who had abandoned her family when Anna was young. But there have been secrets hidden from Anna and she is greatly challenged when she decides to be with her father for the summer only to find her mother has returned to the town too.

This novel is informative as well as enjoyable just on the story level. There is a subtle hint of a possible romance for Anna. This is just the first in a two part series so I look forward to reading the next one and finding out what the future brings for Anna.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

About Melody Carlson:


Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women, and children. That's a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, True Colors, etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She's won a number of awards (including RT's Career Achievement Award, the RITA, and the Gold medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and https://www.melodycarlson.com.

WhiteFire Publishing, 300 pages.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Company Files: 2. The Naming Game by Gabriel Valjan Blog Tour and Giveaway

The Company Files: 2.

The Naming Game

by Gabriel Valjan

on Tour April 22 - June 22, 2019


Synopsis:


Whether it's Hollywood or DC, life and death, success or failure hinge on saying a name.

The right name.

When Charlie Loew is found murdered in a seedy flophouse with a cryptic list inside the dead script-fixer's handkerchief, Jack Marshall sends Walker undercover as a screenwriter at a major studio and Leslie as a secretary to Dr. Phillip Ernest, shrink to the stars. J. Edgar Hoover has his own list. Blacklisted writers and studio politics. Ruthless gangsters and Chief Parker's LAPD. Paranoia, suspicions, and divided loyalties begin to blur when the House Un-American Activities Committee insists that everyone play the naming game.

Praise for The Naming Game:

"With crackling dialogue and a page turning plot shot-through with authentic period detail, Gabriel Valjan pulls the reader into the hidden world of the 1950's Hollywood studio scene, involving murder, McCarthyism and mayhem."
~ James L'Etoile, author of At What Cost and Bury the Past

"Terrific historical noir as Gabriel Valjan takes us on a trip through post-war Hollywood involving scandal, McCarthyism, blacklisting, J. Edgar Hoover and, of course, murder. Compelling story, compelling characters - and all the famous name dropping is great fun. Highly recommended!"
~ R.G. Belsky, author of the Clare Carlson Mystery Series

"Brilliantly written, Gabriel Valjan's The Naming Game whisks the reader back in time to postwar Los Angeles. Spies, Communism, and Hollywood converge in a first-rate thriller."
~ Bruce Robert Coffin, Agatha Award nominated author of Beyond the Truth 


My Review:


This is a good novel for readers who would enjoy being immersed in the post WW II world of actors and screenwriters in California. Tensions were high in the film industry at the time as government agents were hot after communists. Valjan creates an authentic setting through witty dialogue and revealing action scenes, emulating the detective writers of that era. He has done his research and I found the novel informative about a very interesting time on our nation's history.

This is the second in a series and I was a little lost at the very beginning of the book. I would have liked a better introduction to the main character and the “Company” he worked for. I have not read the first book in the series and perhaps all is made clear there.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Book Details:

Genre: Historical Mystery, Crime Fiction
Published by: Winter Goose Publishing
Publication Date: May 4, 2019
Number of Pages: 210
ISBN: 978-1-941058-86-2
Series: The Company Files: 2
Purchase Links: Amazon | Goodreads

Read an excerpt:

At seven minutes past the hour while reviewing the classified documents at his desk, one of the two colored phones, the beige one, rang. He placed the receiver next to his ear, closed the folder, and waited for the caller's voice to speak first.
"Is this Jack Marshall?"
"It is."
"This is William Parker. Is the line secure?"
"It is," Jack replied, his hand opening a desk cabinet and flipping the ON switch to start recording the conversation.
"I don't know you Mr. Marshall and I presume you don't know me."
A pause.
"I know of you, Chief Parker."
"Were you expecting my call?"
"No and it doesn't matter." Jack lied.
"Fact of the matter, Mr. Marshall, is an individual, whom I need not name, has suggested I contact you about a sensitive matter. He said matter of security so I listened."
"Of course. I'm listening."
"I was instructed to give you an address and have my man at the scene allow you to do whatever it is that you need to do when you arrive there."
"Pencil and paper are ready. The address, please."
Jack wrote out the address; it was in town, low rent section with the usual rooming houses, cheap bars, about a fifteen-minute drive on Highway 1 without traffic.
"Ask for Detective Brown. You won't miss him. Don't like it that someone steps in and tells me how to mind my own city, but I have no choice in the matter."
Jack ignored the man's defensive tone. He knew Detective Brown was a dummy name, like Jones or Smith on a hotel ledger. Plain, unimaginative, but it would do. Most policemen, he conceded, were neither bright nor fully screwed into the socket. A chief was no different except he had more current in him. The chief of police who ruled Los Angeles by day with his cop-syndicate the way Mickey Cohen owned the night must've swallowed his pride when he dropped that nickel to make this call.
"Thank you, Chief Parker."
Jack hung up and flipped the switch to OFF.
Whatever it was at the scene waiting for Jack was sufficient cause to pull back a man like Bill Parker and his boys for twelve hours. Whoever gave this order had enough juice to rein in the LAPD.
Jack took the folder he was reviewing and walked it across the room. He opened the folder once more and reread the phrases 'malicious international spy' and, in Ronald Reagan's own choice of words, 'Asia's Mata Hari', before closing the cover and placing it inside the safe. His review will have to wait. He put on his holster and grabbed a jacket.
Betty came out on the porch as he was putting the key into the car door.
"I won't be long. Please kiss the children good night for me."
"Can't this wait, Jack? The children were expecting you to read to them tonight. Jack Junior set aside the book and you know Elizabeth will be crushed."
"It can't wait. I'm sorry. Tell them I'll make it up to them."
"You need to look them in the face when you tell them sorry."
He opened the door as his decision. She understood she dealt him the low card. "Want something for the road?"
"No thanks. I'll see you soon."
He closed the door with finesse. He couldn't help it if the children heard the car. He checked the mirror and saw her on the porch, still standing there, still disappointed and patient, as he drove off.
Detective Brown, sole man on the scene, walked him over to the body without introducing himself. Jack didn't give his name.
At six-fifteen the vet renting a room down the hall discovered the body. Detective Brown said the veteran was probably a hired hound doing a bag job - break-ins, surveillance, and the like. Recent veterans made the best candidates for that kind of work for Hoover, Jack thought. Worked cheap and they went the extra mile without Hoover's agents having to worry about technicalities like a citizen's rights going to law.
"What makes you think he was hired out?" Jack asked.
Brown, a man of few words, handed Jack his notebook, flipped over to the open page he marked Witness Statement and said politely, "Please read it. Words and writing are from the witness himself."
"The man was a no good 'commonist'."
"Nice spelling. A suspect?"
"No, sir. The coroner places the death around early afternoon, about 2ish. Our patriot was across the street drinking his lunch. I verified it."
Jack viewed the body. The man was fully dressed wearing a light weave gabardine suit costing at least twenty-five. The hardly scuffed oxfords had to cost as much as the suit, and the shirt and tie, both silk, put the entire ensemble near a hundred. Hardly class consciousness for an alleged Communist, Jack thought.
The corpse lying on his side reminded Jack of the children sleeping, minus the red pool seeping into the rug under the right ear. The dead man wore a small sapphire ring on his small finger, left hand. No wedding band. Nice watch on the wrist, face turned in. An odd way to read time. Breast pocket contained a cigarette case with expensive cigarettes, Egyptian. Jack recognized the brand from his work in the Far East. Ten cents a cigarette is nice discretionary income. Wallet in other breast pocket held fifty dollars, various denominations. Ruled out robbery or staging it. Identification card said Charles Loew, Warner Brothers. Another card: Screen Writers Guild, signed by Mary McCall, Jr. President. Back of card presented a pencil scrawl.
"Find a lighter or book of matches?"
Detective Brown shook his head. Jack patted the breast pockets again and the man's jacket's side-pockets. Some loose change, but nothing else. The man was unarmed, except for a nice pen. Much as he disliked the idea Jack put his hands into the man's front pockets. Nothing. He found a book of matches in the left rear pocket, black with gold telltale lettering, Trocadero on Sunset. Jack flipped the matchbook open and as he suspected, found a telephone number written in silver ink; different ink than the man's own pen. Other back pocket contained a handkerchief square Jack found interesting, as did Detective Brown.
"What's that?" he asked, head peering over for a better look.
"Not sure," answered Jack, unfolding the several-times folded piece of paper hidden inside the hanky. The unfolded paper revealed a bunch of typewritten names that had bled out onto other parts of the paper. It must have been folded while the ink was still wet. It didn't help someone spilt something on the paper. Smelled faintly of recent whiskey. Jack reviewed what he thought were names when he realized the letters were nonsense words.
"Might be a Commie membership list. Looks like code." But Brown zipped it when Jack folded the paper back up and put it into his pocket.
"The paper and the matches stay with me. We clear?"
"Uh, yes sir. The Chief told me himself to do whatever you said and not ask questions."
"Good. Other than the coroner - who else was here? Photographers, fingerprints?"
"Nobody else. Medical pronounced him dead, but nothing more. Chief had them called off to another scene - a multiple homicide, few blocks away. We're short-staffed tonight. The Chief said he'd send Homicide after you leave. They'll process the scene however you leave it. They won't know about the matches or the paper. Chief's orders."
Jack checked his watch. Man down, found at six fifteen. Chief called a little after seven. He arrived not much later than seven forty. The busy bodies would get the stiff by eight or eight thirty, the latest. Perfectly reasonable Jack thought. He squatted down to see the man's watch, noticing light bruising on the wrist and the throw rug bunched into a small hill near the man's time hand. Intriguing.
"Thank you, Detective. I'll be going now. If I speak to the chief I'll let him know you've done your job to the letter."
"You're welcome. Night."
Jack knew he and the chief would be speaking again.
Outside on the street, Jack pulled out his handkerchief and wiped both hands for any traces of dead man as he headed for the parked car. Compulsive habit. He pulled up the collar on his jacket. It was cold for late May.
The street sign said he was not far from Broadway. In this part of town thousands lived crowded in on themselves as lodgers in dilapidated Gothic mansions or residence hotels, working the downtown stores, factories, and offices, riding public transit and the other funicular railway in the area, Court Flight, a two-track railway climb towards Hill Street.
Los Angeles changed with the world. The war was over and there was a new war, possibly domestic, definitely foreign. Court Flight is gone, ceased operations. Its owner and his faithful cat had passed on. His good widow tried. In '43 a careless brush fire destroyed the tracks and the Board of Public Utilities signed the death warrant; and now Jack was hearing whispers Mayor Bowron planned to revitalize the area International Style, which meant dotting the desert city with skyscrapers.
Jack opened the door and sat behind the wheel a moment. He took the family once to nearby Angels Flight. Junior wondered why there was no apostrophe on the sign. Betty tolerated the excursion, indifferent to Los Angeles because she preferred their home in DC. He released the clutch. Betty disliked LA because it changed too much without reason. She might have had a point. He shifted gear. Pueblo city would level whole blocks of thriving masses just to create a parking lot. He pulled the car from the curb.
***
Excerpt from The Naming Game by Gabriel Valjan. Copyright 2019 by Gabriel Valjan. Reproduced with permission from Gabriel Valjan. All rights reserved.



Author Bio:


Gabriel Valjan is the author of two series, The Roma Series and The Company Files, available from Winter Goose Publishing. His short stories have appeared in Level Best anthologies and other publications. Twice shortlisted for the Fish Prize in Ireland, once for the Bridport Prize in England, and an Honorable Mention for the Nero Wolfe Black Orchid Novella Contest, he is a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime National, a local member of Sisters in Crime New England, and an attendee of Bouchercon, Crime Bake, and Malice Domestic conferences.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Code of the Righteous Warrior by Rev. Dr. Alyn E Waller with Hilary Beard

Waller is concerned with what it means for Christian men to be masculine. How does a man exercise his manhood? What should be his mindset? What values should a man have? What does it mean to really be a man?

Waller's answers revolved around being a warrior. He believes “that Jesus was a warrior” and “lived a warrior's life...” (xxii) Jesus provided a blueprint for men to access their best selves. The book contains ten basic laws to help men live a fulfilled life.

Waller disagrees with the traditional church teaching that people should never fight. He believes it is often necessary and when approached righteously, is not immoral. (8) He shows from Scripture that there are times for a man to stand up and fight in the right way. (12) He believes the popular interpretation of “turn the other cheek” is fundamentally inaccurate. He says it is a lifestyle you engage in only when you have stopped the violence and there is no longer the threat of aggression. (13)

Waller is quick to point out that he writes as an African-American. Oppression is a huge aspect of his heritage. He notes the atrocities that “have taken place because the traditional Christian church's imperialistic perspective has made room for dominating others.” (16) This perspective has also allowed the church to say Jesus was passive and interpret His teaching as pacifistic.

Waller teaches in the context of his own warrior training in the martial arts. I can see where such training helps men understand and express their masculinity. He also tells many encouraging stories, his own and those of others. The principles he presents are good ones for living life well.

I think this book would appeal to men looking for meaning in their lives in the context of being masculine. It contains good principles for living in general. It is not overly preachy as Waller uses no Scripture passages to reinforce his life principles. The book is a great deal to take in so it might be best read and discussed with others although no discussion prompts are included. It was hard to identify practical steps for the principles so reading the book with others may help in that area too. For example, Principle 10 is “Don't Quit.” Great advice but the reader is left to his own resources to carry it out.

You can read an excerpt here.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Alyn E Waller is the senior pastor of Enon Tabernacle church in Philadelphia. He has degrees from Palmer Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Ohio University. He holds advanced rankings in Commando Krav Maga, American Kenpo karate, Muay Thai, and Naphtali, and has studied warrior cultures all over the world. He has also served in the Army National Guard. He and his wife have two adult daughters.
Hilary Beard is the coauthor of twelve books, including three New York Times bestsellers and two NCAAP Image Award winners. She is a writer, speaker and personal development coach and lives in Philadelphia.

Howard Books, 320 pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an honest and independent review.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Exceedingly by Anita Agers-Brooks

Agers-Brooks wants people to live abundantly. It's what we were made for. (Eph. 3:20, John 10:10). That means finding out God's purpose for us and living it with passion.

She tells stories and shares lessons from them. Many of the stories are from her own life and are quite revealing. At one point she says this book is a “pretty intimate look inside my life.” (1152/2837) She's made mistakes and had struggles so her life is a good illustration for the lessons she teaches.

I was glad to see that the latter half of the book contained more teaching than stories. I like how she reminds us that our purpose may be related to something we naturally like to do and are good at. She writes about overcoming fear, finding a support community, and much more.

Much of what Agers-Brooks shares about her life deals with her writing journey so this would be a good book for aspiring writers. Encouraging words, Scripture and discussion prompts are included at the end of each chapter. This would be a good book to be used with trusted friends.

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from the book:
When you submit to God's plan, everything you experience will be used to fulfill his purpose for you.” (936/2837)
"Remember, the worst that can happen is not failure; it is not attempting at all.” (1102/2837)

This is a good book for readers who like spiritual lessons wrapped up in stories. It would best be used with a journal in hand or in a group of friends.

You can read an excerpt here.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Anita Agers-Brooks is a writer, speaker, and certified life coach with a passion for encouraging people to seek biblical guidance for emotional issues. She is also a multi-published, award-winning author and host of Tending Your Dreams podcast. She lives in Cuba, Missouri.

Kregel, 192 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review. I read an ARC and the quotes may have been changed in the final product.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Language of Heaven by Sam Storms

Speaking in tongues is a controversial issue within Christianity. There are those who believe God still gives the gift to believers while others are convinced He does not. Storms does a great job in exploring what both continuists and cessationists teach. He shares his own story and explores what is found on the topic in the New Testament.

He covers many issues, such as whether the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a second act or occurs at conversion. (Storms believes the latter.) He investigates whether tongues are human languages. (He shows they are not and biblically do not have to be.) Those are just a few of the topics covered in the book.

My favorite part of the book was Storms' comments on some seeing tongues as anti-intellectual. He notes there is an “approach to Christian spirituality that argues nothing is of value unless it can be cognitively understood.” (90) They oppose the idea that the Holy Spirit might engage the human spirit directly. (90) Storms writes of speaking in tongues as transrational, an experience that exceeds the limits of our finite minds. (92-93) The experience transcends our limited human intellectual capacity. Storms firmly shows that Paul believed “there was personal spiritual value in a practice that did not pass through the cognitive mechanism of his thinking brain.” (94) What good news, that I am not limited by my own mental abilities when it comes to communicating with God.

Storms does not have all the answers to how the Spirit works nor can he quantify the Spirit's work in a tidy bundle. He writes, “This is a high hill to climb for those of us who were raised in intensely cerebral or deeply intellectual churches where theological precision and doctrinal authenticity were prized above all else.” (176) Having been raised in such a church, I greatly appreciate Storms' book.

I highly recommend this book to any believer who wants to understand more about speaking in tongues. Storms is a favorite author of mine and this may be his best book yet.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

Sam Storms describes himself as an Amillennial, Calvinist, charismatic, credo-baptistic, complementarian Christian. He has degrees from the University of Oklahoma (BA), Dallas Theological Seminary ThM) and the University of Texas (PhD). He served in the pastorate until 2000 when he became associate professor of theology at Wheaton College. He resigned four years later to establish Enjoying God Ministries. In 2008 he became Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is on the Board of Directors of Desiring God and serves as a member of the Council of The Gospel Coalition. You can find out more at https://www.samstorms.com/ .

Charisma House, 272 pages.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.