Sunday, April 24, 2016

BLB Book Review: Forgiving My Daughters Killer by Kate Grosmaire

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from BookLookBlogger in return for my honest review.
Book Description on BLB Website:
Forgiveness is possible even in impossible circumstances.
On March 28, 2010, Kate and Andy Grosmaire received two pieces of news that would change their lives forever.
The first was their worst nightmare: “Ann has been shot.”
And the second was the dumbfounding addendum: “Conor was the one who shot her.”
Their nineteen-year-old daughter had been killed by her boyfriend, a young man who had lived with the family and had come to feel like part of it.
In a beautiful, tragic testament to the liberating power of forgiveness, Kate Grosmaire tells the story of her daughter’s murder at the hand of her boyfriend—and the stunning, deliberate forgiveness and help that Kate and her husband offered to the young man who shattered their world.
Part memoir, part spiritual testimony, Forgiving My Daughter’s Killer is the story of a family whose faith was put to the test and so found the capacity to do far more than they could have thought or imagined.
My Thoughts on This Book:
This book was definitely a book I was eager to read. As soon as I read the description above on the BLB website I couldn't wait to receive the book. Once it came, I couldn't put the book down. The story is very captivating because it is true!
The heart breaking events that lead up to the forgiveness are bittersweet. Bitter because Ann passed away due to her shot wound. Sweet because forgiveness, love, grace, and mercy were the ultimate outcome. Forgiveness in this story started a ripple effect. Wave after wave of forgiveness. The forgiveness of both parents. The forgiveness of the parents (both) toward Conor. The forgiveness of Conor toward himself. Once you are forgiven it is easy to forgive others. And quite necessary.
The flow of the book is pretty follows the tragedy and the decision to forgive Conor. It has memories/stories woven throughout it. The book is an easy read and because it is well written and captivating it should take you a few days if that to finish it.
I love that towards the end of the book it has what forgiveness means in relation to this situation. And I adore that they have a Q & A session on the last few pages of the book with Conor. I think that is a nice touch to not only say that you forgive him but physically allow him to be in the book. Letting him answer questions all the readers may be eager to have him answer.
Overall, I think this book should definitely be one you pick up. Forgiveness is real. It is a day by day (and lets be honest, sometimes moment by moment) process. God forgave you of your sins. He sent His son Jesus to die for you. (The price of sin is death!) He (Jesus) conquered the grave. And Jesus is now defending us. Forgiving us. Loving us. When we should all be on death-row waiting for the death penalty for our continuous rebellion against God (sin). We should be so affected by this that we live a lifestyle of love, mercy, grace, forgiveness. This book shows a real and tangible version of how forgiveness should be given. Mercy and Grace should be show. And ultimate judgment is not up to us, but up to God.
 Disclaimer: BLB sent me this book in return for my honest review. If you would like to join BLB and receive free books in return for your honest review please check out their website here.

Monday, January 18, 2016

BookLookBlogger Book Reviews

I received both these books free from BookLookBlogger to review honestly. 

Here is what it says on the back:
What would it be like if someone were completely 100 percent for you?
The loser. The rising star. The drug addict. The good Christian kid gone bad. The undeserving overwhelmed with gratitude. Whoever you are and wherever you've been, Jesus is for you-not when you clean up your act or when you do the right thing or when you put your life back together.
Jesus is for you in the midst of now. Whether you woke up amazed by your blessings or shamed by the worst mistake of your life, Jesus is for you and these pages reveal what it means to experience Jesus and discover the real life He promises. With insight from New York Times-bestselling author Judah smith and backed by Scripture, this book will allow you breathe deeply the profound truth that Jesus is for you.

 The first book I received was Jesus Is For You by Judah Smith. This book is a gift book/table book style meaning it is very short and sweet. It would be great for someone who just needs a little reminder of how much God loves them and also that they are not alone. It is full of scriptural promises and also has testimonies from every day people woven throughout it. The book has gorgeous photography on every page which captivates you and brings you peace as you read the stories and scriptures. 

As you can tell this book is meant to be an encouragement to someone (and it is). I look forward to passing this sweet little book on to someone that may need a little love, hope, and joy. Judah Smith has quickly become one of my favorite authors and I hope that this book will bring delight to all who read it. 

Here is what the back of this book says:
We ache deep within to meaningfully honor Christ's resurrection. Yet, in practice, this focal point in the liturgical calendar is often a celebration of public holiday more than it is of humanity's hope. At day's end, we fall asleep well-fed and perhaps even grateful, yet still somehow something short of awed. Enduring awe is rarely the fruit of a morning's celebration. Enduring awe is the fruit if daily participation with Jesus, our resurrected Love. 

40 Days of Decrease invites readers to walk with Jesus through the holy decreases of less and loss that led Him cross-ward and beyond. Each day offers a meaningful consideration of Jesus' journey through reading and reflection and then issues a challenging daily fast. Instead of social media, chocolate, and designer coffee, 40 Days of Decrease calls communities to a Lenten fasting of apathy, injustice, resentment, hypocrisy, and more for the love of God. 

After all, in the same way self cannot satisfy self no matter how long it feasts, self cannot starve self no matter how long it fasts. Decrease is only holy when its destination is love. We thin our lives to thicken our communion with God.

The second book I received was 40 Days Of Decrease By Alicia Brit Chole. This book is more like a workbook which I wasn't expecting. I'll be honest the inside is a bit intimidating as there is a lot of information, tables, personal reflections, and digging deeper areas. This book is intended to use during the season of lent. I highly recommend that you use the book during that time. I didn't use this book as it was intended and had a very hard time with it. So, when the lent season occurs I will definitely pull this tool book out and use it as it was purposed. All that to say, I believe that this book will indeed take me (and you) deeper in your walk with Christ and will stretch you. It will allow God to increase in your life and you (the world etc.) to decrease. I do feel as though this book is directed to teenage girls or college age girls or maybe a new believer... it may be the layout of the book, the font, or just the underlying tone of the author. The author is a little too preachy and very wordy for my taste. I would recommend you look at the book or read a sample before purchasing to make sure it will suit you at your level.