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Sunday, October 23, 2011

When God Whispers Your Name by Max Lucado

When God Whispers Your Name

One of Max Lucado’s greatest gifts is the ability to retell biblical stories in a modern fashion and make it so real that you think he’s telling your story. He draws you in with little effort and shows you God at work in your life. This book testifies to the power and persistence of the Creator to know each of His creations by name. Through moving encounters of biblical stories, Lucado reveals the hope that God knows and whispers our names.

The three sections, the Song of the Minstrel, The Touch of the Master, and the Guest of the Maestro, have short chapters that can easily be read in a short amount of time. This book discusses how to listen and hear when God whisper’s your name. Lucado tells the modern story and then identifies the biblical counterpart. He does so in a way which holds the reader’s interest and is never boring. The discussion guide at the end of the book includes questions for each chapter that will help you to reflect on what you read, gives you scripture to guide you and even suggests which chapters to read together due to a common theme, to help the reader in their relationship with God.

If you need some help to get inspired Max Lucado is just the author and recommend you add this book to your reading list. This book would make a great gift or anyone for any occasion.

I received a free copy of this E-book for my Nook from Thomas Nelson as part of their Booksneeze Blogger program.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

The Twelfth Imam by Joel Rosenberg

The Twelfth Imam, The Twelfth Imam Series #1

The Twelfth Imam by Joel Rosenberg flawlessly combines the best element of a Tom Clancy political thriller with the spiritual warfare of Left Behind. Set in modern Iran, the book follows a wide cast ranging from Iranian Christians and CIA operatives to radical Muslims and Iranian nuclear scientists. Readers find themselves guessing at every turn, trying to unravel an intricate web of deceptions, alliances and hidden agendas as the Iranian government works feverishly to develop weapons of mass destruction.

The action-packed plot sprints forward from the opening paragraph, and loses none of its intense drama and emotion as it continues. The book focuses primarily on David Shirazi, a Muslim-turned-agnostic who hunts terrorist leaders for the CIA. Undercover in Iran, he finds himself struggling to outwit and outgun a host of Iranian loyalists.

The story takes place today, and current events about the conflict and intrigue that characterize the geopolitical realities of the Middle East are woven masterfully throughout. Apocalyptic leaders of Iran are calling for the annihilation of Israel and the United States. Complicating matters is the emergence of a mysterious cleric. Do the miracles and healings he’s performing confirm that he is the Islamic messiah known as the Twelfth Imam?

This is my first book by Joel Rosenberg. This book gripped my attention from the very beginning! The reading is fast pace and well written. The intrigue kept me attentive for hidden details. This was my first, but won’t be my last in this series.

If you like political thrillers you will enjoy this story and if you have never tried one this is a good one to start.