Enter the Ring, Book Review

Enter the Ring by D.A. & Elicia Horton

Enter the Ring takes a fresh, powerful, vulnerable approach to marriage by framing it as the fight that it is. The world uses different assaults and tactics to distract us, tempting us to walk away, in order to destroy our marriages. But there is hope: The constant forgiveness, grace, and intervention of God can preserve and protect us from not only the world but also ourselves.

D. A. and Elicia Horton explore the tension of two people becoming one and how spouses often fight over which “one of us” they become. They unpack topics such as

  • Seasons of suffering
  • Communication
  • Sexual and physical intimacy
  • The spiritual life of the home
  • Money
This book approaches the traditional topics of a marriage book with the brutal and life-giving honesty of two millennials who have fought together for their marriage. All topics are addressed through the vulnerable lens of the authors’ own struggles and mistakes.

This is a no-holds-barred, real-world . . . marriage book.

My Thoughts: While I'm sure I'm not the typical demographic for Enter the Ring, I was incredibly excited when the publisher offered it to me for review. As soon as it came in I started reading it, and had trouble putting it down! And I have to say this book isn't just for married couples. It really helps you look at things from someone else's perspective, and is so much more than just a relationship book. A great guide for both practical and spiritual issues. 

High Treason, Book Review

High Treason by DiAnn Mills 

When Saudi Prince Omar bin Talal visits Houston to seek cancer treatment for his mother, an attempt on his life puts all agencies on high alert. FBI Special Agent Kord Davidson is the lead on the prince’s protective detail because of their long-standing friendship, but he’s surprised—and none too happy—when the CIA brings one of their operatives, Monica Alden, in on the task force after the assassination attempt.

Kord and Monica must quickly put aside interagency squabbles, however, when they learn the prince has additional motives for his visit—plans to promote stronger ties with the US and encourage economic growth and westernization in his own country. Plans that could easily incite a number of suspects both in the US and in countries hostile to Saudi Arabia. Worse yet, the would-be assassin always seems to be one step ahead of them, implicating someone close to the prince—or the investigation. But who would be willing to commit high treason, and can Kord and Monica stop them in time?

My Thoughts: First of all I have to start by saying that I received this book from the publisher to review, but that this in no way effects my opinion. High Treason is an amazing mystery novel, that is so easy to get into. I loved the setting, characters and especially the fast pace. It seemed like something new was happening every page and I was hanging on, and the ending did not disappoint. I completely recommend this DiAnn Mills novel. 

They Were Single Too, Book Review

They Were Single Too, by David M. Hoffeditz 

Singleness is not a sin that needs to be redeemed. Yet for many single Christians, the way the church regards them often feels condemning. Living between these truths can be a painful, frustrating experience.
By examining eight individuals from Scripture who were single at some point in their adult lives - Paul, Anna, Martha, Jeremiah, Ruth, Joseph, Nehemiah, and John the Baptist - Hoffeditz guides readers through common struggles singles face, such as loneliness and disappointment.
Hoffeditz isn't offering a self-help guide, a twelve-step program to recovery, or philosophical musings. They Were Single Too spells out concrete steps for a healthy, God-approved attitude toward unmarried life and how one can truly serve God without a spouse. Brief chapters with questions for reflection allow for either individual or group study.
Long used as a resource for singles ministries, this revised edition updates the language of this timeless biblical study and makes it more attractive for today's reader.
My Thoughts: I was given this book from the publisher so I could review it and am very happy I got the chance to do so. It's so often that people think of their life only as a couple like "oh when I'm married" or "my spouse and I" that they often lose sight of their own life. I'm so glad they released this updated version of They Were Single Too goes into that and gives those of us who are single a guide book. 

A Force So Swift, Book Review

A Force So Swift by Kevin Peraino
Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949

In the opening months of 1949, U.S. President Harry S. Truman found himself faced with a looming diplomatic catastrophe--"perhaps the greatest that this country has ever suffered," as the journalist Walter Lippmann put it. Throughout the spring and summer, Mao Zedong's Communist armies fanned out across mainland China, annihilating the rival troops of America's one-time ally Chiang Kai-shek and taking control of Beijing, Shanghai, and other major cities. As Truman and his aides--including his shrewd, ruthless secretary of state, Dean Acheson--scrambled to formulate a response, they were forced to contend not only with Mao, but also with unrelenting political enemies at home. Over the course of this tumultuous year, Mao would fashion a new revolutionary government in Beijing, laying the foundation for the creation of modern China, while Chiang Kai-shek would flee to the island sanctuary of Taiwan. These events transformed American foreign policy--leading, ultimately, to decades of friction with Communist China, a long-standing U.S. commitment to Taiwan, and the subsequent wars in Korea and Vietnam.
Drawing on Chinese and Russian sources, as well as recently declassified CIA documents, Kevin Peraino tells the story of this remarkable year through the eyes of the key players, including Mao Zedong, President Truman, Secretary of State Acheson, Minnesota congressman Walter Judd, and Madame Chiang Kai-shek, the influential first lady of the Republic of China. 

Today, the legacy of 1949 is more relevant than ever to the relationships between China, the United States, and the rest of the world, as Beijing asserts its claims in the South China Sea and tensions endure between Taiwan and the mainland.

My Thoughts: I received this book for review from the publisher, but this in no way effects my review. I haven't been able to read a history book in quite awhile so I was happy to get to do so, especially one about China. I couldn't believe how many details that were in this book, so many that I've missed in my history classes. This is a well thought out analysis that seems to get it all! A great read for someone into history. 

Never Look at the Empty Seats, Book Review

Never Look at the Empty Seats by Charlie Daniels 

The Incredible Story of a Country Music Legend
Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels.
Readers will experience a soft, personal side of Charlie Daniels that has never before been documented. In his own words, he presents the path from his post-depression childhood to performing for millions as one of the most successful country acts of all time and what he has learned along the way. The book also includes insights into the many musicians that orbited Charlie’s world, including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette and many more.
Charlie was officially inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016, shortly before his 80th birthday. He now shares the inside stories, reflections, and rare personal photographs from his earliest days in the 1940s to his self-taught guitar and fiddle playing high school days of the fifties through his rise to music stardom in the seventies, eighties and beyond.
Charlie Daniels presents a life lesson for all of us regardless of profession:
My Thoughts: When I saw this book I immediately wanted to read it and am so glad I was given a copy by the publisher so I could! Charlie tells it like it is and does so in an entertaining way. There's the high points , the low points that tell so much about his life. A great read that tells you all about Charlie Daniels, but the book is more than that. It's a great inspirational read from his point of view. 
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