The Third Jihad, Book Review

The Third Jihad
By Michael Youssef 

Radical Islam has been waging war against our global civilization throughout history―and now, it’s closer than ever to American soil. Dr. Michael Youssef, a Coptic Christian who was born in Egypt and now leads a megachurch in America, knows from firsthand experience that radical Islamists have goals that many American Christians believe are “unthinkable.” In this book, he warns Western Christians that it doesn’t help to ignore what’s going on. There’s a third jihad underway, and its goal is to take over the West.

The Third Jihad is a call for Christians to defend their families, protect their nation, and boldly share the good news of Jesus with their communities―especially their Muslim neighbors.

Packed with surprising insights from history, compelling and dramatic stories, and a practical agenda that one person―or one church―can immediately put into practice to make a difference in the world. Rich in encouraging biblical principles and prophetic insights, The Third Jihad leads the reader to an empowering conclusion in our troubling (and even frightening) times.

Michael Youssef’s insights will inspire Christians to take their faith seriously, share their faith freely, and to truly be salt and light in a world of increasing darkness and decay.

Book Review: I have to start by saying that I did receive a copy of this book to review, but that doesn't effect the review in any way. When I first saw The Third Jihad, I didn't know what to think... Because of this I thought it would be worth reviewing. When I realized Michael Youssef himself what from a Muslim majority country, I was immediately interested. Most Christian books written about Islam come from American evangelicals who's experiences would be very different than that of someone living in the Middle East. Michael Youssef does a great job of combining history and his personal stories. This is a brave book that counters a lot of popular beliefs. 

The Secrets of Paper and Ink

The Secrets of Paper and Ink 
By Lindsay Harrel

Brought together by a charming bookstore in England, three women fight to defy expectations, dream new dreams, and welcome love into their lives. 
As a counselor, Sophia Barrett is trained to help people cope with their burdens. But when she meets a new patient whose troubles mirror her own, she realizes she hasn’t dealt with the pain of her recent past. After making a snap decision to get away for the summer, Sophia moves overseas to an apartment above a charming bookstore in Cornwall, England. She is hopeful she will find peace there surrounded by her favorite thing: great literature. 
Bookstore owner Ginny Rose is desperate to save her business without asking for help from a husband who’s decided to take a break from their marriage. Ginny never imagined she’d be solely responsible for keeping afloat her husband’s dream, but the unexpected friendship with her new renter has her feeling more optimistic. Between the two of them—and Ginny’s brother-in-law, William—the bookstore might stand a chance. 
Then Sophia finds a notebook in the bookstore that contains journal entries from Emily Fairfax, a governess who lived in Cornwall more than 150 years ago. Sophia learns that Emily harbored a secret passion for becoming an authoress—as well as a deep love for her childhood friend, Edward, whose station she dared not dream to touch. 
Eager to know more of Emily’s story, Sophia goes on a quest—dragging Ginny and William with her—to discover the heart of the woman behind the beautiful entries. Soon Ginny’s need to save the bookstore becomes more than a way to save her marriage, and Sophia finds new purpose of her own. Together they find that sometimes both heartache and hope can reach across the centuries.

My Thoughts: I have to start by saying I was sent this book so that I could review it but that doesn't change my opinion of The Secrets of Paper and Ink in any way. This is a book that uses multiple voices to tell a story and it does a great job of it. I loved how the characters intertwined and while this book is classified as Christian it really only pops up at the end. A wonderful read and one I'll be passing on. 

Rewired, Book Review

Rewired by Dr. Ajay K. Seth

A raccoon bite on the arm doesn’t seem that serious, but it soon becomes a life-or-death medical crisis for Melissa Loomis. After days of treatment for recurring infection, it becomes obvious that her arm must be amputated. Dr. Ajay Seth, the son of immigrant parents from India and a local orthopaedic surgeon in private practice, performs his first-ever amputation procedure. In the months that follow, divine intervention, combined with Melissa’s determination and Dr. Seth’s disciplined commitment and dedication to his patients, brings about the opportunity for a medical breakthrough that will potentially transform the lives of amputees around the world.
Rewired is the inspirational, miraculous story of Dr. Seth’s revolutionary surgery that allows Melissa to not just move a prosthetic arm simply by thinking, but to actually feel with the prosthetic hand, just as she would with her natural arm. This resulted in what others have recognized as the world’s most advanced amputee, all done from Dr. Seth’s private practice in a community hospital, using a local staff, and with no special training or extensive research funding.

My thoughts: First of all I did receive this book for review but that doesn't change my opinion in any way. When I first got this book I was afraid that it'd be a hard read. You know lots of medical terminology and very dry. Luckily that isn't the case. Rewired is absolutely amazing and I learned so much for reading it. A big inspiration. 

Praying God's Will for Your Life

Praying God's Will for Your Life by Stormie Omartian 

For years Stormie Omartian prayed the prayer, "Change my husband, Lord." Then she realized that she had to pray for herself -and examine her own heart - before she could pray effectively for him. Her prayer become, "Change me, Lord." In this book, she presents that process for all wives who want the power to pray for themselves and their husbands.
In the first six days readers consider how to develop or maintain an intimate relationship with the Father. During the next six days they look at the Power Tools that feed this intimat
Praying God's Will for Your Life is ideal for women who have read Stormie's bestselling books on prayer and want to move deeper into the power of prayer.
My Thoughts: I have to start by saying that I was given this book so I could review it but that doesn't effect how I feel about it at all. Stormie Omartian really took a new spin with this book. She combined biblical stories with her life lessons and story. This book is fantastic for small groups (think church book study)!

In The Shadow of Croft Towers, Book Review

In the Shadow of Croft Towers, By Abigail Wilson 

When Sybil Delafield’s coach to Croft Towers was robbed by highwaymen, she should have realized that her new position as companion to old Mrs. Chalcroft would be no ordinary job. Upon Sybil’s arrival, Mrs. Chalcroft sneaks into her room in the dark of night, imploring her to relay messages to town that are to stay hidden from the rest of the family. Who exactly is she working for and what do the messages contain?
When fellow passengers of the robbed coach are later murdered, Sybil’s hunt for the truth takes on a new urgency. The only person she can rely on is Mr. Sinclair, Mrs. Chalcroft’s godson, but under all his charms he too leads a double life. Sybil must decide if he is the one honest voice she can trust, or if he is simply using her for his own advances.
With murderers, smugglers, and spies on the loose, nothing—and no one—in Regency England is what they claim. Can Sybil even trust what she knows about herself? 
My Thoughts: I have a few genres I love reading and In the Shadow of Croft Towers really covers them all. So I was very excited when I was offered the chance to review it by the publisher. Of course this doesn't change my opinion of the book in any way. The time period, and location of England is absolutely perfect and Abigail Wilson puts it together so well. There were so many different things going on in the book, that it really kept my attention. A wonderful read.