7 Sale Bookwi.se Reviewed Kindle Books

Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung – $1.99 – Bookwi.se Review

128 pages, 238 of 255 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

Winner of the 2014 Christian Book of the Year Award

“I’M TOO BUSY!” We’ve all heard it. We’ve all said it. All too often, busyness gets the best of us.

Just one look at our jam-packed schedules tells us how hard it can be to strike a well-reasoned balance between doing nothing and doing it all.

That’s why award-winning author and pastor Kevin DeYoung addresses the busyness problem head on in his newest book, Crazy Busy — and not with the typical arsenal of time management tips, but rather with the biblical tools we need to get to the source of the issue and pull the problem out by the roots.

Highly practical and super short, Crazy Busy will help you put an end to “busyness as usual.”

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith – $3.75 – Bookwi.se Review

455 pages, 2127 of 2755 reviews are 4 or 5-star

Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the #1 international bestseller The Cuckoo’s Calling.

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days–as he has done before–and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives–meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before…

A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, THE SILKWORM is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant, Robin Ellacott.

The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture by Jonathan Wilson-Hargrove – $0.99 – Bookwi.se Review

164 pages, 20 of 20 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

Where might God be calling me to be rooted, to stay put?

A work of startling authenticity, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove’s new book speaks to each of us who seek an authentic path of Christian transformation. He shows you how you can:

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Prayers From the Pews: The Power of Praying for Your Church by Teri Lynn Underwood

144 pages, 19 of 19 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free

What if the problem with the church isn’t what we are doing but rather what we are not doing?

In Prayers from the Pews, Teri Lynne Underwood explores the connection between embracing Scripture, evaluating personal experience, and experiencing the power in praying for your church. Acknowledging the difficulties and short-comings of the “institution of church” while challenging believers to invest in the study of the early church and harness the power of prayer, Teri Lynne brings a voice of hope to the often-hopeless landscape of the modern church experience.

Prayers from the Pews is ideal for individuals seeking guidance in praying for their churches as well as small groups who want to experience the power of prayer in their own congregation. More than another study of prayer, Prayers from the Pews is an invitation to pray.

The Bridge: Crossing Over Into the Fullness of Coventant Life by Tyler Dawn Rosenquist

273 Pages, 16 Of 17 Reviews Are 5-Star, Lending Enabled

Everything of any importance in our lives as believers has to boil down to our relationship with our Creator, and yet we have been taught to settle for something lukewarm. We have relegated our walk with God to little more than a hobby, when the Scriptures plainly show us that God Himself is passionately in love with His people.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I’m a big fan of actress and comedian, Amy Poehler. I admire her ability to completely immerse herself into any character she played on SNL with fearless abandon. As Leslie Knope on the hit show “Parks and Recreation”, Poehler is fantastic in giving the audience a complex but likeable character who is brilliant, bossy, demanding, loyal, fiercely dedicated and very funny. With these thoughts in mind, I was looking forward to reading her debut book “Yes Please”.

Unfortunately, I am disappointed. Part of my reaction was unfairly assuming “Yes Please” would be very similar to Tina Fey’s “Bossypants”. Setting that expectation aside, I still couldn’t fall in love with this book. From the very beginning, Poehler frequently laments to the reader on how hard writing a book is—which gave me the impression her heart was not into this project. Poehler utters this complaint so frequently throughout, I couldn’t help but wonder if that’s why fellow SNL alum, Seth Meyers, and both of Poehler’s parents wrote pieces for this book.

2 Free Books or $10 Credit at Audible

Verizon is doing an intresting promotion for Black Friday. It is called Connection Day. There are a variety of things, but most interesting for Bookwi.se reader is the 2 free books from Audible (if you are not currently a member) or $10 credit if you are a member.

To get the credit you have to scroll to the bottom of the page where it says Audible Members login.

There is also free music, apps and other digital goods at this more general link.

Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction by Edward Craig

Summary: How out we to live? What really exists? How to we Know?

Very Short Introduction series has been pretty hit or miss, as are most short introductions. It is hard to introduce a subject that has thousands of books and thousands of professionals working in the areas.

Philosophy is one of the better ones. My background in philosophy was pretty weak. I have tended toward theology instead of philosophy and while there can be some overlap, as I am getting older I feel my lack of background more and more often as I am reading.

Craig made some good decisions in structuring the books. He focused on the three questions in the summary as three of the questions that have been a part of philosophy since the beginning and continue to be important. Then he looks at Plato, Hume and an unknown Buddhist philosopher to illustrate how those questions were handled.

Holy Ground: Walking With Jesus as a Former Catholic by Chris Castaldo

Takeaway: Someone that has found meaning in a new stream of Christianity may not be the best person to talk about the stream of Christianity that they walked away from.

Over the past couple years I have been intentionally trying to read books about Catholicism and part of that has been reading several stories of Evangelicals that have become Catholic, like Scott Hahn, Francis Beckwith, and Christian Smith. I have been less interested in stories of Catholics that have become Evangelicals but I did think I needed to read ‘the other side.’

Chris Castaldo, has a chapter in Journey of Faith, a book telling the story of people converting from one Stream of Christianity to another, so I was somewhat familiar with his story. Holy Ground, however, is not so much about Castaldo’s own story as it is a book about Catholicism for Evangelicals. And I think that is where my problem really started.

The overall approach was to explain Catholicism to Evangelicals primarily using the reasons that former Catholics became Evangelical. This is has the inherent problem of not looking at those that are happy with their Catholic faith, but looking at those that are unhappy (or in most cases just unaware of their Catholic faith because of a lack of participating in it.) Castaldo is a good example of that.  While he was baptized as an infant and seems to have participated fairly frequently as a young child, once he was confirmed neither he nor the rest of his family actively participated in the church. And from my experience, this seems to be common with Catholic converts. I honestly don’t know a single person that has become Evangelical as a former Catholic if they were active. (While most Evangelical converts to Catholicism that I know of are very active in their church, theologically trained and often clergy.)

Week of Thanksgiving Plans

I will be traveling this whole coming week. First for work and then to see family. I have new reviews scheduled for Monday to Friday (taking Thanksgiving Day off.)  I might have time to add some free book posts, but it will probably be light and later in the day than normal when they do happen.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving holiday. See you back at the regular schedule next week.

Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth

Reposting this review from earlier this year because the Kindle edition is on sale for $2.99
Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth is the first memoir in a three part book series about being a midwife in the East End of London during the 1950s. Jenny Lee (Lee is her maiden name) is a midwife who works and lives with nuns in a convent. In her memoir, Worth describes a variety of experiences from her career as a midwife in a place and a time where circumstances are very difficult. She tells of cases involving eclampsia, physical abuse, malnourishment, and breach births. For mothers, and women even, the memoir provides a compelling and emotional story of life in the 1950s.

According to Wikipedia, Jennifer Worth decided to write this memoir because a writer of the time was calling for a midwife to represent their profession in literature in the same way that James Herriot had represented the veterinarian. The first book was so successful that she went on to write two more books in the series and a fourth book about life living in the East End of London. The book takes place in Poplar in the East End of London, which is one of the poorer areas to survive World War II. The nuns, midwives, patients as well as the convent all are described under pseudonyms with the exception of Cynthia, who remained a good friend with the writer up until her death. Each chapter tells of different experiences or of different cases that Jenny Lee encounters and each chapter is equally compelling for different reasons.

While reading this book and watching the television series, I experienced a variety of emotions. I felt empathy for the women in these stories because in a way they are not all that different from myself. It seems actually that this is a major point in the books and in the television show in which we are all women. We may come from different places or live under different circumstances but we all give birth in the same way. I also felt extremely grateful for my own circumstances because I had all of the medical innovations, such as an epidural, and the means, such as separate rooms for each child, which many of the ladies in the book lacked. Finally, I felt an extreme wonder for the beauty that is life and the miracle that is witnessed each time a new baby is brought into the world.

The memoir is perfectly suited to be a television show as each chapter can easily be transformed into an episode without putting a damper on the flow of the story. So far, three seasons of the television series have been produced and aired. Similarly to the first season of the Orange is the New Black, the first two season of the series follows the book closely and the third season begins to depart from the literature so as to continue the story. Many of the character that were cast in the television series met my expectations. I did picture the fellow midwife, Trixie, a bit more demure but, for the most part, was satisfied. In my opinion, the television series is accompanied with some excellent music, which I find to be also true with the other British shows that I enjoy (Sherlock and Downton Abbey).

One subject t that I have been pondering as I watch these excellent series that are on television is whether or not they should be extended past their intended lives. This television is based on three novels. Why shouldn’t the television series end when the story ends? Wouldn’t it be okay if television series ended while they are in their prime instead of when they have run their course? The television series Once Upon a Time was intended to be a mini-series that would only last 1-2 seasons. Because of its popularity, the storyline has been extended long past what was intended and has now spent a season in Neverland and this last season was stretched to involve the Wicked Witch of the West. I have heard that next season they are going to include Elsa from Frozen in the series. Wouldn’t we rather end Downton Abbey now before we get tired of it? I mention it because I think it would be a shame if they were to take these great stories and cause people to become tired of them. Everything does come to an end eventually so why shouldn’t these television shows?

As the book is very accurate historically, I would recommend this book to a lover of history novels. I would also recommend this book to other mothers (and fathers, perhaps) who can appreciate all of the emotions, fears, and joys that go into having a baby, whether in the post-WWII era or in more modern times. The book was beautifully narrated and was an easy listen since it was broken up into neat chapters. I recommend the television series as well but, I warn that I could have used a box of tissues in nearly every episode.

Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy and Hard Times Purchase Links: Paperback, Kindle Edition, Audible.com Audiobook, DVD Season 1

All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

I am reposting this 2013 review because the Kindle Edition is on sale for $4.99. McCarthy’s books almost never go on sale so even though it is higher than my normal reposted review, this is the lowest price it has been since 2010 when I put it on my wishlist.
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthySummary: Beautifully written tragic story of desire for what cannot be.

Cormac McCarthy is a spare writer.  Lots of detail and almost poetic language.  But this is an introvert’s book.  The characters talk, but there is no extra meandering dialogue.  Dialogue has purpose.

McCarthy seems ideally suited to write about the idealized lone western male.  His characters are self-sufficient, hard, tragic, honest to a fault, do not expect anyone to help them, but want to help others if they can.

In All the Pretty Horses (I have not seen the movie, so I do not know how it compares), John Grady Cole leaves home at 16 with his best friend.  After his parent’s divorce, his mother wants nothing to do with ranch life and his father is left without a ranch (or anything else). He can give John nothing that he wants or needs.  So John and Rawlins (17) head to Mexico to see if they can find the rancher’s life that they seek.

Along the way, Jimmy Blevins, a 13 or 14 year old run away and troublemaker, joins up with them.  Cole as the leader of the group allows Blevins to join them because it is clear that Blevins can not care for himself.  Cole knows he will regret the decision and the theme is set with the Cole’s wise word:

“Every dumb thing I ever done in my life there was a decision I made before that got me into it. It was never the dumb thing.  It was always the choice I made before it.”

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Deep Relief Now: Free, Healed and Whole by Dennis and Jen Clark

240 pages, 35 of 37 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

Can you experience deep, permanent relief… in minutes?

A times comes for everyone when theories and mental exercises just don’t cut it, and you need something more to heal your pain. It’s time to go beyond merely easing the hurt, and move towards complete, deep relief!

Dennis and Dr. Jen Clark share Biblical tools that will show you how to experience healing by living in the Spirit. This revolutionary new approach is a lifestyle adjustment that helps you break the continuous cycle of pain, and step into a new way of living—free, healed, and whole.

Because of Christ, you have received powerful tools capable of transforming the way you live. Deep Relief Now shows you how to put these tools into practice, break the pain cycle, and start living a healed lifestyle!

A Christian Christmas: A Novella by Pat Simmons

100 pages, 43 of 52 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

Christmas will never be the same for Joy Knight if Christian Andersen has his way.
Not to be confused with a secret Santa, Christian and his family are busier than Santa’s elves making sure the Lord’s blessings are distributed to those less fortunate by Christmas day.
Joy is playing the hand that life dealt her, rearing four children in a home that is on the brink of foreclosure. She’s not looking for a handout, but when Christian rescues her in the checkout line; her niece thinks Christian is an angel. Joy thinks he’s just another man who will eventually leave, disappointing her and the children.
Although Christian is a servant of the Lord, he is a flesh and blood man and all he wants for Christmas is Joy Knight. Can time spent with Christian turn Joy’s attention from her financial woes to the real meaning of Christmas—and true love?

Knowing Jesus: 150 Reflections on the Life and Teaching of Chirst by Jim Reapsome

337 pages, 1 of 1 reviews are 4-star, Lending Enabled

Insightful devotions to help you know Jesus more every day

As Christians we are commanded to live as Jesus lived. But how can we model ourselves after him unless we truly know him? Knowing Jesus offers you 150 biblically based reflections that illuminate the life of Christ, as well as his heart for people and the world.

This engaging devotional helps you ponder the question of what Jesus has to say to his followers living in this troubled and hurting world. Explore some of his most important teachings and discover how Jesus calls each of us to look beyond ourselves and serve as he did.