Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against your Giants by: Louie Giglio

Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your GiantsGoliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants by Louie Giglio
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rating 3.5 stars

God wants us to live free from the demoralizing voice of that giant, and because God wants to get glory in our lives by showing the world that he is greater than everything we face in our lives, then that giant’s got to go down.

What are the giants in your life that keep your from living life freely? Can you identify them? In the passion that is known of Louie Giglio, he is passionate about Christians living life freely to give God glory. Another words, without this freedom from our giants, we are unable to give glory to God in our lives. The table of contents will give you an ideal of the adventure that awaits you.

Bigger than Your Giant
Dead but Still Deadly
Fear Must Fall
Rejection Must Fall
Comfort Must Fall
Anger Must Fall
Addiction Must Fall
A Table in the Presence
Fuel for the Fight

Giglio has taken the story of David – well known for his fight for Goliath in how the giants in our life must go down. David is not just another story but an example of Christ. Giglio has also stresses that this is not just another self-help book but one that identifies the giants we may be blinded too. It is here that I am wary because if it quacks like a duck, it is a duck. The trouble of any self-help book is that we focus on what we need to do and be instead of who God is and what he has created us for. His glory. The self-help can lead us to tread mill of doing instead of the glory of salvation.

Is this helpful? I believe it can help in identifying our giants. We may not think we have a problem with anger but anger comes in many forms and the roots run deep. It is our motivation that is telling. I think Giglio identifies this well.

Our giants can be the cause of stress, anxiety, and depression which in these cases, we need others to walk us thru it. This book is a great start for that journey not only being free but in that freedom living for God.

A Special Thank You to Thomas Nelson and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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Exposed (Rosato & DiZunzio by: Lisa Scottoline

Exposed (Rosato & DiNunzio, #5)Exposed by Lisa Scottoline
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Getting a legal complaint can be frightening, it is like terrorism by litigation.

This is by far my favorite of the Rosato & DiNunzio series. It brought both partners Bennie and Mary to a crisis of their loyalty to each other and what they believed is right.

Mary has taken a case from a friend of the family and one that she cares deeply for. Simon has been fired from his job and with recently being widowed and fighting for his daughter’s life, he has no recourse to sue. Mary believes he has a case. Unfortunately, the Simon’s employer does business with Bennie and taking Simon’s case would cause a conflict of interest. This is where it becomes interesting.

With this conflict of interest, it brought into the plot a deep character development and made the plot much more sweet. It is girl power with deep loyalty that the truth comes to light.

I love the Italian Family of Marys’ and the love of life these characters give. It is fun without vulgarity.

My favorite quote “Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.”

A Special Thank You to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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Shattered (Max Revere, #4) by: Allison Brennan

You want the truth. I understand that drive. I really do. I am always seeking the truth-but more than that, I am looking for answers. I am driven by a much darker force than truth. I need justice, I need to know that killers will be caught, that they will be punished.

Max Revere is on a case for a her show that solves cold cases. It is the most compelling as it deals with human behavior and finding the truth. Her old college friend has called for help. His wife is on trial for the murder of their little boy that was taken and then found several miles from his home. Is this senseless murder connected to a cold case from twenty years ago? Where a killer buried the victims in a place where they played. Three cases that have similarities in the span of 20 years.

Max knows she needs to start with the first victim of Justin Stanton and they only way she can get answers is to have Lucy Kincaid FBI agent partner alongside her. Lucy is also related to the victim and specializes in profiling the serial killers. Where there is tension, character development is prevalent and it is between Lucy and Max. They both want the truth but they need each other to get to the killer. A killer that has methodically killed little boys and left families shattered.

This is the best one that I have read of these series. I loved how the relationship between Lucy and Max became one of respect where there was caution. These two characters were different in many aspects but their strength and weakness brought them together to solve the crime. It also dealt with what makes a mind want to kill children. The why of the crime is what made this such a compelling thriller. I loved it.

A Special Thank You to St. Martins Press and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to provide an honest review.

The Coldest Fear by: Rick Reed

The Coldest FearThe Coldest Fear by Rick Reed
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rating 3.5 Stars

A killer who killed as a child that changed his soul piece by piece and became what he hated.

You only know him as a killer as he strikes a mid-west town with a crusesom killing. Not once, but a handful of times. It becomes personal when the killer points the killings to Jack Murphy. The killer daunts him, dares him if you will to come after him. The killer has a past that makes all of his killings personal. He kills to reveal the real person behind the victim. It is vicious and full of rage.

Jack Murphy has a need to right all the wrongs of the world including this killer.

The draw of the book is not the violence (it was violent but it could have been worse) but what is behind the violence. As a Christian, it reminds me of what we are all capable of the evil and the good. The reveal is exciting as well as the ending.

A Special Thank You to Kensington Books and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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When Anything Goes: Being a Christian in a Post-Christian World by: Leslie Williams

When Anything Goes: Being Christian in a Post-Christian WorldWhen Anything Goes: Being Christian in a Post-Christian World by Leslie Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rating 3.5 stars

A English Professor’s point of view, it seems we have produced a generation of young people who no longer understand Biblical references in literature-and who don’t know what they are missing.

This book took me surprise because it wasn’t what I expected and if you happen to decide to read as well, I think you will agree. Usually I like a strong theological/doctrine stand on the word of God but this is more of an experience with a appreciation of the word. She does not bark but draws you in to the loving relationship of God that you may be missing. It is intellectual but also does not ignore the senses and the emotions. She draws from suffering that God redeems that we may know him as God. That we are created for meaning and by understanding, we may know the will of God. It is our relationship with the Lord that creates order out of chaos.

Some of the quotes I found inspiring.

We all know this truth, but it bears reminding: it’s dangerous to judge ourselves from the inside, but others from the outside. Some people like trees overloaded with perfect fruit. How easy life is for them! Not necessarily so. Creating a meaningful inside reality is the goal, and depends largely on grafting (applying others’ advise), fertilizing (using the manure of live in a productive way, timing (waiting for the right moment) and learning to weather the storms.

Enough as it turns out is as good as a feast. Enough money leads to happiness. Enough foods leads to health. Enough self-love leads to confidence. Enough accomplishment leads to a good reputation. Enough control leads to a good balance in life The trouble begins when we love too much.

Looking for love in all the wrong places could be a theme song for our culture eight up there with the national anthem. We are a people convinced that love can be gotten, earned, bought, and sold.

When anything goes invites the reader to look in the inside of a broken life and how the order of God can bring peace. It does not deal with our need of a savior and that sin is against a holy God. However, it does shed light in our broken world. It is a beautiful written account of our broken heart.

A Special Thank You Abingdon Press and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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Living in the Light: Money, Sex and Power by John Piper

Living in the Light: Money, Sex and PowerLiving in the Light: Money, Sex and Power by John Piper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When God’s glory is revealed and treasured most, the power of sinful attraction/desires are broken. The brightness of the sun makes the darkness of sin vanish. So when it comes to our desire, the issue is this: Do we see the glory of God?

Vintage John Piper at the center of Living in the Light is what do we value? What do we treasure? Why money, sex and power? Because in these three areas of living, our hearts are revealed. What we value and what we treasure. Usually Piper can be difficult to read in that you may have to read a paragraph twice or more to get what he is applying. You don’t want to miss the beauty because of misunderstanding or not grasping the glory.

This book is easy to read and to grasp. He starts with definitions and foundations of money, sex and power. In other words, another foundational reality we have to deal with is that money, sex and power are, from the beginning, gifts of God- good gifts of God. And if they sink us, it isn’t because God gave us bad gifts; it’s because something happened inside us to turn gifts of grace into instruments of sin, into altars and incense in the temple of pride. So the first thing we need to do is talk about definitions which lead us to see certain foundational realities that are far deeper-and far bigger than the dangerous icebergs or the floating reassure-islands of money

It gets to the root. We also encounter the dangers of money, sex and power. But the good news is the gospel delivers. It not only delivers but teaches us to enjoy the gifts. In his own words-Definitions and foundations. Dangers and how to defeat them. Potentials and how to deploy them. The 3 D’s- Define, Defeat, Deploy.

Some of the quotes that I found inspiring.
In our ungodliness, we do what ungodliness does-it suppresses the truth that God is to be treasured as supremely glorious and generous. Our sinful nature hates the light of God’s supremacy and runs to the darkness, where we feel supreme.

Sin is any feeling or thought or action that comes form a heart that does not treasure God over all other things. The bottom of sin, the root of all sins, is such a heart-a heart that prefers anything above God; a heart that does not treasure God over everything else, and everyone else.

Before Christ, sin is not an alien power in us. Sin our preference for anything over God. Sin is our disapproval of God. Sin is our exchange of his glory for substitutes. Sin is our suppression of the truth of God. Sin is our heart’s hostility to God. It is who we are to the to bottom of our hearts. Until CHRIST.

We need to know the battle we are in and know how to engage it. It is not a book to be read only once but to be reminded of that battle that is worth the stand. To behold the glory of God and treasure him above all else.

A complimentary review copy was provided to me by Cross Focused Reviews (A Service of Cross Focused Media, LLC). I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own

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Only Ever You by: Rebecca Drake

Only Ever YouOnly Ever You by Rebecca Drake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lately it was as if all her senses were lost, as if the only things she could taste and feel were fear and longing.

The greatest fear of a child abduction becomes a reality in the Lassiter family. Jill and David Lassiter, a successful family, living the American dream until their daughter is suddenly taken from them. The dream becomes a nightmare when they are accused of their daughter’s disappearance and apparent murder. In order to save herself and her family, Jill takes matters in her own hands. What she uncovers is all that she knows that is true, is now deception and deceit.

Jill & David have a past of great loss and this only leads to more suspicion to the authorities. The abduction becomes personal and deadly. Will Sophie be found in time and will their marriage survive?

A real page turner as you guess the why and the who and still come out a little surprised.

A Special Thank You to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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