An Ordinary Man – A Great God (Book Review)

An Ordinary Man - A Great God: The Life of Missionary Knute Hjalmar Ekblad to North ChinaAn Ordinary Man – A Great God: The Life of Missionary Knute Hjalmar Ekblad to North China by Joy Mielke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Really enjoyed this book. Its a quick read that keeps you turning the page. The writing is fair enough, I just wish that the chapters were broken up more so you could leave off and pick up at convenient times when reading. At any rate, the content is good. I really admire this man’s faith and dedication even through the loss of so many loved ones (five kids and three wives) most of whom were lost on the mission field in China. The stories were also fascinating, not only because they spoke of another culture (North China) but of a whole other time (the early 1900’s). Its remarkable for me to think about how quickly I can get to the work in Tanzania or come back to the states in a given month, but they would travel for months and stay for years whether in China or on furlough. Altogether, a good book that I’d recommend.

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The Expectant Father – Book Review

The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips and Advice for Dads-to-BeThe Expectant Father: Facts, Tips and Advice for Dads-to-Be by Armin A. Brott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was an enjoyable read. I didn’t know how much I would actually enjoy it going into it, but Brott’s writing style is very simple and flows nicely. I’ve actually found learning about pregnancy to be quite interesting and this book helped my own knowledge more than anything. I appreciate the unique aspect of this book in that it is geared directly towards the father, makes sense with the title, I know. But most other pregnancy books are totally geared towards women. That may be with good reason, but it nonetheless makes it for a harder read for the father of the kid. I would definitely suggest this book to fathers-to-be as it brings out stuff to get us thinking and preparing, the kind of stuff that would get easily overlooked if we largely go about our normal routine while our wives are pregnant.

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The Giver – Book Review

The Giver (The Giver, #1)The Giver by Lois Lowry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fantastic book. This book is RICH with themes and insights that are crucially tied to the human experience. It speaks profoundly to those wantings within each of us that wish life didn’t deal such painful experiences. Lowry does a masterful job not downplaying the pain that we feel, on the contrary she shows with sheer brilliance that pain is integral to an overall life that is both meaningful and beautiful. The book is compelling in its content and vastly enjoyable as you turn each page. I’m glad that I didn’t skip over this book because it is commonly considered a young readers’ book, because there is so much that she has to offer with each chapter that speak profoundly to both young and old. I read this book quite fast and I would consider at an easy read, not because it doesn’t offer much food for thought, but rather because the presentation is simple and the content, as I said, is truly compelling.

Lowry does a good job of developing her characters, especially the main role of Jonas. The plot builds slowly, yet intricately, and really takes off late in the book. There’s a part of me that wishes it resolved more in the end and we’d be able to know what happened with the community and with Jonas and Gabriel. However, I do appreciate Lowry’s withholding of resolution as it allows the reader to finish the story themselves. However you think that Jonas and Gabriel would be received and more importantly what would happen with the community would be truly telling of your worldview.

This book deserves the honors that it has received, if you haven’t read it, read it.

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Same Kind of Different As Me – Book Review

Same Kind of Different as Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them TogetherSame Kind of Different as Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The authors did a really great job developing the themes of friendship, suffering, and faith. It is comforting to hear the characters honestly struggle with their circumstances and the effect that that has on their relationship with God. They neither sugar-coat nor downplay the problems that they’ve both had in their lives and that makes the story that much more real, which is important considering its non-fiction. Being as neither of these men are writers by trade (and Moore can’t even read) I thought that it was very well-written. I suppose that that has to do with Vincent’s aid in writing the book, however I felt that this book was better written than Heaven is For Real which she also helped with. The format of switching between voices and writing between Moore and Hall is pretty cool and it works well with this particular story. My only thought was that it ended on a little bit of a precarious spot. I thought that it would have ended with a little more drama. Still a great read though.

Definitely a good story and I’d recommend it to anyone that wants an enjoyable read with rich themes.

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