Review of Jesus Killed My Church: Randy Bohlender

I immediately thought this was going to be very insightful just by the blunt title.

I was not disappointed as Randy took us on the journey of his life and showing how his biggest failures were actually what set him up for his biggest successes.

It was a great book that I really enjoyed reading and totally recommend!

Amazon Summary:
The test of our lifetime is not graded on our production but on our willingness to agree that the leadership of Jesus is perfect. Have you even been given every tool for success and managed to fail anyway? How do you react when you’re doing the very thing you were wired to do and all the wires get crossed? Jesus Killed My Church is the story of a church planter who had every reason to succeed, yet God had another idea. Or another definition of success.

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Bohlender Communications & Consulting (April 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061562734X

Legends of the Guardian King series: Karen Hancock

I read these books off of a recommendation and the fact that their Kindle price was pretty cheap (hey, I’m on a budget!)

I feel kind of mixed about these books, even though I really liked them. They are overtly in the Christian genre, which to be honest, I don’t normally like. However, I got into these books. They have a way more “fantasy” feel than normal Christian books do, although their “analogies” were pretty obvious. Like Tersius is Jesus, just say it already! 🙂

If you like the fantasy genre with magic and warlocks and such, but are looking for a bit tamer version, then I would definitely recommend these to you.

I liked them and you get the feel good feeling of good triumphing over evil. But it’s not all roses as the protagonist goes through the fire similar to Job!  But I think it just makes you love him even more.

When you read the summary you’ll probably be like me and like “ehhh”, but give it a shot! Plus if you have a Kindle, book 1 is free, can’t beat that!

Anyways, totally recommend with 4 stars.

Summary of book 1:
Hancock’s intriguing Arena [BKL Ap 15 02] drew a great deal of praise for the originality and starkness of its alternative universe. In The Light of Eidon, she begins a fantasy series called Legends of the Guardian King that is more clearly a Christian allegory but is so crisscrossed with subplots and deceit that exactly where the light of Eidon shines may baffle the reader. It certainly baffles young Abramm Kalladorne, Hancock’s hero. He is the little-valued fifth son of the king of Kiriath, a vivid kingdom that seems a bit like medieval England, with a bit of ancient Rome. Abramm is drawn to the religious life, but after eight years as a novitiate, he discovers that his spiritual leader is a fraud and that the true path to Eidon’s light lies elsewhere. But upon leaving the monastery, he finds himself in the middle of court intrigues, and his brothers sell him into slavery in a faraway, barbarous land. For a while, Hancock’s novel seems like a gladitorial epic, but then Eidon, or Jesus, makes his truths known. A great battle ensues, but victory is not complete and many questions remain. Readers will certainly return for the second installment.

Paperback: 432 pages Publisher: Bethany House (July 1, 2003) Language: English ISBN-10: 0764227947

Her Daughter’s Dream: Francine Rivers

This was my first forray back into reading and I must say, it was the BEST idea ever! 🙂 Thanks to Kimber who kept encouraging me to read it with her, even though I was a little afraid that it would still make me sick.

So anyways, I was so, so, so, pleased with the conclusion of this duet. Her Mother’s Hope was such a great book, and so I was really excited about this one. And I must say that I was blown away by the intensity of emotions. I have a great relationship with my mother, yet I still was wrapped into this story like it was my own life.

I think this is such a wonderful book about healing relationships and how the way you say things can be received in a totally different way and how entire lives can be affected because of the power of words.

SUCH a great book and you need to read it STAT!

5 stars and totally recommend it.

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414334095

The Bride Collector: Ted Dekker

I guess my biggest problem with this book was that I just didn’t connect with the characters.
It all seemed a little gorey, a little insane, a little disjointed, but not with enough backbone to leave me happy.
The love story switched up on me and I was just really unimpressed.
But that said, I did read the whole thing and I didn’t wish I had that time back. I just didn’t really think it was that great.

So do I recommend it? … that’s the question I guess.

I’m giving it 3 stars and I’ll give it a tenative recommendation. I mean, maybe you will like it?
But if you like books like this (thriller, serial killer, etc) and you like Christian fiction, I would go more with BoneMan’s Daughter, which was a way better book by Ted Dekker.

Summary:
FBI Special agent Brad Raines is facing his toughest case yet. A Denver serial killer has killed four beautiful young women, leaving a bridal veil at each crime scene, and he’s picking up his pace. Unable to crack the case, Raines appeals for help from a most unusual source: residents of the Center for Wellness and Intelligence, a private psychiatric institution for mentally ill individuals whose are extraordinarily gifted.

It’s there that he meets Paradise, a young woman who witnessed her father murder her family and barely escaped his hand. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Paradise may also have an extrasensory gift: the ability to experience the final moments of a person’s life when she touches the dead body.

In a desperate attempt to find the killer, Raines enlists Paradise’s help. In an effort to win her trust, he befriends this strange young woman and begins to see in her qualities that most ‘sane people’ sorely lack. Gradually, he starts to question whether sanity resides outside the hospital walls…or inside.

As the Bride Collector picks up the pace-and volume-of his gruesome crucifixions, the case becomes even more personal to Raines when his friend and colleague, a beautiful young forensic psychologist, becomes the Bride Collector’s next target.

The FBI believes that the killer plans to murder seven women. Can Paradise help before it’s too late?

Book Recommendation: Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers

Francine Rivers really changed my life.

That sounds trite, I understand, but she did.

Before I read her, I loved to read and to write, but I never understood the power of words. However, when I read Redeeming Love I realized the power of the written word. How a book can sneak down to your core and heal parts of you that you never knew were broken.

After reading Redeeming Love, I ravaged the rest of the books that she had written and loved every single one of them. But then I was sad because for 7 years, she has not written a full length novel. SEVEN YEARS!

But the wait is over with this incredible story about a mother and daughter’s love spanned through time and generations.
It’s one of those stories that as you see it unfolding, as you understand the hurt and the reasons behind actions you want to cry for Marta, but you know Hildie does not understand. Yet the hurt continues and lays deeper layers of hurt. Ahh! You just want to hug both of them and send them to counseling and let them lay it all out there so that they can both have the relationship they are craving.

As I got towards the end of the book, I realized that there is no way that this story was going to be able to end. And sure enough, when I “virtually” flipped the last page (on my Kindle), I saw that the second part to this Duet will be released later this year.

I’m not going to spoil this story, but it’s a great book. An even greater book to use as a book club piece as it already has the questions in the back.
Go get it right now and read it.

5 out of 5 stars, recommend.