Book Reviews: The Tears of Gethsemane by Deborah Faulks ISBN: 978-1-9736-0786-1


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The Tears of Gethsemane by Deborah Faulks was a difficult book for me to read and review.  It is very different from most books regarding Christianity.

When I first started reading this book, it was difficult for me to concentrate on it.  I started it over several times because I just wasn’t getting it.

I started to just set it aside for later, but then a prompting told me I really needed to get into this book.  I said multiple prayers and then dug into it.

Once I was able to quiet my mind, I was able to really understand what the author is trying to say.

Suzanne and I are from a charismatic, fundamentalist background.  This being said, we a have a few fundamental theological differences, but the overall feel and message of the book is completely in keeping with our beliefs.

This is not the kind of book one should just plow right through,  It is the kind of book that one should read with a lot of prayer and reflection.  One should keep their favorite translation of the Holy Bible handy and probably another translation to help when one has questions.

The Tears of Gethsemane would make a great small group Bible study. This would probably be the best way to approach it.  

Perhaps a group of Christians should take one chapter at a time and spend a week reading and re-reading it as well as prayerfully considering it.  Then, they could come together and discuss it in more detail.

If you miss this book, you have probably missed a blessing.

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Book Review: Best of Bridge Weekday Suppers: All-New Easy Everyday Recipes by Emily Richards and Sylvia Kong ISBN: 978-0-7788-0610-3

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When you don’t know what to make for supper and everyone is bugging you to feed them NOW, what do you do?

You could go scream into the clown’s head and get some robot food, or you could pick up your copy of Best of Bridge Weekday Suppers: All-New Easy Everyday Recipes by Emily Richards and Sylvia Kong and you are ready to go.

You probably have everything you need to fix most of these recipes.  There are even recipes for dessert in here.

These recipes are easy to follow.  Well, not really. The problem will be when the recipe says to cook the bacon and set it aside.  What cook is going to allow bacon to just sit there without eating it?

If you can resist the bacon long enough for it to actually make it into your recipe, you have the makings for some very tasty meals.

The spiral binding on this book makes it easy to follow the recipes because it doesn’t change the page while your back is turned.  Who hasn’t had the page turn on them while they are making a recipe? This makes for some interesting meals.

This easy to follow book will make a great addition to your cookbook collection. Even a husband can follow these recipes.  Get your copy of Best of Bridge Weekday Suppers today.

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Book Review: The Herbal Medicine Cookbook: Everyday Recipes to Boost Your Health by Susan Hess and Tina Sams ISBN: 978-1-64152-264-9


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Cholesterol too high? Take a pill.  Blood pressure too high? Take a pill. Got a cold coming on? Take a pill.  So many pills cannot possibly be good for us.

Modern medicine has an answer for just about everything.  But at what cost to your health?

The Herbal Medicine Cookbook: Everyday Recipes to Boost Your Health by Susan Hess and Tina Sams provides you some simple, relatively inexpensive ways to help you stay healthy.

This book is a step-by-step guide to eating in such a way that you give your body what it needs to heal itself.

You don’t need to replace your doctor or other health care provider, unless that is your goal.  You can help yourself feel better by following the recipes in this cookbook.

The Herbal Medicine Cookbook takes the idea of Chinese medicine and makes it easy to understand and easy to follow.  You won’t need a lot of fancy herbs or other ingredients. You probably have just about everything you need to follow most of these recipes right now.

This book tells you what equipment you need to get started.  Most modern kitchens have all of it or, at least, most of it anyway.

By following these easy recipes, you will give your body what it needs to feel better and healthier.

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Book Review: Two Old Ladies Smiling: A Journey to My Place of Blessing by Michael Cook ISBN: 978-1-5127-9855-5


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I don’t know that I have ever read a hug before.  I can’t say that after reading Two Old Ladies Smiling: A Journey to My Place of Blessing by Michael Cook.

By now I think we have read and reviewed just about every kind of book about just about any subject that can be considered to be Christian-friendly. This was a very different kind of book.  How exactly can one categorize a book like this that has a lot of good stuff in it?

This book is the happy, sad, bitter-sweet book about Mike Cook and his family and the story about how he and his wife started and continue to run Allow the Children ministries.

It is more than just that, though.  It is the story about the absolute love he was given from two very special ladies in his life, who showed absolute love to him and to his entire family.

Two Old Ladies Smiling is a story about God’s miracles and how Mike learned to trust in Heavenly Father.  He did not say it in these exact words, but it seems that God was trying to teach him to “Leap and the net will appear”.

If you are a Christian, you have to read this book.  It is an amazing story of an amazing testimony written from the heart.

Two Old Ladies Smiling is the kind of book you will want to share with your friends and loved ones.

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Book Review: The Mental Toughness Advantage: A 5-Step Program to Boost Your Resilience and Reach Your Goals by Douglas Comstock ISBN: 978-1-64152-053-9

 

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If you are up against the wall, you can respond many different ways.  Psychologists label some of these ways as Fight, Flight, or Freeze. Some of us would add the word Freak, as well.

Marines are taught that the three ways they can respond to a crisis are to improvise, adapt, and overcome.  Failure is not an option.

The book The Mental Toughness Advantage: A 5-Step Program to Boost Your Resilience and Reach Your Goals by Douglas Comstock seeks to help readers improvise, adapt, and overcome by teaching them some coping skills.

This short book(91 pages) is very hard on the eyes.  The page numbers are light orange. The sidebars and box quotes are all white text on an orange background which makes them nearly impossible to read for older eyes.

If your resilience could use a little boost, or your mental toughness needs a tune-up, The Mental Toughness Advantage may just be what you need.

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Book Review: My Father’s Gift: How One Man’s Purpose Became a Journey of Hope and Healing by Sixtus Z Atabong ISBN: 978-1-63393-675-1



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Go to the restroom, grab your favorite beverage, turn off the cell phone, and buckle your seatbelt. You are about to embark on an emotional journey that you just can’t stop.

My Father’s Gift: How One Man’s Purpose Became a Journey of Hope and Healing by Sixtus Z Atabong will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions.

You will want to stock up on tissues before you start.  You will also want to keep an extra copy, or ten, of this book on hand.  That way when people ask you why you are crying, or smiling, or laughing, or irritated, or whatever emotion you are displaying, you can hand them a copy of this book so they can see for themselves.

We read over 200 books a year here at McClendon Villa.  That being said, you must know it takes a lot to make it onto our very short list of outstanding books.  Last year only five made it. This year so far, only My Father’s Gift has made it onto that short list.

Atabong tells us the story of his father’s life along with how he and his father interacted with one another.  I have never met Atabong’s father, but I would have to believe that he is very proud of all that his son has accomplished.

It is very hard to believe that this author started this book shortly after declaring that he didn’t write.  He has done an outstanding job with this book and has told his story and that of his father very well.

My Father’s Gift will tell you a story that will touch your heart like few books ever do.  I am glad we share the same adopted home state. We didn’t have to travel as far as the author did to get to Texas, but we both got here as fast as we could. He got here first.

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Book Review: Keto in 30 Minutes: 100 No-Stress Ketogenic Diet Recipes to Keep You on Track by Jen Fisch ISBN: 978-1-64152-462-9

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Let’s face it, there is no one, perfect diet.  We hear so much about keto diets now but, what is a keto diet and how will it help? Keto in 30 Minutes: 100 No-Stress Ketogenic Diet Recipes to Keep You on Track by Jen Fisch will answer many of your questions.

This book takes the time to explain what a keto diet is and what it isn’t.  Did you know that certain vegetarian dishes can be a part of a keto diet?

Evidently, the keto diet was intended to help with epilepsy.  It has also been used to help with Parkinson’s Disease. The thing is, you should never start a diet of any type without discussing it with your doctor, nutritionist and/or other medical professional.

This book answers the question, “How do I know I am in keto?”  

You will learn about the proper kitchen tools to make following a keto diet easier and about exercise, as well.

This is probably something a diabetic wants to shy away from but, for many others, the keto diet may just be what you are looking for.  

Keto in 30 Minutes delivers just what it promises. That is keto meals that are quick and easy to prepare without a lot of fuss and muss.

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Book Review: Together With Christ: A Dating Couples Devotional: 52 Devotions and Bible Studies to Nurture Your Relationship by Chelsea Damon ISBN: 978-1-64152-253-3


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Christians are instructed in the Bible not to be unequally yoked. In the Old Testament, the Israelites are instructed not to marry people from the occupied lands. The reason for this is that we are often enticed to follow the gods of the other people.

In today’s modern world, this translates into Christians not being in a relationship with non-Christians for the same reason.  After a while, we tend to gravitate towards the non-Christian lifestyle of the other.

This is where Together With Christ: A Dating Couples Devotional: 52 Devotions and Bible Studies to Nurture Your Relationship by Chelsea Damon can help dating couples.  It can even help newlyweds and not-so-newlyweds, as well.

This book presents 52 weekly devotions designed for couples to read and discuss together.  The subjects covered are very important to couples who are striving to have a Christian relationship and a successful marriage.

If a couple will sit down together and truly discuss each weekly devotion, they stand a much better chance at a successful marriage than they would if they did not.

Together With Christ also makes a great text for a small group Bible study.  Your church should strongly consider this.

If your families are from different Christian denominations, it would be well to sit down with both sides of the new family separately, and maybe even together, to work through this book.

Remember, one must put God in charge of your married life.  Therefore, if marriage is a good thing right now, it will be a good thing a year from now.  Don’t rush it; grow together and give your marriage the best chance at success that you can. Together With Christ will help you to do that

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Book Review: Chess for Beginners: Know the Rules, Choose Your Strategy, and Start Winning by Yelizaveta Orlova ISBN: 978-1-64152-257-1


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When I was in the tenth grade, everyone was learning how to play chess.  I did not want to be left out, so I taught myself using the World Book Encyclopedia.  It gave me the basics, but it did not teach me any strategy.

 

Once you buy Chess for Beginners: Know the Rules, Choose Your Strategy, and Start Winning by Yelizaveta Orlova, you will not only know the basics, but you will learn some basic strategies for winning at chess.

 

There are a few problems with this book.  The first problem is that the chess quotes included in the book are written in a light red which does not stand out very well from the background.

 

There appears to be a mistake in placing a heading on page 67. To me it appears that the bold words that say Diagram 6.13 should actually appear just over the heading Why Did Black Make This Move? instead of where it has been placed.

 

I really think that this book would be better if there were more step-by-step diagrams, rather than a few diagrams, to support the moves discussed.

 

Either way, before you start out you should have a good, basic chess set so that you can see the plays and move the pieces for each move.

 

You will not be a World Champion just by reading Chess for Beginners. Then again, that would be expecting too much from a book designed to teach you the basics.

 

Once you have your copy of this book, you will want to teach your children basic chess and then make the game a part of your family home evening.

 

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Super Easy Vegan Cheese Cookbook: 70 Delicious Plant-Based Cheeses by Janice Buckingham


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Many years back, at least 15, there was an advertisement where a family walks into the living room on Christmas morning and there is a major abundance of new toys from Santa.  Someone says something like, “You must have left him some really good cookies.” The little girl says, “I didn’t leave him cookies, I left him cheese.” That year our kids left an institutional size can of cheese under the tree.  It didn’t help.

What if Santa was lactose intolerant, like Tim Allen’s Santa character in The Santa Clause?  If you have Super Easy Vegan Cheese Cookbook: 70 Delicious Plant-Based Cheeses by Janice Buckingham, you will have the answer.

This book is super easy to follow.  There is like a mini course in plant-based cheese making in the front of the book.  There is a list of the very few tools you will need and what basic ingredients you will need to keep on hand.

The instructions tell how you can make your own milk out of nuts like almonds or walnuts, but that you can also make it out of seeds like sesame seeds.

We all need to live healthier.  Big pharma does not want you to be healthy, they want to keep you sick. They have teamed up with Big Farm and the food manufacturers to make sure whatever dairy you get is loaded with things that are bad for you.  The only chance you have of staying healthy is eating a proper, natural diet. Making your own vegan cheese is a step in the right direction.

Super Easy Vegan Cheese Cookbook is very well-written and easy to follow.  The steps are basic and it does not take a long time to make these cheeses.

You will be healthier when you start to eat better. . You probably won’t get a Christmas card from your doctor though.  

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