Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Nudge ~ Review

About the Author:

Currently the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew University, Madison, NJ, and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at George Fox University, Portland, Oregon, Leonard Sweet has been Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Theological School at Drew University for five years. Author of more than two hundred articles, over twelve hundred published sermons, and dozens of books, Sweet is the primary contributor (along with his wife Karen Elizabeth Rennie) to the web-based preaching resource Sweet has held distinguished lectureships at various colleges, universities, and seminaries and has presented academic papers before major professional societies. The founder and president of SpiritVenture Ministries, Sweet is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, state conventions, pastors’ schools, and retreats.

About the Book:

Brace Yourself. This book is set to revolutionize your understanding of evangelism. That revolution stands to affect not just your everyday habits, including encounters you have with other people, but the very roots of your faith, the range of our mission, and the limits of your freedom.

In the tradition of The Gospel According to Starbucks, this groundbreaking book dares to ask: Instead of bringing people to Jesus, how about joining Jesus in what He is already doing?

Author Leonard Sweet challenges you to use all five senses to interect with God and others. Nudge will remind you that for God to do something through us, God must be doing something in us.

My Review:

I am BIG on listening to the Holy Spirits prompting (nudges) !! I will be the first to confess I have failed miserably at times but there are also those times that I completely obeyed and WOW to watch what God does and being a part is sooo amazing!

In Nudge, Sweet teaches how to apply each of our 5 senses in a spiritual way! I have never even considered this way of Evangelism but am Amazed and Inspired by this! I've been known to pray that I have Ears to hear what the Spirit is saying or eyes to see what the Spirit shows me on that particular day but I don't recall ever asking to smell, taste, or touch Spiritually!
Sweet has some really awesome thoughts, and this is the type of book that you will want to take notes from or highlight and then go back and read it so that you "get it all" in! I highly recommend this book and am so thankful to have this in my Library.
I believe according to the statement above that says "This revolution stands to affect not just our everyday habits, but the very roots of our faith and the range of our mission" pretty much says it all! Nudge is a book that will stay with you long after you turn the last page!

Heart of a Bookworm gives Nudge ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥!!!

Thank you B&B media for allowing me a complimentary issue in return for my humble review.

NUDGE: Awakening Each Other to the God Who's Already There
by Leonard Sweet ~

More Than Words ~ Review

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

More than Words
Bethany House; Original edition (September 1, 2010)


Judith Miller


Most readers want to know how authors 'got started' writing. My first novel, Threads of Love, was conceived when I was commuting sixty miles to work each day. I wanted to tell the story of a pioneer girl coming to Kansas and the faith that sustained her as she adjusted to a new life. When the book was completed, I tucked it away. I had absolutely no idea how publication of a book occurred and had given no thought to the concept. However, through a co-worker, I was directed to Tracie Peterson who, at that time, worked down the hall from me. Having never met Tracie, I was totally unaware of her writing career, but God intervened. The rest is, as they say, history....

With a graciousness that continues to amaze me, Tracie agreed to read my story, directed me to a publisher, and gave me information on a Christian writers conference. Since that first encounter many years ago, I have been blessed with the publication of numerous books, novellas and a juvenile fiction book. Joyously, Tracie and I had the opportunity to develop a blessed friendship. In fact, we have co-authored several series together, including The Bells of Lowell, the Lights of Lowell and The Broadmoor Legacy. In addition, I have continued to write several solo series. Please check those out on the "My Books" page on my website.

God's design on the lives of His people never ceases to amaze me! Because I am eternally grateful for my own forgiveness and salvation, I strive to share God's desire to pull us from the mire of sin and set us free to live exciting lives for Him. Through His abundant grace and love, God gifts and equips each of us to share the story of salvation and eternal life. Won't you share His story using the special gifts He has given you?


Journey to the charming villages of the Amana Colonies, 1885

Gretchen Kohler is an Amana storekeeper's daughter with a secret passion for writing. But artistic pursuits are frowned upon in her conservative Amana village, so she confines her poems and stories to her journals, letting only close friends read them.

When a young reporter comes into her store, she believes she's found a kindred spirit. She shares a few of her stories with him--only to have her trust betrayed in the worst of ways, resulting in trouble for her entire community.

The scandal is made even worse by the fact that gypsies have camped nearby and seem to be preying upon the Amanans' compassionate, pacifist nature. Will Gretchen lose her job, her reputation, and the love of her childhood beau all because of one bad decision?

Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her novels, two of which have placed in the CBA top ten lists. In addition to her writing, Judy is a certified legal assistant. Judy makes her home in Topeka, Kansas.

If you would like to read the first chapter of More than Words, go HERE.

My Review:

Yet another new author for me and I have to say I Loved this sweet story with Gretchen, Conrad, Mr.Finley & of course the gyspies! I can't forget her grandmother OMA, who suffers with Alzheimers. Her character brings so much humor to this story and although it is funny to us, poor Gretchen wouldn't agree with me one bit! LOL It is a sweet story full of humor, a triangle of romance, dreams yearning to be fulfilled and consequences unfolding. I would definitely recommend "More than Words" and rate is 4 out of 5 ♥'s for sure! This is the first book in this series and I look forward to the 2nd book !!

Happy reading!