This blog has been fun but it is also time consuming and I am not sure that anyone really cares. What I really want is an online book club. A community where people can talk about the books that they have read or at least share their favorites. So, I am heading over to Goodreads. Hope to see you there!
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Mietek Pemper was a Pole who was privileged to be one of the 1000+ Jews rescued by Oskar Schindler at the height of the holocaust. Because of Pemper’s typist abilities, he was used as an executive assistant by several SS officials which made him privy to top secret documents and other pertinent information. He was able to use much of this data to spare many lives himself. This story was absolutely captivating.
I have enjoyed Max Lucado’s books since I was a freshmen in college. I just love his writing style. His most recent publication is one of my favorites though. It fosters an eternal perspective that is so critical for each of us to possess. You were made to make a difference! Ephesians 2:10
We are currently wrapping up a complimentary video based series for youth that was produced by BluefishTV along with Max and his daughter Jenna entitled “Made to Make a Difference”. It has been fantastic to see other people, many of them very young, making a difference, to hear teaching from Max, to examine the Scriptures in our small groups and then to challenge our students to actually make a difference!
Check out the book and tour website here.
What do a high end art dealer from Fort Worth and a modern day runaway slave from Louisiana have in common? More than you might think. This riveting narrative of their unlikely friendship had me in tears. It will crush your preconceived ideas and challenge your faith. This is one of my top 5 favorite books.
Check out the website from the authors. A movie is possibly being released in 2011.
Do you enjoy spy novels and Cold War thrillers? I do not really care for fiction much but I loved this book because it is true! Tower of Secrets: A Real Life Spy Thriller is the incredible story of Victor Sheymov, a former KGB agent, who had access to the most secret Soviet intelligence. As a result of his growing aversion to the workings of the communist party and its ideals, Victor decided to defect to the United States. This stranger than fiction account describes the intricate maneuvering he had to perform in order to get he and his family to political asylum. Any misstep would have been lethal. This is a gripping read for anyone that would enjoy the genre or the era.
I have read two very engaging books by Margaret Feinberg in the past couple of years. She is a wonderful author and communicates in such a way that you feel as though you have known her for years. Very approachable and real to life. These books are wonderful tools to inspire your faith in a devotional manner.
Check out Margaret’s website by clicking here.
I absolutely love survival stories. In my opinion, they are better than any fabrication of our imagination. The harrowing accounts draw me in and I become entranced by the survivors will to overcome and the power of God to deliver them.
Here are two of my favorites:
This is the story of a South American rugby team whose plane crashed in the middle of the Andes mountains in the late 1970s. Many of you may recognize the story from the journalist accounts retold in the book and movie “Alive”. This account is by an actual survivor, Nando Parrado, and his unimaginable trek to safety.
This compilation of amazing survival stories goes through 4 centuries of incredible rescue from pirates and privateers to modern day survival in wilderness and at sea. This is by far my favorite collection of stories.
This is my all time favorite book. Not only am I fascinated with the WW2 era in which her story takes place, but I was so incredibly moved by her unwaivering hope in Christ even through the most horrid situations. She is an incredible inspiration to my faith. I praise God for her testimony. I absolutelylove this book!
Get a taste of her biography on Wikipedia by clicking here.