[review] “The Fight” by Luke Wordley



Definitely one of the best books I’ve read lately, if not the best.

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© 2014 Tyndale

Title: The Fight

Author:Luke Wordley

ISBN: 978-1-4143-8949-3

Publisher: Tyndale

Publication Date: 01.05.2014

Pages: 400

The blurb says:

Sam Pennington’s life has fallen apart. His father is dead. His mum’s started drinking. And now they’ve been dumped in a dismal public-housing complex in East London. Sam’s anger at his circumstances puts him on the brink of expulsion from school and into dangerous conflict with those around him.

Professional boxing trainer Jerry Ambrose has finally gotten everything together. After a turbulent early life, his newfound faith has helped him reconcile with his past and dedicate his life to helping others.

But when a brutal street fight leads Sam to Jerry’s boxing club, both their futures are thrown into question. As Jerry reaches out to Sam, an extraordinary fighting talent emerges—a talent that reopens the wounds of Jerry’s own life. Both find themselves battling what can happen to a…

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[review] “Miss Brenda and the Loveladies” by Brenda Spahn and Irene Zutell


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© 2014 WaterBrook Press © 2014 WaterBrook Press

Title: Miss Brenda and the Loveladies

Author:Brenda Spahn und Irene Zutell

ISBN: 978-0-30773-217-0


Publisher: WaterBrook Press

Publication Date: 18.02.2014

Pages: 228

After narrowly escaping incarceration, successful businesswoman and entrepreneur Brenda Spahn felt called into prison ministry. With no experience but with heaps of enthusiasm and a heart for female prisoners, Brenda started serving these women with unconditional love. She took seven ex-cons into her own home to help them establish successful lives on the outside. Miss Brenda and the Loveladies chronicles the humble beginnings of the Lovelady Center, now the largest and most successful non-profit transitional centre for women in the US. This is a remarkable story of hope, grace and God’s redeeming love.

Miss Brenda and the Loveladies is such an inspirational book. I was riveted and literally couldn’t put it down. As soon as I’d started reading I just had…

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Book review of “Heaven is for Real” by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent


I had this book on my radar from the time it was first published a few years ago but for some reason never got round to reading it. I am so glad I didn’t pass up the chance to read the newly released movie edition of Heaven is for Real. And neither should you. Read my review to find out why.

Heaven is for real

Retold by his father, Heaven is for Real is the true story of Colton Burpo’s trip to heaven and back. When he was four, Colton had to undergo an emergency appendectomy. Overjoyed at his miraculous survival, his family never could have expected what emerged in the following months. They were astounded at what Colton recalled from his hospital stay: angels singing to him, sitting in Jesus’ lap, seeing his great-grandfather whom he’d never met and meeting the sister he never knew he had because his mother miscarried before he was born.

Bonus material in this special movie edition of Heaven is for Real includes a new introduction, photos from the movie set, updates from Colton and his father Todd on recent events, as well as interviews with the movie’s filmmakers and actors. The movie, starring Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo, premieres on 16th April. You can watch the trailer here.

Heaven is for Real is a truly remarkable and inspiring story. I have no doubt that it is a true story. Colton’s father Todd is a pastor. He was as surprised as anyone would be when his son began recalling his experiences of heaven. Colton knew things that no four-year-old would know. Todd began testing his son’s memories of heaven against the Bible and found that Colton’s recollections held up to Biblical truths.

Heaven is for Real will forever change the way you think of eternity. If you have lost a loved one, you will find comfort in Colton’s experiences. Do not pass up the chance to read this book.


Disclosure of Material Connection:

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers programme. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

[book review] “The Power of a Half Hour” by Tommy Barnett


When I stumbled upon this book it instantly appealed to me. Too often I’d find myself with a half hour between tasks or appointments, thinking it’s not enough time to do something meaningful with and then end up killing and therefore wasting that time. It didn’t feel good though and I was ready to change the way I viewed these smaller chunks of time. The Power of a Half Hour has helped me do just that. I am confident it can do the same for you.

The Power of a Half Hour

In The Power of a Half Hour Tommy Barnett challenges the way we view a half hour. Most of us think of 30 minutes as a small chunk of spare time during which to have lunch, watch TV or check Facebook. After you read this book you’ll know that 30 minutes can change your life.

Throughout Tommy Barnett shares inspiring personal stories as well as Biblical principles, making this a very accessible book. It is easy to read and full of practical ways that show you how to make the most of small, manageable moments in your day in different areas of your life, including your purpose and values, personal goals, faith, character and attitude, dreams, career, relationships, marriage and family, as well as church involvement and ministry.

At the back of the book a personal action plan for each chapter is provided to help you apply the power principles in your life. A small-group study guide is also included.

The Power of a Half Hour was just the book I needed to read. It really helped me to change my view of 30 minutes from “I have time to kill” to “I have time to use effectively and productively”. I am still in the process of learning how best to apply the principles from the book but I fully intend to manage my time better from now on. And there’s plenty here to help me do that.

I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to make more of their time. I think I will read it again alongside the personal action plans now.

You can read an excerpt here.

Disclosure of Material Connection:

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Love is in the air


With Valentine’s just a few days away, I thought I’d show you what I made for our window, ahem, last year. I finished it just in time for last Valentine’s, at which point it seemed to late to blog about. So here are now.


Doesn’t it look ever so cute? I have to admit that I like my rainbow heart banner so much that it actually stayed year round. While I initially made it for Valentine’s, I decided it would be a waste to take it off again after a few days.

I first saw the rainbow heart banner on Pinterest and although I’m really not great at sewing, I gave it a shot. And guess what? It was easy peasy lemon squeezy. Even for me.

I used a silicone heart (which is meant for making heartshaped fried eggs) to trace the heart with chalk onto a piece of felt.


I folded it in half and used a safety pin to hold it in place. I then cut out the heart shape and started handsewing it together.


I left a small opening, which I used to fill the heart with cotton wool before sewing it up. Et voilà! Repeat with the other colours.


When all the hearts are done, use an embroidery needle to thread twine through each heart. Now your rainbow heart banner is done. Hang it up in a window and enjoy!

You can find detailed instructions at Momtastic.


So I jumped on the book blogging bandwagon…


Not that I can’t post my book reviews here anymore. Of course I can. And I will I guess. But I also read German books, which I then review in German and I just don’t want to start posting here in German. So I thought it would make sense to have a dedicated book blog where I can collate all my reviews, the English ones as well as the German ones. And thus I jumped on the book blogging bandwagon…

If you wanna check out my book blog, head this way please –> …im Lesefieber! Hooked on books! And do say hello if you stop by. ;)


[book review] “Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe” by Sharon Jaynes


I mentioned the fabulous Girlfriends in God devotional email newsletter in a recent post. If you don’t already subscribe to it, go check it out and consider signing up. It really is such a blessing!

Sharon Jaynes is one of the Girlfriends in God, along with Gwen Smith and Mary Southerland. A while back one of Sharon’s devotionals was about praying for your husband. She provided a sample prayer based on different scriptures with landmarks representing body parts as a guide. It used to be available as a free download on her blog. Sadly when I checked today I found that it is no longer there. I’d copied it down in my Bible and have used it regularly.

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I was very excited when I heard about Sharon’s new book Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe. And I was even more excited when I spotted that the book was available on Blogging For Books. I am so glad I got the opportunity to review this wonderful book.

Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe

Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe: A Daily Guide to Scripture-Based Prayer is exactly what it says it is.

In the first part of the book, Sharon Jaynes introduces her readers to the power and purpose of prayer as well as the sixteen landmarks used as a guide to cover your husband in prayer from head to toe. Each landmark represents a body part: his mind, eyes, ears, mouth, neck, shoulders, heart, back, arms, hands, ring finger, side, sexuality, legs, knees and feet. His mind represents what he thinks about; his eyes, what he looks at, his ears, what he listens to, and so on all the way down to his feet representing the path he takes.

The second and main part of the book consists of a thirty-day prayer guide. Each day contains scripture for each landmark and a prayer based on and incorporating that Bible passage. The daily prayers last between five to ten minutes. What a great way to invest your time!

One way to use the book is to start at the beginning of a month so that the days of prayer correspond with the dates of the month. Or just jump right in and start at any time of the month. After completing the thirty days of prayer you can start over again. I most certainly will. The book closes with a time for reflection.

The prayers are written as though your husband were a Christian. But if he isn’t, the appendix offers prayers for his salvation. Other additional resources include prayers for his fatherhood if he is a dad and prayers for healing if he is sick. The book can be used individually or with girlfriends and as part of a women’s group at church.

Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe is a unique and powerful tool that will no doubt enrich your prayer life. It would make a perfect gift for your girlfriends and female family members, whether they recently got engaged, are newlywed or have been married for decades.

Take a sneak peek at Chapter 1.


Disclosure of Material Connection:

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.