A Fresh Batch of Book Reviews #3

Enjoy three book reviews and check out my latest book, Newness of Lifeon sale for $1.99 this week only!

Katharine and Martin Luther by Michelle DeRusha

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, led by Martin Luther.  As a longtime Lutheran this book idea held appeal for me.  I just started reading this book and I can’t put it down.  Even though I learned much about Luther’s history as a Lutheran schoolgirl, Michelle DeRusha fills in many gaps in this storyline so familiar to me.  She is a gifted historian and storyteller, bringing ancient manuscripts to life and painting a sympathetic portrait of Martin and Katharina, imagining their emotions and challenges in a way that seems instantly relatable in 2017.  What a perfect time for this book to come into print (January 31)!  I will post a more in-depth review once I finish the book.

100-Day Vocabulary Word Devotional by Alan Balmer

I love Bible studies, and I love discovering new words. This book caters to both of my affections. Each day begins with a new, somewhat unfamiliar word and its definition. The following scripture and devotion explains how the word can be applied. It’s a vocabulary lesson tied together with solid Bible teaching. I like the “Bottom Line of the Day,” which helps you apply both the vocabulary word and the scripture teaching to everyday situations. The English major in me is enjoying this unique new study!


Epic Christianity by Jamie Mailhot

I liked the positive tone of this book and its solid biblical basis. I found the suggestions to be positive also, but not truly original. The chapters were very long. The book is advertised as a seven-day journery, but plan on spending two to three days per chapter unless you have an hour to spend each day. Overall this book is a decent resource if you haven’t read anything else on goal-setting and life-planning before.  For goal-setting, I prefer Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy.

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There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV

No matter what season you are in, God is teaching you valuable lessons to grow your faith and trust in Him.  We will discover what God is saying through the different times and activities we traverse.

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  • These look really good! Especially the ones by Alan Balmer and Jamie Mailhot. Thanks for sharing your reviews.

    • Sarah

      Thanks Heather…I hope I’ve inspired you to find a good read!

  • I’ve not heard about any of these books. Thank you for sharing!

    • Sarah

      Glad to know I’m introducing others to some good reads!

  • I’m glad to see Michelle’s book here! I have not read it yet, but I hope to one day. I loved her “50 Women…” and “Spiritual Misfit.”

    • Sarah

      I will check her other books out, since you think they are great reads!

  • Sarah, I am so enjoying Michelle’s book as well. She truly has a way of telling history and bringing it to life, which I so appreciate!

    • Sarah

      Joanne, I think it’s a wonderful read. I love history, and she’s doing a great job of making connections between 1517 and now!

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