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Love Without Limits – Nick Vujicic

Nick Vujicic is known to the world as “the man without limbs”, but to two very special people he is known as “husband and daddy”.  Because even when everything seemed against him and his chance at love, God had a bigger, better plan in mind for Nick and his future.

In his mid-twenties it didn’t seem to Nick that there was a woman out there who would love him and share his life.  But then he met Kanae.  She flipped his world upside down immediately, and they started a crazy course of misunderstandings and hilarious stories as they fell in love with each other.  They share their story with openness and honesty, including how they handled criticism from others.  This book will bless anyone who picks it up, especially couples who may be dealing with a disability.  God can, and does, work everything out for good for His children.

“…an inspiring reminder that when Christ is at the center of a relationship-even with serious challenges-true love will triumph”

4 out of 5 stars

Fearless by Eric Blehm

The full title of this book is Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown.

Adam Brown was described as a “man of extremes” and that is a perfect description.  He climbed every wall, and crossed every line.  He battled a drug addiction, lost an eye, and yet ended up in the top tier of the U. S. Military.

He lived life hard and to the fullest.  He always landed on his feet, until March 17, 2010 when he was killed in Afghanistan.  He left behind a loving wife, his children, a lost SEAL team, and a powerful legacy that lives on today.  At one minute you were laughing at Adam’s antics and the next you were crying with his SEAL team.

I enjoyed this book, and the story it held.  Adam Brown walked the fine line between sanity and crazy, but he had a powerful faith that was tested many times but remained strong.  However, there were several parts in it that were for a “mature” audience.  Also, the author strove to provide “realistic” language, which led to a very rough book.  Read with discretion.

Overall, I enjoyed reading, but it won’t go on my “reread” shelf.

Rating 3 out of 5 stars.

 

My Favorite 12 Books of 2013

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  1. And God Came In by Lyle Dorsett.  A wonderful biography of the extraordinary Joy Davidman Lewis.  As an atheist who found Christ, and the mother of two boys, Joy began a correspondence with one of the most intelligent men ever.  Finally journeying to England to meet him, Joy fell in love with C. S. Lewis.  Following her divorce, loneliness, diagnosis of cancer, marriage, remission, and peaceful death, this book was eye opening into the lives of Lewis, his wife, and their sons. 
  2. The Vow by Kim and Krickett Carpenter.  I don’t know what made me pick this up.  I had read that it was a true story and a wonderful telling of God’s faithfulness, but the cover almost ran me off.  It made it look like a paperback romance.  It was not, let me assure you.  🙂  Kim and Krickett were your normal newlywed couple.  Until they were in a horrible car wreck late one night.  They lived, but Krickett’s memory was damaged.  She didn’t remember Kim or anything about their life together.  Kim could have walked away, but he didn’t.  He helped his wife fall in love all over again.  They now live as proof that God does work miracles.
  3. Michael Vey Series by Richard Evans.  Yes, I know that I may be to old to be reading Michael Vey, but it’s fun to read a relaxing fun series every now and then.  Michael Vey is just that.  He’s a typical teenager with Tourette’s syndrome.  Until he discovers that he has electrical powers, and he’s not the only one. 
  4. WWII the Rest of the Story by Richard J. Maybury.  I loved this book.  And yes, I am somewhat of a conspiracy theorist.  🙂  You need to read this book, and the others in the series.  Great additions to any homeschool bookshelf.
  5. Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper.  Thought provoking, challenging, inspiring.  Each and every chapter is something that every adult and young adult should read and reread through their lifetime.  A call to stand up and serve our God.  Read this the year you turn 15 and every year after that. 
  6. A Mother Just Like You by Vickie Farris.  I am not a mother yet, but I still found this book a wonderful, inspiring read.  As mother of 10 and wife to Michael Farris, Vickie has applicable real life encouragement for every mother of a large, homeschooling family. 
  7. Leave it to PSmith by P. G. WodehouseI usually read silently, but this book was so funny that I couldn’t stop laughing aloud as I read it.  Every character was important, and each so unique in their own way.  And all of them tied together with PSmith (the “p” is silent, as in “pshrimp”.)
  8. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome Jerome.  I had heard of this book for years, but it always sounded old and stuffy to me.  But I finally picked it up and read it in 2 days.  It was easy to read, funny, wonderfully written, and intriguing.  A simple journal of a boat trip becomes a commentary on human life.  And what’s like to own a dog.
  9. Rora by James Byron Huggins.  France, Italy, and the Roman Catholic Church have teamed up, as the Inquisition, to destroy religious freedom.  And the faith and lives of the protestant town of Rora.  A tiny hamlet high in the mountains.  One man can keep their hope alive, but he will do it at the risk of his life and the lives of his family.  It’s a true story with real people, and it ends with victory – at the cost of his family.  God demands full obedience to Him, are we prepared to do whatever that means?
  10. Echoes from the Edge series by Bryan Davis.  Normal sci-fi fiction meets classical violinist meets some of Frank Peretti.  Three dimensions of earth, a violin that can open the doors, and a camera that can see things that aren’t there.  I loved this series!  I have read it twice and there are still things I don’t get. 
  11. Cloak of the Light by Chuck Black.  AWESOME book.  Read my review here. 
  12. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens.  No year would be complete with out a Dickens novel.  This took me 2 months because of school work, but I finally finished it and I loved it.  Possibly my favorite Dickens ever, competing with Tale of Two Cities.  I will write a full review later. 

And there is my booklist of 2013.   I hope to post my reading goals for 2014 very soon.  With more reviews coming.