Moving from Broken to Beautiful through Forgiveness

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Ortega, Yvonne. Moving from Broken to Beautiful through Forgiveness- Moving from Broken to Beautiful Series- Book 3. Salem, OR: Trinity Press International. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Forgiveness can be one the hardest elements yet also the most restrictive or freeing. In her latest book in the Moving from Broken to Beautiful series, speaker, counselor, and author Yvonne Ortega shares her own personal stories coupled with relevant scripture to demonstrate the power of forgiveness. Outlining 12 steps to move through the forgiveness stage, both forgiving yourself as well as others, each chapter finishes with activities, affirmations and journaling pages. The freedom that can be experienced through forgiveness while moving from broken to beautiful is priceless.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Sometimes forgiving ourselves can be the most difficult thing to do, followed closely by truly forgiving others. Though a shorter book in length, the messages and knowledge packed within are long. Knowing the author has already experienced many forgiving instances in her own life makes the book read more like a talk with a good friend. Based in faith, with compassion and strength, even those not realizing they need to give and receive forgiveness will find nuggets to grip. After reading this current work in the series, I plan to search for the previous books. After all, we all need forgiveness in some form.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Moving from Broken to Beautiful through Forgiveness from Bookcrash and the author.

Dead Dog Like Me

Davis, Max. Dad Dog Like Me. Franklin, TN: Worthy Publishing. 2015.

SUMMARY:
deaddogLiterally feeling like a dead dog, Pastor Nick Gregory’s life is falling apart at the seams. Family problems with his children, a pending divorce from his wife, a horrific car crash and the dog…Waking from the crash to find himself in the body of Mephibosheth, grandson of King Saul, Nick begins to connect the parallelisms between his experiences, realizing faith, grace, forgiveness and blessings may indeed be real…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Reading this book in a few short days, I must admit I was intrigued by the title, loved the cover picture, and sped through the story. Well-written and easy to read, the style along with the storyline proved to be the perfect combination. Based on a version of 2 Samuel 9:8, (What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me), was an interesting yet profound idea for this novel, including forgiveness, mercy, love, faith and of course, the dog. I think perhaps this book would be perfect for a movie as a great way to share the intended message.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Dead Dog Like Me from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*

The Heart of the Amish

Fisher, Suzanne Woods. The Heart of the Amish: Life Lessons on Peacemaking and the Power of Forgiveness. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2015.

SUMMARY:
heartOne of the very hardest things to do in life…forgive. Though not easy, through true stories gathered from many Amish communities, Suzanne Woods Fisher shares and reminds of the power of forgiveness, not only for those forgiven but the ones extending it as well. As a lifestyle woven within the Amish traditions and culture, forgiveness has the potential for peace, contentment, and freedom. The Heart of the Amish encourages God into our midst to work His wonders through forgiveness…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Such personal stories of anger, hurt, chaos and violence are contained within this book, yet the results are so different than expected due to the element of forgiveness. Wonderful research from several Amish communities shows the capability found within such an act, some of which is almost unfathomable. Suzanna Woods Fisher demonstrates the power of extending grace through forgiveness, as we ourselves are given through God. Powerful, though-provoking, interesting, and many times even astonishing, The Heart of the Amish advises the importance of allowing God to settle the scores, in His time and manner, not our own.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Heart of the Amish from Revell Publishing for my honest review*

When a Woman Chooses to Forgive

Brodersen, Cheryl. When a Woman Chooses to Forgive: Finding Freedom in Letting Go. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers. 2014.

SUMMARY:
forgivenessBy helping to understand forgiveness, realizing why we aren’t ready to forgive and why it is important to extend grace to others, Cheryl Brodersen explains the steps to finding freedom through forgiveness. With a multitude of examples, some deeply painful, she describes the process along with the resulting releasing outcomes. As Jesus Christ has forgiven us, we must forgive others.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Throughout life, we encounter many trials that require forgiveness, both of ourselves and others. In a compassionate manner, the author patiently explains the effects (mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually) of unforgiveness, how to start the transformation towards forgiveness, along with the necessary tools to continue until freedom is achieved. Extremely relevant, thoroughly explained, and exceedingly practical, Cheryl Brodersen does an excellent job. Coupled with inspiring stories, biblical insights and heartbreaking examples, this book was wonderful as a personal read yet would work well for a group study. After-all, who doesn’t need forgiveness nor not have someone to forgive? Definitely worth the time for a life-changing opportunity!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of When a Woman Chooses to Forgive from Harvest House Publishers for my honest review*

Water Walker

Dekker, Ted. Water Walker: The Outlaw Chronicles. Brentwood, TN: Worthy Publishing. 2014.

SUMMARY:
waterwalkerHaving spent years in an orphanage, Alice Ringwald has no memory past the last six months. Recently adopted by a couple, Alice has settled into her new normal life. When a man appears claiming to be her father and kidnaps her, Alice finds herself with a new family in the Louisiana swamplands. Finding no escape, Alice loses hope until she meets the Outlaw…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Having recently read Eyes Wide Open, I enthusiastically accepted the opportunity to read another book in the Outlaw Chronicles series. Water Walker exceeded my expectations in that, if possible, I enjoyed it even more than the first book in the series. Styled as a modern parable, it teaches of forgiveness, acceptance and faith in God. Extremely captivating, consistently moving, suspensefully thrilling, smoothly expressed…Water Walker is definitely a page turner to the very end. Born to missionary parents in Indonesia, Ted Dekker is a very talented New York Times best-selling author of many novels, two of which have been made into movies.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Water Walker from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*