Reviews by Debra Brinkman
On 5/1 Debra Brinkman wrote: If you are looking for a light read to take your mind off of your troubles or the cares of this world, go find another review of another book. Tonight, I am not reviewing a nice, fun, feel-good book. Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians by Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert, and Nina Shea is a book ... Not a fun read, but an important one
On 12/2 Debra Brinkman wrote: One thing that I think is sorely lacking today is the willingness of women to show respect to their husbands in particular, and men as a whole in general. Whether it be the constant putting men down banter that seems to be expected any time two women talk for longer than five seconds, or the attitudes ... It wasn't at all what I was expecting
On 11/23 Debra Brinkman wrote: he Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, first published a decade ago, is something I've heard lots about but never checked out myself. When presented with the chance to review this new 10th Anniversary edition, I wanted to see it for myself. If you already own the original, there probably isn't a reason ... Like the video introductions in this new version!
On 11/1 Debra Brinkman wrote: I requested this book to review on a whim, basically. I've heard of G. K. Chesterton, but it isn't like I know much about him, and I'm fairly certain I've never read his work. At this point, some of you cannot believe I'm admitting to this, and others are saying, "G. K. Who???" My oldest son is studying ... I am enjoying these readings!
On 10/6 Debra Brinkman wrote: This time, the book is Wild Grace, subtitled What Happens When Grace Happens. I enjoy almost everything that Max Lucado creates, so I was excited to check this book out... and to have my teen read it as well. A fairly short book at 176 pages, this is a really easy read. Chapters are short and filled ... Max Lucado has done it again
On 9/5 Debra Brinkman wrote: It's a Wonderful Life has become a Christmas tradition for my family. I'll admit it is not one I grew up with though. I probably watched it at some point as a kid, but the first time I remember seeing the movie was after college. I became a Jimmy Stewart fan around that time, so I was trying to watch ... I think this would make a unique Advent family devotional
On 8/26 Debra Brinkman wrote: I love having lots of different versions of the Bible available, and I love having different styles of study Bibles. So when the opportunity to review The Open Bible NKJV came up, I went for it. I figure that you already have an idea as to whether or not the New King James Version is something you even ... Love the archaeology section, the Visual Survey, and the introductions
On 8/14 Debra Brinkman wrote: I love reading a good biography. So I couldn't help it... I had to read 10 Christians Everyone Should Know edited by John Perry. So, who are the ten Christians everyone should know? There are a couple people on here I would NEVER have guessed would be included. Saint Patrick Galileo Anne Bradstreet John ... The description nailed it: "You might think you know their stories... but you don't."
On 8/4 Debra Brinkman wrote: When I read the description of Through Rushing Water by Catherine Richmond, I knew I had to read it. The end of the first sentence nearly had me -- Dakota Territory, it said. The next sentence sealed it, as it placed this story in 1876. Without going and looking this stuff up to get exact dates, what ... A fun read, not too heavy on the romance
On 7/9 Debra Brinkman wrote: It has been awhile since I've read a general parenting book. It's not that I think I know it all, but this genre grabbed me more when my oldest was 5 than it does now that he is 15. On a whim, I requested Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord by Dave Stone when it came up for review at Booksneeze. I expected ... Parenting advice from a real person
On 4/9 Debra Brinkman wrote: Lately, I've had two interesting things happening in my cooking. The first started about a year ago, when we joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) with some of our tax refund, then in June Bountiful Baskets had its first location near me. That means I have affordable produce -- and lots of it. ... This is a keeper, in spite of a few frou-frou recipes
On 3/14 Debra Brinkman wrote: Have you ever sat at the DMV and wished that they wouldn't call your number so soon? No? I would have laughed at that absurd idea a week ago. But there I was, reading Eyes of Justice by Lis Wiehl, and wishing that they could just take a bit longer so I wouldn't have to stop reading. This book is ... Fabulous book
On 1/15 Debra Brinkman wrote: bit over a year ago, I reviewed a book called Then Sings My Soul, by Robert J. Morgan. I loved it... and somehow had missed out on the fact that a second volume had come out (I will be looking for it!) But when Then Sings My Soul Book 3 came up at Booksneeze, I knew I had to have it. It is just as ... As good as the first one and I'll be looking to buy the second...
On 12/4 Debra Brinkman wrote: As we come up on the seventieth anniversary of "a date which will live in infamy" I find myself thinking about the changes brought about by that fateful attack on Pearl Harbor. So when I heard about the book *December 1941* by Craig Shirley, I knew it was something I would want to read. I was able to ... Lots of great information from newspapers and loads of other sources. Fascinating
On 11/3 Debra Brinkman wrote: A while back, I listened to the audio of the book Heaven is for Real. I enjoyed the book, and had talked about it around the house a bit. So when I saw there was a children's version -- Heaven is for Real for Kids -- I was certainly interested in taking a look and sharing it with my kids. I chose to ... Amazing conversation opportunities with my kids, ages 5 to 14
On 10/22 Debra Brinkman wrote: There are so many books I've missed out on. When I had a chance to review the new edition of Just in Case You Ever Wonder by Max Lucado, I knew I had to take it. Although I have often heard this title mentioned, I had never read it. That situation is now rectified. I sat down with my 5- and 7-year-olds ... Sweet book, and definitely a keeper
On 10/4 Debra Brinkman wrote: Any time I get a chance to get my hands on something that has anything to do with Biblical Archaeology, I jump at it. So when I read the description of Has God Spoken? by Hank Hanegraaff, I signed on. Unfortunately for me, the prophecy section was fairly short, about fifty pages. The longest section ... Lots of acronyms!
On 9/11 Debra Brinkman wrote: A few months ago, I posted a review of The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead. I concluded that review with the following words: "This is a good book, but I would have enjoyed it more had I known that I shouldn't expect anything to be resolved when I reached the final pages. Or if the next book was already ... Read The Skin Map first, but have this one in your possession and ready to read
On 8/9 Debra Brinkman wrote: Eric Metaxas accomplished something incredible in this biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy reads more like a novel than a biography in many places, and even though it weighs in at 624 pages, I found it compelling and incredibly difficult to put down. I've read ... Everyone should read this biography
On 7/28 Debra Brinkman wrote: On a whim, I requested Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog & the Triumphs of Trust at Ground Zero by Michael Hingson to review a week or so ago. It looked like it would be a fairly easy read, and that is what I was in the mood for. It turned out that it was gripping, compelling ... A fascinating personal account of 9/11
On 7/18 Debra Brinkman wrote: I think that when I requested It Couldn't Just Happen by Lawrence Richards I was expecting a different book. Marketed as being for 9-12 year olds, and with the fun, colorful cover, I was expecting something with a lot more visual appeal and photos on every page. I was wrong. That's not a bad thing. ... More textbook-y than I expected, but a good book...
On 6/22 Debra Brinkman wrote: I don't usually get into a lot of politics on my blog. Sometimes. But not often. So, I'll come right out and say: I like Sarah Palin. There are a few politicians that I just think it would be fun to hang out with, to sit down for a cup of coffee with, or something similar. Not many, but a few. I thought ... Most of the quotes are actually a paragraph or more
On 5/17 Debra Brinkman wrote: My teen has been on a Sherlock Holmes kick for a few months now, so when I saw No Place Like Holmes available for review from Booksneeze, I pounced on it. I read the book in an afternoon, and my son is going at about the same pace today. He is older than the recommended age range (9-12) but he is really ... Thrilled to recommend this "boy book" for upper elementary readers
On 5/14 Debra Brinkman wrote: We had an interesting experience here with my latest review book, The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead. It came up at the Thomas Nelson site for review, and based on the publisher's description I thought it sounded like a fun book to read. I requested it and dug in. I thought I'd read it, and then possibly ... I'd recommend as a late summer read
On 5/3 Debra Brinkman wrote: I have read just a bit about this general topic before, and I was looking forward to learning more. What I hadn't really thought about was what a difference it was going to make to read this particular author. His Indian perspective on the importance of the Bible in Western Civilization was fascinating. ... An outsider perspective I'd highly recommend to anyone
On 4/12 Debra Brinkman wrote: As a Booksneeze Blogger, I had the opportunity to review The Band That Played On by Steve Turner. I've never really been a Titanic groupie, but the musicians have always intrigued me. So I was interested in this title. The book starts with an overview of how the band came to be, followed by a chapter ... Book Review: The Band That Played On
On 4/11 Debra Brinkman wrote: As a participant in Booksneeze, I have had the chance to review The Final Summit by Andy Andrews. This book follows the events of The Traveler's Gift, which I have not read. I enjoyed this book. As I mentioned above, I have not read the previous title. From reading the description of that book on ... I will be reading this book again
On 2/23 Debra Brinkman wrote: Prior to the chance to review Seek Me with all your Heart, I had never read a book by Beth Wiseman. I've seen some of her titles mentioned, so I when I saw I could get this for my Nook on a night I was looking for something to read, well, I jumped at the chance. Prior to the chance to review Seek Me ... Book Review: Seek Me with All Your Heart
On 1/31 Debra Brinkman wrote: Oh my! This book is totally not what I expected when I requested a review copy. I think I was expecting a Bible meant for early readers, with a lot of simplified text, or maybe a complete Bible. I did not expect a 'story Bible' format. I should have, the description is good. I just wasn't thinking, ... Nice transition from "reader" to a "real" Bible
On 1/19 Debra Brinkman wrote: I have been fascinated by Ronald Reagan almost as long as I've been interested in politics. The first presidential election I really paid attention to was in 1980. I remember how depressing everything was in the late 70s. The world was going to end either from a new ice age (global cooling) or from ... Great overview of the faith of a great man
On 12/30 Debra Brinkman wrote: Each chapter is set up in basically the same way. Relevant scripture for the chapter's topic is quoted. Common ground between Barrister X and Barrister Y is established, if there is any. Barrister X makes his case against Christianity. Barrister Y makes his case for Christianity. Next chapter. This ... Book Review: The Jesus Inquest by Charles Foster
On 12/20 Debra Brinkman wrote: I seem to be on a kick, looking for that perfect daily devotional or something. So I welcomed the chance to check out Voices of the Faithful with Beth Moore. Moore wrote the introductions for each month, and the introduction to the book... but the daily devotions were written by missionaries from around ... Daily uplifting reminder of worldwide missions
On 12/1 Debra Brinkman wrote: The book is set up with one page per day of reading, and I started reading aloud to my kids in November. In addition, I read about a month's worth of earlier entries before writing this review, hop-skipping through the book, mostly reading entries for important dates in my family. I love it. Some ... We'll often be moved to do further research
On 11/13 Debra Brinkman wrote: I love music. I love hymns. One of my favorite possessions is a devotional, based on hymns, that my father gave to his mother for Christmas in 1961. That one is God's Song in My Heart by Ruth Youngdahl Nelson. However, it is in fairly rough shape, and I worry about it too much to actually use it ... Great book for Hymn-lovers (like me!)
On 10/20 Debra Brinkman wrote: I recently had the opportunity to read and review The Grace of God by Andy Stanley. This is not a book I could sit down and read quickly. I'm finding myself reading a portion of a chapter at a time, and needing to take time to ponder what I'm reading. As I got further into the book, I could read bigger ... I am truly enjoying this book.
On 10/10 Debra Brinkman wrote: If you have followed my blog, or my life, for any length of time, you already know that I am on a constant quest to feed my family on a very limited budget. When I saw Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family by Steve and Annette Economides, I knew I just HAD to review it. Of course, ... Doesn't Push a One-Size-Fits-All Approach
On 10/4 Debra Brinkman wrote: The Least Among You, starring Louis Gossett Jr. among others is an inspiring tale based on the story of Rev. Dr. Charles Marks. An inspirational film about the mid-60's, I was prepared to love it. Instead, I liked it. Gossett was superb, and Devane was solid. Sanders and Holly put in decent performances ... Review: The Least Among You
On 9/13 Debra Brinkman wrote: This is not an easy book to read, yet Lucado's familiar style makes it easy to read. And he has made me really think, way too much, about what I see (or choose not to) around me. Some of the little challenges he throws out there are reasonably easy to skim over. Like early in the book he mentions ... Book Review: Out Live Your Life
On 9/9 Debra Brinkman wrote: As part of the Booksneeze program, I recently had the chance to read Seeds of Turmoil by Bryant Wright. I'm not exactly sure why I requested this book, but I'm very glad I did. Subtitled The Biblical Roots of the Inevitable Crisis in the Middle East, this traces the Middle East conflict back to where ... Book Review: Seeds of Turmoil
On 9/7 Debra Brinkman wrote: I recently had the chance to review The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews. This children's book is based on The Butterfly Effect, also by Andy Andrews, with the main idea that everything we do matters. The story starts with Norman Borlaug as a child playing in the fields. He later went on, ... Book Review: The Boy Who Changed the World
On 8/18 Debra Brinkman wrote: I need to lose about 30 pounds. My husband, however, needs to lose -- well, more. I know that for me, if I just eat smart and get some exercise, I can lose what I need to. Dale, though... well, he needs a bit more of a plan. We have looked at a number of things. Most books about losing a significant ... Inspiring story, misleading subtitle
On 8/1 Debra Brinkman wrote: I don't know what I was thinking when I requested to review Beyond Opinion: Living the Faith We Defend by Ravi Zacharias. What I wanted was an easy read that would make me think. This isn't it. What I probably needed, though, was something that would really make me stop and mull things over. So maybe ... Take it Slow, Take Time to Mull It Over
On 5/20 Debra Brinkman wrote: My daughter squealed when we opened the package containing my latest BookSneeze book, God's Promises for Girls by Jack Countryman and Amy Parker. She carried it around with her, and insisted I read the first few sections immediately. I was happy to comply. It's a small book -- roughly 7" by 5" and ... God's Promises for Girls
On 5/6 Debra Brinkman wrote: My latest BookSneeze book is Essentials for Life by Marcia Ford. Subtitled Your Back-to-Basics Guide to What Matters Most, it contains fifty chapters for daily, or weekly, reading. Each chapter follows the same basic format, with a question such as "Have you ever wondered about the resurrection -- ... Book Review: Essentials for Life
On 4/29 Debra Brinkman wrote: My brother has given me reading material in the past relating to some of the various 'end of the world as we know it' scenarios, so I was really interested in reading something from a Christian point of view. So, I dug in, expecting to read it over a few days. Instead, while not quite in a single sitting, ... Will the World End in 2012 -- A Book Review
On 3/14 Debra Brinkman wrote: A couple years ago, we read through a chronological Bible (not the one published by Thomas Nelson) for our daily Bible reading, and I really enjoyed that experience. I loved the idea of a guide that I could use with any version of the Bible. The introduction to this book was fascinating. I especially ... Great cultural and historical reference, in one fairly small volume
On 3/2 Debra Brinkman wrote: I decided to read this book as was suggested in the opening chapter -- alongside my regular Bible reading. So this is more like reading a preview of the real thing, then reading the actual Bible text. Having started this, I can't imagine using this book any other way. I was a little put-off by some ... Not a 'must-own' book, but...
On 2/7 Debra Brinkman wrote: Part of the Ancient Practices Series, I was really interested in reading Tithing by Douglas Leblanc. I'm not sure what exactly I expected, but this wasn't it. I think I assumed there would be lists of Bible verses telling me that we are commanded to tithe, or a long discussion about whether or not a ... What I've been reading
On 1/13 Debra Brinkman wrote: The Gospel According to Lost by Chris Seay intrigued me. We have rented/borrowed four seasons of Lost, and have had some interesting conversations in this household about it. I thought it would be interesting to see what Biblical messages we've been missing, and (I have to confess) maybe to rationalize ... Book Review: The Gospel According to Lost
On 12/14 Debra Brinkman wrote: I've decided to become at least an occasional reviewer for Thomas Nelson. And I'd highly recommend it... check the link on the right side of my blog. One day I clicked through to their site to see that they were looking for people to review the NKJV Greatest Stories of the BIBLE for them. I checked ... Book Review: NKJV Greatest Stories of the Bible