Wednesday, December 22, 2010

"Under the Overpass"

Under the Overpass by Mike Yankowski Living in a cozy house with a warm bed, fridge full of food with a reliable car in the driveway. Good education and matching job. Clean clothes, sitting in a comfy seat in a fancy, high-tech church every Sunday. Its easy to say you trust God when this is your life. But what if all of these things were stripped away? Would your faith hold up? College students Mike and Sam wanted to find out. They made the radical (translate: crazy) decision to become homeless for 5 months in 6 different cities to discover if their faith was real and to see what it was like to be homeless in the wealthiest nation on Earth.

Their story will challenge and inspire you. The way you view your life and the world around you will change. The question is, what will you do with it?

Highly Recommended 5/5 stars

"A Man's Heart"

A Man's Heart by Lori Copeland
Jules' life is crumbling quickly. Within a few short months (and the first several chapters) she loses her father, her best friend, and faces the possible failure of her family farm. To top it all off, her friend leaves Jules to raise her children with the one man Jules has always loved, but can't seem to commit to. Can they overcome the past to create a bright future...together?

While I am a huge fan of Lori Copeland's, this was not her best work. I enjoyed the story, but did have some issues with it. Jules' character was well-developed and relatable, but none of the others were. I would have liked more depth to Cruz beyond the hurt he feels from being left at the alter, twice. On the flip side, a lot of time was spent describing the farm and potatoes, when I would have preferred more information about the characters and their thoughts. That being said, this book did keep me up late reading and made me cry. The end result was a happy ending with the triumph of love and God's all-encompassing plan.
Thank you to Zondervan for sending me this book (http://zndr.vn/fmqF0j)
3.5/5 Stars
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