100 Great American Parks

Author: Stephanie Pearson

Publisher: National Geographic

Release Date: May 10, 2022

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A great book to give readers the traveling itch and hit the road!

If you love to travel, and visit national parks in particular, this book is a must for you.  This book selects 100 of the best National Parks throughout American with a glimpse into each one.  The book is organized around different regions, so if you live in a particular area or just want to travel there, you can skip to that section and find out what parks are available by state (or territory) and get your travel list in order.

I love that this makes it easy and fun to get the travel bug.  I’ve been to some of these parks, but there are still so many more to go.  Just yesterday we hit up Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan and I can’t wait to see what else we can see.  With amazing pictures and history of the parks, it makes it fun to just read about and plan your visit.

I recommend this book to travelers and those who just love a good book on travel for reference.

I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher.  The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

Faith Pump 40 Day Devotional

Authors: Beth Duewel, Edie Melson, Karen Porter, Kaley Rhea, Rhonda Rhea, Karen Sargent & Tina Yeager

Publisher: Bold Vision Books

Release Date: April 14, 2022

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A devotional book that I can see myself reading again, and again, and again! So much good within the pages that readers will absolutely love.

With all the wit and fun that Faith-Pump has brought to their Facebook Group and previous books, this new devotional will leave readers feeling refreshed and spirit soaring. One of the nicest things about this group of ladies is that anything they write is always exactly what I need to read at that moment. No matter what you are going through, you will always be able to find encouragement, wisdom and insight from this group. Each day comes with a story from the different authors that is filled with humor and more than enough personalization to make you feel like you are sitting on the couch with a group you might gather for bible studies on a regular basis.

This is the kind of book I see myself buying up all the copies and giving out to anyone I come into contact with. So much good within the pages, readers will have trouble spreading it out to 40 days if they are anything like me. As soon as I finished one day, I would continue to the next to see what other wisdom was on the pages for me. A lot of times when I pick up a devotional book, I will read a few pages and then put it aside and not think about it for a while. Not with Faith-Pump, I kept turning the pages and felt so encouraged as I kept reading. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone, if you are down you will be encouraged, if you are needing a laugh you will find it, if you just wonder what God might be saying to you, listen closely as you read and you will hear him talking to you. I am so happy I came across the Faith-Pump group on Facebook, it has been a huge blessing to me and I hope it will be to others that pick up this book.

Never Give Up

Author: Bear Grylls

Publisher: National Geographic

Release Date: March 1, 2022

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Fans of Man vs Wild will not want to miss this book!

Bear Grylls is known by many for his adventures in the hit television show Man vs. Wild.  His grit, tenacity, and ability to get out of a sticky situation resonated with many while others were just shocked at what he was willing to put his body through.  In his previous book, Bear told his life story and mostly omitted the many adventures he had on the small screen because he wanted people to know who he was as a person.  After popular demand, he has documented the best of the best (and worst) of these adventures into another book to share with the world.  Focused largely on the television series, viewers and readers alike will continue to be awestruck and shocked at what all he went through to bring his world into your living room.

I’ll admit, I never really got caught up in the hype of the show Man vs. Wild, but I have watched a few episodes and heard Bear Grylls talk about some of his adventures, so I had some background before diving into this book. But even if I hadn’t, this would have been such a fun read!  It goes through many of the most extreme things that he had to do and it’s amazing that he lived through all of it.  It is also interesting to read about how the show was filmed and what they had to do to make it work, especially when the crew were dropping like flies.  He sprinkles in a lot of great life lessons through this and breaks it up with several chapters so that it is not a daunting read.  Probably going to be one of my favorite biographies for the year.  There is some language as well as some pretty gross things, so take caution before you jump in!

I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher.  The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

I’ll Start Again Monday

Author: Lysa Terkeurst

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Release Date: January 4, 2022

Rating: 5 out of 5.

So much more than a book on eating healthy, readers will find great advice for not only healthy eating, but also a better overall way to live.

Eating healthy is never something that sounds fun but can sometimes leave you feeling worse for wear. Lysa TerKeurst delivers a wonderful new look at how eating healthy isn’t just about the food we put in our bodies. If we continue the cycle of losing weight and gaining it back, eventually we will see it’s not just about the food, the issue goes much deeper. I can think of many times I have craved foods that were not good for me, especially when I was trying to avoid them. Once I had them, I found out the craving didn’t always go away and I never fully felt satisfied.

I’ll admit, I’m not the target audience for this but was able to gain a lot of insightful information and came away after reading it feeling lighter and more satisfied than I had in a long time. It’s not just about the food, that is the main point driven home in this book; if we will look at the deeper meaning of our cravings and look to a higher power to help provide the sustenance we need, our lives will be fuller than we could have hoped for.

I recommend this book for everyone looking for something to fill the spaces they keep trying to use food for and see that God created us to crave Him instead of all the processed things that will never leave us satisfied.

Beyond Possible

Author: Nimsdai Purja

Publisher: National Geographic Kids

Release Date: January 4, 2022

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A great biography for overcoming obstacles in your path set at the highest of altitudes!

Nimsdai Purja has set goals all his life to achieve.  Growing up in Nepal, he wanted to be a Gurkha soldier, just like his father.  Through perseverance, he was able to achieve this goal.  Then he wanted to be more than just a soldier, but an elite warrior, so he set his sights on becoming a member of the Secret Boat Service (SBS) for the British military during the war on terror.  During his years of service, he was given the chance to climb Mount Everest and he was bit by the climbing bug, to say the least.  Wanting to do what everyone thought impossible, Nims developed Project Possible, a mission to climb the fourteen highest mountains in the world in only seven months, which is seven years faster than the world record.  What Nims learned about himself and fellow climbers throughout this mission is shared for readers to discover that they too can conquer the impossible.

Young readers who love action and adventure will love this autobiography of Nimsdai Purja with his pursuit to climb all fourteen death zone mountains.  The first half of the book is geared towards his life up to the point he decides to make the lifestyle transition necessary to climb all fourteen peaks.  The second half is dedicated to a chapter-by-chapter description of each mountain and what occurred while he and his team were climbing.  They had to overcome several obstacles on the way up and the way down.  Just because you have achieved something doesn’t mean you won’t face something on you journey back!  There is quite a bit of climbing lingo, but with enough context clues, readers will be able to understand what is going on.  Very exciting book for young readers!

I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher.  The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

100 Prayers Every Christian Should Know

Publisher: Bethany House

Release Date: October 19, 2021

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book is packed full of prayers.  Literally!  It is broken down into different categories that readers may be seeking answers from:  Peace and Comfort, Guidance, Adoration, Changed Hearts, Justice, Moving a Nation, Pain and Grief, Strength, Thanksgiving, Mercy, Faithfulness, and Humility.  Each prayer comes from a historical figure that gives personal background for both the author and the prayer.  This is a great resource for many!

I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher.  The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

Conquer Your Deliverance

Author: John Rameriz

Publisher: Bethany House

Release Date: October 12, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5.

In Conquer Your Deliverance, evangelist John Rameriz shares his personal story of being ensnared by the devil and how he was shown the truth and freed!  This is written in a very plain manner that readers can use the information to apply to their personal lives.  If someone is struggling with their belief system or understanding what is happening in today’s world, this book is a key resource to help them either get their life on track or back on track. 

While it does read as a manual, it is also probably the closet thing to an autobiography for Rameriz to understand his past and why he is so passionate about what he does!

I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher.  The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

Persevere with Power

Author: Samuel Rodriguez

Publisher: Bethany House/Chose

Release Date: October 5, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Samuel Rodriquez shares many of his personal experiences having to persevere to overcome obstacles.  Whether it is being born into a family with small means and having to work through obstacles to become successful in business or overcoming fear when a loved one has contracted COVID-19, this book uses personal stories to encourage readers to overcome obstacles.  Several biblical characters are referenced throughout as well showing how God can give you the power to overcome these obstacles and move forward.

This is a powerful book that has the potential to change the lives of many readers.  IT’s packed with both today’s world and biblical experience so that readers can understand the power that is available to them through God. 

I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher.  The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

The Good Kings

Author: Kara Cooney

Publisher: National Geographic

Release Date: November 2, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dive into comparing Egypt’s history while paralleling today’s political landscape.

Many of us love the lure of Ancient Egypt, but why are we drawn to it?  Is it the artifacts? The civilization? Or is it the absolute power of the Pharoah’s that actually draws us in?  Join Kara Cooney, an Egyptologist herself, as she examines the rule of five Egyptian Pharaohs: Khufu, Senwosret III, Akhenaten, Ramses II, and Taharqa.  Cooney goes onto to explain why we are drawn not only to these Pharaohs, but also to those in today’s society who exemplify power.  She does this in such a way that she deconstructs their reign and brings them down to the human level whereas history often teaches us to refer to them almost as godly beings. 

Needless to say, this was not what I anticipated when I picked it up.  I thought it was going to be more based on describing their reigns rather than problems with a patriarchal society.  Even so, it was an interesting read to get a different take and make me look at things differently, both in the past as well as present day.

I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher.  The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

The Best Gift

Author: Walt Larimore, MD

Publisher: Revell

Release Date: November 16, 2021

Rating: 5 out of 5.

More stories from Kissimmee make you fall more in love with this doctor and his family!

Walt Larimore brings more stories in his third installment of the tales from a small-town doctor learning life’s greatest lessons.  Readers who enjoyed getting to learn more about Walt and his family during his previous book The Best Medicine will yearn to learn more about them.  This book dives deeper into his time in private practice in Kissimmee and how he became a staple in the area.  From rodeos to storms to death of close friends, this book offers some guidance and insight for every reader.  Be sure to pull up a chair and a blanket because it’s going to be like you’re having a fireside chat with a long lost friend.

I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher.  The views and opinions expressed within are my own.