Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyers

This is a wonderful book. This book contains an explanation and scripture refences that are easy to understand. Joyce writes in a concise and clear way. She walks you through step by step through the wilderness. She will get you to the “promised land” of freedom. If you pratice what is explained in the book, your life will be transformed in a very postive way.

Thoughts are energy that lead to action. When you have negative thoughts they effect you. The teachings in this book give you tools to fix the problems of doubt, worry, confusion,  and condemnation. This is a must read for any christian or anyone wanting to get rid of the negative thought cycle.

There is information about how Joyce overcame this issue in her life.

In addition there is a study guide that does go along with the book.

Well worth your time.


My Rating:5 out of 5 Sharks

Title: Battlefield of the Mind

Author: Joyce Meyer

Available in Hardback, Soft cover, and  Kindle

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Twilight (the series) by Stephenie Meyer

This book series of Twilight was a book that I read and got disgusted. I know many people like the book and the movies. At is core, the story is good. I like the twist on the Romeo and Juliet story. The story is unique. I liked reading about Jacob Black and the tribe. That was an interesting story. That left me wanting to know that story. The vampire story seemed a bit played out. However, the Vampire council  – Volturi – was most interesting.  As I read the book, I kept skipping over the teenage angst and worry. It just seemed that it was page after page after page after after page.. in the book were devoted to this plot line. Atnausium, these books were ok. I would suggest, skipping over book 2 if you have the goal to read this series. I do hope at one point Stephenie Meyer does write a book about the Volturi. That would be cool. The writing of the book is good. She did keep my interest aside from the teenage angst. There is a good story in there, you may just have to skip over some parts.

My Rating: 2 out of 5 Sharks

Title: Twilight (Series) Book 1

Author: Stephenie Meyer

Available in Hardback, Soft cover, and  Kindle

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Gray Mountain by John Grisham

This novel by Grisham is set in the mountains of coal country. I have mixed emotions about this book. I thought is brought up some good points about the coal industry and life associated with this kind of life. I do like the way Grisham writes. I think he missed the mark on this one. This book somewhat seems like a discourse on how bad the coal industry really is instead of a good gripping story. I think this type of story can be done, but not here. I did like the description of the landscape and a few of the characters started out as interesting, but they did not go much of anywhere. I think if  you like Grisham, you will like it. I think this book should have had more edits or rewrites. I did finish the book, so it was not that bad.

My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Sharks

Title: Gray Mountain

Author: John Grisham

Available in Hardback, Soft cover, and  Kindle

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A Question of Evidence by Colin Evans

A Question of Evidence: The Casebook of Great Forensic Controversies, from Napoleon to O.J. is a great resource for any forensic science teacher or anyone interested in crime. This book covers 15 different cases. From the Turin Shroud to Oswald to Sheppard to O.J. There are cases in here that I was not aware of. The cases were interesting. The author gives you a good synopsis of the case. The author explains the science in a easy way to understand. Does not talk down to the audience. I thought the reading was pretty easy.. for me. This book gave me some things to think about. Each case is not long, so you could read one in about 20-30 min. (maybe less). The author gives you enough information to understand the complexities of the case without going overboard. The details of each case were fantastic. This book kept my attention.


My Rating: 4 out of 5 Sharks

Title: A Question of Evidence  The Casebook of Great Forensic Controversies, from Napoleon to O.J.

Author: Colin Evans

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Your 100 Day Prayer by John I. Snyder

This is a wonderful tool for any Christian. This is a book that has 100 meditations for each day of prayer. You are to make a list before you begin. This has been a excellent resource for me on my journey as a growing Christian. This book has helped me grow and has touched my heart in many special ways. You know how they say “I waited”. You learn on this journey to “wait upon the Lord”. You also realize what faith is about and how deep it goes. This was not an easy journey. What journey that is easy was worth your time? This is an easy to read book. Easy to understand and relate to. There is a scripture for everyday, a mediation and a little bit of writing space to write your thoughts about progress or what ever you want. The book starts with this line of prayer: “Lord, as I embark on this journey of prayer, come and banish from my heart every last trace of self-reliance and captivate my mind with the truth that you are sufficient for my every need, great or small.”

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Sharks

Title: Your 100 Day Prayer:  The Transforming Power of Actively Waiting on God

Author: John I. Snyder

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Roaring Lambs by Bob Briner

A pastor friend of mine gave this to me several months ago. Finally I got around to reading it. What a great book to help you as a believer to do something. Not just sit there and say “Hey, this should not be done.” Bob gives you strategies of how to incorporate what is explained in the book to take out into the world and be Salt.He explains how Christian culture is missing in America and what you can do about it. I do think there is a trend now with more and more “Christian” movies and in the mainstream. This book although very good and does have discussion questions at the end, it is a bit dated. 1st published in 1993, this does not take away from the message of the book. I thought it was excellent, probably should be updated with some of the movie and other references.


My Rating: 4 out of 5 Sharks

Title: Roaring Lambs

Author: Bob Briner

Available in Paperback and Kindle

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Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen

This is a great mystery based in Key West, Florida. The story beings with a human arm being fished out of the water.  The main character is a Andrew Yancy, who was just demoted to food inspector. Who ends up solving the mystery.  I was not sure why the book is called “Bad Monkey”. But, never fear, it is all explained. The monkey in the book is said to be the same monkey from the Pirates of the Caribbean movie with Johnny Depp. I actually could not stop reading this book. It kept my interest the whole way through. There were some orginal and great twists and turns. This is actually my first Carl Hiassen novel that I have read. This was a good one. This is a well written book with  humor and great secondary characters. This was well worth my time.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Sharks

Title: Bad Monkey

Author: Carl Hiassen

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Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich

This is the 20th book by Evanovich about Stephanie Plum. I was wary of reading this, because she seemed to get off track a bit on the last ones. But, this one is one track and is excellent. This is light humor and a mystery set in New Jersey. If you have not read one of the previous novels before, Evanovich does catch you up very quickly.  Gramma Mazur and Joe’s Gramma, Bella have it out. Hilarious! There are at times adult languange but I just skip over it. (there is not much in this novel) Keeps you guessing on who is did the killing and you do not find out about why the giraffe is running around the neighborhood until the end. Good writing and great story.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Sharks

Title: Takedown Twenty

Author: Janet Evanovich

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Soul Food Daily Devotions for the Hungry vol 1 Jan, Feb, & March By Ted Schroder

Soul Food is exactly that. This is a daily devotional written by the minister of Chapel in Amelia Island, Florida. Ok, so I have not read everyone yet, as per the directions you are to read one a day. This is a wonderful read for any Christian in their daily walk. Each reading takes about 3-5 mins. Good things to talk about and think on everyday. The lessons contained in the book are scripture based and he does a wonderful job writing them. For example, at the end of Jan 26 devotion Ted writes: “If you want to be healed of the wounds in our life, if you want genuine complete well being, your old, selfish life must be crossed out every day in conformity to the character of Christ.”

Some of the devotions are parables and some are lessons based in the bible. The lessons/devotions are simple and easy to understand. Lots of food for the soul and heart.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Sharks

Title: Soul Food Daily Devotions for the Hungry Volume 1 January, Feburary, and March

Author: Ted Schroder

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