Richard's Bookshelf.

Author:Blake, Richard R.
Position:Book review - Young adult review

Nourishing the Seed: Learning to Please God as a Father

Bob Mumford

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc.

P. O. Box 310

Shippensburg, PA 17257

97807698441383, $16.99

"Nourishing the Seed - Learning to Please God as a Father" is made up of 128 profound short devotional readings in which gifted Bible teacher Bob Mumford draws from spiritual nuggets and lessons he has gleaned from over a half-century of walking with God as Father. He uses the metaphor of the seed to help the reader understand Agape love in growing in a relationship with Father God.

These scriptural seeds when nurtured encourage and produce growth and spiritual maturity in the believer, providing additional nutrients through introspection on the thought provoking questions at the end of each reading. Application of suggested actions included with these "Thoughts and Questions" act as an agent of cultivation to encourage maximum growth during the period from germination to maturity and harvest.

A user friendly format includes diagrams and charts that help the reader visualize the key thoughts of the narrative and add to the overall understanding of the material.

Mumford is known for his desire to bring about reconciliation and unity among the family of God and for his worldwide ministry of prophetic teaching. "Nourishing the Seed" is written for anyone serious in their desire to follow Jesus and to grow in their relationship with God the Father.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

The Insanity of Unbelief: A Journalist's Journey from Belief to Skepticism to Deep Faith Max Davis

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc.

P. O. Box 310

Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310

9780768441499, $ 15.99, 222 Pages

A Documented Experiential Approach to Apologetics

Within the first five pages I was hooked. I had to go on and read the entirety of Max Davis' book "The Insanity of Unbelief" which tells of his own spiritual journey from belief to skepticism to deep faith through the eyes and experiences of a journalist.

The book relates inspiring stories of real life encounters with Jesus, incredible miracles of healing with documented medical records, powerful evidence and solid facts required in journalistic writing. Stories of answered prayer are engaging and uplifting backed up with powerful evidence.

Davis carefully details the criteria of how a journalist is trained to break down the facts as he applies the approach to the illustrations used throughout the book. He also provides the reader with guidelines for safely discerning God's voice, archaeological evidence of the supernatural nature of the Bible and the fulfillment of prophecy of Jesus as the promised Messiah.

Davis writes with clarity and passion to encourage believers and those whom God is drawing to Himself. "The Insanity of Unbelief: A Journalist's Journey from Belief to Skepticism to Deep Faith" is moving and scholarly, thought provoking, and compassionate addressing the uncertainties of exceptionally intelligent people with doubts about their own beliefs. Davis delivers an important message to a politically correct, culturally relevant, media driven society.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Whose Big Idea Was That?

Jo Kline Cebuhar, J. D.

Murphy Publishing Company, LLC

P. O. Box 65370

West Des Moines, Iowa 50265

9780966185164, $5.00,

Valuable Nuggets and Lessons for Leaving a Legacy of Family Values

Jo Kline Cebuhar, J. D. packs profound quotes, valuable nuggets, stories, and lessons for leaving a legacy of family values to the next generation in her concise book "Whose big idea was that? Lessons in giving from the pioneers of value-inspired philanthropy."

I read with interest the concept of "Footprint Philanthropy" and the mission statements of the founders of six charitable organizations. These organizations range from campus, animal, and children's rights to medical research, and history preservation. Common themes of; achievement, community, compassion, diligence, self-respect, faith and family are found as the core values of these pioneer charities and are written as affirmations of the founder's intended purposes.

Cebuhar provides practical guidelines for the donor and supporters of worthy causes as well as for the fundraisers and development officers of non-profit organizations. She challenges the donor to identify their personal core values and to incorporate and communicate them as a legacy in their plan for giving, "whether as a pioneer problem solver or a sustaining supporter of a cause."

Cebuhar's writing reflects her personal dedication as a pioneering entrepreneur, volunteer, and innovative promoter of "value-inspired philanthropy."

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Italia: A Father & Son Journey

Don Smarto

Frontline Press

P. O. Box 764499

Dallas, Texas 75376

9781467511551, $22.00,

A Proud Heritage, Childhood Memories, and a Walking Miracle

A first generation Italian-American International award winning photographer and author Don Smarto shares poignant stories and treasured memories of his youth with his adult son Luke as they visit ten cities in Italy, including Rome, Florence, Milan, and Naples. Smarto skillfully weaves absorbing stories touching anecdotes, and treasured memories into the history, and background data on important art, architecture, and Italian food..

The over 200 extraordinary color photographs from the regions of Lazio, Umbria, Veneto, and Toscana provide the reader with inspiration, encouragement, and entertainment.

Smarto's writing comes from a father's heart. This is a touching story, emotionally packed with expressions of parental love and friendship. Smarto tells of a proud heritage filled with unforgettable memories of his childhood and youth. He describes the difficult journey experienced during the days of his son Luke's heart surgeries, and of his role as father in developing a bonding relationship with his son.

In another kind of journey Smarto details the father/son tour of Italy and a father/son friendship. He talks of ancient and contemporary Rome, developing unique insights not found in generic travel guides. He tells of their experience in Vatican City in the heart of Rome, other cities throughout the duo's extensive visit to Italy. These include:, Venice, Murano, Pompeii, Naples, and Perugia.

Frequent references to popular movies featuring Italian cites, fountains, art, and sculptures help the reader identify with Smarto's narrative, photos, and well-known Italian personalities introduced throughout the manuscript.

Don includes interesting highlights from Italy's history, technological advances, with detailed descriptions of the points of interest he and Luke visited throughout their trip. The text is generously seasoned with Italian idioms, familiar and not so familiar words and phrases. These add a uniqueness not found in traditional generic travel guides. I found it interesting to note that the Vatican museum includes not only religious art, but also features ancient Greek, Etruscan, and Roman sculptures.

"Italia: A Father & Son Journey" is a book that will have a prominent place in our home for years to come. Don Smarto's writing and photography are inspiring in the imagery created by wellchosen word pictures and spectacular photography.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Chosen: One Family's Journey With Autism

Janelle Esker

Koozzz Publishing

133 Colonial Woods Drive

Mt. Vernon, Ohio 43050

9780983076070, $12.99,

A Family's Journey with Autism from Diagnosis to Adulthood

"Chosen: One Family's Journey With Autism" is the story of Mike and Janelle Esker's journey with their daughter Kylie which began twenty-two years ago. Janelle shares the details of her feelings, reactions, joys and struggles she experienced; told from a mother's point of view.

Janelle's writing is heartfelt and transparent as she identifies with the others parenting special needs children. Over and over again she reminds the reader that they are not alone in their struggles. She discusses allergies in light of symptoms, reactions to medical treatments, prescription drugs, and special diets. Janelle is a strong proponent of advocacy for special needs individuals and introduces a wide range of choices available for management and treatment therapies, intervention, and support.

"Chosen: One Family's Journey With Autism" like many other books...

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