Book Review

Book Review—The Build: Designing My Life of Choppers, Family & Faith

Book Review—The Build: Designing My Life of Choppers, Family & Faith

My husband and I used to watch American Chopper together when we were dating and first married. I was never big into motorcycles, but the show was captivating, the motorcycles they built were pretty awesome, and Ed loved it. So we watched, and I found myself getting more and more into it as time went by. Ed and some of friends went to the original shop, met Paul Jr., and brought them a fire patch from the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department.

After they built the new shop, I went with Ed to watch the OCC guys build bikes and check out the bikes they had on display. Even I thought it was cool. We lived within a couple hour drive of the shop, so when the restaurant opened, we had to check that out too. Y’all the beer battered mozzarella sticks are worth the trip! We don’t live in the Northeast anymore, but when we visit, we’ll sometimes make a detour to OCC and PJD. Our kids love checking out the bikes too.

Book Review — Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard

Book Review — Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard

Jennie Allen's words in Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard breathed life into my exhausted soul. Jesus' living water poured off the pages to quench a deep thirst I didn't know I had. Like many of us, I have spent so much time trying to prove that I'm good enough, that I'm capable, that I'm worthy of opportunities, worthy of love, I lost myself and my joy to an impossible endeavor. 

Jennie bravely and beautifully shares her story of not being enough and the grace and life that Jesus brought to her in that place.

Book Review — The Women of Easter: Encounter the Savior with Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth, and Mary Magdalene

Book Review — The Women of Easter: Encounter the Savior with Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth, and Mary Magdalene

Liz Curtis Higgs brings readers into the story of Easter, so we experience it along with the three Marys. Together with the three Marys we encounter Jesus’ love, grace, and compassion in a new way as He invites them (and us) into deeper relationship with Him. We feel the anguishing sorrow of His crucifixion. We wait with them through the pain of Saturday, and are shocked and confused when the tomb is empty. We fall on our faces in front of the angel, and race back to tell the others “He is risen.” We meet our risen Savior, and we are never the same.

Through Liz’s powerful storytelling, I met Jesus in a new way. His love, mercy, and compassion poured off the pages straight into my heart. Liz digs deep to show the significance of Jesus’ words and actions that may be lost on the modern Bible reader. In response to Jesus’ mother Mary telling Him about the wedding running out of wine:

Book Review — The Variable Life: Finding Clarity and Confidence in a World of Choices

Book Review — The Variable Life: Finding Clarity and Confidence in a World of Choices

I wish I could introduce every one of you to my friend John Weirick. I wish you could get to know him and enjoy long meals and conversations that embody empathy and a genuine desire to connect. I would love for you to sit around his living room and share questions and thoughts that challenge your assumptions and help you grow. 

I hope some of you may get that chance, but even if you don’t, you can experience it in the pages of John’s book The Variable Life: Finding Clarity and Confidence in a World of Choices. I don’t know how he did it, but reading The Variable Life honestly felt like connecting with him around a table full of delicious food.