Book Review: The Awakening of HK Derryberry

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The Awakening of HK Derryberry: My Unlikely Friendship with the Boy Who Remembers Everything
Author: Jim Bradford
Contributor: Andy Hardin


It was an ordinary day last year when I saw a post made by W Publishing Group on Facebook. I thought it was already late for me to enter the giveaway, but I still took my chances. Not a day passed when the announcement of the winners was posted.

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I won a signed copy of the book: The Awakening of HK Derryberry! Wow! Talk about an unexpected gift that would later on amaze me! Add to all that the wonderful pleasure of being friends with HK’s grandmother. Hi, Grammy!

This was a book feature I put up last year:

All right! Let’s start with the book cover. It’s simple yet one that will make you want to look at it nonstop.

TAOHD book coverI love that the book includes a few photos of HK, Mr. Bradford and his wife, Grammy, and some famous athletes.

HK and Mr. Bradford’s story is inspirational yet sprinkled with a lot of humor, and I loved it!

This book made me admire Mr. Bradford’s sincere efforts to reach out to HK, which wouldn’t have happened had not Grammy cooperated.

Every chapter has just enough number of pages, so it never bored me at all.

Reading this book made me feel like I’ve been with HK in all his adventures and amazing encounters.

I recommend this book to people whose family members have special needs or disabilities, to those who need some inspiration, and to those who want to have a new perspective on life.

This book will drive you out of your comfort zone and will make you want to love others instead of being content with receiving the same. By then, you’ll be able to see life with a fresh pair of eyes and say: “Lovely, lovely, lovely.”

Oh by the way, this book received the 2017 Audie Winner: Inspirational/Faith-Based Non-Fiction Audiobook and Earphones Award from Audiofile Magazine.


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Book Review: Under A Desert Sky

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Under a Desert Sky: Redefining Hope, Beauty, and Faith in the Hardest Places
Author:
Lynne Hartke


I love this book—cover, content, everything about it. This became an addition to my favorite books right away after reading just a few pages. The introduction got me crying so early.

I do not know anyone close to me who has cancer, but that did not become a hindrance in any way for me to be able to relate to this “difficult beautiful” story.

All throughout the read, I was so amazed at how the author used ordinary words to convey her and her lovely family’s extraordinary story. Her writing was creative, dramatic yet so genuine.

I love how the author incorporated the Word of God into her actual experiences that were written in this book. I also appreciate the author’s candor to tell her story as precisely as possible.

Under A Desert SkyThis made me realize how life can get all too complex and impossible but still beautiful and pleasurable because of who God is and what He does. My emotions got so mixed up that I’ve cried countless times during the entire read.

Even before I got to the end of the book, my hope and courage got reactivated. I was reassured that God is going to be with me in all seasons of this life. I’m more than grateful to have had the chance to devour this book.

I recommend this amazing work to people who are desperate for hope or those who want to see life in a different light. You’ll find what you’re looking for UNDER A DESERT SKY. You’re welcome! 😉

P.S. I thank God for Ms. Lynne Hartke (the author) for answering my questions and assuring me (when I thought the book got lost somewhere as it took a long time) by sending emails to make sure the book would reach me by any means. Awesome, isn’t she? I’m also grateful for the wonderful note cards (made by her daughter) that went alongside the book. Wow!

Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.


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Book Review: God Among Sages

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God Among Sages: Why Jesus Is Not Just Another Religious Leader
Author:
Kenneth Richard Samples


This was my first scholarly read about world religions as I’m not used to reading books that are overly objective like this one. Consequently, I thought I wouldn’t finish the book as I got kind of overwhelmed by the amount of information being presented.

God Among SagesThe book discusses details about the world’s major religions alongside their leaders in a comprehensive manner. It also includes tables which are helpful when recalling the major points previously presented. Readers are given tips on how to share Jesus with others using the very information discussed in this book, which makes for a useful reference.

The book is impartial in that it presents not only the weaknesses but also the strengths of the leaders of the religions other than Christianity.

I recommend this book to people who are eager to gain clear-cut facts about how Jesus compares to other religious leaders. I also recommend this to those who are pursuing apologetics.


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Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

Book Review: Grace Is Greater

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Grace is Greater: God’s Plan to Overcome Your Past, Redeem Your Pain, and Rewrite Your Story


This is the first Kyle Idleman book that I read. Just when I needed to forgive someone, Grace Is Greater came to my rescue—a very timely read indeed.

Grace Is Greater

The author’s willingness to be vulnerable by sharing almost everything—not leaving out the ugly parts of his stories—is commendable. I especially love his humor, which is sprinkled on random parts of the book, so random that I would find myself smiling then crying; praying then crying; and crying then smiling again during the entire read.

I can’t believe I finished reading the book in its entirety in just two-weeks time. That’s how engaging it has been! Turning its last page was a bittersweet moment.

The grace stories included in this book are moving and amazing at the same time because they’re all real. Reading this book made me recall the grace I’ve experienced in my own life through the years.

I recommend this writing to people who want to know more about grace, especially to those who want to appreciate grace more than ever.

With the author, I’ll echo: Grace is greater!


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Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

Book Review: The Real God

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The Real God: How He Longs for You to See Him

Receiving a print copy of this book was more than a delighting surprise. It’s got a simple book cover. It’s kind of thick—almost 300 pages, but it’s never a boring read. All throughout, I’ve been eager to devour its every page, albeit the author did not have a sense of humor.

Ingram_RealGod_wSpine.inddThis is the first Chip Ingram book that I was able to read. I didn’t know much about the author; but through this book, I got to know him—and the real God even better. The author succeeded in making the attributes of God more comprehensible for ordinary people like myself. It made a number of subjects—justification, sanctification, and glorification—clear to me.

My tears have welled up many times while devouring the gems in this book. It was able to draw me again and again to the God who’s so loving and faithful yet just.

I love the “Live It Out—B.I.O.” portions. This is where readers are encouraged to pray about what has been covered by certain chapters. These include practical tips that we can apply to our lives and things that we can do alongside others. These prompted me to have the stuff written in these sections printed out on a few index cards for easy access.

Part of Chip Ingram’s life story, which he generously shared in this book, has encouraged me and even helped increase my faith in God.

Even before I read it in its entirety, it has already become one of my favorite books of all time! It even made me look forward to reading all of Chip Ingram’s other books.

Here are some of my favorite excerpts from this amazing book:

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Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.