Reviews by Lesa Brackbill
On 9/23 Lesa Brackbill wrote: The Adventure Bible for Toddlers is a fantastic first Bible! I chose to review this as I am a brand-new parent and want our daughter to experience the Bible as early as possible. The Bible highlights the key stories in the Bible and presents them in toddler-friendly language with plenty of colorful ... BOOK REVIEW: THE ADVENTURE BIBLE FOR TODDLERS
On 9/12 Lesa Brackbill wrote: The NIV Once-A-Day Bible: Chronological Edition is a wonderful, fresh way to encounter the Bible. I love the concept of a chronological Bible because it makes it come alive in a brand new way as you read about the events in the order in which they happened. History is understood much more clearly in ... Chronological Edition is a wonderful, fresh way to encounter the Bible
On 8/29 Lesa Brackbill wrote: Goodnight, Ark by Jane Sassi is a fun bedtime story for children based on the biblical account of Noah’s ark. During the rain, the animals are startled and all end up in bed with Noah, which makes for an amusing story with great illustrations to go with it. The book presents a scenario that children ... Book Review: Goodnight, Ark
On 8/29 Lesa Brackbill wrote: Jonah and the Great Big Fish by Rhonda Gowler Greene is a biblically accurate and kid-friendly retelling of the story of Jonah. The story is told as a poem, making it easy for kids to remember, and the accompanying illustrations are absolutely beautiful! The story is simple yet accurate, and it is worded ... Book Review: Jonah and the Great Big Fish
On 7/28 Lesa Brackbill wrote: Because we are about to have a baby girl any day now, I thought this was a perfect book to pick up for my husband to read. This review is from his perspective. Be the Dad She Needs You to Be by Dr. Kevin Leman describes many specific situations where simply being present isn’t enough. You have to ... Book Review: Be The Dad She Needs You to Be
On 7/18 Lesa Brackbill wrote: In just a week or so, we will become parents for the first time. In the past few months, I’ve been trying to glean as much wisdom as possible before embarking on this journey, and Parenting the Wholehearted Child has proven to be an excellent resource and one that I will keep on my bookshelf for years ... Book Review: Parenting the Wholehearted Child
On 4/23 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I am going to be a first-time parent in August and we’ve already started discussing what to do when our daughter is old enough for school. It only takes a quick glance at the news to see that our public school system is not what it used to be, and it has left many Christian parents wondering what is ... BOOK REVIEW: SCHOOLS IN CRISIS: THEY NEED YOUR HELP
On 3/10 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I have been going to church and learning about Jesus my entire life. While this has certainly been a blessing, the downside has been that I rarely that I see a study or book that addresses something I haven’t already sat in a class studying or something about which I haven’t read a book. It seems ... Fresh, Relevant, Passionate
On 3/8 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I could not put this book down today. I finished it this afternoon, completely drawn into the story and the incredible work of God in this family's lives! A Gift of Love: One Woman's Journey to Save a Life by Amy Clipston is the story of her husband's terrible battle with kidney failure and two transplants. ... I read this in one afternoon - I couldn't put it down!
On 3/8 Lesa Brackbill wrote: This book captured my attention immediately: I love maps, history, photography, and the Bible, and this book has ALL of those things in one place! The Essential Atlas of the Bible is a concise, easy to navigate atlas for all types of study – whether you’ll be traveling to the Middle East and want ... Concise, easy to read, and filled with great information!
On 1/15 Lesa Brackbill wrote: A couple of years ago, my husband and I started our journey toward healthier living, including "clean eating" most of the time. However, we always get side-tracked and would lose momentum because we didn't have a plan in place. When I heard about this book, I knew it was something we had to try! The ... More than just a diet - this will change your life!
On 11/7 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I have been reading Courtney’s blog for years now so I was thrilled to find out that she was writing a book, and even MORE excited to be able to review it! Women Living Well: Finding Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids, and Your Home is a book for every Christian wife, no matter which stage of life ... Book Review: "Women Living Well" by Courtney Joseph
On 9/30 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I have been a fan of singer/songwriter Matthew West for years now (in fact, we even used one of his songs at our wedding!), and I've especially loved the songs that he has written after reading true stories from people's lives. So, when I saw that he had put out a book containing the stories that inspired ... Book Review: "Forgiveness" by Matthew West
On 9/24 Lesa Brackbill wrote: When I saw that this title was an option for review from Booksneeze.com, I had to have it. Billy Graham is one of the most well-respected ministers of our time and he has lived a good, long life. This book is his reflection on what is most important in life from his perspective. Nearing Home is filled ... Book Review: "Nearing Home" by Billy Graham
On 6/29 Lesa Brackbill wrote: When it comes to pregnancy and childbirth, there are probably hundreds of books and resources available. This book, The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby, strives to be different from the rest, and I believe that it is. The author, Erin MacPherson, writes with such honesty and familiarity, and ... BOOK REVIEW: “THE CHRISTIAN MAMA’S GUIDE TO HAVING A BABY”
On 5/29 Lesa Brackbill wrote: Did you know that Christians are the single most widely persecuted group of people in the world today? Did you know that 75% of all acts of religious intolerance are directed toward Christians? It's so easy to enjoy our religious freedoms in the United States while ignoring the realities of our brothers ... Absolutely the best, most thorough book on the subject!
On 2/24 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I’ve been trying to figure out how to put my reaction to this book into words. This is not a book that you rush through, and it’s not one to take lightly. And it’s taking me awhile to fully process and absorb it because the author is SO right.“Everything” is a very honest look at what it really ... Book Review: "Everything" by Mary DeMuth
On 12/15 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I never cease to be amazed at God’s perfect timing. In the past couple of weeks, I have realized (with God’s gentle nudging) that I have not been generous in offering grace to others in a few specific situations in my life. I have been quick to be critical, I have been self-righteous at times, and ... Book Review: "Grace" by Max Lucado
On 12/1 Lesa Brackbill wrote: Dementia is a terrible, mysterious disease that affects millions of Americans each year. It is a disease that also affects the entire family as they watch their loved one slip beyond their reach. It is a disease that I am unfortunately all too familiar with as I watch a family member live with Alzheimer’s. ... Compelling...a Must-Read!
On 10/20 Lesa Brackbill wrote: "Mondays With My Old Pastor" by José Luis Navajo is a young pastor's reflection on the lessons that he learned by spending time being mentored by his "old pastor" during a rough season of his ministry. He spends several hours each Monday for fifteen weeks learning from the immense wisdom of this man ... Powerful. Reflective. Encouraging. Convicting.
On 9/19 Lesa Brackbill wrote: When I requested this book, I didn't know just how much it would resonate with me and with what God has been showing me lately. I underlined SO many quotes! Empty Promises addresses the issue of worship and asks who we are truly worshipping. Humans were created to worship, but we often misdirect our ... So relevant and truthful!
On 5/28 Lesa Brackbill wrote: Scott MacIntyre has been blind since birth, but he has never let that stop him from chasing his dreams. His book, appropriately titled By Faith, Not By Sight, provides a glimpse into his life and the obstacles that he has faced–not only with blindness, but with a life-threatening illness that nearly ... Book Review: "By Faith, Not By Sight" by Scott MacIntyre
On 5/14 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I really needed to read this book. I didn’t realize it until I was a few pages in, but it didn’t take long for me to realize how much my heart needed to learn from Bob Goff’s life and his wisdom. Love Does is an incredible book. Bob shares some of his whimsical adventures (I’m sure he could ... Book Review: "LOVE DOES: DISCOVER A SECRETLY INCREDIBLE LIFE IN AN ORDINARY WORLD”
On 4/18 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I loved this book. Loved it. I couldn’t put it down! Bryan Clay holds two Olympic medals (silver and gold) in the decathalon and this is his life story. He humbly describes his beginnings–always in trouble in school, definitely on a path to being in serious trouble as an adult–and shows how the ... Excellent Read! Great Life Lessons!
On 4/5 Lesa Brackbill wrote: It is so easy to get caught up in the divinity of Christ that we can often overlook His humanity. "The Jesus We Missed" by Patrick Henry Reardon provides a biblically-based perspective of Jesus' life and ministry on earth that is often neglected in today's Christian world. The author looks at aspects ... Fresh Look at Our Savior
On 1/27 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I grew up in a small Southern Baptist church in Northern California, and we sang from the “Baptist Hymnal” each week. It was only on special occasions that we sang anything else–and even then, the “praise songs” were only from the Maranatha “Praise Books” found in the back of the pews. ... Great Look at Our Christian Musical Heritage...
On 1/4 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I got this book in the mail this afternoon, and I have already finished it. I couldn’t put it down. The book “I Am Second” is filled with stories of hope, of eventual joy and peace, and of the power of Jesus to change lives dramatically when we put Him first in our lives and make everything else ... Absolutely intriguing! I couldn't put it down!
On 12/24 Lesa Brackbill wrote: Context is key. If I learned anything while earning my minor in American History, it was that statement. You can evaluate an event such as a war, but without studying its context, it is difficult to understand the bigger picture. Context allows you to walk in another person’s shoes. It allows you to ... Context is key...and this book gives great context!
On 12/2 Lesa Brackbill wrote: Brennan and I have started the book “Love and Respect” and we’ve watched some of the DVDs. It is GREAT material…but, with our schedules, it has been difficult to absorb all of the information that the book provides because it has a TON of great information. That’s why I was very interested ... Short, Sweet, to the Point!
On 11/2 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I am a student of history. One of my top strengths is "context" (StrengthsFinder by Gallup-WELL WORTH your time). The most important lesson I gained in college from all of my history courses was this: Context is key-you need to know the hows/whys/whats of how we got to where we are so that you can ask ... History is important and can lead the way in the future!
On 10/21 Lesa Brackbill wrote: It is rare that I read a book that I cannot stop reading...but this book made the list. I read this in two sittings...absolutely intrigued by the message inside. The book "Heaven is for Real" by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent is the account of a remarkable journey that Todd's son, Colton, took to Heaven ... Incredible glimpse into Heaven through the eyes of a child...
On 10/5 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I am not usually a very patient person. Our culture of instant gratification has worn off on me, despite my attempts to not be conformed to the world. So, when it comes to praying diligently for something, I struggle to pray patiently, waiting for God to work even though it doesn’t fit my timeline. ... Book Review: Your 100 Day Prayer by John I. Snyder
On 8/29 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I read "Love You More" by Jennifer Grant, and absoutely loved it. My dad is adopted, I have cousins who are adopted, and we would like to adopt someday. So, I was excited to dive right in! From the very first word to the final sentence, author Jennifer Grant draws you into her story of love, hope, and ... Incredible, Compelling Look at Adoption!