A story full of pain. A story full of hope. A story full of anger. A story full of forgiveness. Does this sound like your life? It certainly sounds like mine! It also sounds (in the extreme!) like the story of Kim Phuc Phan Thi. You may have seen her picture. She’s the famous “napalm girl” whose picture was snapped by a young photographer as she ran naked, screaming, and severely burned down a Dang Trang Vietnam road. The photographer who took the iconic photograph scooped Kim up and rushed her to a nearby hospital where, initially, they refused to treat the girl. After some arm-twisting and showing of credentials, he convinced the hospital to take her in and they arranged her transfer to Saigon. When she arrived, unconscious, at First Children’s Hospital she was deemed hopeless and taken to languish in the morgue.
It is from these horrors that a story of survival, hope, and peace rose like a Phoenix. Her survival from burns was only the beginning of Kim’s remarkable story. Living under the oppressive system of Communism, Kim continued to suffer loss after loss. She had been introduced to the Christian religion but had stopped attending services regularly. She was so despondent that she planned her own death, but somehow she found the will to cry out to God…a simple prayer. With that prayer, and action she took in faith that God had heard her petition, things began to turn around for Kim Phuc.
Her book, Fire Road, tells the remarkable and inspiring story of redemption and grace in Kim’s life. I found myself writing down quotes and thinking of applications to my own life as I read her words. Kim is an inspiring role model. Her story teaches lessons that are hard to forget because they were lived, not just preached. I can’t recommend this book enough!
*I was provided with a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Bible Promises for Women by Katherine J. Butler is a wonderful addition to any woman’s arsenal to combat the adversary’s lies. There are about 100 topics with over 500 scriptures to remind us of what our Heavenly Father has said, vs the lies we sometimes choose to believe. These promises encourage, strengthen, and compel us to remember that He is in control and that He will uphold us and will give us joy, hope, perseverance, and peace.
We all fall for Satan’s lies. Pondering this book will help us fall for them less often! Whether you’re dealing with perfectionism, weariness, abandonment, or any of the other things we as women struggle with, this little book has something to show you about what God’s word says.
The book is small (approximately 4” x 6” x 3/4”) and has a durable but soft cover that is perfect for carrying in a backpack, purse, or glove compartment for easy reference. It s a very nice book and would be a perfect gift for a friend or loved one.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange fo my honest review.
I loved Randy Alcorn’s book Heaven, so when I got the chance to review a devotional by Randy, Seeing the Unseen: Expanded Edition, I jumped at the chance. This 90-day devotional book can be read sequentially, or by searching the table of contents for a subject that addresses a particular need. Some of the devotional topics are humility, happiness, God’s sovereignty, giving, grace, love, and forgiveness…and those are just on the first of more than four pages of devotional titles!
The devotions are quite short and each includes a short message, “Perspectives from God’s Word” (related scriptures), “Perspectives from God’s People” (quotes from prominent Christians), and a link to a blog post at Eternal Perspective Ministries about that topic.
From the back cover:
Scripture tells us to fix our eyes on the unseen. Rather than focus on what will fade, we’re encouraged to lock our gaze no things of eternal value. But how exactly can we do that amid the immediate demands of life?
In this expanded edition of his devotional Seeing the Unseen, Randy Alcorn provides ninety inspirational readings that will help you view today through the lens of the eternal.
As we better grasp the realities of the spiritual realm, we gain a clearer perspective on our present life, including things like suffering, happiness, generosity, and peace. This transformative devotional equips to live with a right view of eternity — on that will shape not just what you believe, but how you navigate the challenges and opportunities of each day.
I’ve been reading these devotionals with my family after dinner while we’re still at the table and they’re the perfect length and depth! These readings are appropriate for late elementary age through adult.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. ***