12.20.2016

The Other Side Of Infamy - Book Review



Book Description: 

War is uncomfortable for Christians, and worldwide war is unfamiliar for today’s generations. Jim Downing reflects on his illustrious military career, including his experience during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, to show how we can be people of faith during troubled times.

The natural human impulse is to run from attack. Jim Downing—along with countless other soldiers and sailors at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941—ran toward it, fighting to rescue his fellow navy men, to protect loved ones and civilians on the island, and to find the redemptive path forward from a devastating war. We are protected from war these days, but there was a time when war was very present in our lives, and in The Other Side of Infamy we learn from a veteran of Pearl Harbor and World War II what it means to follow Jesus into and through every danger, toil, and snare.


My Review: 

I love reading about history, especially WWII and Pearl Harbor. This book was no exception. The author, Jim Downing was in the Navy assigned to a ship that was attacked at Pearl Harbor. While reading this book you will feel a sense of truly being in that period of history and how God saved Jim during WWII. He shares many stories of how God changed his life and helped him to share the gospel to others. 

Jim Downing's life has truly been remarkable. If you would like an insight on how God can guide you, then this is the book for you! 




Falling Free - Book Review




Book Description: 

“Shannan’s story feels at once familiar and spectacular, ordinary and exceptional. You will discover that at the same time her words make you squirm, you will wish you lived next door to her. You will want her wisdom and you will want her pickles.” —Jen Hatmaker (from the foreword)
Shannan Martin had the perfect life: a cute farmhouse on six rambling acres, a loving husband, three adorable kids, money, friends, a close-knit church—a safe, happy existence.
But when the bottom dropped out through a series of shocking changes and ordinary inconveniences, the Martins followed God’s call to something radically different: a small house on the other side of the urban tracks, a shoestring income, a challenged public school, and the harshness of a county jail (where her husband is now chaplain). And yet the family’s plunge from “safety” was the best thing that could have happened to them.  
Falling Free charts their pilgrimage from the self-focused wisdom of the world to the topsy-turvy life of God’s more being found in less. Martin’s practical, sweetly subversive book invites us to rethink assumptions about faith and the good life, push past insecurity and fear, and look beyond comfortable, middle-class Christianity toward a deeper, richer, and ultimately more fulfilling life.


My Review:

This book is very uplifting and inspiring. You can tell that Shannan Martin wrote Falling Free from the heart. When I started the book I wasn't able put it down. It was a quick read because I kept coming back for more.

Shannan Martin is real, honest and down to earth. Her words will evoke a since of love and wander in your daily life. This is a must read for anyone.. with children or without. You can truly see that God has a plan for everyone we just need to follow the path he has chosen for us. 

I highly recommend this book. I know you will enjoy it!