A Grand read

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Kombucha Revolution: 75 Recipes for Homemade Brews, Fixers, Elixirs, and Mixers

Lee shares his journey of probiotic discovery beginning in St. Petersburg, Russia. I have yet to make the recipes but dying too!It is almost impossible to locate a book that gives a history, instructions, and recipes of how to make Kombucha. It is even less likely that you will find recipes that stretch beyond just the traditional drink. But this one does all this. |What I really liked was the history behind this healthy drink which we should all be drinking three times a day.

ALL I can say is you must buy this if you are already invested in making Kombucha, or if you have even the slightest bit of interested. Not just drink recipes but different ways to bring it to the table as salad dressing or in recipes! Only draw back not enough pictures. I like pictures with recipes!

The Wonder Drink
Kombucha—a fizzy, fermented tea-based beverage packed with probiotics, vitamins, and enzymes—has home brewers salivating.
About the author

Stephen Lee
Stephen Lee - Kombucha Revolution
STEPHEN LEE is a humble student of tea, its culture and its restorative effects. Stephen has co-founded and sold two of the country's best-known tea brands, Tazo Tea and Stash Tea. Stephen has now enjoyed 40 years in the premium tea business.

After discovering kombucha on one of his tea importing trips to Russia, Stephen launched Kombucha Wonder Drink in 2001. He has mastered a superbly balanced kombucha tea he offers to others so they too may enjoy this energizing beverage with benefits. Kombucha Wonder Drink can now be found in natural foods stores, grocery stores, pubs, spas, hotels, college campuses, and coffee and tea houses across North America.

He also recently launched Tea Tibet, a not-for-profit tea company benefiting Tibet. All profits go to Tibetan educational projects and orphanages.

Steve spends time with seven grandchildren, walks and journals extensively around the world, and enjoys good food and beverages.

"I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review."

Monday, May 26, 2014

Trying or Trusting God

I highly recommend Active Spirituality not only because it is well-written, but also because it stands with the Bible Although this book was slow at the start, I also found that it picked up speed rapidly until I was engrossed. Not heavy reading at all.Active Spirituality has an interesting angle on the perseverance of the saints in that it is written in a letter format. Each chapter is one to three pages with thirty-one chapters in all.At the heart of this book is the hope “that this book will help some Christians to see a little more clearly why God wants us to trust him.One of the quintessential issues in the Church today is the issue of sanctification, specifically assurance. Many Christians struggle their entire Christian lives with knowing whether they are saved and continually feel the need to “accept” Jesus into their hearts.

This was good!“To the frozen north are the arctic dangers of icy legalism and frigid formalism, where religiosity and self-righteousness freeze the heart, leaving us brittle, cold, and hard towards both God and fellow human beings. The church veers north when she loses her wonder at the freedom of grace, when the heart-warming doctrine of justification by faith alone slips from her grasp. But to the swampy south, there are the tropical dangers of sultry self-indulgence and lazy licentiousness, where grace is twisted into license, and even biblically-warranted, faith-fueled effort is condemned as legalism. Bonhoeffer called this “cheap grace.” (The theological word for it is antinomianism, which means against law.) The church wanders south when she loses her wonder at the power of grace; neglects the biblical demands for effort, perseverance, and watchfulness; and collapses the action-laden language of the New Testament (walk, fight, run, conquer, etc.) into overly simple, reductionist formulas that vacate sanctifying faith of all effort. While the doctrine of justification by faith alone rescues us from the frozen glacier of legalism, it’s the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints that liberates us from the miry bog of antinomianism. At its heart, this book is about the perseverance of the saints” (page 12).

It is well worth the read. It shows how normal men seek God!There is a lot to be thankful to the Lord for in regards to this book.I highly recommend this book and pray the Lord uses it to awaken a slumbering and apathetic generation to the glory and excellencies of the gospel, including its warnings, for His glory.

I received this book for free from Reformation Heritage Books via Cross Focused Reviews for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

End times

The Author, Russell Stendal is a Christian , a former hostage of the Colombian rebels,  who is a lifelong missionary to that same group in the jungles of Colombia. He is an influential friend to military and government leaders in Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela, and the United States. Russell’s ministry shares the gospel via twelve radio stations, hundreds of thousands of Bibles, books, and movies distributed through airplane parachute drops, and numerous speaking engagements for groups of leaders, prisoners, and individuals. Russell goes wherever the Lord leads, whether it’s to speak with a president or to go deep into the jungle to help an individual in trouble. He has witnessed thousands commit their lives to Christ. Thus this  book is written from a Christian perspective. The book was interesting in that it told much about God's plan in  history and goes on to elaborate about what the prophets have to say. Excellent read .

The author touches on important things. The Seventh Trumpet&The Seven Thunders, is a book that explores the Old Testament prophecies and how those prophecies were carried out in the New Testament writings Although I felt a tinge of hopelessness while reading this book, I came away in the end feeling hopeful because  now I want to delve  more into what I believe. Interesting thoughts on the end times, but can't say I agree with all of it. Read with an open mind. 

Thanks for the book!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

For Bible study

This is an outstanding Bible resource  I used it daily  and will continue to do so.Bible handbooks are great tools to have on hand to enrich and/or enable study of the Bible. It greatly facilitates locating key information and can be used to generate interest in specific topics. The Candle Bible Handbook is just such a tool and it is geared for the young or new-to-Bible-study individual. I would recommend it as it is full of pictures making  learning fun. it would be a great family devotion book! I used it in my teaching and  my little sister loved it! This really gets one to understand life in Bible times. And who the people are! praises all around.

Thanks  for letting me review the book!.

wow cooking!

Extra Virgin

This is a beautiful book!So glad I ordered this book to review despite that we had to cover up some of the  pictures due to immodesty! The front drew me in and so did the inside  with all its  wonderful mouth watering  pictures.This cookbook by Gabriele and Debi brings a bit of Tuscany to your table. it was put to use right away!This cookbook by Gabriele and Debi brings a bit of Tuscany to your table.  First I read it all before deciding on some recipes for mothers day!  I wanted to make every recipe. everyone in the family loved the recipes from  my  7 year old sister to my father and mother.I absolutely love the cookbook. I have tried five recipes so far. For mothers day I made Risotto, Hunters chicken ( with added peppers), and Florentine orange cake( sliced it open and added whipped cream and berries). all recipes got raves and the cake

Must Have Cookbook for any italian fans!The book is beautifully illustrated and I am so excited to start cooking through it. A must have REAL ITALIAN book for your collection! You will use it more than you think.This book will not disappoint, it far exceeded my expectations- except for a few of the pictures. I would get it and block out pictures ( a few) before giving as a gift. Do add to your library! I am really thrilled to see Extra Virgin (Gabriele & Debi) get out a cookbook. I am not disappointed. It is beautifully done, bound and written. I love the pictures. The simple and easy to follow directions.  I could keep on going but  one must have a look for ones self.

 "I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review."

DEBI MAZAR and GABRIELE CORCOS are ambassadors of contemporary Tuscan cooking. In Extra Virgin,food, family, and style come together in a celebration of the pleasures of the rustic Italian table with 120 recipes for simple yet exquisite meals that are accessible, full of fresh flavor, and easy to prepare. Gabriele is a traditional Italian with a big heart, and Debi is an outgoing, brash New York City girl. Their sassy and playful exchanges illuminate what’s important in everyday life: good food and a lot of love.

Ranging from traditional antipasti and soups to their spin on entrees, pizzas, and desserts, recipes include Pecorino and Honey Dip, a sweet and salty way to start a meal; tangy, luscious Grilled Apricots with Goat Cheese Ricotta, inspired by wild Tuscan apricot trees; and Sausage and Beans, which offers hints of fennel in a Tuscan red sauce. Here, too, are Braised Artichokes softened in guanciale-infused oil, Breakfast Pizza, and Coffee Granita just as Italians make it.

So flag these recipes, get sauce on them, let splashes of olive oil mark the pages—and invite Debi and Gabriele’s charisma and passion for cooking to spill into your kitchen.http://www.randomhouse.com/book/226338/extra-virgin-by-gabriele-corcos-and-debi-mazar#praiserai

Saturday, May 10, 2014

An outstanding true story!

 An outstanding true story!"Rescue the Captors" details the 142 day ordeal Russell Stendal experienced in a remote area of Colombia, South America in 1983. This is an astonishing story of his kidnapping and ultimate release. In subsequent years other kidnappings in Colombia have impacted the efforts of Gospel ministry throughout the world.Rescue the Captors was a book that was very hard to put down. an honest book so I got some inside  into his life that showed me God uses sinners!Read this in one sitting; writing is average, but easy to follow story line. Good book for a rainy day. I will recommend it to others . would be great for a church library!

Read this then watch the movie and listen to the sound track!" I really enjoyed the book."I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for some insight into life on the mission field as well as an interesting real-life adventure. The book is best but the others are good too. I have passed this on to others so they can learn about serving Christ!This is a very inspiring book.  This is a very inspiring bookcid:image001.jpg@01CF4CCA.91C734D0 Reviewed for this company. Thank you!

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Russell Stendal was born in Minneapolis and raised on the mission field in Colombia, South America. He became a missionary jungle pilot at age nineteen. Almost ten years later he was kidnapped in 1983 by Marxist rebels and held hostage for five months. His book, Rescue the Captors, relates his experience, including how God worked in the hearts of the rebels. 

Russell has written many other books, produced videos, and edited two Bible translations, the Spanish Reina-Valera 2000 and the Jubilee Bible in English. 
Russell heads up the work of Colombia Para Cristo which operates 12 radio stations involving over 100 staff and coworkers and covering much of Latin America with the Gospel. A thriving underground church has developed in remote jungle areas of Colombia. New high gain antennas are now beaming the Gospel message deep into areas of deepening crisis across the borders of Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil as well as throughout Colombia.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Not a favorite

A little disappointed  at how much of the book spoke of childhood hurt but not enough about God. The back is a little  miss leading. I liked the fact that there were pictures in the back of the  The author writes 

After forty years of searching, I have finally come to peace with my own life.  I now realize that God loves me, and even when I didn’t realize he was there, he was watching over me and leading me.  My message to all children of divorced parents out there is: God loves you.  He is protecting you and watching out for you.  He has a will and purpose for your life. He will show you the way.  No matter how bad things seem right now, keep breathing and keep believing. Even though your earthly mother or father may have let you down, your heavenly Father will not..

There are several things I do not agree with, in the above paragraph written by the above author. A false message is given- God does not love all. For if God did so than many more would be in heaven.

I thought this book would have more ishing stories that would point one to hrist. Yet there were still a few gold nuggets to b found in the book ( I read every page). I liked how he forgave. That is a hard things to do. I jsut wish he had said he had been praying for  his parents. This book was an OK read but I would not recommend it! I am sorry to say another thing disturbed me - how he married his wife even if they wee apposed.

LIFE SENTENCE Publishing.  gave me this book to review. I am thankful as  many of there books I enjoyed.