Friday, February 24, 2012

Fierce Beauty, by Kim Meeder

Choosing to Stand for What Matters Most is the topic Kim Meeder, author of "Fierce Beauty", shares with inspiring true stories from her own life of adventure, love, and loss.
Real beauty isn’t a look, it’s an action.

This is now one of my favorite books.  Why?  Kim has a way of writing that makes me feel as if she's sitting across the table from me and sharing each story she has written.

The story of sitting on the boulder "no matter how stable things in this life might seem nothing in this world is going to last - nothing" confirms that we each have a choice to make about our future with Christ.  No amount of beauty, popularity, power, wealth, or anything the world can supply can keep us from crumbling or prevent us from dying.  That's a pretty humbling statement.

Another chapter tells the story of the mama grizzly bear.  "Why do you think the Lord allowed us to be charged by a bear?" Kim asked her friends traveling with her through Yellowstone National Park.  Reflecting on their encounter, one of them replied, "I want to be just as ferocious as a charging bear toward anything that comes between me and God"  You'll want to read the entire story to understand how light and darkness cannot live in the same place. So true.

I hope you'll take time to read this book filled with well-told gems of true stories.

Thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for sending me a free copy of this book to review.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

TJ and the Time Stumblers "Switched!", by Bill Myers

Still on their quest to teach TJ Finkelstein the life lessons she’ll need to be a great world leader, 23rd-century goofballs Tuna and Herby are brewing up even more trouble for the new kid in Malibu. As the boys try to repair their futuristic gadgets, a little glitch in their Thought Broadcaster Pen lands TJ in the body of her nemesis, TV star Hesper Breakahart . . . and vice versa. And the plot thickens when Tuna and Herby decide to put TJ’s new look and superstar power to use.  There's plenty of lessons to be learned when the characters have a little trouble with forgiveness . . . a lesson that TJ realizes she might also need to learn as she walks a mile in Hesper’s shoes—and body!

I would recommend this fantasy fiction for kids interested in time-travel or unique inventions.  It might be helpful if you were looking for a discussion time on the topic of forgiveness in a light-hearted setting.  The story does switch back and forth with the characters quite often, so a young reader might be challenged to follow the plot.  I believe this book might be good for youth not quite ready for serious literature.
I received a complimentary copy of Switched! from Tyndale House Publisher for my honest opinion.