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The Tank Man's Son by Mark Bouman
"The Tank Man's Son" by Mark Bouman is a powerful book on the authors horrific childhood and how God used it for good. This is the first book I have read in my life that had a warning about foul language from a Christian Publisher. This may make some stop and not read it but I know that if we are going to tell our story about life before Christ sometimes we have to use that language when showing what others have done and said to you otherwise I consider it a partial lie and you need to be truthful on how things were. The author's childhood at points did seem like a kids dream (tanks, war games, and free outdoor play) but overall it was a child's nightmare growing up with an extremely abusive neo-nazi dad. The physical abusive that the author went thru just broke my heart reading it but I did not stop reading as I could barely put the book down as I wanted to know how God was going to use this for His glory. The author could have wrote the book in way that would tear his dad to shreds with words. But he didn't he wrote the facts in a way that showed his pain but also how every child does looks up to their father at some point even if its for a small amount of time. He really showed us in words the confusion that went into his mind as a child and even that of his siblings. Also his telling of his mom just made me respect her so much for her strength of what she had to endure and her finally saying enough. But God used all of the nastiness for His glory. Not only did the author come to know Jesus but he and his wife were able to be missionaries during one of Cambodia's darkest times in history. The violence and war life he got from his dad helped him during Cambodia's civil war. But not only that we also read about the redemption and forgiveness of father and son. It is a very powerful story and I plan on keeping this book to re-read or to give to someone who God leads me to that needs to read the story of this man. I highly recommend this book please read it, we need to see how God can take the horrible things in our past and turn them to good for His glory.
I was given this book from Tyndale Publishers and was not required to give a positive review.
"What is Reformed Theology?" by R.C. Sproul is about understanding the basics of reformed theology. Even though this book says it is about understanding the basics but it is really in depth not a milk type book at all. This was very meaty book with quotes and history from past reformers also with a lot of scripture. My favorite section was on understanding faith alone. Not only does it explain reformed theology but it also it breaks down and explains the acronym TULIP. Well wrote book that makes some hard things in theology easier to understand.
I was given this book from Baker Books for free and was not required to give a positive review.
"Treasures in Dark Places" by Leanna Cinquanta is about a woman and her mission to some of the roughest parts of India. I chose this book to review as I thought it would be about her missionary work in India as that is how it is portrayed to be about. But I was wrong it is mainly and I mean 90% her testimony and not about her missionary work. There is a little bit at the end about her work of getting girls out of the sex trafficking but that was it. Before I get into my next point that really bothers me I want to preface by saying yes I know if a book is going into certain countries they cannot name Jesus otherwise the book will be banned. But you can make versions for those countries. I was very annoyed that the author constantly kept referring to God and Jesus as the mystery or my beloved. I have problem with author's writing books about their supposed faith in Christ to American readers and they won't name our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It felt like sh…
"The Ebb Tide" by Beverly Lewis is about Sallie Riehl who as a young Amish woman has heart to travel well when her big plans change she becomes a nanny for a non-Amish family for the summer away from her home. This was not your stereotypical Amish story yes it did have the normal romance but the story was more about Sallie discovering what she believes and wants in life. This was a sweet story with some of the typical things you see in Amish fiction but not everything. One thing that was nice to read was that we did not have the typical someone was being shunned this book had more of a family supportive attitude than the shunning attitude of some. I really liked the story of Sallie finding how she fits in this world and not just going with the flow. I highly recommend this book it is one of Beverly Lewis's best books.
I was given this book from Bethany House for free and was not required to give a review.