4 Stars: No He Can't: How Barack Obama Is Dismantling Hope And Change by Kevin Mccullough

I give this book 4 stars because it opens your eyes to what is going on in the world. It is full of facts and events that you and I would NEVER hear about in the mainstream media. The author does a great job documenting the many MANY ways the Obama Administration is actually hurting ou great nation and the people. This isn't just speculation or "I hate Obama" - these are hard facts and decisions, laws, votes Obama cast that destroy America! He is taking away our freedoms and at the same time KILLING our economy. This guy claims to have gone to law school - what does a lawyer know about economic policy? This book will show you how far he will go to use his position of power to the advantage of him and his "friends". You will be shocked at how much BAD he has done.

Mainstream news tells you that Obama is a nice guy with a nice smile. You won't think so after reading this book. Once you read this book, you will have a new view of Barack Obama, not only the politician but the human being. The million dollar smile will no longer fool you - hopefully!

I highly recommend this book and will be recommending it to my family and friends. I really hope all the "Obama lovers" read this book because you don't really know the guy until you SEE the decisions/choices he is making to destroy our country.

My disclaimer - I received this book from the publisher Thomas Nelson free of charge but I always give honest reviews. I want you to be able to choos the best book based on stars because I know you have limited time and energy to read. I would not recommend this book to you and your friends

2 Stars: When The Going Gets Tough, the Tough Start Laughing by Martha Bolton

Ch 1: FUNNY: Husband did nice deed for neighbor so as a thank you, neighbor gave them his pit bull. The dog took over author's backyard and they were terrified of the dog. Finally, they begged the neighbor to take the dog back. Funny story - does make you smile.

Ch 2: NOT FUNNY: Author felt weird walking down red carpet, so tried to break into event she and her husband were invited to. Finally, gave in and walked the carpet. No biggie.

Ch 3: NOT FUNNY: Have you noticed some things don't make a lot of sense? Author gives you a list of some - like how flying from LA to Denver, you need to go to Houston, NY, then back to Denver. Not funny.

Ch 4: NOT FUNNY: Isn't it funny how scientists tell you all the good tasting foods are bad for you? Then they also sometimes change their minds back and forth? Like butter vs margarine.

Ch 5: NOT FUNNY: A man goes to heaven and sees two groups of people. One group is for people who endured a lot of pain and sufferring in life. The other is for those who endured little. The man is assigned a line and he's happy because he knows he endured a lot of sufferring and he believes he will be rewarded greatly. But soon he realizes that he's in the wrong line. The other line is full of all the people that continued smiling despite the trials. He thought his tough life was an excuse to no longer smile and be nice to others.

Ch 6: NOT FUNNY: The joy of giving - one homeless woman took up a collection among her friends to afford a fake flower in a pot for a police officer. Another lady gives hugs because she gets joy in giving them.

As you can see... this book is NOT funny at all. They are stories, but they aren't funny stories and they don't make you laugh. I give this book 2 stars (instead of 1 star) because it isn't worth your time reading it, but it isn't especially BAD stories. They just aren't funny stories and aren't very useful to life.

1 Star: Escape The Coming Night: Messages From The Book of Revelation by David Jeremiah

Short book - 128 pages and a large number are filled with 2 "study guide" questions per page! So this book is really quite short. The whole book is a joke - nothing is described in depth and there are no facts or verses to solidly back up any of the speculation. It is like the author decided what he believed and just threw it all down on paper and inserted a few verses to make it sell. Don't waste your money on this book. It has nothing new in it, even for Pre-Trib believers.

1 Star: The Pope And The New Apocalypse by Stephen D Mumford

Short book: 51 pages. All speculation about Vatican control over USA and the Regan Administration. Lots of specutation, scare stories, huff and puff and not a lot of substance. Inaccurate views and theories.

Ch 1: Women's abortion rights, Mexicans crossing the border, Ronald Regan and Pope John Paul II are likable but bad politics, Vatican is controlling the US, world population dilemma
Ch 2: Rev Pat Robertson wants Christians involved in politics; Regan Administration attacks Constitution; World population growth and family planning; Single out pro-lifers
Ch 3: Pope's push on population control; Pope and USA are conspiring
Ch 4: Vatican take over; Overpopulation threatens national security;
Ch 5: Money, Catholics and family planning
Ch 6: Subversion; Regan Admin has the most Catholics among them - greater than any other Administration in US history;
Ch 7: Infringing on US sovereignty; Vatican running US foreign policy; Secret legions; Vatican vs humanity
Ch 8: Reclaiming our options - fighting back

1 Star: Terror Over America by Arno Froese

Terribly inaccurate book. Pre-trib view that USA and Catholic Pope and World Government are the Antichrist, Beast and Arab-Israel conflict is the end of the world. The "End Times" already happened per the Preterist End Times view and if you don't understand this, read Gary DeMar's book "End Times Fiction". This guy is just selling a book. Just like Hal Lindsey, Southwest Radio Church and all those other TV evangelist scammers. Don't believe the lies! Read Josephus' History book and you will see that most of the Bible Prophecies were fulfilled when Rome destroyed Jerusalem in 70AD.

Short book 125 pages with large print and not a lot to read. Mostly useless quotes inserted here and there to make it "sensationalized" media.

Chapter 1: Describes World Trade Center collapse on September 11, 2001
Chapter 2: Says the world countries united behind America to fight terrorism
Chapter 3: Describes a world government and attaches labels like "beat" "antichrist" "man of sin" to this world government. This is an INCORRECT prophecy and the author is sensationalizing and stretching things just to sell a book. Remember, this book is very thin - there is hardly any work/facts/documentation here. It is all highly speculative/imaginative/wishful thinking.
Chapter 4: More discussion on the attack on America on 9/11
Chapter 5: Titled "Shadows of Armageddon" is 3 pages of an emailed transcript from the author's boss at work (Midnight Call). Total speculation with no facts to back anything up.
Chapter 6: Terroists, Lie detectors, etc
Chapter 7: 9/11 is not Armageddon explains the author, because America is not where it is supposed to take place. New York is not Mystery Babylon either says the author. Goes into the European Union taking control over the world.
Chapter 8: Mystery Babylon, Catholic Pope and USA
Chapter 9: Global Capitalism

Rest of the book is the typical New Pre-Trib story. Arabs and Israel end time war.

5 Stars: Desiring God by John Piper

I swear this book is the BEST book I've read in like ever! I never quite understood how God worked and this book make Him seem so simple to understand - in human terms! I highly recommend this book to any young Christian and also any Christian who has some unanswered questions about God.

Once I picked this book up, I couldn't put it down! The writing is pretty easy to understand, but even though some of the concepts are normally difficult, the author makes them easy to grasp for the lay person. This book is about FINDING HAPPINESS IN GOD BY MAKING HIM YOUR #1. My Mom was turned off by the word "Hedonism" when she saw me reading the book, but I can assure you, there is nothing to worry about. This book is about how God designed the world in such a way that God becomes our highest happiness. It truly fills in so many questions I had about Chrisitanity. Like about God's will and sufferring and salvation.

This book is fully 5 point Calvinist and you will see why when you read it. it is beautiful! It makes sense and your heart understands an embraces it! Who would imagine theology could be make simple? Great book! I am going to buy one for Mom, my sister and my sister in law! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

My disclaimer - I received this book from the publisher free of charge but I always give honest reviews. I want you to be able to choos the best book based on stars because I know you have limited time and energy to read. I would not recommend this book to you and your friends

3 Stars: The Little Red Book of Wisdom by Mark DeMoss

This book was written by an author under 50, so he hasn't lived a full life. This is probably the main reason just about all his "wisdom" bits are ones I have heard of already. Unless you are new in life, you have probably heard most of these "wisdom bits" many times - from parents, friends and tv. This is the main reason I only give this book 3 stars. The wisdom and advice is good advice - problem is it is just nothing new.

Examples of wisdom bits: listen before you speak; avoid regrets later in life; keep your integrity, don't lie, br brave, life is short, so live it up; stay focused on your dreams and goals.

Although they are good bits of advice, they are not new. I would have liked the author to have really contributed some wisdom bits that none of us have thought of or heard of before. Sadly, I was not impressed with this book.

A disclaimer - I received this book from the publisher Thomas Nelson free of charge but I always give honest reviews. I want you to be able to choos the best book based on stars because I know you have limited time and energy to read. I would not recommend this book to you and your friends

3 Stars: The Blessing by John Trent

I was really excited to be reading about the blessing for two reasons. I had just read "A Place Called Blessing" by the same author John Trent and that book was SUPERB!!! One of the best books I've read in a long time. Second reason is because my dad is always telling me about the promises and blessings that God gives to us. In fact, just the other day, he told me to learn more about the blessings. The first thing I thought of was this book. So I picked it up and started.

But the book was slow and difficult for me to read. I kept eagerly looking to find out what this blessing thing was all about and I couldnt find it. Halfway through the book, I finally realized what the blessing was and it has 5 aspects to it. The author gives one chapter per aspect. I do believe the blessing is important and something we should all use and could incorportate into our lives, but I think the author could have done a much better job writing about it. Because of the authors boring slow writing, I give this book 3 stars. It meant well, but its hard to get into it and really enjoy it. I also didn't find the authors writing style inspirational at all. How disappointing! What a drop off from the story-telling emotional writing that John Trent used in his book "A Place Called Blessing"

A disclaimer - I received this book from the publisher Thomas Nelson free of charge but I always give honest reviews. I want you to be able to choos the best book based on stars because I know you have limited time and energy to read. I would not recommend this book to you and your friends.

5 Stars: A Place Called Blessing by John Trent

WOW!!! This book will blow you away. This is the best story I've read since I was a little kid. The writing was fantastic. The book flowed well, captured you, sucked you right in and I read the whole thing all night. It's now 3:50AM! I couldn't put it down! This book is SOOOO good. I cannot recommend it enough. It is so good and also so sad. I must have cried half a dozen times or more! Oh, you feel everything - the author has fantastic writing skills. Today, I find it rare to find an author who can really right - this one can. This book was captivating!

The story is about a boy who goes through a rough upbringing - bad parents and then going through the foster home system. Everytime he gets a glimpse of a parent who might love him, it is ripped away and he is hurt more and more. He becomes angry. This angry boy grows up to be a young man with many trust issues. This book is about how one family reaches out to him and tries to break through his barriers and all the walls he has built. He is unable to love himself and so he cannot accept love from those aroun him. All this from his childhood trama. SUCH a good story!!! A total must read!

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher but I alwayas give honest reivews. I want you to be able to choose the best book based on stars because I know you have limited time and energy. I recommend this book to you and your friends - it IS worth your time and money.

Ebook Didn't Download: God's Love Letters to You

I tried a dozen times and the mobi Amazon Kindle ebook never downloaded and when I went to help, I couldn't get any help. So I cannot review this book, sadly.

Received free from publisher.

1 Star: 151 Quick Ideads to Inspire Your Staff by Jerry R Wilson

One of the worst books EVER!!!! I bought this book from Borders for full price 13 bucks and boy am I sorry! I should have scanned the book better first. The book is broken into so many little minor sections with inserts here and there - did they think this was a magazine? Anyway, there is NOTHING valuable at all in this book. All they do is draw a little box on every page and put dash marks around it (like a coupon you are supposed to cut out) and then tell you go to create a 3x5 card and hang it on your wall at work. By the end of the book you should have only 101 3x5 cards hanging on your wall! Stupid! Useless! What a waste of thirteen bucks! I'm so sorry and disappointed. And the suggestions are terrible! You are supposed to wrote this stuff on your 3x5 cards: "No man can serve two masters. Serve the customers first" "Common enemy-Common goal" "Reward those who deserve rewards. Be fair but not equal" "Benefits are an important part of the package. Employees don't need them and they don't provide motivation, but employees expect them"

5 Stars: Cure For The Common Life by Max Lucado

Good solid Christian book. I would recommend it and give it as a gift to others.

PROS: This book helps you find the life you always dreamed of as a kid. It encourages us to look into our bag and notice the skills that God gave us. He gave each of us many skills and we can use those skills to fulfill our destiny. God created us all unique, with unique and special skills and a special destiny. You are one small piece of God's big beautiful puzzle. So use those gifts to find and fulfill your calling. Remember your youth and your dreams and don't be afraid to restructure your life to go after them!

I loved this book because this is exactly what just happened in my life. At age 16, I prayed to God and asked Him to bring me into a deep relationship with him. I asked for a deeper relationship with God than I knew of anyone in today's world - I mean Old Testament Abraham, Noah, patriarch relationship. And I asked God, if need be, to take away everything from my life - love, friends, money, possessions. Well, I went out into the world, got my college degree, started making money, bought a house. I never forgot God - he was on the main burner too... but I was splitting my time between God while at home and work and life. So God took the house away, took the job away, and now here I am back at Mom's house focusing on God again. I love it and wouldn't have it any other way. Who cares about six figures when you know you are on the right path and you have your dreams back!

CONS: Great book, but just not as deep as I like. Even though it has a great message, I can't say it is as good as some of R.C. Sproul's or John Piper's books. Still, compared to books, I give it a 5 star because it's right up there as a "must read".

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher but I always give honest reviews always. I am marking books with stars so you will know not to waste your time on the low star reviews. :)

3 Stars: Where Will You Go from Here from Valorie Burton

PROS: This book is accurate about "when life knocks you down, you can still get up" and how we Christians should still be happy despite our tough or negative circumstances. What kind of example are we if we are only good when times are good? Isn't it best for us to be able to deal with life's kicks and get back up and show our strength and that we can be good and happy even when times are difficult? I love this message in this book. It is very important for us all to remember this - especially when going though life's ups and downs. With time, it probably is true that life's ups and downs do make us stronger people, even if we don't always want to have to live through them.

CONS: Problem is, sometimes we don't want to get back up.  I wouldn't necessarily agree with the author's you are "better than ever" after a trial, because realistically, some downs are just too HUGE to really get over or to ever consider a positive or to consider something gained. Some people suffer huge losses to their loved ones or their own freedoms and these are almost impossible to come away with a "glad I went through that one - it made me stronger" feeling.

This book was also a little self-helpy for my liking - with the perfect steps to turn your life around. The steps to make your life all peachy are promising a bit too much. Problem is they ususally don't work. Maybe it's that we never carry through with them, but I guess I just feel like we could use a little more inspiration or motivation. There wasn't enough to give me a kick in the butt.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I am not required to post a positive review, so I am giving my honest opinion about this book.

1 Star: The Fight of Our Lives by William J Bennett

CONS: This book is COMPLETELY un-Christian and un-Christ-like. It is filled with fear, doubting God and full of hate and anger. This author would like to sell our personal freedoms to put us all in boxed cages with ID tags on our ankles (so to speak). This author would like to bring about George Orwell's 1984 just so he can sleep easy at night. What happened to CHARACTER? Where are the brave men of America? Why are we teaching others to hide under the bed just in case the boogeyman comes to get you. This book is a joke.

The author is coming from a hateful ungodly perspective that makes Christians look bad - with statements like "anger [and hatred] at terrorists is JUSTIFIED". This is another fear-based book designed to "scare the crap out of the masses" so that they will "bomb all the Arab countries to pieces" just so Americans can sleep easy. Because "it's us against them". This is SOOOO UNCHRISTIAN.

I would NEVER recommend this book. It makes assumptions and accepts the media soap opera story hook-line-and-sinker. The author isn't open-minded enough, doesn't use logic in their analysis of the political situation and media coverage. This book is also anti-911-truth and anti-Islam.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. I always give an honest review of all books. I lean towards being extra critical of books because there are so many out there and I understand you and I have limited time and resources. If I am going to recommend a book, I want it to be one that you will put on your bookshelf and keep. I want it to be the kind of book you will come back to and will also recommend to others.

3 Stars: Be The People by Carol Swain

The author believes in God and her country and the American Dream. She believes that America needs this book and that this book can change the country. Not a chance... but nice of her to dream and be well-meaning. This is a book on politics and ethics for the 78% of Americans who claim to be Judeo-Christians. The author is an African-American woman who disapproves of the unbiblical direction the country has taken over the years. This book is her critique and her hope for American to turn to Christian roots.

Brightly, the author draws parallels to George Orwell's 1984 and today's world of reverse definitions. We call war, peace. Freedom = Slavery. Ignorance = Truth.

The author writes that America is adrift and gets entangled in dubious international argreements. I agree that America shouldn't be sticking our nose into all the international conflicts that we cause/engage in, BUT I think the author is missing the truth. America KNOWS exactly why it is getting into these conflicts and it is seeking them out. It wants to be right there in the middle. We aren't adrift. America is aiming for goals that you and I might disagree with. But she certainly knows where she wants to be - it's just that I don't want America there. So it is a difference in core values.

The author tries to tell us that we need to return to our American Christian roots - but again she misses the mark. America NEVER WAS Christian. Freemason founding fathers with unChristian goals. And I couldn't say that I would want America to be Christian. What good did any Christian government ever bring its people? The Salem Witch trials where anyone who stepped on their neighbors toes was proclaimed a witch and burned? Or the Inquisition and the HORRORS of the iron maiden and other torture devices? Christians are sick. Okay, so-called Christians are sick. And I could never wish for a Christian society. The horrors would be unspeakable. And you thought big brother was bad! Now you got the neighbor telling the church government that you have a hidden sin in your life and in one poof - your life as you know it is over. Big Church Government is just as bad, if not worse, than Big Brother Government. Any doubts? Think how many sins they might check off in your life? How many of these would you be burned, hung, tortured for? We'd all be dead by now.

Disclaimer: Received free from publisher for this review but giving honest opinion.