Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Saving Casper book Review



The authors of the popular Jim and Casper Go to Church are back! An unlikely friendship began when former pastor Jim Henderson brought atheist Matt Casper with him to visit a series of churches and give his honest feedback on the services. Since then, Casper has spent a lot of time deeply engaging with Jim and other Christians. And the burning question on everyone’s minds is whether Casper has been saved. InSaving Casper, Jim and Casper engage in a new conversation about that question. Most Christians have friends like Casper—people who’ve heard the gospel but still say no—so what happens next? Jim and Casper reveal the surprising answers to questions like: What can an atheist teach us about how to share God with those who don’t believe? What have well-meaning Christians said to Casper that has helped—or hurt—their cause? What, if anything, might bring Casper and other nonbelievers to faith . . . and why does Casper say he’s closer to God now than ever before? Saving Casper is a groundbreaking, game-changing look at evangelism and the “conversion conversation.”

Author 
Jim HendersonJim Henderson is acclaimed by USA Today for having "blazed a new path as an innovator, author, church evaluator, self-professed subversive, and leader in the creation of new ways to be publicly and persuasively Christian in the twenty-first century."

Jim is a speaker, author, and producer. His most subversive act to date was buying an atheist's soul on eBay and then sending him to attend and review several churches. On the heels of that project, Jim hired another atheist (Matt Casper) to join him at various church services and share his feedback. Together, they recount their unique findings in a book titled Jim and Casper Go to Church (Tyndale, 2007).

After twenty-five years as a pastor, Jim formed Off the Map, an organization that produced live events designed to help people recover the lost art of being "unusually interested" in others, especially Outsiders. Today, Jim's company, Jim Henderson Presents, produces live events and television projects that look at the important role of religious spirituality in our lives. Jim is known for asking the questions others skip.

Jim holds a doctorate in transformational leadership and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today and on Fox News andThis American Life with Ira Glass.

 Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

Cassandra's Review Q&A
- What did you like about the book and why? I love the challenging topics and the real answers provided and how they are so honest.
- What did you not like about the book and why? I could have read a lot more of the book, but I think it ended way to soon.
- What did you learn? I am fairly certain I picked up some great tips that will ehlp me the next time a conversation on faith makes its way to my world.
- To whom would you recommend this book and why? To all religions and ages teens and up. It is not that this book has an age appropriate issue, but I think younger kids may not really catch the message and benefit as greatly.


Ozeri INSTAVAC Green Earth Food Storage Container Set, BPA-Free 8-Piece Nesting Set with Vacuum Seal and Locking Lids Review

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Cassandra's Review- I am in love with this product. It is so easy to use and cost effective. I would have to say the Ozeri company has nailed this as far as making something that can save money and time. Most importantly it saves the food that you work so hard to buy and cook. I would highly recommend visiting Amazon and purchasing a set for yourself.



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AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything


We've all had "aha!" moments in our lives, a sudden revelation surprising us with insight. With everyday examples and trademark testimonies, Idleman draws on the parables of Jesus to reveal how three key elements can produce the same kind of "aha!" in our spiritual lives:
Awakening to the reality of who we are in Jesus Christ
Renewed Honesty to see our need for a Savior
Inspired to Action, we obey God and follow Christ's example
As we see in the transformation of the prodigal son, the result is a life-changing, destiny-altering collision—an AHA moment that leads us home to our loving Father.
About the author: Kyle Idleman
Kyle Idleman is the Teaching Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the fourth-largest church in America. Author of the award-winning and bestselling book, Not a Fan, he regularly speaks at conferences and events around the world. He and his wife DesiRae have four children.


Publisher: David C Cook
Trade paperback 240 pages
Release Date: March 1, 2014
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Cassandra's Review- AHA is one of the best books I have had the honor of reviewing.  I was very interested in the simple but effective information the book holds. I love that AHA is  including parables in a story line and the concept has a total result of stronger faith.




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'Too Much Information' by David Haskell all-new suspense thriller Review

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In a world overshadowed by the impendence of terrorism, with pandemics threatening an equal measure of havoc, Thermo-Magnetic Imaging machines represent a seemingly perfect solution. But as privacy and health concerns grow ever more complex, this cutting edge technology delivers more than anyone had bargained for. While the forces behind the scenes fight to conceal their true agenda, the public struggles to cope with a new paradigm so invasive their innermost secrets are laid bare under its powerful lens.
Rob Folsom is a civil liberties activist, a staunch defender of privacy rights. Rosa Perez, a government agent specializing in surveillance, seems an unlikely candidate for him to represent. As Rob is pulled into her world of high-tech spying, corporate intrigue, and black ops government agencies, he becomes caught in a perilous game of cat and mouse. As the target of interest switches from client to advocate, Rob has to find a way to stop them before they sabotage everything he has worked for...

I live near Tokyo, Japan with my wife and our nine year old daughter, and have been living in and around the Tokyo area for the past twelve years. Prior to that I spent some time traveling back and forth to Japan drumming at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea on trashcans and other assorted ridiculous instrumentation, as well as similar gigs at DisneyWorld and Universal Studios Orlando.
I was born and raised in the Boston area, with brief residencies in California and Florida. Although I spend most of my time in Japan these days, my family and I love returning to New England as often as we can.
Cassandra's Review- Too Much Information   this book will grip you , hold you for a few hours and then let you go softly but with a lot of thinking for the week after. I would pick up a copy to enjoy for yourself. This is an easy to digest story line with a spin on new age technology and a tad of old  but effective concepts and I enjoyed reading it very much. 
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Count Dracula's Teenage Daughter (Book 1)

Published December 17th. 2012

Published by Create Space

Genres: YA/Paranormal

From R. Barri Flowers, the bestselling author of young adult novels, GHOST GIRL IN SHADOW BAY and DANGER IN TIME, comes the first book in an exciting new teen vampire series, COUNT DRACULA'S TEENAGE DAUGHTER: A Transylvanica High Novel.

Sixteen-year-old Kula Lockhart has been living in the town of Harbor Heights, Michigan for two months now, after moving there with her adopted mom from Cheyenne, Wyoming. She attends Transylvanica High School--one of several integrated pilot schools across the country where human and vampire students peacefully coexist.

Kula has no problem with the human-vampire bonding because she has always believed in equality among the living and the living dead. But she is caught completely off guard upon learning that she is the half human daughter of Count Dracula, leader of the oldest and most powerful vampire clan.

She soon discovers that there are some sworn to protect her and others out to get her.

Someone is killing vampires and Kula fears she may be on the hit list. Staying alive becomes a priority as she adjusts to her birthright.

She also has a hot human boyfriend named Eriq. Will he accept her for who she is?

Fans of popular teen vampire, paranormal, and horror fiction series such as Twilight, True Blood, Vampire Diaries, Vampire Academy, and Vampire Kisses will love COUNT DRACULA'S TEENAGE DAUGHTER

Cassandra's Review- Book 2- This book as a part two is just as good as a stand alone and can be read out of order if needed. I would read book 1 first just to be completely engulfed in the magic and fantasy that this story line brings, To say this is not like anything I have read before would be a bit of a yarn , but I did like it very much!

Invisible Witness: Healing From My Family's Legacy of Domestic Violence Kindle Book Review

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Invisible Witness: Healing From My Family's Legacy of Domestic Violence Kindle Book Review


Adults who witnessed violence between their parents when they were children often carry emotional scars that last a lifetime. The trauma to their developing brains can be so great that some psychologists have compared it to what soldiers experience in war. Like soldiers, children from violent homes are hyper-alert and expect to see danger at every turn. Since they don't possess the skills to process what they have witnessed, these children often suppress the memories well into adulthood. It often takes employment and relationship problems, a mental health diagnosis, addictions, and other serious life issues for them to make the connection between the events of their painful upbringing to what they are experiencing in the present.

As a society, we tend to minimize the effects of domestic violence, especially for those who witnessed it without experiencing direct abuse. Children are especially vulnerable because they are completely dependent on their parents for survival. They don't want to do anything that might upset them even more. Although their behavior might say otherwise, these kids often insist that they are fine.

In this autobiographical book, author Elizabeth Nelson takes readers back to her early childhood when she witnessed her father abuse her mother and some of her siblings on several different occasions. Ms. Nelson discusses the abuse only to set the backdrop for the rest of her story. She then goes on to talk about the multiple devastating effects that witnessing abuse had on her as she became an adult. As she discusses each issue, the author traces it back to its origin in order to understand and release it.

While it can be hard to read what the author and her family experienced, this book is not a woe-is-me tale of victimization. Instead, the author shows readers how she coped with problems related to witnessing domestic violence as a child and eventually moved forward in life. Ms. Nelson tells her story in such a straightforward manner that readers may feel like they are sitting down for coffee with a new friend. While they may not have been safe in their childhood home, they are certainly safe between the pages of this emotionally powerful book.

Elizabeth Nelson is a pen name chosen by the author to protect her family from public recognition. This author has written extensively about narcissism and emotionally abusive relationships in the past, including a book on Amazon that is consistently ranked as one of the top five Kindle books in the co-dependency category.


Cassandra's Review- Normally I would have added a little about the author bit for privacy concerns we will leave that out. The cry that my heart felt while reading the pages of this book was almost unbearable. I was so distressed and at the same time encouraged to be a better person. I am now more aware of certain behaviors and actions that are not acceptable when presented into the lives of children. I have been involved in some many different versions of domestic violence and really take it to heart when I hear of more plain evil that other humans can bestow on one another and not even feel it themselves. While I would never condone someone picking up a copy of this book to utilize in better skills to abuse someone, I would highly recommend reading it at least once just so you are more personally aware. I would also ask that you share it with anyone who would benefit from it as well. On an ending note if you see or hear domestic violence it is always ok to contact authorities but I would never ask that you get in the middle of it as you can get hurt or killed.

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