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(Review) The Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenberg

Publication Date: October 1, 2014
Publisher: Tyndale
Genre: Historical fiction, Holocaust, World War II
Pages: 480
Source: Self purchase
Rating: 5 stars for excellent

Link @ Tyndale for more info on the book. This link includes an excerpt.

Link @ Amazon

ECPA 2015 Christian Book Award Finalist!
2014 finalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards!

Joel Rosenberg's website

Links of interest: 
I Escaped from Auschwitz, from The Guardian
Escapes and Reports, from Memorial and Museum at Auschwitz-Birkenau
Rudolf Vrba, from the Holocaust Education and Archive Research Team
Jerry Bielek, from the Daily Mail
Auschwitz, Wikipedia
Auschwitz, from The United Holocaust Memorial Museum
History and Overview of Auschwitz, from the Jewish Virtual Library

The Auschwitz Escape is a Christian historical fiction story of an escape from the notorious concentration camp Auschwitz.
Auschwitz is located near the town of Oswiecim, Poland, near the border of Germany. It is 37 miles west of Krakow. Auschwitz is gene…

(Review) All But Normal: Life on Victory Road by Shawn Thornton with Joel Kilpatrick

Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Publisher: Tyndale
Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir
Pages: 320
Source: Free paperback copy from Tyndale in exchange for a review.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

Link for the book @ Tyndale: All But Normal. Excerpt is available @ the link.

Website for All But Normal. A free preview is available @ this link.

Website of Shawn's: Pastor Shawn. 


All But Normal is the story of Shawn Thornton's family; principally his mother's mood swings, and it's results on the family. The story begins in the early 1960's and the car accident that left his mother in a coma. After awakening from the coma, her personality was vastly different. She recovered enough to return home. Her walking was hindered by a stiff awkward gait. She was unable to return to the life she'd once lived. Shawn's parents married young. Shawn and his brother, Troy, lived a chaotic home life. From a cluttered home to a fiery tempered mother, everyday was lived in fea…

(Review) Like A River From Its Course by Kelli Stuart

Publication Date: June 27, 2016
Publisher: Kregel
Genre: Historical fiction
Pages: 363
Source: Free copy from Kregel in exchange for a review
Rating: 5 stars for excellent

Link for book @ Kregel. 


Kelli Stuart's blog

Kindle Fire Giveaway from June 27 through July 18.

Article from the Huffington Post: 75 Years Later: What the Past Teaches Us Today.

Kelli Stuart's Blog post: Addressing the Question of Faith.  

Like A River From Its Course begins in 1941, Ukraine. Four main characters are introduced, each sharing their story and voice. These characters are Maria (Masha) Ivanovna, Ivan Kyrilovich, Frederick Herrmann, and Ludmilla (Luda) Michaelevna. They solidly represent four types of people affected by World War II and the Holocaust. From a civilian aspect, to a Nazi officer, to a Ukraine swept up in the roundup and murder of Jews.

My Thoughts:
Like A River From It's Course is a work of historical fiction.
The author explains:
The characters in this book are compo…

(Review)The Uncommon Woman: Making an Ordinary Life Extraordinary by Susie Larson

Publication Date: July 1, 2008
Publisher: Moody
Genre: Nonfiction, Christian Women, Christian Growth
Pages: 200
Source: Self purchase
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

Amazon link for the book

Susie Larson Website

Live The Promise radio site



"The uncommon woman refuses to let her mistakes or weaknesses define her because she is defined by His strengths alone." Page 26.
The word uncommon refers to ordinary. The book is written to a female audience. No matter the life we are living we can be called by God and live exceptional lives.

Three sections covering twelve chapters.
"The Uncommon Woman Understands the Paradox That She is Nothing and Everything." 
"The Uncommon Woman Embraces a Different Perspective
"The Uncommon Woman Changes the World" 

My Thoughts:
Before reading The Uncommon Woman,  I'd heard of Susie Larson. After reading this book, I began listening to some of the broadcasts from her radio station. I enjoy listening to so…

(Review) Crazy Love: Overwhelmed By A Relentless God by Francis Chan with Danae Yankoski

Publication Date: May 1, 2008
Publisher: David C. Cook
Genre: Nonfiction, Christian Growth
Pages: 205
Source: Self purchase
Rating: 4 stars for very good


Crazy Love propels the reader to have an passionate oriented love towards God. Going through the motions or habit, does not define love. Loving God, truly loving God, spills over into other people's lives; and we become an effective testimony of God's love living in us and toward others.

One: "Stop Praying"
Two: "You Might Not Finish This Chapter"
Three: "Crazy Love"
Four: "Profile of the Lukewarm"
Five: "Serving Leftovers to a Holy God"
Six: "When You're in Love"
Seven: "Your Best Life...Later"
Eight: "Profile of the Obsessed"
Nine: "Who Really Lives That Way?"
Ten: "The Crux of the Matter"

My Thoughts:
I love love love chapters with a title that demand a second look or response: "Chapter Tw…

(Review) Mended: Pieces of a Life Made Whole by Angie Smith

Publication Date: September 1, 2012
Publisher: B and H Publishing Group
Genre: Nonfiction, young motherhood
Pages: 184
Source: Self purchase
Rating: 2 stars for okay

Amazon link for the book

Angie Smith @ Facebook
Angie Smith Online: Bring the Rain
Angie Smith @ Twitter

Mended: Pieces of a Life Made Whole, is written to Christian women who need encouragement during a time of disappointment in life. Thirty-one chapters, all brief, covering applicable stories from the OT and NT. Most chapters are from Smith's devotional style blog posts. One chapter is not from her blog posts, "Her, Here." Each chapter begins with the focal Bible passage, followed by the devotional, and ending with a "mending" section.

"My hope is that this will be a resource that leads you to pray and dig deeper into His Word." 

My Thoughts:
Some sections of the book I enjoyed reading. A few worthy quotes for writing down and remembering. Over-all, I found the book to not be for…