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Blurb: "This guy has no mother" is an old Spanish saying used to refer to boys who seem bent on evil and destruction. I remember it well from my childhood in Puerto Rico, because people would often use it when referring to me.

Nicky Cruz knows all about the power of the devil. Since his own dramatic conversion in the 1960s from a life of crime as a New York gang leader, he has met and heard the stories of suffering of many ordinary people, as well as some of the worst prisoners in high security prisons around the world.

Drawing on his spiritualist childhood, his life in New York, and his knowledge and experience of over four decades of spiritual warfare since that time, The Devil Has No Mother shares Nicky Cruz's hard-won understanding of how the devil will try everything possible to gain power in this world--but also shows clearly that it is God who will win the day.

Review: I received this book from the publisher after reading an e-mail sent from Worthy Publishing about the blog tour that this post is a part of. I must say that the title and blurb intrigued me.

Having read the book, I found myself in a bit of a waffle, hence why there is a 4.5 lily rating.

Overall, I found the writing compelling and impassioned. Mr. Cruz's sincerity and passion for his mission comes across in the book - I admire and respect that very much.

What may have me waffling is the tone. This is possibly the case because I want to compare it to On Heaven and Earth by (then) Cardinal Bergoglio and Rabbi Skorka. Granted, I have only started reading On Heaven and Earth and am not, as yet, even a third of the way through, but, to me, the tone is suited more to my tastes.

That is not to say that there is anything inherently wrong with the tone in Mr. Cruz's book. This being my first read of any of Mr. Cruz's writings, I do not have a comparison to his other works, I would like to believe that it conveys the author's passion for his message and for seeing as many people as possible receive it.

Great read and great message as well as a recommended read.

Giveaway: Two print copies will be sent to two commenters on this post. Giveaway is open until 11 P.M., Saturday, November 2 and winners will be notified thereafter. Please leave your first name and e-mail in order to be considered for the contest.

Cross-posted to Facebook, Amazon and GoodReads.

(Image and blurb (from back cover of book) (c) Worthy Publishing)

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Blurb: Beth Moore joins her dear friend Travis Cottrell in showing you how to fully experience God’s presence at surprising times and places in your own life.

According to Cottrell, God’s goodness is predictable. His mercy is dependable. His ability to work in every moment of every reader’s life, leading them to him, is unfailing. But often in those moments, even the most devout are distracted by great distress, failing to see or acknowledge God’s presence and provision. Cottrell reminds readers that God is the hope, strength and deliverance we desperately need. In every circumstance, especially those moments when we least expect it, God’s voice can be heard and his presence discerned. He Knows Your Name is a beautiful, 2-color gift book sure to be treasured.

Review: Like The Power of Ordinary Prayer, He Knows Your Name is a wonderful read for a variety of reasons.

What stood out for me is that the authors (in the introduction and in the main portion of the book) used not only examples from Scripture, but from their own lives as well. The message is put forth in such a way that the reader can relate to it and does not sound "preachy", even while putting forth a powerful message nonetheless.

As in The Power of Ordinary Prayer, there were questions at the end of each chapter to make the reader think about each chapter, about themselves, and how they can improve their lives.

The only minor issue I had is that there were a couple grammatical mistakes - at one point the word "would" was used when I think "wound" was intended, but they do not take away from the overall presentation.

Wonderful read.

(Image and blurb (c)Worthy Publishing)

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Blurb:A touching gift book that helps readers understand the power and beauty of prayer and how it can transform our hearts, so that we can be a catalyst for transformation in others. Many of us seek to be blessed more than we seek to bless others. It’s our heart aligned with the heart of God that brings blessing, because He is by nature extravagantly generous and loves giving gifts. No matter where readers are on their journey with God, they will be motivated and inspired to open their hearts and discover the abundant joy and peace that can be theirs through the power of a simple prayer of blessing.

Review: The Power of Ordinary Prayer is a very moving read about how prayer can affect the way we live our lives.

There are a couple of things that stand out for me about the book. One is that it reads like a conversation between the writer and the reader - I find that to be a gift. Two, the message does not come across as "preachy", but rather as one person trying to bring forth a "here, try this out, could very well improve your outlook" message to another person. Another thing that I really like about the book is the "pauses for contemplation" (at least that is how they come across to me) at the end of each chapter that asks questions of the reader to reiterate the message.

There are one or two more things that stand out about the book for me, but those are the main points. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, regardless of what particular faith he or she might be.

(Cover image and blurb (c)Worthy Publishing)

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Book Blurb: In Inner River, Kyriacos Markides - scholar, researcher, author, and pilgrim - takes us on a thrilling quest into the heart of Christian spirituality and humankind's desire for a transcendant experience of God. From Maine's rugged shores to a Cypriot monastery to Greece's remote Mt. Athos and, ultimately, to an Egyptian desert, Markides encounters a diverse cast of characters that allows him to explore the worlds of the natural and the supernatural, of religion and spirit, and of the seen and unseen.

Inner River will appeal to a wide range of readers, from Christians seeking insights into their religion and its various expressions to scholars interested in learning more about the mystical way and wisdom that have been preserved in the heart of Orthodox spirituality. Perhaps most important, however, is the bridge it offers contemporary readers to a Christian life that is balanced between the worldly and the spiritual.

Review: I wasn't sure what to expect when I first started reading this book as I have had a mixed experience reading books that were, in some way, labeled "Christian" themed - I either liked them or was put off by them because they came across as, well, "preaching to the choir." This is why I found myself really enjoying the book because it reads more like a conversation between two people sharing views without the need to insist on changing your views unless you really want to do so. The book gives a wonderful insight - at least it did to me - into Orthodox views and certainly gave me some food for thought.

I found Mr. Markides writing style easygoing and engaging and will look into finding his other books to read as I would like to read more of what he has to say.

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