Monday, January 19, 2015

Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall

Star Trek nerd that I am, I really enjoyed this zombie parody written by a couple of lifelong science fiction geeks.  Each chapter title is the name of a Star Trek episode, the writing is surprisingly good, and I found it to be really hilarious.  I mean, come on, a zombie outbreak at a Star Trek Convention? The Trek references alone were a gold mine, the characters were solid and likable, and I found it to be a very entertaining read.  

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Fearless by Eric Blehm

To become a Navy Seal, you must first go through what is widely considered to be the most physically and mentally demanding military training in existence.  Only about 1% of those who enter, complete the training.  Adam Brown, the man this book is about, was ranked near the top 1% of this elite cadre of men.  This is the story of how an all-American boy lost his way, yet found it again, with the help of his faith, his family, and the love of a woman, to become a highly trained warrior whose courage and determination were legendary.

Author Eric Blehm has given us an up close and personal glimpse into the heart of a warrior.  There is a spate of books and movies out now about these military heroes who sacrifice so much to protect us here in this country, and sometimes wind up paying the ultimate price.  I also think it is very important that we understand and appreciate such sacrifice, and books like this one will go a long way towards helping us understand what special caliber of men these are and how much we all owe them.
A vivid and absorbing account that leads to a final act of bravery, and the ultimate sacrifice.
In the interest of full disclosure, I did receive a copy of this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Small Victories by Anne Lamott

The Chicago Tribune said about this book:  "Anne Lamott is practically a household word in the peeling-back-the-soul department. She's utterly disarming. She's hysterically funny.  One minute, you're falling off your chair laughing, and the next, you're gasping for air, because Lamott has just unfurled a sentence that cuts straight to the heart of what you really needed to know."  All of which I totally agree with and couldn't have said any better myself.  She is irreverent in her style and approach to the subject of faith, so she may not be everybody's cup of tea.  But, she truly has a gift for emotional intensity and soul searching and her self-deprecating humor is delightful.  This book is honest, vulnerable, and beautifully written.  If you are looking for some inspiration during these bleak winter days, pick it up.
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