Reviews by Carole Ledbetter
On 4/29 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Do you think of idols as statues that people in far off countries worship? Do you think there are no idols in your life? You may think differently after reading Kyle Idleman’s latest book, Gods at War. When I finished reading this book, I wanted to buy a copy for everyone I knew. Idleman’s ... So you think you have no idols?
On 3/21 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Book Review: Accidental Pharisees This book asks the question, “Is it possible to be too zealous for God?” In Jesus’ day, being called a Pharisee was a badge of honor. The Pharisees excelled at spirituality–they were zealous, committed to their faith, theologically informed, biblically accurate ... A book that needed to be written . . .
On 1/23 Carole Ledbetter wrote: I’ve often wondered why there isn’t more emphasis on what it means to be “in Christ.” Pastor Mark Driscoll answers that need in his recent book, Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in Christ. This is an excellent exposition on the Book of Ephesians, with an emphasis on who ... Ever wonder who you really are?
On 12/18 Carole Ledbetter wrote: The writer, Don Brown, served five years in the U. S. Navy as an officer in the Judge Advocate Generals (JAG) Corps, which gave him a background for this book and others he has written. For those who enjoy war stories, this one may prove a page-turner. U. S. President Douglas Surber is faced with ... An Exciting
On 10/13 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Mary DeMuth shares a spiritual memoir of her time in southern France where she and her husband served as missionaries, feeling crushed by the weight of disappointment and stress. Still, Mary says she would not trade the growth she experienced from that time period because becoming like Jesus, for Mary, ... I want to "Be an Am" like Mary . . .
On 9/19 Carole Ledbetter wrote: A chance encounter between the author, Michael Neale, and a stranger in an airport becomes the basis for a coming-of-age story about a boy named Gabriel Clarke. Gabriel comes from a long line of “river people” – people who love white-water rafting. His initial experience ... A heart warming story . . .
On 7/28 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Upon returning from a mission trip, Marcia’s husband, Bob, believes God is calling them to pack up and move to a Mayan village in Guatemala. Recalling that years earlier they pledged to “follow the Lord wherever He led” Marcia reluctantly acquiesces, although the idea threatens their comfortable, ... This gal's no coward!
On 5/31 Carole Ledbetter wrote: John MacArthur begins this book with bad news–he says “the power that makes for bad news is sin. . . The common contemporary response to this bad news is to deny it or try to explain it away. Perhaps the most prevalent means of escaping blame is by classifying every human failing as some kind of ... The Bad News Comes First
On 5/19 Carole Ledbetter wrote: “Christians have many reasons for rejoicing. The primary one is based on who God is—He is sovereign.” says John MacArthur in the opening paragraph of this book. Those who don’t live in the light of God’s sovereignty will lack peace in their lives and be left to the chaos of troubled hearts. ... Rejoicing in His Sovereignty
On 1/21 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Whether your thoughts go to The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Chronicles of Narnia, Till We Have Faces, or Surprised by Joy, fans of C. S. Lewis will enjoy this book by Terry Lindvall, Ph.D.which explores the various aspects of laughter and how Lewis used them in his writing. I began reading ... Depicting a Joyful God!
On 12/31 Carole Ledbetter wrote: “Marriage is about friendship,” says Pastor Mark Driscoll in this newly published book, co-authored with his wife, Grace. The Driscolls present an open and honest account of the disappointments and struggles ... Marriage is about Friendship
On 12/3 Carole Ledbetter wrote: When I was in my teen years, Billy Graham was hitting his stride on the way to becoming the world’s most-famous evangelist. Now, at 93, in his recent book he looks ahead and shares what it’s like to be “nearing home.” He quotes Psalm 90:12: “Teach us to ... Life, Faith and Finishing Well
On 11/6 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Do men really hate going to church? That was my question as I began reading this book by David Murrow. I know many men who are faithful, enthusiastic churchgoers. After reading Murrow’s book, I have to admit he has made some excellent observations. While ... Do men really hate going to church?
On 10/5 Carole Ledbetter wrote: New York Times best-selling author, Stephen Mansfield describes Oprah Winfrey’s rise to fame, as he recounts her birth as the illegitimate daughter of a part-time maid in 1950s Mississippi, her impoverished childhood, her beloved and godly grandmother who took her to church and taught her right from ... Has Oprah Led Us Astray?
On 8/30 Carole Ledbetter wrote: A gospel song from a previous century, “Living for Jesus,” brings nostalgic memories of my teenage resolve to live “FOR Jesus.” After reading Jethani’s book, I questioned whether that emphasis was the right one. It’s where I was then. If you were to define the way you relate to God with ... The goal is not to use God--the goal is God!
On 8/8 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Carolyn Weber has penned a beautiful memoir of her first year at Oxford University, the oldest university in the English-speaking world. With wit and humor and beautiful quotes from authors and poets, she describes the adventure of finding God and a very special TDH during her time as a student there. ... Share This Delightful Memoir of Spiritual Discovery
On 7/25 Carole Ledbetter wrote: By Alister McGrath Alister E. McGrath is a historian, biochemist, and Christian theologian born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. McGrath, a longtime professor at Oxford University, now holds the Chair in theology, ministry, and education at the University of London. In his new book, Why God Won’t Go ... Why God Won't Go Away
On 6/3 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Book Review: how to write a book proposal, by michael Larsen If you are a writer looking to publish your work, you need this book! You may even wonder, as I did, if there is a book in you that you need to write, so that you can follow the clear, understandable process that Larsen outlines. Larsen's ... Writing a successful book proposal is outlined here!
On 3/30 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Pujols, More Than a Game By Scott Lamb and Tim Ellsworth Published by Thomas Nelson, 2011 Albert Pujols may be the greatest player in the history of baseball! Through the age of thirty, he has more homers than Babe Ruth, more hits than Pete Rose, more RBIs than Hank Aaron, and more runs than Rickey ... A sports star my grandson can look up to!
On 1/8 Carole Ledbetter wrote: The Quotable Chesterton By Kevin Belmonte G. K. Chesterton, who died on June 14, 1936, was described by the Times in his obituary as “a brilliant English essayist,” “a master of paradox,” and “for more than a generation the most exuberant personality in English literature.” A 1916 review ... The Quotable Chesterton
On 10/11 Carole Ledbetter wrote: BOOK REVIEW: “Transforming church in RURAL AMERICA, breaking all the Rurals” By Shannon O’Dell, published by New Leaf Press In November, 2002, Pastor Shannon O’Dell, his wife and family of four, agreed to leave Oklahoma City and a church of 4,000, where he had served as student pastor for eleven ... transforming church in RURAL AMERICA
On 9/20 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Stephen Mansfield, Series Edition published by Thomas Nelson, Inc. According to the authors of this book, the Oscar-winning movie, Patton that portrayed General George S. Patton, Jr.exaggerated his character flaws and sensationalized his eccentricities. They attribute this to the fact that the Patton’s ... Patton, the Pursuit of Destiny
On 9/7 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Book Review: The Butterfly Effect How Your Life Matters By Andy Andrews, New York Times Bestselling Author Copyright 2009 Simple Truths, LLC “You have been created in order that you might make a difference. You have within you the power to change the world,” says author, Andy Andrews. This delightful ... You have been created to make a difference. .
On 5/8 Carole Ledbetter wrote: If you’ve ever felt confounded by the terms, “liberal,” and “conservative,” as they are currently used in the media, Tyrell’s book will give you lots to think about. The author proves both knowledgeable ... After the Hangover, the Conservatives' Road to Recovery by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.
On 5/3 Carole Ledbetter wrote: If you’ve ever sulked in disappointment over unfulfilled expectations, convinced you missed the best shot at life, this book is for you. Pete Wilson reminds us that Plan B may be God’s best for you after all, and you will learn more following ... Plan B by Pete Wilson
On 2/15 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Andrew Klavan treats teenage readers to the second in his Homelander series as protagonist, Charlie West, falsely convicted of the murder of his friend, Alex, attempts to find the real killer. Having lost all memory of the time following the crime, his trial, imprisonment, and break from jail, Charlie ... An Action-Packed Adventure for Teenage Boys
On 1/2 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Good Insights Into A Popular TV Series Suppose your plane crashed and you were forced to survive on a desert island with a group of fellow travelers. How would it change you? Fans of the TV series LOST will find similar questions to ponder in Chris Seay’s recent book, The Gospel According to Lost. I ... Good Insights Into A Popular TV Series
On 12/8 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Books on pain and struggle appeal to many people because we all go through difficulties in our lives. This one is especially timely, given the current economic slowdown, middle-east wars, unemployment, and other problems confronting society. While the book doesn’t address these problems directly, ... What Doesn't Kill You Might Make You Strong
On 10/19 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Ted Dekker employs great metaphors in his Circle Series. In this latest book, Green, his protagonist, Thomas Hunter, returns to the year 2010 from 4036 A.D. According to the Books of History, referred to in Green, everything happening after the year 2010 actually began in the future in 4036 A.D. The ... Great Story but I should have come in at the beginning!
On 10/5 Carole Ledbetter wrote: When I first decided to review this book, I found the title long, but intriguing. How could this man know what women should do differently? On the other hand, since my world has long been populated with men--father, brothers, husband, sons--I thought the male viewpoint might be worth considering. ... Are Women Less Happy Now?