08 June 2015

How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird by Amy Lively


Sure, God commands Christians to love our neighbors as ourselves. Yes, it is the second greatest commandment ("Love your neighbor as yourself." - Matt 22:39). I'm going to be honest here though - sometimes just walking across the lawn or down the street to get to know your neighbor is hard, let alone loving them. That's where this book, How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird by Amy Lively comes in. Amy walks the reader through the reasons, the how's, the excuses we invent for ourselves and how to get over those excuses and gain the benefits of not only saying hi to your neighbor, but getting to know them and inviting them into your life.

Amy's book was very well laid out, easy to read and very encouraging. Not only does Amy help you overcome fears about getting to know your neighbors, but shares ways of lovingly sharing your faith with them. She peppers her practical advice with stories from her own life and how she overcame excuses, fear of rejection, procrastination and more to get to know the own people that God had placed her among in her town. Beyond that she shares the joy, friendships, help and laughter that she experienced once she got to know her neighbors. This very down to earth book can be a great help and encouragement for any person who hesitates on the threshold of their drive way or sidewalk when faced with saying hi to the stranger next door. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany Publishing Company book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


**As a note to the author, if the Amy ever reads my review, it would be really neat to see a military edition of this book. The military community is extremely unique in our society, being a nomadic community that constantly changes with moves across the country or around the world every few years, which means new neighbors as often as every few months.**

The Hiding Place (Young Readers Edition) by Corrie Ten Boom with Elizabeth & John Sherrill


Corrie Ten Boom has worked alongside her father and the rest of her family in a small watch shop on a quiet corner in a friendly city in the Netherlands her entire life. Change is fast approaching as rumors of war and eventually war itself reach her quiet life. God has big plans in store for her and her family though, as they risk their lives to hide Jews and other people on the run from the Nazis. A secret room constructed in their home serves as a hiding place for several years as they help numerous people. Until the day they are betrayed. Torn from their beloved home, the family is imprisoned, first in the Netherlands, and then in the dreaded concentration camps in Germany. Even in the darkest of hours, facing starvation, stark loneliness, illness and even death, Corrie does not give up and brings the light of Jesus Christ to the darkness, delivering hope where there was none before.

This inspiring and gripping story written by Elizabeth and John Sherrill, as told to them by Corrie Ten Boom, covers Corrie's early life until the time of her death, with much of the book concentrating on the years that she and her family daringly hid Jews in their home and the time Corrie spent in German concentration camps. Corrie's, and her family's, unwavering faith in God for help and deliverance shine through every page of the story as their total reliance on the Lord led to incredible adventures, some heartbreaking and tragic. Besides being very well told, what makes this story so gripping is the knowledge that every detail happened. History unfolded before Corrie as she followed God's direction in her life and in doing so saved many people from certain death. I heartily recommend this story for young readers and adults alike.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing Group book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”