Monthly Archives: September 2012

Coming October 2 – Unstoppable by Nick Vujicic

Coming October 2, 2012 from WaterBrook Press – Unstoppable by Nick Vujicic.

Unstoppable cover artBook Description:

Being unstoppable is about believing and achieving. It’s about having faith in yourself, your talents and your purpose and, most of all, in God’s great love and His divine plan for your life.

Millions around the world recognize the smiling face and inspirational message of Nick Vujicic.  Despite being born without arms or legs, Nick’s challenges have not kept him from enjoying great adventures, a fulfilling and meaningful career, and loving relationships.  Nick has overcome trials and hardships by focusing on the promises that he was created for a unique and specific purpose, that his life has value and is a gift to others, and that no matter the despair and hard times in life, God is always present. Nick credits his success in life to the power that is unleashed when faith takes action.

But how does that happen?  In Unstoppable Nick addresses adversity and difficult circumstances that many people face today, including:

·         Personal crises
·         Relationship issues
·         Career and job challenges
·         Health and disability concerns
·         Self-destructive thoughts, emotions, and addictions
·         Bullying, persecution, cruelty, and intolerance
·         Balance in body, mind, heart, and spirit
·         Service to others

Through stories from his own life and the experiences of many others, Nick explains how anyone wanting a “ridiculously good life” can respond to these issues and more to become unstoppable. What’s standing in your way?  Are you ready to become unstoppable?

Read the first chapter excerpt here.

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The Trouble With Charlie by Catherine Bennett

The Trouble With Charlie cover artTitle: The Trouble with Charlie

Author: Catherine Bennett

Publisher: Astraea Press

Book Description:

Love. Desire. A psycho bent on revenge. But can Charlie Reynolds recognize the most dangerous of the three?

Since being out on her own at eighteen, Charlotte “Charlie” Reynolds is a street-smart “good” girl who hides her desire for love and security behind her feisty and independent personality. She just never expected a more noxious hero than wealthy, self-consumed Evan Gardner, the CEO and founder of Valley Tech., a successful software company in Los Angeles. From the moment Evan rescues her from an apparent random attack, their attraction for each other bubbles just below the surface of all-out passion.

Review:

Charlie Reynolds is a woman from the poor side of town. Evan Gardner lives in an exclusive neighborhood and owns a software company. They meet when Charlie is attacked during her usual morning run through Evan’s neighborhood. After learning about her circumstances, he offers her a job as au pair for his eight-year-old daughter, Abigail. Charlie realizes it’s an offer she can’t refuse. What follows is an unlikely, reluctant romance between two stubborn hearts. Can Evan and Charlie overcome their prejudices and past hurts in order to make a relationship work?

Although touted as a romantic suspense, The Trouble With Charlie seems more like a romance with some suspense. There are a few incidents that endanger Charlie, but the fear and apprehension each causes is soon lost in the tempestuous relationship between Charlie and Evan. The development of that relationship is an adventure in itself, and poor versus rich prejudices rear their heads quite often. The advice and opinions of friends on both sides only serve to fan the flames of conflict between Evan and Charlie in a way that is vaguely reminiscent of the movie Pretty in Pink.

Despite the on again, off again  progress made by both Evan and Charlie toward letting go of preconceived notions and accepting their attraction to each other, two of the main driving forces that consistently bring them together are anger and frustration. Nearly every argument ends in a kiss and/or a realization of how much they care about each other—a realization both tend to keep to themselves instead of sharing and easing the angst between them.

One character, however, experiences consistent growth—Evan’s daughter, Abigail. The child thrives under Charlie’s care, and Abigail’s relationship with her father steadily improves. Abigail is also a unifying factor in Evan and Charlie’s relationship since both love her and want the best for her.

If you are a fan of tumultuous romance with just enough suspense to make you wonder who the villain could be, I recommend The Trouble With Charlie.

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