Thursday, November 19, 2015

The End Of Me: Audio Review

I received this book courtesy of Christian Audio

Narrator Thoughts: This Narrator was very good. He was clear and calm. A good listen. While he doesn't have the same passion in his voice as some narrators I've listened to, I thought he did a good job of reading the book. 

Book Thoughts: Once again, Kyle challenged me in my faith. I think this book, more then any of his others challenged me. 

Coming to the end of me has never been easy, but I can agree with him and say that when I come to the end of me, that is when Jesus' power can begin. It reminded me of the good that comes from coming to the end. 

By following in His footsteps we die to ourselves and our way of doing things. The chapter on humility especially hit home. It challenged my pride and reminded me of what I needed to be doing. 

This is definitely a worthwhile listen.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Truth About Lies: Audiobook Review

I received this audiobook courtesy of Christian Audio for the purpose of writing a review. 

Narrator Thoughts: Adam did a wonderful job of reading this book. He was clear, even and calming. I thought it was a perfect choice for a book on temptation. 

Book Thoughts: Far and Away this is the best book on temptation I have ever read. I think one of the most powerful elements in this book was that he took the wholistic approach to temptation. Talking about desires, day dreams, thought life, and everything inbetween Tim helps us to see how the key to overcoming temptation is not just saying no. It's a lifestyle that is focused on God and lives for Him. As we do that, saying no to temptation becomes easier. It is still there, but as we focus on God, temptions hold becomes less. 
I was encouraged, challenged, and strengthened as I read this book. 
I highly recommend it to anyone who is wanting to grow closer to God and know how to overcome temption. 

You can find this audiobook on Chistian Audio and on Amazon. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Seeing In The Dark: Audiobook Review

I recieved this book courtesy of Christian Audio for the purpose of writing a review.

Narrator Thoughts: While not an author read book, I thought that this author did a very good job of reading this book. Her voice is very pleasent. Like a happy grandmother reading a book to you. 

Book Thoughts: Frist I want to say that I didn't finish this book. I listened to the first three chapters. 
I  thought that Nancy made some good points and was encouraging. As I continued to read the book I found myself agreeing with her on most points. 
Still I felt like the book lacked good structure. I felt like she would begin a thought and then get sidetracked with another point. Like I said they were good points, but I felt like it wasn't organized well. 
Overall I think that the style of the book was not one that speaks to me. I wasn't finidng it worth continuing, but maybe that was just me.

You can buy this on Christian Audio or Amazon. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Called For Life: Audiobook Review

I received this book courtesy of Christian Audio for the purpose of writing a review.

Narrator thoughts: While this was not an author read book I did like the voices that they got to dramatize this book. The readers did an extremely good job of displaying the emotions that were written. I also enjoyed the two voices that played Amber and Dr. Brantley. They both did a great job capturing the spirit of this book. 

Book thoughts: Definitely this book is not for the faint of heart. Becuase you are talking about Ebola there's a lot of medical jargon and plenty of tough subjects discussed. 
But the heart and the story behind this audiobook is fantastic. I admire both Dr. Brantley and his wife for the sacrifice that they made in going to a foreign country and serving no matter the cost. They continued to believe in the mission that God called them to. I've admired their faith and the heart with which they served out the mission that God gave them. I enjoyed reading about their story. I enjoyed reading about their perspective. Like many so from around the world I had seen the reports of an American doctor working with Samaritans Purse that it come down with the Ebola and had heard a lot of different things about the doctor. But it's all it was great hearing it from Dr. Brantley's and his wifes  perspective. You hear what really happened, not just with the media told us. It was definitely neat to hear about how God brought him through and how God saw them through not only that but through the recovery process. 
As a hospital volunteer I'm accustomed to hearing some of the medical information, but it was still a little tough in places reading this book. Mainly because Ebola is a very nasty disease.
The neat thing that comes out of this is God saw him through. I think that's one of the things that comes out very clearly in this book is you see God's hand at work. Even in the little things. Even in the tough things. It worked for the good. To bring about Dr. Brantley's recovery. 
I would definitely recommend this book to friends but I would tell you that you should use some caution because it does go into a lot of the specifics about Ebola. Still, it's a fantastic book.  
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Monday, June 1, 2015

Nobody's Cuter Than You: Audiobook Review

I received this book courtesy of Christian Audio for the purpose of writing a review.

Narrator Thoughts ~ I always like author read books. They add so much more to the book than anyone else could. Melanie has a nice clear voice with a beautiful southern draw. Living through these events, she is able to add a special tone to this reading. It was a good listen. 

Book Thoughts ~ Friendship is one of the things that is near and dear to my heart. 
I enjoyed hearing her stories and advice about friendship. It is so important to cultivate deep lifelong friendships. Her humorous and heartfelt storytelling drove this home. Her ending advice in the appendixes was very good. 
One thing that I didn't like was how hard she was on social media. I understand that it can become a substitute for the real thing. I understand that many people don't cultivate deep real friendships anymore. However I also have used Facebook to connect and stay in touch with many friends that I never would be able to. I think it's wrong to assume that social media is a killer of all friendships. It is a tool. You can use it for harm or good. I choose to use it for good. 
She does tell many heartwarming stories about her friends. However I would have like to have heard more about her salvation story. How it impacted the friendships in her life. How God moved the hearts of her friends. 
Despite some of the things that we might disagree on personally, Melanie is a good storyteller and a good speaker. She helps you to remember those good childhood friends, your daring high school friends, and the beauty of the friends that you have made now that you are an adult. This book did remind me of the great gifts I have in my circle of friends. 

You can get this book on Amazon and Christian Audio.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Five Years Later

Five years ago today I published my first blog post on Homemade Ministry.

It's amazing to me to watch and see what God has done not just in the blogging world, but in many other areas of my life.

In recent years I haven't blogged so much. Life and many adventures have prevented me from blogging regularly.

I'm happy to say that God has grown and shaped me so much in the last five years. When I think back to that 18-year-old who had so many big dreams and hopes, I smile. She had no idea how God was preparing to not only fulfill her dreams, but change  her to be more like Himself.

It's been a wonderful and exciting journey. As I enter this next phase of my life, I would like to get back into the habit of blogging. I miss posting thoughts and happenings for us all to share.

Looking back I can see all the amazing and awesome things that God has done for me. Looking forward I know He will continue to be faithful and guide me.

See you again soon, Rose

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Holy Bible: Audiobook Review

I received this book courtesy of Christian Audio for the purpose of writing a review. 

Narrator Thoughts: To be honest I found this narrator rather flat. His voice was very rich and deep. Perfect for reading the Bible. Yet his voice lacked the emotion and beauty found in the scriptures. I will give him that his voice was very nice and kept me listening for a while. Maybe it was just me, but I felt like it left some to be desired. 

Book Thoughts: Obviously it goes without saying that I am a deeply devoted Christian and as such, the Bible is very precious to me. I enjoy audio Bibles, but this one didn't measure up to some of the others that I have read. For me one of the things that makes any audio Bible is the music and sound effects. Two things that were sadly lacking in this audio Bible. It felt like there was something missing. The narrator was fairly good, but on the whole I felt it lacked quite a bit. 

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Ordinary: Audiobook Review

I received this audiobook courtesy of Christian Audio for the purpose of writing a review.

Narrator Thoughts: He had a good voice for reading this book. It was calm and steady. Although I would have liked to have heard a little more emotion, it was read well.

Book Thoughts: this is one of the best books I have listened to in a while. It dovetailed with what God has been teaching me.

In this book Tony makes a good case that God calls us to live ordinary lives for God. It's not in doing the huge amazing things that we change the world. It's in doing the simple everyday things in the love and spirit of Christ. Loving those that God calls us to love. Taking care of the hurting. Strengthening the weak.

For me this book was a call to love and serve in normal life. Stop looking for something big to do. Look at the little things that God has already given me to do and do them in love.

I was very challenged by the chapter on advocacy. Speaking up is not one of my strong points. But God calls us to speak up for the oppressed and voiceless. We who have a voice are called to speak for those who have none. To me this means that I need to remember those who can't speak and speak for them. God is helping me find my voice. It's not easy, but worth it.

This is an excellent and challenging book. I was encouraged and challenged by the message.

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