Monday, September 7, 2020

Book Review - Laughing Through The Ugly Cry

Laughing Through the Ugly Cry
and finding unstoppable joy

Thomas Nelson; Illustrated Edition May 26, 2020

Reviewed by Diane Busch

Beautiful presentation from cover to cover, including crisp white pages with decorative border and large font, to colorful photographs that break up the chapters and compliment the text.  All of the above plus the short chapters, makes it not intimidating for a non-reader which the author confesses to be herself.

Dawn has a delightful, fun and honest writing style that keeps you engaged and entertained.  She is down to earth, relatable, funny and encouraging all at the same time.  What makes her story so inspiring, is that even as she shares her pain and struggles she also brings joy and humor.  And through it all her faith has become deeper and stronger.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Book Review

The Dead Sea Squirrels : Squirreled Away by Mike Nawrocki, 

Illustrated by Luke Seguin Magee

Tyndale 2019

Reviewed by Diane Busch

This story is engaging and fun while also teaching some history and a few Bible facts. It is full of adventure, humor and surprises, while purporting right behavior. It also introduces children to different personality traits in the characters. 

The short pages and short chapters help keep young readers interested and not overwhelmed. Illustrations are humorous and delightful.

We recommend this book for children ages 7-11, especially boys.  

Friday, July 10, 2020

Book Review - Attracted to Fire by Diann Mills

Attracted to Fire by Diann Mills
Tyndale House, 2011

Reviewed by Diane Busch

     Very well written Christian fiction, with well-developed characters and interesting story line.  The audiobook was well narrated.  Includes drama, mystery, and romance.
    The main characters Ashford and Megan are members of the secret service team who are hired to guard the President's daughter, Lindsey, who needs to recover from drug and alcohol addiction on a ranch owned by the Vice President.  Ash is the team leader and he is not a fan of female agents.  But he soon sees that Megan is good at her job and also is beautiful.  A friendship develops.  
    As Lindsey slowly gets better, several suspicious deaths occur on the ranch which puts everyone on high alert.  Who is behind the murders?  Can Lindsey stay sober or will she slide back into a life of drugs and alcohol?  Will Ash and Megan become an item? 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Movie - I Still Believe

Lionsgate, 2020
Reviewed by Diane Busch

Based on the inspiring true love story of Jeremy & Melissa Camp.
This movie will have you laughing and crying.  You will be inspired and you will be challenged.  You will be amazed at the way God can "work all things together for good for those who love Him".

After watching the movie, it may be beneficial to dig deep into your own thoughts, beliefs and feelings by discussing with others or journaling.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Book Review - "Excellence Wins" by Horst Schulze

Excellence Wins: A No-Nonsense Guide to Becoming the Best  in a World of Compromise  -     By: Horst Schulze, Dean Merrill
Excellence Wins: a no-nonsense guide to becoming the best in a world of compromise
by Horst Schulze
2019, Zondervan

Reviewed by Diane Busch

This is my new favorite book to be an evangelist for.  I loved it.  

The author, Horst Schulze, was co-founder, president and COO of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and more recently is founder, chairman and CEO of the Capella Hotel Group.  He begins by sharing his story of life growing up, his family background and his humble beginnings.  As he matures and begins working, he gains knowledge and experience that set the foundation on which he develops leadership skills and principles that make for good customer service and promote a healthy work culture.  
He shares great business practices based on many years of experience in the service industry, in leadership, and in life.  He retells real stories that bring these principles to life.

Near the end of the book we learn of a sad situation to his life story.  And then.. (spoiler alert) a miracle from a God. 

I am convinced that anyone can gain valuable insight from this book, but it will be especially beneficial to leaders, people in the service industry, people in ministry, and anyone working with people. (Isn’t that most of us?)