Saturday, November 10, 2018

Chosen People by Robert Whiltow Book Review





MY REVIEW

As many of you know I have been receiving some amazing books. A few days ago I was Chosen People touches on a variety of topics including terrorism, crime, sex trafficking, lawsuits, culture differences, religion, relationships.

Robert Whiltow takes you on the journey of two lawyers, Jakob Brodsky and Hana Abboud representing the Neumann family.  They are hoping to find enough evidence so they can pursue the lawsuit under the US Anti-Terrorism statues. Hana was born in Reineh in Jerulsuam and moved Atlanta to hone in on her legal skills.  

The plot has lots of twists some I predicted others surprised me. 

There was a good about of backstory and depth to the characters sometimes too much. There was a lot of repeated information. I couldn't help but feel for each character. 

However, I found this book to move a little on the slow side and at times confusing. I believe it is because there was a lot lecturing about the differences between America culture vs. Jewish and Arab cultures. As well as Christianity and Muslim. This made me really want to skim the pages, but every time I did skim a page or two I got lost. 

For instance, individual pet ownership was less common in Isreal than in the US, and there were no domestic animals in the large house in Reineh where Hana grew up. Most of the dogs she saw as a child were half-wild animals that foraged on household garbage. Unlike American, Arab families members didn't own separate houses they all live in the same house by adding rooms and floors to the existing structure.  It got me thinking about how fortunate I am to be an American citizen. 

Chosen People gets you thinking about Christianity and Muslim Religion. Robert Whiltow stated in the fact that the only country with a rise in Christianity is the Middle East. The concept of God's mercy was common in Islam, but the Qur'an contained only a few references to divine love, all linked to the performance of religious duties. God's unconditional love didn't exist in the Islamic World.  

I found this book to be more about forcing Christianity than about the story itself.  The idea of lawyers trying to investigate a terrorist attack is a great concept, I just wished it focused more on the story and less on the preaching religion, culture, and languages.  I can't help but also think this is a powerful book in the fact it does get you thinking about what people go through in other cultures. The most important topic it expresses is even though bad events happen there are people out there who are full of hope and love especially when you put God in your life. I wanted to love this book, but I didn't love this book, however, I did like this book.  If I read this book from the library I would not go out and buy it to add to my bookshelf.   If you are a pastor, professor or any careers you want people to think about cultures this would be a great book for that. 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Name: Chosen People
Author: Robert Whitlow
Genre: Legal Drama
Release Date: November 6, 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins 
Bestselling author Robert Whitlow dives deep into the legal ramifications of a tragic event half a world away and how it affects two lawyers in Atlanta from vastly different backgrounds.
When Hana Abboud walked into the conference room, she was unprepared for the images of a horrific terrorist attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem. But after watching a courageous mother sacrifice her life to save her four-year-old daughter, Hana knew she needed to help attorney Jakob Brodsky represent the family’s pursuit of justice against those who perpetrate acts of violent jihad. As an Arab Israeli lawyer trained at Hebrew University, Hana is uniquely qualified to step into the gap.
But they need a third partner, an investigator on the ground to help them unravel the snake pit of connections between the terrorists and an organization or company that can be sued in the American courts. Hana returns home to Israel and meets with investigator Hamid Hasan who quickly becomes more than a crucial part of the litigation team.
As Jakob and Hana investigate the case in the US, he is stalked on the streets of Atlanta by affiliates of a terrorist organization. Their pursuit of truth can only be resolved where it began: the streets of Jerusalem. But who can they trust? How deep does deceit go? Can two lawyers and a shadowy investigator impact the kind of violence and terror that has become common in our broken world?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert Whitlow is the bestselling author of legal novels set in the South and winner of the Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. He received his J.D. with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review. Website: robertwhitlow.com, Twitter: @whitlowwriter, Facebook: robertwhitlowbooks


INSIDE THE STORY

Chosen People—a title that reflects both the Biblical designation for the Jewish nation as well as converted Christians—opens during a terrorist attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem. A courageous mother sacrifices her life to save her young daughter, leaving behind a grieving husband and a motherless child.
Whitlow’s many trips to Israel and his in-depth research into the culture and laws of the Holy City are evident throughout the story. Furthermore, his experience as a lawyer gives him keen insight into the mind of his main character Hanna Abboud, an Arab Christian Israeli lawyer working in Atlanta.
“This book provides a unique perspective to this region and its peoples through the eyes of an Arab Christian who believes that the faithfulness of God and truths of the Bible are unshakable realities,” says Whitlow. “This viewpoint is rarely expressed, yet it is one that needs and deserves to be heard so that it can become part of our framework for understanding this vital part of the world and the people who live there.”












Thursday, November 8, 2018

Love Again Live Again by Joan Hunter Book Review



Joan Hunter's book Love Again, Live Again discusses the role in God in relationships.  She discusses the importance of putting God in your relationship because without him your relationship won't make it. I am not married or have a boyfriend, but I still found some helpful thoughts about friendships and how to have a great relationship with people.
She states the main element in a successful marriage is forgiveness. It seems easier then it is. If you were really hurt such as if your partner abused you it isn't so easy to forgive them. My last boyfriend pushed me into doing things I was comfortable with.  Another problem with relationships is not listening and paying attention to what each other is using, how they stand and speak. To truly want to help another person you need to listen well.

In her book, she states, "Choose to stay sexually pure for that special person who is waiting for you. God is preparing their heart just as He is preparing yours." I haven't saved my virginity because of God. I have saved my virginity for fear of getting sick and having pain. Yes, I am waiting for my special person, but not because of God.

Hunter talks about how important it is to learn how to say "no." Taking on too many things is not healthy. I am 100% guilty on this. Saying "no" is hard for me.

There are things she talks about in the book I think are way over the top such as

"Dreaming about sex with another person, male or female creates the same spiritual damage as actually participating in such activities."
I don't agree with this. I don't tell myself before I fall asleep to not dream about romance and relationship. I can't stop my dreams unless I don't ever sleep, but then I will pass out from being exhausted and still dream. I just found these rules in Christianity a little over the top. She explains God will forgive you as long as you ask for forgiveness, so if you have a romantic dream make sure you get on your knees and beg God for forgiveness. 

"Without a close relationship and communication with your heavenly Father, you will probably have problems with your spouse, the closest person to you with "skin on" as well as other family members and friends."
It is important to pray and seek God for instruction as to who you will be physical, emotionally, financially and mentally attached to your life. 
"God wants you to be open and friendly to the world, but be watchful."

If you are married or engaged I would suggest reading Love Again, Live Again. If you are a pastor this would be a great book to give to newlyweds and marriages that are starting to go south. This book is filled with some really great inspirational thought. 

Chapters Topics:
Destroy that Wall
Let God Fix Your Spouse
Finances and Relationships
Guard Against Anger
Forgive for the Sake of Your Marriage
Your Children Belong to God First
Break Ungodly Covenants
Dealing with Immorality
Where Is Your Heart?
Give Your Sins to Jesus
Commit to Keeping Your Walls
Unmet Expectations Revisited
The Power of Your Words
Hearing and Listening
Restore Intimacy with God
Relationship with Man
Codependency
God Lives Within You

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Book: Love Again, Live Again
Author:  Joan Hunter
Genre: Non-Fiction; Christian Living, relationships
Release  Date: November 6, 2018
Everyone gets their feelings hurt in life. As these wounds fester and compound throughout life, they become scars that affect our current relationships. Anyone suffering from a wounded heart feels a sense of separation from people, but the separation it creates from our heavenly Father is far worse for our mind, body and soul. “Broken Heart Syndrome” is a recognized medical condition. Tests show that the pain caused by relational stress or trauma releases stress hormones to circulate through the body. This causes the inner layers of the heart to shred, damaging the cardiac muscle and its capacity to pump blood throughout the body. The chest pain this can cause resembles a serious heart attack. Stents or angioplasty can treat blocked vessels, but modern medicine still has no quick fix for a broken heart. Joan Hunter reveals how to heal your heart from past hurts. To do this, you must be set free from the trauma of past relationships that prevent you from giving of yourself to those most important to you today. In doing so, you will also restore your most important relationship—the one with your heavenly Father.
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GUEST POST FROM JOAN
Everyone has had their feelings hurt by parents, siblings, spouse, children, teachers, friends, or coworkers. Whether you realize it or not, those wounds affect your current relationships. Anyone suffering with a wounded or broken heart feels a sense of separation. Often, you feel that the separation from “man” is the problem. But in reality, separation from your heavenly Father is what causes the worst pain in your mind, body, and soul.
After ministering and teaching about a “Broken Heart Syndrome” for several years, I discovered that there was an official medical diagnosis by that name. Tests have shown that the inner layers of the heart actually shred, which damages the cardiac muscle and its capacity to pump blood throughout the body. Any interruption of the electrical system imbedded in the muscle hinders the heart rhythm and can lead to death or permanent damage. Usually caused by extreme stress or trauma, which precipitates an excess of stress hormones to circulate throughout the body, the resulting chest pain can resemble a serious heart attack.
The diagnosis is made by ruling out a heart attack, which is caused by blocked or collapsed cardiac blood vessels. While stents or angioplasty can treat blocked vessels, there is no quick fix for a broken heart. Broken Heart Syndrome does not block blood vessels and it can sometimes heal within a month or so. It can be caused by an extreme stressful/traumatic situation such as the death of a loved one, divorce, severe sudden illness, injury, or extreme shock.
This book reveals how to heal your heart from those hurts. To do this, you must be set free from old relationships that prevent you from giving of yourself to those most important to you today. You will also see how these principles affect your most important relationship—your relationship with your heavenly Father.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joan Hunter is an anointed healing evangelist, a dynamic teacher, and a best-selling author. She is the founder and president of Joan Hunter Ministries, Hearts 4 Him, and 4 Corners Foundation, and she is also the president of Hunter Ministries. Joan’s television appearances have been broadcast around the world on World Harvest Network, Inspiration Network, TBN, NRB Word Networks, Daystar, Faith TV, Cornerstone TV, The Church Channel, Total Christian Television, Christian Television Network, Watchmen Broadcasting, and God TV. Joan has also been the featured guest on many national television and radio shows, including Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural!It’s a New DayThe Miracle Channel, The Patricia King ShowToday with Marilyn and Sarah, and many others.Together, Joan and her powerful international healing ministry have conducted miracle services and healing schools throughout numerous countries in a world characterized by brokenness and pain. Her previous books with Whitaker House include Healing the Whole Man HandbookHealing the HeartPower to HealSupernatural ProvisionFreedom Beyond Comprehension, and Miracle Maintenance. Joan lives with her husband, Kelley Murrell, in Magnolia, Texas. Together, they have eight children—four daughters and four sons—and seven grandchildren.


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