Book review: Uncovering the Life of Jesus

This is a small book – only 64 pages – but there is a LOT packed into those pages.

Uncovering the Life of Jesus, written by Rebecca Manley Pippert (, walks us through six encounters with Jesus from the Gospel of Luke. Most Christians will find those stories familiar, but trust me, everyone can learn something new.

Each chapter starts with the historical setting and background of the text. (I found this helpful and interesting!) The author provides Bible verses (using NIV) and then a series of questions designed to get us to look at the story differently and to see other aspects of the story. For example, in the story about the prodigal son from Luke 15, she asks:

“In this culture, for any Middle-Eastern man to run would be seen as shocking, humiliating and dishonoring, especially for a man of such dignity. Why do you suppose the father ran so urgently when he saw his son about to enter the village? How do you account for the fact that the father was watching just when the son arrived?”

And lastly, each chapter ends with a chance to consider what this story means and why it should matter to us. It helps to personalize the story and the lesson learned.

I recommend this book whether you use it personally to dig deeper or use in a Bible study group. You will learn more about Jesus.

I received a free e-book from The Good Book Company through Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an unbiased review.


Book review: Every Bride Needs a Groom

Yes, I know I haven’t been writing a lot, but I HAVE been reading a lot! Here’s another book review for you.

“Every Bride Needs a Groom” is the first book in Janice Thompson’s newest series, Brides with Style. And it’s a good one. I’ve read several of her books and it’s a treat every time.

Here’s the premise of this book: Katie, a gal from a small town in Texas, is encouraged and cajoled by her cousin, Lori-Lou to enter a contest to win the wedding dress of her dreams. One small hitch: her boyfriend, Casey, hasn’t popped the question yet. But she knows he will. Any day now.

On the same day that she finds out she’s won the contest, she and Casey break up and he moves away. What to do now? She goes to Dallas to ‘fess up to the owner of this exclusive bridal shop and explain what happened, but she never gets the opportunity.

Weeks pass and it begins to feel a bit like a Laurel and Hardy routine (a la “Who’s on First?) as she builds friendships with the folks at the bridal shop and also “tap dances” around her family’s questions. I laughed out loud several times. Oh, and there’s a side story about Katie’s grandmother, Queenie…but I’ll let you read about that.

By the end of the book, things resolve – for the most part – although you get an idea of what the next book in this series might be about.

Janice Thompson likes to write stories that make people smile and laugh. She has written a variety of books (over 100!) in a variety of genres the Christian market. If you like lighthearted romance novels without worrying about bad language or sexual overtones, you’ll like this one.

I received a free book from Revell Publishing (a division of Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an unbiased review.

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