The Long Game and The Price of Partisanship Book Reviews

Some time ago, I connected with an author on Twitter, Ian Conner. For the first time ever, I’m reviewing two books at the same time. Conner is retired from the United States Marines and was an Army Infantry Sergeant. The first book is The Long Game by Ian Conner.

There’s definitely a military-inspired cover here. You can head over to Amazon if you’re interested in picking up your own copy of The Long Game. You can also take a peek inside this book and read an excerpt for yourself.

Enjoy political thrillers? Perhaps you might be interested in The Price of Partisanship.

Corruption, the press, and crime… if you’re intrigued by these themes, you may enjoy The Price of Partisanship by Ian Conner.

You can check out Ian Conner’s bio on Amazon here.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of both books in exchange for my honest reviews.

Jesus Freaks Book Review

They received death threats.

They were warned to say they would stop believing.

They were told that if they did not change their actions, there would be dire consequences.

All of this because of their relentless dedication for a Gospel that is still, today, deemed offensive to so many people.

Jesus Freaks tells the stories of people across the globe who have suffered for one thing: their belief in Jesus Christ. People who were abused by their own families because they would not adhere to another religion. People who were held captive in a prison by their country’s government, tortured because they would not take back their belief in the God of the Bible. People who could not believe what they wanted to believe without harmful retaliation.

These threats are not extinct, as many of our brothers and sisters across the globe are persecuted for simply being Christians. Possessing a Bible is against the law in some of these places; worshiping in secret is the only option for Christians to gather together. For them, the concept of having a church building is not an option. For them, the church is truly the people, not a building.

Jesus Freaks is vital reading for any Christian who wants to examine their own dedication to their faith. It is a wake-up call for those of us in the Western world who have enjoyed such a wide variety of freedom in comparison to our brothers and sisters in the persecuted world.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

My Hat by Jaila Marie McCoy and Vinny Green

What happens when you lose something and the weather doesn’t cooperate? Find out in My Hat, by Jaila Marie McCoy and Vinny Green. The authors of this book have a special relationship: Vinny is Jaila’s uncle, and Jaila was going into sixth grade when this book was written. I’m not sure how they decided on Nadia Fawad to do the illustrations, but Nadia does an amazing job on every page. Her illustrations are so great that I want to see more of her work.

My Hat is published by G-Square Publishing in New York. Every page of the book is full of beautiful illustrations that tell the story. This book also offers something unique: select words are printed in purple, and the publisher invites young readers to send their definitions to G-Square Publishing by email. Kids that do this will get a prize from the publisher! They will receive a certificate that acknowledges their growth in vocabulary and self-esteem. This is a unique initiative.

Bullying has become a popular topic in recent years, but this book takes two different topics – bullying and nature – and makes the two subjects come together in a way that I did not see coming. So, if you want to open up a discussion about bullying, and you have an appreciation for nature, you may want to give this book a try!

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Quiet Times With God Devotional by Joyce Meyer

Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for the woman in your life that is hard to buy for? You might want to take a look at this book, Quiet Times with God Devotional, by Joyce Meyer.

This is the perfect size for gift-giving and the cover is beautifully designed. It’s a hardback with a book that just says: relax! My favorite place to sit down with a book is on my couch (and this time of year, I just so happen to have a throw blanket) – and that message of relaxation is what this book cover says too!

This book includes 365 devotions, and they are dated (January 1, January 2), but you can start anywhere. There is no theme, so it doesn’t matter where you jump in. These are very short devotions, and each one wraps up with a “thought” that is a motivational idea from the author. Each devotion ends with a passage of Scripture provided – not written out – that you’re encouraged to study in depth for yourself.

If it’s your goal – or a friend’s goal – to make time for quiet time, I highly recommend this book.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Pause. Breathe. Flourish.

Remember when Oprah Winfrey was always talking about “living your best life”? William D. Parker is talking about how teachers can live their best life, and he has some tips about work-life balance.

Parker moved up the ranks in education from being a teacher, to assistant principal, to principal, to becoming an speaker to audiences in the education field. In Pause.Breathe.Flourish. he shares a critical moment in his career when he had to evaluate what the weight of career was doing to his own personal relationships. This moment isn’t hard to understand, as many people – not just teachers – come to understand the cost that their careers can have on other areas of their lives.

Using this moment to pivot into advice mode, Parker shares his insights in these important areas of self-care, your body, your mind, your influence, your time, your friendships, your intimacy, your legacy, and more. Parker offers some insights that are valuable not just for teachers but for anyone feeling burdened by a heavy work load. He uses the metaphor of an oxygen mask: you can’t help others if you need help. Parker also clearly enjoys education, and this comes through in the stories he tells about his work in the field. Overall, I would highly recommend this book and would recommend his advice be followed before a person reaches the point of burn-out. A little prevention can go a long way!

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.