Bergers Book Reviews

Pull It Off


Author: Julianna Zobrist
Publisher: Faithwords
Genre: Christian / Women
ISBN: 978-1-5460-2592-4
Pages: 240
Price: $22.00

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When it comes to living our own lives, many women don’t have the nerve to actually pull it off. They defer to the wishes of others rather than discerning their own unique path. Julianna Zobrist has struggled with accepting her own individuality, but has learned how to develop it while creating an authentic life. In Pull It Off, she shares some pointers with the rest of us.

Readers will smile at Julianna’s opening anecdote about her wedding, where the planning centered on everyone but the bride and groom. Rather than honoring their own picture of the perfect day, they conceded to the spoken (and unspoken) desires of others. She then shares some more humorous and not-so-humorous stories of others imposing their thoughts and opinions on her and her husband, Ben. Being a Christian pop singer married to a major league baseball player is challenging enough, but when you add several kids and too many conflicting ideas about how to raise them, things can get complicated. But Julianna shows us how they place their own marriage at the top of their priority list, ensuring its survival.

Julianna Zobrist takes a lighthearted approach in her story-telling, but her suggestions are clear. If we want to live authentic lives, we need to focus on our own needs and wants and go after them. Pull It Off offers a great message for women.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

October 16, 2018 Posted by | Christian | Leave a comment

Good News for a Change


Author: Matt Mikalatos
Publisher: NavPress
Genre: Christian
ISBN: 978-1-63146-856-8
Pages: 208
Price: $15.99

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Sharing the good news about Jesus should be easy. We know He came to earth to save us from our sins and guarantee our place in Heaven, but how can we communicate this message without sounding too preachy? If you’ve ever struggled with knowing how to approach this topic with others, Matt Mikalatos offers some great advice.

Matt has had first-hand experience with these conversations, and in Good News for a Change, he shares the lessons he’s learned along the way. We learn how to identify what’s really good about the good news, frame it in a way people will not only listen to, but also understand, and make it meaningful to the person we’re speaking with.

This uplifting and inspiring book helps us see that opportunities for evangelism are all around us, and being prepared is easier than we think. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

October 9, 2018 Posted by | Christian | Leave a comment

This Is the Day


Author: Tim Tebow
Publisher: WaterBrook
Genre: Christian inspiration
ISBN: 978-0-525-65030-0
Pages: 224
Price: $25.00

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When Tim Tebow decided to pursue a major league baseball career, many people didn’t understand. Why would a successful football player go back to the minor leagues and try to rise through the ranks? Wouldn’t it be safer to pursue a career in broadcasting, as he had the opportunity to do? But as Tim explains in This Is the Day, life isn’t always best lived by making the safe choices.

Through a series of stories, Tim shows us the times in his life where important choices needed to be made. Although he admits he didn’t always choose correctly, he recognizes that God placed him in certain situations for a reason, and it was up to him to act. Maybe we don’t always see this in our own lives, but God asks the same of us, also. If we can learn to see how important this very moment is, we can make a difference in this world.

Tim Tebow is not only a talented athlete, but also a gifted story teller. This Is the Day is an inspirational read that gives us a lot to think about. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

October 1, 2018 Posted by | Christian, sports | Leave a comment

Shh… God Is in the Silence


Author & Illustrator: Fiona Basile
Publisher: Loyola Press
Genre: Children / Christian
ISBN: 978-0829446579
Pages: 26
Price: $8.95

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If children don’t know how much God loves them, they will find out when they read Shh… God Is in the Silence. Phrases including I love you, You are precious, and There is no one else like you, as well as many others are repeated, reminding children of these awesome truths. Illustrations of children in peaceful settings accompany these beautiful words.

God may be silent, but He lives in their hearts, and He wants them to know how precious they are to Him. Shh… God Is in the Silence is a wonderful book to read when children need reassurance, and it’s perfect for bedtime.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

September 28, 2018 Posted by | children, Christian | Leave a comment

As the Tide Comes In


Authors: Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall
Publisher: WaterBrook
Genre: Christian Romance
ISBN: 978-0-7352-9101-0
Pages: 352
Price: $14.99

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Tara Abbott has helped raise her two half-brothers, and how she’s looking forward to the vacation they’ve planned for her. When tragedy strikes, she makes the trip to St. Simons Island anyway. Dazed and confused, she has no idea where she is or what she’s doing there, but she searches relentlessly for answers.

Gavin Burnside is attempting to solve the family’s financial difficulties after his dad passed away. With his mom and the rest of the “Glynn Girls” to help, they hope to have everything resolved shortly. Finding Tara, lost and alone on the island, isn’t part of his plan. But who is Tara, and what is she really doing on St. Simons Island? And how is her future intertwined with his own?

Watching Tara cope with such a devastating loss is heart-breaking, and at times I wondered how she would ever recover. But with her loving friends, the Glynn Girls, and Gavin to support her, she starts to make peace with the past. As the Tide Comes In is a moving picture of God’s grace in unimaginable circumstances. I highly recommend this beautiful story.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

August 27, 2018 Posted by | Christian, romance | Leave a comment

Bless This Home


Author & Illustrator: Robin Pickens
Publisher: Quiet Fox Designs
Genre: Journal / Christian
ISBN: 978-1-64178-000-1
Pages: 128
Price: $7.99

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Bless This Home is designed to inspire. Filled with Bible quotes, artwork, and questions to think about, this lined journal gives us the space to record our thoughts and prayers.

This beautiful hardcover book is affordably priced and would make a great gift.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

June 26, 2018 Posted by | Christian, journal | Leave a comment

My Prayer Journal


Author & Illustrator: Joanne Fink
Publisher: Quiet Fox Designs
Genre: Christian / Journal
ISBN: 978-1-64178-003-2
Pages: 128
Price: $7.99

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Keeping a record of our prayers is a wonderful way to see God at work in our lives. My Prayer Journal is a beautiful hardcover book designed for making notes of our own prayers.

There are three main sections to this journal. The first few pages are available to record our prayer list: the name of the person, the date, and the reason. The next section is a series of journal pages, offering us the opportunity to reflect on gratitude, specific prayer requests, adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication. The last section is a calendar for listing important birthdays, anniversaries, and other dated items. Throughout the journal, Joanne Fink’s religious artwork adorns the pages.

My Prayer Journal is not only a beautiful record of our prayers, but it’s also priced right. This journal is perfect for prayer warriors, and would make a great gift.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

June 13, 2018 Posted by | Christian, journal | Leave a comment

The Beloved Word: A Scripture Journal


Author & Illustrator: Joanne Fink
Publisher: Quiet Fox Designs
Genre: Christian / Journal
ISBN: 978-1-64178-026-1
Pages: 128
Price: $7.99

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This blank journal features the artwork of Joanne Fink along with 30 inspiring Bible verses interspersed throughout the book. Soft watercolor enhances the line drawings appearing in the corners and on the margins of the pages. Sturdy hardcover binding and lined pages make for an easy and enjoyable writing experience. This beautiful book is perfect for faith-based notes and journal entries.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

May 18, 2018 Posted by | Christian, journal | Leave a comment

Always Fall Forward


Author: Todd Gerelds
Publisher: Tyndale Momentum
Genre: Christian / Inspiration
ISBN: 978-1-4964-2480-8
Pages: 240
Price: $17.99

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Todd Gerelds, author of Woodlawn, learned a lot of life lessons from his father, Coach Tandy Gerelds, as he was growing up. Always Fall Forward explores some of these words of wisdom from on and off the football field.

Since Coach Gerelds often shared his life advice using analogies from football, Todd takes a similar approach in these 52 short weekly chapters. Each opens with a Bible verse and closes with some additional recommended reading, along with a couple of probing questions. Mindset, preparation, offensive, and defensive tactics offer insights into human nature and how to live a Christian life to the fullest.

Coach Gerelds had a strong faith, as well as a great work ethic, and Todd shares some his dad’s best advice in this book. I highly recommend Always Fall Forward, especially for men.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

April 27, 2018 Posted by | Christian, inspiration | Leave a comment

My Faith Journey: 52 Week Guided Devotional with Scripture


Author & Illustrator: Robin Pickens
Publisher: Quiet Fox Designs
Genre: Christian / Creativity
ISBN: 978-1-64178-002-5
Pages: 128
Price: $14.99

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Bible journaling has become very popular, as folks discover the joy of adding their own inspired art to Scripture. But if coloring in your Bible doesn’t appeal to you, My Faith Journey might be a perfect fit.

Each of the two-page spreads in this 52-week journal is designed to be completed in a week. A question opens the week as a prompt, with space below for making notes. The opposite page is a Bible verse or segment with illustration in pen and ink, which is meant to be colored.

Creating meaningful art can be difficult and time-consuming, but there is so much joy in adding color to God’s word. Spending time in prayer with this journal would be perfect for artistically challenged folks who want to experience Bible journaling in a non-intimidating manner. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

April 16, 2018 Posted by | art, Christian | Leave a comment