Akiane and Foreli Kramarik’s Akiane: Her life, her art, her poetry.

Akiane: Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry by Akiane Kramarik | LibraryThing

Kramarik, A., & Kramarik, F. (2006). Akiane: Her life, her art, her poetry. Nashville, Tenn: W Publishing Group. 9780849900440

Reasons for Reading: I believe I first learned of Akiane Kramarik when she was a guest on Oprah. However, I’m not certain. She made a lasting impression on me when I read Heaven is for Real.  So, when I found HCPL owned Akiane and Foreli Kramarik’s Akiane: Her life, her art, her poetry, I requested a copy.

Summary: Young prodigy Akiane Kramarik’s outstanding body of artwork comes to light in this book. Born to an atheist mother and lapsed Catholic father, Akiane remarkably sought God. Her faith and developing relationship with God brought her family to belief and acceptance. The book tells Akiane’s story, shows her glorious artwork, and shares her poetry.

What I Liked: This book presented Akiane’s artwork beautifully. The paintings nearly leapt off the pages at me. Also, Akiane captures the attention just through this book setting on the coffee table.  

What I Disliked:  As this book came out in 2006, I’m curious to find more recent info on Akiane.

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Ron Hall & Denver Moore’s Same Kind of Different as Me

Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall | LibraryThing

Hall, R., Moore, D., & Vincent, L. (2006). Same kind of different as me. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.  9780849919107

Reasons for Reading: My Bible study wanted us to read a book over the summer when weren’t meeting as often. One lady suggested Same Kind of Different as Me for this purpose. Down the road, I learned that since I’m the only librarian in the group that I would have the pleasure of reviewing the book for the group. Thus, I checked out Same Kind of Different as Me from HCPL.

Summary: Born on a Louisiana plantation, Denver Moore grew up a virtual slave in the 1960s. Denver rides the rails and wanders aimlessly and lives on the streets of Ft. Worth, Texas. Then, there’s Ron Hall, an international arts dealer who’s accustomed to cavorting with millionaires. These two men are night and day; worlds apart. Yet, God uses Ron’s prayerful wife, Deborah to bring together these two very diverse individuals. It’s at her insistence that the Halls volunteer at a soup kitchen and it’s Deborah who tells Ron of a dream of a wise man saving the city. Their friendship grows despite many hardships as they come together to serve God. Despite their differences, both Denver and Ron are the same in that God loves them.

What I Liked: I liked that each man told his story in his own words. This seemed the most natural way to relate their stories. I appreciated getting perspectives from both Denver and Ron on the same situations.

What I Disliked:  As this book goes in tandem between Denver and Ron, I wished the chapters had been prefaced with the narrator’s name. Also, not all editions have the picture section in the middle.

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Setting: Louisiana, Ft. Worth  

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Richard Blackaby’s Putting a Face on Grace…

Putting a Face on Grace: Living a Life Worth Passing On by Richard Blackaby | LibraryThing


Blackaby, R. (2006). Putting a face on grace. Sisters, Or: Multnomah Publishers. 9781590524817

Reasons for Reading: My Bible study leader chose Putting a face on grace as our book. As I figured I would be reading it for more than six weeks and that I would want to highlight passages, I purchased two copies of the book (one was for my mom) using my Amazon Prime account.

Summary: Richard Blackaby, son Henry Blackaby (Experiencing God) recognizes that grace is something God extends us.  Yet, Blackaby challenges us to be givers as well as recipients of grace. He wants the Lord’s undeserved favor to flow through us. According to Blackaby, when grace is extended by the saved, this serves as great witness. Great witness leads to further salvation and, thus, putting a face on grace.

What I Liked This book offered numerous anecdotes about those full of His grace and, well, the otherwise. Blackaby even shares situations where he wasn’t so gracious. I found these instances completely understandable and could see how to do better in the future.

What I Disliked This isn’t really a complaint about the book. Our group took around seven months to finish it. The book lost some of its impact due to this. It lost the freshness of a recent reading. I may reread this book when I have fewer items on my TBR list.

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Top Ten Books Jorie Hopes to Finish

Top Ten Tuesday | The Broke and the Bookish

Check out how Top Ten Tuesday works & the future schedule of topics HERE.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is a freebie…meaning YOU pick whatever topic your heart desires! Did you miss a topic you wanted to participate in or have a really specific topic that will probably never be a general Top Ten Tuesday topic? This week is for YOU!
So I chose “Top Ten Books Jorie Hopes to Finish” –
  1. Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus
  2. Julie Powell’s Julie & Julia : 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen
  3. Jeffrey Eugenides’  The Marriage Plot
  4. Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina
  5. Isak Dineson’s Out of Africa
  6. George Orwell’s Animal Farm
  7. The Bible
  8. Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey
  9. Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers
  10. Richard Blackaby’s Putting a Face on Grace: Living a Life Worth Passing On