Sunday, May 26, 2013

A Cause to be Thankful: Book Review

Paperback: 110 pages

  • Publisher: Yolanda Shanks (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985361611

  • ISBN-13: 978-0985361617

  • Have you ever considered how often we neglect expressing genuine 
    gratitude? The bank teller. The store clerk. The person driving our kids to school.  The restaurant waitress.  The mailman. Even the customer service representative who takes our call - we may offer a casual "thank you" out of habit, but how much more impactful would it be if that thanks was a genuine acknowledgment of and appreciation for their efforts?
    What if we took that renewed spirit of thankfulness and
    applied it to our relationship with God?
    Using the biblical story of the ten lepers as a reference,  A Cause to be Thankful by Yolanda Shanks will unpack the Biblical model for thankfulness, showing how a spirit of entitlement has overshadowed our spirit of thanks.  In this straightforward and challenging book, you will not only learn how to return as one leper who expressed gratitude, but you'll come away with a clear plan for including consistent and genuine thanks in your prayer life and day to day encounters.

    My review:  A Cause to be Thankful by Yolanda Shanks is the second of her books I've had the privilege to review and I must say, I'm as equally impressed.  This author speaks from the heart and writes from a place of genuine grace and faith.  She writes from a place in her heart where only God's ultimate healing and mercy and love for us as His chosen children can turn around that despair and grace it forward in the form of her writings.  

    Filled with 7 insightful chapters, each one is highlighted by a chosen bible verse and anecdotes a coordinating faith-filled philosophy.  The one denominator that resonates through-out this book is the comparison of leprosy in biblical times and current times.  Even in the times of Moses, it was important to obey the laws as it pertained to Jesus as a means of remaining obedient.  Our sins today as of equal significance - spiritual leprosy and sin prevent us from fully being in the glory of God!

    A Cause to be Thankful is an essential guide to getting back on track when a lack of gratitude is in the forefront.  So often, we take things - and people - for granted and often have - or need - a reality check!  What an awesome tool this book is to help you do just that.

    About the author:  Multi-published author, speaker, blogger, teacher, wife, grandmother—Yolanda Shanks wears many hats, but the one she most resonates with is her role as an advocate for living life to its fullest.  Shanks’ award-winning first book, Destined to Live, Despite Me, continues to be a source of hope for those battling effects from a prior suicide attempt. It garnered an enthusiastic Kirkus review, which stated the book was “a commendable guide for finding meaning after considering suicide.” Her second book, Not Just a Hearer but a Doer (released June 2012) challenges the body of Christ to act upon scripture. Destined to Live, Despite Me – A Cause to Be Thankful is Yolanda’s third book.

    Check her website ( for book events in your area and for weekly wisdom from this lover of life and committed Christ-follower.
    Reviewed by:  Kelly Santi

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

    Tempted, Tested, True by Arnie Cole + Michael Ross

    When Tempted, Tested, True by Arnie Cole and Michael Ross arrived for review, I was instantly intrigued by the notion that we all probably share a similair struggle with some form of temptation.
    Normally, the idea of temptation is set with a larger score of notions, such as cheating, stealing, perhaps even an addiction.  What captivated me most of all is that temptation can be as innocent as a thought - yet plaque us in the biggest form of guilt.  This book?  It's a bountiful cover to cover absolute gem of a novel to take those moments of temptation from thoughts to actions to overcoming them with a common biblical basis.  God will help you prevail - you just have to let him give you that opportunity and that freedom.

    Tempted, Tested, True is 10 chapters filled with projected and insightful paths tempations could lead you on, or perhaps you are/have experienced them yet might not know the resolutions. You will with this book!  Not only do they cover many common forms of temptations, each chapter is filled with insightful prayer, words of wisdom from Christ centered experience, engaging 'nudges' in the form of a workbook space for personal writings and reflections.  True to it's title, Mr. Cole and Mr. Ross give you those same topics in the form of the temptations, theories tested and the truth to set you free. 

    Simply put:  This book is a MUST HAVE!  It's not a complicated read but intense enough to cover a multitude of thoughts and their consequences and their actions.  It's profound enough that we can come away with the understanding that we as humans will make mistake - we are fallible.  But God is still, and always will be, in control and as they beautifully state:  "Learning to become God-centered is the first crucial step: Put God back in His rightful position - smack in the center of our lives."

    5 stars for Tempted, Tested, True.  This book's richness, essential charts and graphs, and the amazing appendix filled with worksheets is simply top notch. This novel brings to light a topic many might shy away from but truly should embrace the wisdom and insight given by Cole and Ross.  Given that we have a choice to wallow in fear of condemnation of guilt and shame, the best gift is to live in the glory that that freedom of letting it go that God will grant you!

    *As per my review:  I received a copy of the book from Bethany House for the purpose of a book review.  I was not compensation other than receipt of book to review and any/all parts of this review are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.

    Melissa's Wright - Giveaway!

    Check out this wonderful give-away by Melissa Wright, author of the riveting, page-turning Frey series saga!

    You can read about her details, books, reviews and more here!

    Frey was by far one of the most exciting new author (to me!) books I've been blessed to review and I could not put the book down - exciting to scoop up the sequel for my summer reading!

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    Kelly Santi