Book Reviews

Book reviews written by Lynn Baber. For reviews of her books visit

“Heaven” by Randy Alcorn – Book Review

Book Reviews By February 1, 2018 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Is your goal eternity with Christ or heaven itself? Many readers find comfort in Alcorn’s exhaustive description of heaven, alleviating fear of what happens after mortal death. What is the source of such fear? That Jesus Christ in’t enough without knowing the specifics of new living arrangements? I admit, I’m puzzled by the growing interest in heaven’s details when many aren’t…


Book review of “Martin Luther” by Eric Metaxas

Book Reviews By January 19, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Martin Luther was complicated. Imperfect. Awesome. Transformational. Immovable. Inspirational. Difficult. Convicting. Human. Born in 1483, Luther died in 1546 at age sixty-two. He was a 16th century Esther; “For such a time as this.” On the far side of 2017’s 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Luther clearly deserves his singular place in history. He changed the landscape of Christianity and the world….


“Grace (Eventually) – Thoughts on Faith” by Anne Lamott

Book Reviews By January 2, 2018 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Lamott is a talented and polished writer. Entertaining. Witty. This comment is on the inside flap of the book jacket, “Wise and irreverent, poignant and funny.” And she is. But the topic is faith. Wise is good. Irreverent not so much, and poignant a gift. Funny is always a tight-rope walk between humorous observation and heresy.   The thoughts on faith…


3 a.m. – Henry Bins Book 1

Book Reviews By December 26, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

The best quick read in a long time! Unique concept. Tight writing. Lightning-swift pace. Which perfectly suits a tale compressed into one hour per day. That’s the (brilliant) hook. Henry Bins is only awake between 3 and 4 AM. Since birth. Splendid blend of suspense and humor. The plot is rich. The characters amazingly well-developed for a short read.  Most…


“The 25 Days of Christmas Family Devotional” – The Gift of a Faithful Family

Book Reviews, Victorious Christian Living By November 13, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Guest post from author Ruth O’Neil. Advent is a time of preparation. The Christmas Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas. Many families, especially those with young children, have Advent calendars. Each day the children get to open a door, receive a little gift, or remove an object in the countdown for and in anticipation of Christmas. “As a small gift…


“Plain and Simple – A Woman’s Journey to the Amish” by Sue Bender

Book Reviews By October 31, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Serendipity is another word for God-wink. Sometimes I need to turn my thinker off. Reaching for a light bedtime read, I found Sue Bender’s 1991 book in my Kindle library. I don’t know when I got it, but I’m grateful. God is good – all the time. Reclining on plumped pillows, I began reading – and didn’t stop until I…


“Ephemeral” by Andie Andrews

Book Reviews By October 31, 2017 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Few books grab me as Ephemeral did. If I didn’t know the author I might not have read it. It’s (mostly) fiction, which isn’t my usual genre. I qualified that because it’s impossible to imagine the nuance of relationship between a woman and her forever horse without personal experience. Ephemeral is entertaining, challenging, devastating, and victorious. Andie has the horse experience….


“The Practice of the Presence of God – For Modern Day Moms” by Megan La Follett

Book Reviews By October 31, 2017 Tags: , , , , No Comments

La Follett engagingly shares Brother Lawrence’s timeless truths with (sometimes) raw transparency – encouraging and loving all who serve on the front lines of motherhood. If you believe in eating dessert first, begin with Megan’s Letter #5.  A few months ago I was one of six authors participating in an international video conference. In this group, accents (foreign to Texas)…


“Witness” by Whittaker Chambers

Book Reviews By September 5, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

1900,1950, today. The battle for the soul of the USA continues. Family matters. Nothing of great value is ever acquired easily. Chambers begins dramatically, rolls into a sloughy middle, then ends with profound statements of truth that will hit home with all who seek reason about God’s truth. Chambers informs. Shocks. Connects dots you didn’t know were related. “Witness” speaks…


“Lies We Believe About God” by Wm. Paul Young, author of “The Shack”

Book Reviews By March 13, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , 5 Comments

Paul Young is an affable guy with a great story. He’ll tell you himself that story is powerful. His own story is the result of great personal pain and his experience of recovery. Lies We Believe is a book that rebrands the theology of The Shack as doctrine. What would Mr. Young think if I told him that since I’ve…